New University Libraries Faculty: January – March 2013

By Melissa Laning and the new faculty

Melissa Laning is an Associate Dean at the University of Louisville Libraries.

Sarah-Jane Poindexter

Sarah-Jane Poindexter

Sarah-Jane Poindexter

Sarah-Jane Poindexter joined the libraries’ faculty as Archivist for Manuscript Collections/Co-director of the Oral History Center on January 2, 2013.  Prior to joining the University of Louisville Libraries, Sarah-Jane was Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society where she was responsible for arranging and describing document collections related to local history and assisting researchers with using the collections.  Sarah-Jane has also held positions at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky, and Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections, and internships at the Tufts University Digital Collections & Archives and the Boston Athenaeum.  She holds a M.S. in Library and Information Science with an Archives Management Concentration from Simmons College in Boston, MA.   Her B.A. in Anthropology is from the University of Louisville. 

In her current position, Sarah-Jane preserves the cultural memory of UofL and the greater Louisville area by organizing, preserving, and providing access to items of enduring historic value.  These archival items include letters, journals, photographs, oral histories, maps, and architectural drawings.   She is planning an oral history project to document and preserve the history of Louisville’s LGBTQ community.

Before working in archives, Sarah-Jane was an archaeologist at the Public Archaeological Laboratory (Pawtucket, RI) and AMEC Earth & Environmental (Louisville, KY).  She also served as a groundskeeper for Katherine Hepburn. 

Heather Fox

Heather Fox

Heather Fox

Heather Fox was appointed to the faculty on February 4, 2013 as Archivist for Digital Collections.  Her prior professional experience includes serving as Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society, Project Archivist at the Kentucky Oral History Commission and at the Speed Art Museum, Archival Consultant at Appalshop, Inc., and Data Wrangler at UofL Archives and Records Center.  In each of these positions, Heather was responsible for arranging and describing historical collections in all formats including a born digital collection of the August 2009 Louisville Flood.  In most of these positions, Heather’s work focused on making collections accessible to a broader audience through web technologies. She holds a M.S. in Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville. 

Heather works with the Digital Initiatives Librarian to provide web-based access to digital versions of archival collections and faculty research.  She is currently working on describing and adding images to the Caufield and Shook photograph collection which contains images of Louisville from 1875-1939.

Heather plays in a (mostly) girl garage rock band and co-hosts a weekly garage rock radio show on with UL photo curator Elizabeth Reilly.

Maurini Strub

Maurini Strub

Maurini Strub

Maurini Strub joined the libraries faculty on March 11, 2013.  She previously served as a Reserves Specialist at the Oakland University Library in Rochester, MI and as an Adult Specialist at the Oxford (MI) Public Library.  In addition, Maurini worked on a multi-institutional Sakai Interaction Design Project at the University of Michigan.   Her M.S. in Information is from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in Biology is from Oakland University. 

User Experience and Assessment are relatively new areas for libraries.  As our User Experience Librarian, she will study our how users interact with library tools, spaces and services.   The information she collects will help libraries make user-research based decisions and changes.  Maurini will use qualitative and ethnographic assessment methods to measure the usability, desirability, adoptability, and value of library programs and services.  As the Assessment librarian, she will plan, design, and implement initiatives to measure the effectiveness of the University Libraries in meeting its strategic goals.  It is also her goal to promote the integration of assessment into all phases of planning and services.

Maurini is currently working on analyzing the qualitative responses from the 2012 Benchmark Survey.  This survey was conducted to evaluate how the U of L community uses the library and understand more about their needs.

Maurini was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, where she travels regularly to visit family.   

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