Staff Directory by Last Name
Abby Adamczyk is the Libraries department’s primary liaison to the CoAS departments of Biology, Chemistry, and BEES (Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science) and is part of the Libraries liaison team for the College of Medicine. As a liaison librarian, she partners with faculty and students to foster the high levels of research and information skills required in life sciences research and scholarship and to develop greater awareness of research data management practices and trends in scholarly communications.
Prior to joining Drexel, Abby was Research Librarian at the Eccles Health Sciences Library of the University of Utah. From 2006 -2011 she was a research technologist at McKusick-Nathans Institute of Johns Hopkins University where she participated in genetics research of autism and other disorders. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MLIS with Health Resources & Services concentration from the University of Pittsburgh and is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
Alexis leads the Libraries records management initiative and creates solutions for acquiring, processing, and preserving electronic records. She works closely with University records creators to help them design and implement solutions for managing records and complying with Drexel’s Record Retention Policy.
Before arriving at Drexel, Alexis worked at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library in both the University Archives and Michigan Historical Collections divisions. She gained experience collaborating with University records keepers and curating and providing access to both paper and digital records. Her research and professional interests include records management in higher education settings, practical solutions for electronic records, and the arrangement and description of hybrid manuscript collections.
Jay Bhatt is responsible for building library collections in engineering subject areas, outreach to faculty and students, and teaching information and research skills to faculty and students in Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and related subject areas. He provides individual and small group consultations to students, instructional sessions to specific classes, online research support in both face to face and distance learning programs, and workshops for specialized research areas.
Jay is actively involved with the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. He experiments with innovative applications of web 2.0 to enhance information awareness among faculty and students. Jay has published and presented papers extensively in the area of information literacy for engineering students.
Steve is the Information Services Librarian at Drexel University Health Sciences Libraries, Hahnemann Library. He provides research assistance and library instruction for programs in the School of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the School of Public Health. Steve guides students, faculty, residents, and staff in the effective use of biomedical databases, point-of-care resources, bibliographic management programs, and other research tools. In collaboration with library colleagues and faculty he helps develop training programs in health informatics and evidence-based practice. Steve provides liaison services to various clinical departments in the School of Medicine, supports the information needs of distance learners, and acts as a Personal Librarian to incoming freshman students.
Steve began his career in the health sciences as a clinical physician assistant and worked for many years as the operations director of an international medical assistance company. He received a Masters in Library and Information Science from Drexel University in 2005 and worked as the clinical librarian at Pennsylvania Hospital before starting his position at Drexel.
Gary Childs educates and instructs the Drexel community focusing on the utilization of library-related databases, tools, and resources. He specializes in health sciences-based library instruction in multiple fields including Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Psychology, and Public Health. Additionally, he demonstrates the use of bibliographic citation tools such as EndNote and RefWorks.
Gary also serves as a member of the Quality Committee in the Online Learning Council and facilitates graduate student workshops at Drexel University Libraries. He is committed to volunteerism and frequently assists in a myriad of ways at the Animal Care & Control Team Shelter located in Philadelphia.
Deirdre oversees the Collections Access program which provides essential, ordered, and up-to-date access to our resources and maintains a courteous learning environment for our authorized users. She coordinates library services offered at the Circulation Desk, including the lending of books, film, and equipment. She manages the Course Reserve service, retrieval of materials from offsite shelving, study space reservations, and off campus access to electronic resources.
Noelle Egan serves Drexel University Libraries patrons by acquiring and licensing our large collection of eJournals, eBooks and databases, while managing the acquisitions for our print collections. Noelle and the Electronic Resources staff also troubleshoot student, faculty, and staff questions and issues regarding eResource access.
Elise is the librarian for undergraduate learning and works with campus partners to integrate the library and information literacy into the undergraduate experience. She works closely with the Freshman English sequence and orientation as well as other units on campus that support undergraduates.
Prior to coming to Drexel, Elise served as a liaison librarian at a small liberal arts college that had a strong library instruction program where she had the opportunity to teach a noncredit class in library resources for English majors and collaborate with the college’s writing center. Elise is interested in designing and assessing effective library instruction, collaborating with writing and tutoring centers, and how academic integrity is communicated to students.
As the liaison to the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Tom Ipri develops and manages the libraries' collaborative relationships with the departments and programs of the college, including development of library collections, provision of specialized reference, instruction, and consultative services. He is available for individual and group student consultations, in-class instruction, assignment design assistance and online research support.
Prior to coming to Drexel, Tom worked as the Head of Media and Computer Services at Lied Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Before moving to Las Vegas, he served as the Media Librarian at La Salle University’s Connelly Library. While at La Salle, he also taught freshman writing, humanities, and first year experience courses.
Tom is active in the library profession. As a member of the American Library Association (ALA), he serves on the Executive Board of the Video Round Table. He has presented at ALA, Internet Librarian and Computers in Libraries conferences. Tom has published about various library topics in Journal of Web Librarianship, New Library World, Information Technology and Libraries and Computers in Libraries. Also, he is the co-editor of the Drexel University hosted Journal of Culture & Retail Image. Tom has a strong interest in film and writes film reviews for Educational Media Reviews Online. He has served as a judge for the Las Vegas International Film Festival and has served on ALA’s Notable Videos for Adults Committee, which reviews films and compiles a yearly “best of” list. In addition, he helped establish “Movies That Matter,” a series of film screenings on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Jenny James Lee is responsible for managing the marketing of Drexel University Libraries as well as facilitating outreach and planning events. She joined the Libraries staff in early 2011 and since has helped to develop the Libraries’ monthly e-newsletter In Circulation, the annual reports and events such as ScholarSip. Previously, Jenny worked in alumni relations for Rosemont College and in public relations for the non-profit Rock School for Dance Education.
She serves on the Libraries' Managerial Leadership Group and Drexel University's Communications Group and Social Media Group. Jenny is a member of PRSA, the Public Relations Society for America, and is currently pursuing her masters degree in communications.
Janice is the Drexel University Librarian for Health Sciences Research. She provides library instruction in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and supports the expanding research programs of nursing faculty and graduate students.
Prior to joining the Drexel Libraries, Janice worked as an academic librarian for Old Dominion University and Lafayette College. She most recently served as the head of information technology for the Camden County Library System where she managed their IT staff and coordinated the shared integrated library management system. She recently completed a B.S. in Health Sciences- Nutrition and she holds an RD and LDN as a dietitian/nutritionist.
Larry Milliken is the Liaison Librarian for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Drexel University. He received his Master's in Library and Information Science in 2002 from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Prior to becoming a librarian he earned a B.A. In History from the University of Dallas followed by a M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University and was a doctoral student in Medieval European History at the City University of New York's Graduate School and University Center. Before coming to Drexel, Larry was an Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy at Neumann College (now Neumann University) and was an Assistant Librarian for the Sciences at St. Peter's College.
His research interests alternate between Library and Information Science and History and include: librarian involvement with digital humanities projects, collaborations with History faculty in the education of Engineering undergraduates, medieval visual culture, the travels of monks and friars, and early contacts between the medieval West and the Mongol Empire.
Emily Missner is the resident expert in the fields of business, economics, hospitality management, and sport management. She selects print and electronic resources for the Libraries in these subjects and she helps the Drexel Community to hone their business research skills through in-class guest appearances as well as personalized one-on-one consultations.
Before becoming interested in university libraries, Emily worked in advertising and at technology start-ups. Her research interest is in library instruction, especially where it intersects with entertainment, art, and consumer behavior.
As Dean of Libraries since 2010, Dr. Nitecki has worked to envision the academic library and to model one that best contributes toward achieving Drexel University’s dynamic mission. Serving on the Provost’s Academic and Deans Councils, the President’s Executive Council, as well as various campus groups, she has worked to evolve the Libraries as an integral part of the learning enterprise. A Drexel alumna, Nitecki is also a Professor at Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics.
Prior to returning to Drexel, she held administrative positions in the libraries of Yale University [1996 – 2010], University of Maryland at College Park [1983-1996], University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [1978-83] and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville [1972-1978]. She has been active in national, state and regional associations, served as a consultant and invited presenter throughout the US and internationally, and has published over ninety articles, books, compilations, and reviews on such topics as user-based evaluation of library services, research methods, library space, document delivery, and management of library services and information technology applications.
Dr. Nitecki also has taught in library science graduate programs at the University of Rhode Island, Simmons College, and the University of Parma [Italy], as well as through an online course she co-developed for evaluating library service quality for professionals [Association of Research Libraries Online Lyceum, 2000—2004].
As a member of the systems department, Ian has designed and supports part of the Drexel Libraries' access to online resources. He supports the staff in designing processes and writing tools to enhance their control of online as well as printed material. As the Sytems Manager, he sets up and supports the libraries' servers. He has been serially a Novell, NT, and Unix systems administrator since 1991.
Eddie Rubeiz designs and implements innovative and effective tools that help the Libraries support teaching, learning and research. He’s currently pursuing an MS in Library and Information Science at the College of Computing and Informatics, and plans to graduate in Spring 2016 with a concentration in digital curation. Eddie joined Drexel University Libraries in December 2013 from Columbia University's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, where he worked as a senior web developer. He’s worked in that capacity for a variety of companies in the financial, pharmaceutical and music sectors. He holds an undergraduate degree in classical literature from Princeton, and maintains an interest in languages of all types. He's also an avid musician and cyclist.
Lynda Sadusky manages the Resource Sharing Department. She started her library career working summers at the Folcroft Public Library and the Academy of Natural Sciences as a library assistant. She received a B.S. Ed. Library Science from Kutztown University in 1982 and started working at what was then Hahnemann University Hospital Library as a catalog clerk. Five years later she joined the Interlibrary Loan Department. Lynda is a member of the American Library Association and the Medical Library Association.
When she’s not busy working, Lynda is heavily involved with various ministries at her home church.
Tim Siftar, MSIS, MSL&IS is the liaison librarian for the School of Education and College of Computing & Informatics where he offers consultations and trainings for students and faculty. Having done his graduate work at Drexel in the early 90’s, he returned to work at the Libraries in 2003 after ten years in industry as a project manager and analyst.
Elizabeth (Beth) Ten Have is Director of Library Academic Partnerships at Drexel University Libraries. At Drexel, she is responsible for deepening the Libraries involvement in the teaching, learning and research activities of the university through the programs of collections, instruction, reference and research, and library systems and technology.
Prior to joining Drexel in 2008 Beth was senior product manager for the BIOSIS products at Thomson Scientific (now Thomson Reuters). Early in her career she was an acquisitions librarian at Michigan State University Libraries and a library training consultant at Innovative Interfaces, Inc. A native of New York, Beth holds an MSLIS from The University of Michigan and a BA from Hollins College.
Holly Tomren is Head, Metadata Services at Drexel University Libraries. She manages a program that promotes discovery and sharing of resources by creating, enhancing, and optimizing metadata for use and re-use in a variety of tools, techniques, and services, in support of the research & scholarly needs of the Drexel University community. She was previously Head of Monograph, Electronic Resources & Metadata Cataloging at the University of California, Irvine Libraries, where her responsibilities included facilitating access to UCI's electronic and digital resources. Her research interests include metadata literacy, mobile electronic resources in libraries, electronic resources management, and emerging technologies in technical services, and she has presented at conferences including Internet Librarian, Electronic Resources & Libraries, and LITA National Forum. Holly received her MLIS from San Jose State University and was a 2009 American Library Association Emerging Leader.
John Wiggins reduces costs and increases speed of services for the Libraries’ users, in part through his leadership of the processing and access units (Access Services, Acquisitions, Archives, Electronic Resources, Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery, Metadata, and Processing staff at all Drexel University sites form the Library Services team). He is particularly interested in normalizing the Libraries’ user feedback to support improvement planning, tracking, and qualitative metrics.
John also serves on the Libraries’ senior leadership team, and represents the Libraries to the groups supporting the development of the University’s civic engagement and the development of the University’s digital culture and data management.
Users of the Libraries are encouraged to contribute feedback about experiences with the Libraries via our satisfaction survey or are welcome to contact John directly.
Ann Yurcaba is the Director of Library Administrative Services at Drexel University Libraries where she oversees the organization’s budget, staff development and facilities. Ann is a member of the Strategic Leadership Group and works closely with library leadership teams to implement the strategic plan. Prior to joining the Libraries, Ann was the senior director of member programs and services at LYRASIS, a non-profit organization created to serve and support libraries, with a membership of more than 1,700 institutions. She holds a BS in Home Education and a MA in Library Science, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.