Thank you to everyone who applied for a 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium scholarship. Congratulations to this year’s winners!


ACRL/NY 2017 Student Scholarship Awardees

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Maya Bergamasco is a M.S. candidate at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. She is a 2017-2018 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar.

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Dan Delmonaco is a current a Master of Information student with a concentration in Library and Information Science at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information. He received a B.A. in History with a concentration in Early American History, Material Culture, and Museum Studies from the College of William and Mary.


Tera Kent will complete an MLIS from Syracuse University’s iSchool in May 2018. Tera is a Research Lab Manager at Cornell University in the Biomedical Sciences Department, with several years of academic laboratory experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her LIS interests include information literacy, science communication, research data management, and storytelling as a tool for education. She can be found on LinkedIn and on Twitter @TeraRae_K.


Maria Shellman recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in History of Art. At Bryn Mawr, she worked both as an Acquisitions Assistant and as a Special Collections Intern in the college library. Maria is currently pursuing her MSLIS at Syracuse University, where she is working in Bird Library as a Learning Commons Graduate Assistant. She can be found on LinkedIn

ACRL/NY 2017 Early Career Librarian Awardee

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In addition to holding an undergraduate degree in sociology from North Georgia College and State University, Leah Airt also holds a master’s degree in library and information studies from Florida State University. Ms. Airt served in the United States Army and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. Her professional interests include examining the information ethics of Geoinformation services, exploring critical and feminist pedagogy in the information literacy classroom, and assisting veterans with their transition to civilian life through yoga and developing information pathways.

ACRL/NY 2017 Barbara Bonous-Smit Awardees

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Shin Freedman is Head of Scholarly Resources & Collections of the Whittemore Library at Framingham State University in Massachusetts, where she specializes in scholarly resources and collections, teaching information literacy, and research and evaluation.


Lisa Snyder has been the Electronic Resources Librarian at Waynesburg University since November 2009. Previous to that she worked at Wheelock College and Bay State College while attending Simmons College in Boston, MA, where she received her M.S. in Library and Information Science in August 2008.