Stephen Ashley is a librarian and writer living in North Carolina. He has worked in school, public, and government libraries and book publishing. He likes books, music, and snacks.
Tracy Babiasz has been working in public libraries since her sixteenth birthday. By day, she is the acquisitions and collections manager at the Chapel Hill Public Library in North Carolina. Her free time is spent reading multiple books at a time (because a cat is sitting on one), listening to audio books where the narrator doesn’t irritate her, and reviewing for Booklist.
Audrey Barbakoff is the Adult Services Manager at Kitsap Regional Library, and a 2013 LJ Mover & Shaker. She is the author of Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults (ALA Editions, 2016). Check out her web site, The Bookaneer.
Blakemore, Megan Frazer
Megan Frazer Blakemore is a self-employed author who lives in Kennebunk, ME. She has a background in school media with an emphasis on makerspaces and STEM.
Debbie Bolas, a librarian for over 25 years, is currently the media specialist at Carrboro Elementary School in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Emily Booth is a doctoral candidate at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, researching Australian teenagers’ reading practices. She has worked as a specialist youth literature bookseller since 2012, during which time she has hosted over 60 events, and interviewed many authors including Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas.
Heather Booth is the Teen and Tween Services Coordinator at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs, Illinois. She is the editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services (ALA Editions, 2014) with Karen Jensen, a contributor at the Teen Librarian Toolbox, and a speaker on readers' advisory and teen services librarianship.
Robin Bradford, a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and 2016 RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year, is a Collection Development Librarian at Pierce County Library System.
Jennifer Brannen has been a librarian for close to a decade and is currently an Adult Services Manager at Durham County Library. Like whiskers on kittens, RA is one of her favorite things. She writes and presents about readers’ advisory for adults, teens, and tweens, and contributed a chapter to Integrated Advisory Service: Breaking Through the Book Boundary to Better Library Users. Recently, she has been a member of YALSA’s Outstanding Books for the College Bound selection committee. Visit her book blog, Outside of a Dog.
Robin Brenner is a Reference and Teen librarian currently working at the Brookline Public Library in Brookline, MA. She has been an advocate for comics and graphic novels for over ten years as a librarian and as editor-in-chief of the review site No Flying No Tights. She has written for journals including School Library Journal, Library Journal, VOYA, and Early Word.
Karen Brisette is a Queens-dwelling bookseller, librarian, reader, and all-around booknerd; she also writes for the LA Review of Books and is notable on Goodreads as "most popular reviewer."
Susan Brown came up through the ranks of reference, reader's advisory, adult programming, and marketing and is currently the Director of Chapel Hill Public Library (N.C.) She reads widely, from horror to quirky nonfiction to historical fiction, and especially enjoys anything with haunted houses, young female protagonists, and/or circus folk.
Angela Carstensen is the Director of Library and Information Services at Sacred Heart Greenwich, in Greenwich, CT where she works with middle and high school students. She is the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Teen Literature and has chaired YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award, Alex Award, and Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults committees.
Cassano, Francine Strober
2018 RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year, Frannie Cassano first stumbled into the romance genre at her local drugstore as a teen. And after nearly 20 years at the Reference Desk, you can now find Frannie as a guest writer and an on-air contributor. Her favorite sub-genres are Cowboy/Westerns, Sweet Romances, and Inspirational Fiction.
Alicia Cavitt is an Information Specialist at Forsyth County Public Library in Georgia. She enjoys readers’ advisory and adult programming. Alicia leads a monthly writers’ group that offers manuscript feedback to local writers and is an editor and contributor to the library's blog, Bookmarked. Her favorite genres include literary fiction, magical realism, science fiction, historical fiction, suspense, and horror.
Teresa Chung is currently pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University in California. A former college English professor who taught rhetoric and literature, she enjoys reading and writing about literary fiction and the biological sciences. She lives in San Francisco.
Lisa Clark is a Library Associate at Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky. She’s done a little bit of everything but currently spends most of her time managing the juvenile collection, coordinating volunteers, and facilitating the library's writing group. Outside of work, she's pursuing her MLS at Valdosta State University, reviewing graphic novels for No Flying, No Tights, and serves as a Kentucky Blue Grass Award judge.
Catherine Coles is the Manager of Library Services/County Librarian for the County of Lennox & Addington, located in eastern Ontario. She is also the Instructor of Genre Fiction and Readers’ Advisory Services for Mohawk College.
Julie Corsaro is a librarian who has worked in public and private schools, public libraries, the private sector, and professional associations. She has reviewed for Booklist, School Library Journal and Kirkus and served on the Newbery and Caldecott Award committees. A former fellow at the International Youth Library (Germany), she currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC.
Cover, Heather Miller
Heather Cover never planned to be a librarian, but 23 years and an MLIS later, she’s loving her job at Homewood Public Library (AL) as a Special Projects Librarian. She’s worked across the library in Children’s, Teen, and Adult, and still reads titles from all three age groups. Favorite genres are mystery, romance, fantasy, and true crime.
Ann Cox is a collection development librarian who works for a major book vendor and has over twenty years of experience in libraries. She co-hosts Well-Read, a biweekly podcast about books and reading and serves as a judge for the Audie Awards. She's always in the mood for a good mystery or anything that can be labeled as Gothic. Find her at wellreadpodcast.wordpress.com.
Andrienne Cruz is a public librarian at Azusa City Library in California since 2006. She reads about 3-5 books a week and is a LibraryReads board member. She reads all genres, but her favorites are literary fiction and psychological thriller. You can find her on Twitter @deienara, which reflect her love of Greek mythology.
Heather Cunningham is the Teen Services Librarian at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in NY and has worked in public libraries and schools since 2011. She is an avid reader of dark fantasy, historical fiction/romance, and atmospheric mysteries. She sneaks in reading when she's not chasing her toddler around the house.
Angela Davis has been a Children’s Librarian at Sacramento Public Library since 2008. She enjoys children’s books of all shapes and sizes and is quite vocal about her favorite reads.
Davis, Sarah S.
Sarah S. Davis writes about books for Book Riot, Broke by Books, and Kirkus Reviews, where she is a copywriter and copyeditor. She owns The Freelance Librarian consulting business. Sarah received her MLIS from Clarion University and lives in the Philadelphia area.
Erin DeCoeur is an Adult Services Librarian with Wake County Public Libraries. Until its closure in 2017, she managed one of the few used bookstores located inside an airport. Erin's primary reading passions are historical literary romance fiction (but not all in one book, typically). Her HamilTEA program was published on Programming Librarian. She likes cats.
De Vos, Gail
Gail de Vos is a professional storyteller, the author of nine books about storytelling and folklore, and has been an adjunct instructor at SLIS at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta Canada for three decades, teaching courses in Storytelling, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Education, Indigenous Canadian Literature, and Canadian Children's Literature. Her research focus is folklore in popular culture.
Bethany Dietrich is the Young Adult Librarian at Bastrop Public Library in Texas. She wears many hats in her role including teen and tween programming, YA and adult collection development, and social media manager. She enjoys reading YA, romance, historical fiction, and fantasy.
Amy Drolet is an English Subtitle Editor with SDI Media, as well as a freelance writer and storyteller, in Los Angeles, California. Her genres of choice include horror, true crime, fantasy, and the occasional smutty historical romance.
Rosemary D’Urso is a former school librarian and current book reviewer who constantly racks up late library fines to read that perfect book with her kids just one more time. She spends her days going on adventures with her family, running, listening to audiobooks, and working hard to connect parents and teachers with the best books for children. Visit her on Instagram: @librarymombooks.
Summer Edward (www.summeredward.com) is a writer, children's editor, and the editor-in-chief of Anansesem, a Caribbean children's/YA literature ezine. She has served as a judge for the Golden Baobab Prizes, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and OpenIDEO's Early Childhood Book Challenge. She holds a Master’s Degree in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Elsbree has worked in libraries since 2007, first in the children’s department of a public library, and now as an elementary library media specialist in the East Aurora (IL) School District. She is currently serving on the steering committee of the Bluestem Award, an Illinois readers’ choice award for 3rd-5th graders and writes audiobook reviews for School Library Journal.
Alicia Evans has been working in libraries for 9 years and is currently the Head of Youth Services at the Geauga County Library Chardon branch in Ohio. When she's not reading, organizing library programs, or making impressive lists utilizing the Oxford comma, Alicia can be found quilting or watching horror movies.
Jennifer Fairchild has been a librarian for 12 years, mostly as an Adult Services and Teen Services Librarian with the King County Library System. She has served on several YALSA committees, including Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and the William C. Morris Award. She likes cozy mysteries, birds, and dressing up in Regency period costumes.
Farrar, Christi Showman
Christi Showman Farrar is a Consultant at the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) where she provides guidance and continuing education to library staff all over the state. She also teaches Children's Literature in the Library Media Studies program at Salem State University and is a public library trustee. Science fiction is her go-to genre, in just about every format.
Dr. Brian Flota is a Humanities Librarian (Associate Professor) at James Madison University Libraries. He has produced scholarship on comics and pulp magazine collections in libraries, post-9/11 popular music, multi-ethnic American literature, Ishmael Reed, Richard Pryor, Richard Wright, and the Beat Generation.
Francisca Goldsmith is a consultling librarian who has specialized in advisory work in public libraries and teaches regular courses in multimodal advisory work to library staff. She has served on a variety of award committees and juries including as an Eisner judge, an Audie Awards judge, and on YALSA's Printz Award committee.
Gómez, Sarah Hannah
Sarah Hannah Gómez holds an MA in children's literature and MS in library science from Simmons College. She is a doctoral student in children's literature at the University of Arizona.
Andrea Gough is an Adult Services Librarian at the Seattle Public Library with a passion for readers' advisory and collection development. She is currently a member of the RUSA CODES Reading List Committee.
Melissa Gray has 12 years of experience as an adult reference librarian with St. Paul Public Library in Minnesota, with many previous years working as a bookseller. She's connected a lot of people to the right books and information. She’s an avid book collector, reader, baker, and knitter, and is enthusiastic about science fiction & fantasy, history, technology, and space.
Mary Griffin is a blissfully retired librarian who worked for almost 40 years in Library Administration at the Omaha Public Library. Her responsibilities included collection development, overseeing facilities and library renovations, and supervising branch managers. She enjoys playing the piano and organ at church and participating in a wine tasting group.
Natalie Harvey has nearly a decade of experience as a librarian in public and independent schools in Illinois and North Carolina. She enjoys renovating library spaces, creating and hosting reader's choice awards, and hugging lovely picture books.
Hatch, Jennifer Stubben
Jennifer Stubben Hatch is a librarian and former staff member at NoveList. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Lauren Havens is Project Manager for Digital Collections for the University of Michigan Library. In this role, she works with a wide range of content, from ancient scrolls to herpetology specimens, archival letters, and more. She also enjoys poetry, fantasy fiction, and sharing children’s literature with her daughter.
Christen Higgins is a School Library Media Coordinator with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She has been working to connect children and books for 14 years, in both the public library and public school system. She delights in zany stories that tickle the funny bone and abound with cleverness. Find her at @Storyowl on Twitter.
Hill, Nanci Milone
Nanci Milone Hill is the Library Director at the Parker Library in Dracut, Massachusetts and loves matching books to readers. Though libraries may evolve, she believes the need for readers' advisory will always endure. She has a weakness for paranormal romances and can be found on her favorite beach every summer, vampire romance in hand.
Erin Holt is teen librarian at Williamson County Public Library in Franklin, Tennessee..
Steven Jablonski, Collection Development Librarian at Skokie Public Library and occasional contributor to Library Journal, still cannot believe he actually gets paid to connect readers with good books. When not reading or listening to books, he spends his time reading book reviews and listening to bookish podcasts.
Allie Jackson is a youth services librarian currently living in Durham, NC. She especially enjoys middle grade fantasy novels.
Michael Jenkins is a writer, community activist, and avid vegetable gardener in Wilmington, NC.
Abby Johnson is the Collection Development Leader at the Floyd County Library in New Albany, Indiana. She served on the 2015 Newbery Committee and blogs at abbythelibrarian.com.
Johnson, Katherine Bradley
Katherine Bradley Johnson is a retired NoveList editor and bibliographer. She has about eight years' experience in public libraries, as well as a literature degree and experience teaching writing at the university level. Now that she's retired, she has time to participate in two book clubs!
Before becoming a neighborhood library supervisor, Jane Jorgenson was a page, a clerk, a library assistant, and a librarian, all at the Madison Public Library in Wisconsin. She has also worked in a mystery bookstore, reviewed for a romance website, and served on statewide literary awards committees. She has helped choose Library Journal's Best Pop Fiction for the last two years.
Sophie Kenney is Assistant Manager of Children's Services at the Aurora Public Library (IL) and focuses on early literacy and diverse programming. She reviews for School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. She has served on several ALSC committees including the Randolph Caldecott Award and currently co-chairs the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force
Mary Kinser is a Collection Development Librarian for Whatcom County Library System in Washington State, focusing on adult collections and readers' advisory. An unrepentant book nerd, her passion is spreading the joy of reading, and she talks books with absolutely everyone she meets.
Sarah Kovac is an Adult Services librarian at the Carol Stream Public Library in Illinois, where she purchases adult graphic novel and fiction titles.
In her day job, Bethany Latham is a Professor and Digital Assets & Special Collections Librarian at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. An avid fan of historical fiction, she is Managing Editor of the Historical Novels Review, for which she also reviews and contributes features and author interviews. She is a regular reviewer for Booklist.
Angela Leeper is the director of the Curriculum Materials Center (a fancy name for the education library and studio) at the University of Richmond in Virginia. She also reviews children’s and young adult books for Kirkus and Booklist.
Hannah Lewis works as a youth paraprofessional at the Kent District Library Wyoming Branch in Michigan. She specializes in teen and STEAM programming, readers' advisory, and technology assistance.
Ngarie Macqueen is Casino Library Coordinator in the small regional town of Casino, in New South Wales, Australia. She really enjoys trying out new authors or subject areas but always finds herself coming back to her first two loves, historical and romance fiction, (perhaps even the two together).
Pamela Manasco is a writer and editor living in Alabaster, AL.
Donna Matturri has worked in public libraries for nearly ten years, as a programmer, a reference librarian, and now as a technology librarian. She can often be found with a romance book in hand, a cup of tea by her side, and a cat or two in her lap. Find out what contemporary romances she’s reading on Instagram @thelibrariansbookshelf.
Librarian and book reviewer Megan McArdle will read anything, but especially loves SF, fantasy, and books that are a bit weird. She is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends and currently works at the Library of Congress.
John Meier is the Head of STEM for Engagement and Outreach in the Penn State University Libraries where he has worked since 2007 and now holds tenure and the rank of full Librarian. He serves on the advisory board for the Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year and has published on science comics and graphic novels.
Michael Nilsson is a freelance writer living in North Carolina.
Liza Oldham is the Director of the Annenberg Center for Learning and Research at the Chapin School in New York City. She has written for Library Journal and contributed a chapter to The Information Literacy Framework: Case Studies of Successful Implementation. Her teaching and research interests include culture and media studies, information literacy, and pedagogical design.
Andrea O'Shea works with adults as the Head of Reference and Technical Services at the Windsor Public Library in Connecticut. Her previous roles include children's librarian and teen librarian. When reading, she gravitates toward heartwrenching stories, culinary culture, and coming-of-age stories. Ask her about great donuts and great sandwiches in Connecticut.
Tracie Amirante Padal is a readers' advisory librarian in the Popular Materials Department of the Palatine Public Library, and a poet whose work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Julie Paladino worked in school libraries for twenty years in Ohio and North Carolina. She enjoys being retired in Southport, NC (more time for reading!) and continues to be passionate about YA literature. She also reviews YA audiobooks for School Library Journal.
Marcela Peres is the Library Director of the Lewiston Public Library in Maine. She is a lifelong champion and devoted reader of comic books and currently serves as Member-at-Large on the inaugural board of ALA's Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table. She has been a featured speaker on panels about comics in libraries at numerous Comic-Cons, as well as ALA Conferences.
Sarah Polace is the Children’s Services Supervisor at the Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system in greater Cleveland, Ohio. She enjoys connecting readers with books through one on one readers' advisory interactions, sharing book talks during school visits, leading youth book discussions, providing online readers' advisory services and selecting titles for booklists.
Jessica Pryde is the Online Resources & Learning Librarian at Pima County Public Library in Arizona. She prefers books with happy endings. She writes for Book Riot and formerly wrote for YALSA’s Hub. She has been on the ALA Rainbow Round Table Rainbow Book List selection committee and was an inaugural judge for the Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction.
Catherine Roberts is a librarian and branch manager with the Shelby County Public Library in Morristown, Indiana. She's worked among the books for almost a decade and enjoys coaxing readers out of their comfort zones. She loves to recommend fantasy, young adult literature, literary nonfiction, biographies and memoirs.
Natalie Romano is currently a branch librarian at the Denver Public Library in Colorado, where she plans and implements programs for all audiences. She is currently a member of the ALSC Quicklists Committee. In her spare time, she reviews bilingual media for School Library Journal, mentors future children's librarians, and trains for half marathons
Helen Rosenberg has been a Children’s Librarian for over 25 years. She has worked in both public and school libraries. She was a reviewer for Booklist's children's and YA sections for many years. She currently works as the school librarian at an elementary school serving children from K - 8th grades.
Shannon Salter is a proud public librarian taking a hiatus while raising her boys. She loves reading a wide variety of fiction but Christian Fiction has been of special interest since graduate school when she was assigned a Christian Fiction bibliography project during her internship.
Michael Shumate is a freelance writer living in Durham, North Carolina. His short stories and essays have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Crescent Review, and other journals.
Becky Spratford co-created the Readers' Advisory Department at the Berwyn Public Library [Illinois] in 2000, transitioning to full time consulting and training in 2015. Follow Becky’s RA exploits across the world on Twitter @RAforAll and at RA for All: http://raforall.blogspot.com. Becky also reviews horror for Booklist and Library Journal.
Jennie Stevens is a teen librarian in the greater Chicagoland area with a passion for readers' advisory and programming for all ages. She has worked in public and academic libraries for the past 6 years and is currently reading her way through the PBS Great American Reads List.
Stover, Kaite Mediatore
Kaite Stover is the Director of Readers Services for the Kansas City Public Library and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2002. She’s served on almost every reading committee ALA RUSA supports and will read almost anything: subtitles, thrillers, literary fiction with a twist, quirky nonfiction, and tarot cards are just a few. She likes/tweets/grams @MarianLiberryan and @kaitestover.
James Stubbs is a librarian and self-published author who works for the Florence County Library System in Florence, South Carolina. He has a particular fondness for old pulp fiction and westerns.
Konrad Stump is a Local History Associate for the Springfield-Greene County (MO) Library, where he acts as department programming coordinator and works district-wide on Big Read, ASRP, and Springfield-Greene's popular "Oh, the Horror!" series.
Thompson, Sarah Bean
Sarah Bean Thompson is a Youth Services Manager for Springfield-Greene County (MO) Library. She is a self-proclaimed geek and loves board games and Star Trek. Sarah was born to be a librarian -- her first word was “book!” She is passionate about readers’ advisory and loves sharing books with readers as well as planning storytimes and programs at her library.
Barry Trott is Special Projects and Technical Services Director at the Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library. He served as editor of RUSA's journal, RUSQ from 2012-18, was series editor of ABC-CLIO's Read On... Series, and is a past president of RUSA. He is a frequent presenter on readers' advisory topics.
Rebecca B. Vargha is Head, School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Library at UNC-CH. She is also a member of the SILS Faculty teaching classes on reference, collection management, special libraries and knowledge management. Outside of libraryland and teaching, her passions are reading mysteries and taking walks with her dog, Hailey who is an Australian Shepherd.
Vikki Walters worked for Georgia Perimeter College, Dunwoody Campus as a part time Reference Librarian for 2 years before transitioning to Fulton County Public Library in Atlanta, GA, as an Adult Service Librarian. She has worked in medical, public, and academic libraries. She likes law and order books. She also enjoys crafting, meditation, and Adult Coloring.
Kay Weisman is a youth services librarian and writer who currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has worked in school and public libraries, served on numerous book award committees, and currently reviews for ALA Booklist.
Lynne Welch is an Ohio librarian specializing in Readers' Advisory and Electronic Reference Services.
Susie Wilde is passionate about children’s books whether she’s reviewing, teaching about them, helping people write them, or sharing them with children & adults. Discover more at ignitingwriting.com
Williamson, Tara Bannon
Tara Bannon Williamson is the Senior Librarian at the Park Hill Branch of the Denver Public Library, founder and facilitator of Denver Public Library's current Adult Advisory group, and an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver's Library Information Sciences Program. She is also on the advisory board and a judge for the Excellence in Graphic Literature Award.
April Witteveen works as a Community Librarian for the Deschutes Public Library, located in the high desert of Central Oregon (where it's much sunnier than Portland). She specializes in teen services and loves all the challenges and opportunities the age group brings. Once, a sixth grader said "That was fun!" after a database presentation. It was a very proud moment.
Anne Woodrow just celebrated her 25th anniversary as an elementary school librarian in Ontario, Canada. Starting out with a card catalogue and an old typewriter, she’s thrilled to have seen school libraries transition from quiet, reserved spaces to vibrant community hubs. Anne has been a NoveList contributor for 10 plus years.
Jessica Zellers is the Collection Development Librarian for Western Carolina University. She has a weakness for fat Russian novels.
Mara Zonderman is a Reference Librarian at the Westhampton Free Library in Westhampton Beach, NY. She spearheads Reader's Advisory services in her library, and leads three book discussion groups. The mother of two boys, she still finds time to read over 100 books a year.