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New England Assessment in Action Symposium: Keynote and Panelists

Keynote Speaker

Irene Herold

Irene Herold is the 2016-2017 President of the Association of College and Research Libraries. She is the university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, a position she has held since 2013. Prior to this, Herold served as dean of the library at Keene State College (2001-2013), director of the library at Daniel Webster College (1998-2000), and public services librarian at Monmouth College (1992-1998).

She has been a member of ACRL for 24 years, beginning in 1991. During her membership with ACRL, she has served as a member of the ACRL Board of Directors (2011-2015), the ACRL Communities of Practice Implementation Task Force (2011-2013), the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (2013-2015), and the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee (2009 and 2011). She has served as Board Liaison to the ACRL Membership Committee (2011-2013), the Distance Learning Section (2011-2015), the Literatures in English Section (2013-2015), and the Women and Gender Studies Section (2013-2015). She has also served roles in ACRL sections, including the ACRL College Libraries Section (Program Chair 2004-2006, Vice Chair/Chair/Past Chair, 2007-2011), the ACRL College Libraries Section’s Library Directors’ Discussion Group (Co-convener, 2004-2007), and the ACRL Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange Award Committee (2005-2007 and 2010-2011), and Program Committee (2003-2005).

Herold holds a B.A. in English and M.L.S. from the University of Washington, M.A. in history from Western Illinois University, and a  Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions from Simmons College.

Discussion Panelists

AiA panel

Pictured left to right: Jenna Barry, Hope Houston, Patricia McPherson, Celia Rabinowitz

Assessment in Action team members discussed their experiences with the program, including the project process, challenges faced, action research methodology, benefits and challenges of collaboration, maintaining momentum upon the completion of a project, and on-going support for library research projects.

  • Jenna Barry has been a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Naugatuck Valley Community College, CT, since January 2015. She teaches introductory Library sessions for first-year, full-time students as part of the college’s FYE program, which was the focus of NVCC’s Assessment in Action project. After completion of the AiA project, she participated in a pilot information literacy program in collaboration with area public high schools, an initiative based off of AiA results. Jenna serves as liaison to the Arts & Humanities at NVCC and is interested in Library outreach activities and services to underrepresented populations.
  • Hope Houston is the Associate Director & Manager of Reference Services at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Before joining the staff at Bentley in 2008, Hope was Library Program Specialist with the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services, serving the state’s blind and physically handicapped library users. Prior to that, she was Manager of Reference Services and Coordinator of Library Instruction at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.
  • Patricia McPherson is the Information Literacy and Outreach Librarian at Stonehill College's MacPhaidin Library in Easton, MA. A graduate of Northeastern University, she received her MLS from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science and her MEd. in Instructional Technology from Bridgewater State University. A member of the first cohort of the Assessment in Action initiative, Ms. McPherson presently serves on the ACRL Instruction Session's Instructional Technologies Committee.
  • Celia Rabinowitz is Dean of Mason Library at Keene State College, NH. She has a PhD from Fordham University and a MLS from Rutgers. She was Library Director at St. Mary’s College of Maryland from 2002-2014 and a member of the AiA team in the first cohort. She has served on ACRL and Immersion Institute committees and served on the Board of Directors for the College Library Director Mentoring Program from 2010-2016. Her research interests focus on information literacy, instructional design, and student success.