New University Libraries Faculty: April – August 2013Posted: October 23, 2013
Prepared by Melissa Laning, Rosalinda Linares, Samantha McClellan and Toccara Porter
Rosalinda Hernandez Linares
Rosalinda Linares joined the University Libraries Faculty as the Diversity Residency Librarian on August 19, 2013. She received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2012. The Diversity Residency position, housed within the Reference and Instruction department, is an ongoing program to support entry-level librarians from historically underrepresented minorities in higher education. Along with her duties as the subject liaison to Classical and Modern Languages, teaching information literacy sessions, and providing reference services, Rosalinda is working on several projects across campus that promote the visibility of diverse groups within our UofL community. She is currently on a grant-writing team for the Kentucky Latino Education Alliance (K’LEA), which will focus on the strategic retention of Latino students at UofL.
Rosalinda received her undergraduate degree in Classical Civilizations from Wellesley College. Prior to receiving her degree in library science, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Toledo Public Schools and also spent two years as a Literacy*Americorps Service Member. She has also worked with the Big Sisters Association of Greater Boston and the Girls’ LEAP (Lifetime Empowerment & Awareness Program) Self-Defense Program, also in Boston.
As a former National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) intern at the National Park Service office in Seattle, Washington, and a recent transplant to Louisville, Rosie is very excited to explore the cultural landscapes of the Metro Parks system.
Samantha “Sam” McClellan is the new Social Sciences Teaching and Faculty Outreach Librarian. Her appointment to the Libraries Faculty was effective on July 8, 2013 following completion of her MLS degree from Indiana University in May 2013. In her new position, Sam works with students and faculty to assist them in finding appropriate resources for their research; this can be through one-on-one meetings or in a classroom setting. She views it as treasure hunting for information. The resources she will help students and faculty discover can include books, blogs, speeches, journal articles and more. She is currently working on a research guide to assist faculty in managing the information they gather from their own research projects.
Sam’s undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in Anthropology. While she was a grad student at IU, Sam served in a user services position at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. She also held several positions at the IU Wright Education Library and helped to organize the records of the IU Student Recreational Sports Center. During her undergraduate days in North Carolina, she volunteered at the Wake County Public Library and with Nourish International, an organization with the goal of eradicating poverty through small business ventures.
Sam is currently exploring the laws of gravity. Last year, she went skydiving and this year, she is planning on spelunking at Mammoth Caves.
Toccara Porter was appointed to the position of Coordinator for Distance Learning Library Services effective July 1, 2013. Toccara has been on the libraries faculty since spring semester 2008 as Diversity Residency Librarian so she is already a familiar face on campus, and has taught many of our information literacy and Endnote classes. In her current position, Toccara provides online library research support to students and faculty at UofL who participate in distance education programs both locally and overseas. She assists distance learning students and faculty by creating online research guides tailored to individual programs of study and creating electronic reserves pages with full-text journal articles for use as supplemental reading materials. Essentially, Distance Learning Library Services provides the online equivalent to on-campus library services.
Before joining the faculty at UofL, Toccara was a library assistant at the Louisville Technical Institute providing research support for interior design students. Some of her prior experiences include working as an elementary school substitute teacher and in the circulation department of the Columbus OH Metropolitan Public Library. Her MLIS is from Kent State University and her BA in History is from Berea College.
Toccara collects Hot Wheels cars – VROOOOM, VROOOOM! – and is a Buffalo Bills fan.