Thank you to everyone who applied for a 2018 ACRL/NY Symposium scholarship. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

ACRL/NY 2018 Student Scholarship Awardees

Alvina Lai

Alvina Lai is the Research Coordinator at the Metropolitan Opera and a Graduate Student at Pratt Institute. They previously worked at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Fashion Institute of Technology Foundation, and the Rubin Museum. A graduate from Parsons the New School for Design, Alvina is interested in providing access to art in academic and cultural institutions. Linkedin:

Miranda Montez

Miranda Montez is a second year MLIS graduate student at the University of Washington. She is currently a graduate assistant at the Long Island University Brooklyn Library and has previously interned at the Whitney Museum of American Art Library and worked at the Katherine A. Martin Library in Duluth, Minnesota. She hopes to continue working with academic and research libraries after graduation.

Sarah Nguyen

Sarah Nguyen is a first year MLIS candidate at the University of Washington’s online iSchool program. Currently, she feels extraordinarily lucky to be a member of three different grant-funded projects that are helping her delve into the library and archive fields: CUNY City Tech’s OER Fellowship, Preserve This Podcast at the METRO, and the Dance Heritage Coalition/Mark Morris Dance Group Archive Project. When she’s not following library Twitter, she’s keeping up with conversations around diversity and inclusion, open source-open access, managing data responsibly, archiving dance and audio, and community/self-care. Twitter: @snewyuen

Michelle Nitto

Michelle Nitto is a soon-to-be graduate of Queens College’s Library Science and Information Studies program. She is currently working as an Institutional Repository Assistant in CUNY’s Office of Library Services, where she has gained insight into different methods for creating equity within higher education. Her research interests include surveillance studies, open access and social media culture. Twitter: @chelleinthelib

ACRL/NY 2018 Early Career Librarian Awardee

Samuel Simas

Samuel Simas is the Digital Services and Research Librarian at Bryant University. He studied at L’Université de Rennes 2 and the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his MLIS, as well as an MA in English Literature. His thesis The Men that Sleep Built is a collection of short stories that reimagines stylistic and formal structures of LGBTQ+ literature to experiment with uniquely “gay” styles of writing. In his current position at Bryant University, he promotes open access and open educational resources and gives attention to its implications with social justice, equity, and access. One of his major focuses involves the acquisition and accession of over a decade’s worth of material from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, which will be included in the University’s institutional repository to make visible the work of diverse students, faculty, and staff throughout the University’s history. Sam lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

ACRL/NY 2018 Dr. Barbara Bonous-Smit Experienced Librarian Awardee

Laurel Scheinfeld

Laurel Scheinfeld is a Health Sciences Librarian at Stony Brook University on Long Island, where she is library liaison to the School of Social Welfare and the Long Island State Veterans Home. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the Palmer School at Long Island University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from the University of Maryland. Twitter handle: @LaurelSchein