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Sarah C. Williams is the Life Sciences Data Services Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has been since 2011. Previously, Sarah was at Illinois State University as a Science and Technology Librarian from 2001-2009 and as Head of Library Systems from 2009-2011. She has a BS in Soil and Crop Science from Purdue University, a MLS from Indiana University, and a MS in Information Systems from Illinois State University.

Sarah has been a member of USAIN since 2001. She has been a Director from 2007-2009 and from 2012-2015. She chaired the USAIN 2014 Pre-Conference Committee and has served on the Bylaws Committee, the Communications Committee, the Website Review Team, the Awards and Honors Committee, and conference planning committees.



Philip Herold is Director for Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Sciences for the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Libraries (2007-present). He was the Forestry Librarian at the University of Minnesota, editing and compiling four online Forestry index databases, from 2003-2007. From 2005-2011 Philip also worked as founding Co-Director of the University of Minnesota's institutional repository, the University Digital Conservancy.

Before coming the the University of Minnesota, he was Project Manager for MnLINK, a statewide library technology project operating from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Office of the Chancellor. Philip began his professional library career at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he was a Public Services Librarian (1995-1997) and Head of Information Services (1997-2001). In these positions he was active in the GIS / libraries community and helped develop the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR). Philip has a BA in English from Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN, and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Philip has been active in USAIN since 2004. He has served on conference committees, the USAIN nominations committee, and served as conference chair for the 2012 USAIN conference in Minneapolis, MN.



Leslie Delserone is a Science Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she serves the Departments of Agronomy and Horticulture, Entomology, and Plant Pathology, the Doctor of Plant Health Program, and the Forensic Science Program (2010-present). She began her professional career at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, first as a Science and Engineering Librarian, then as the Agriculture Librarian (2006-2010).

Leslie’s academic credentials include the BA in Biology from Seton Hill University, MS in Plant Pathology from the Pennsylvania State University, and MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa. Active in USAIN since 2005, she served on conference committees and as the program planning chair for the 2012 conference in Minneapolis, MN.



Claudine Jenda is the librarian for the College of Agriculture at Auburn. She also serves as the Assistant Head of Reference & Instruction Services, Auburn University Libraries. Claudine has worked at Auburn since 1989 where she has held a variety of positions in public services such as: Department Head of Science and Technology; Reference Librarian, Government Publications; and Information Specialist, InfoQuest Fee-Based Services. She completed a two-year Fellowship Librarian position in 2001, as a patent fellow, at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program in Washington, D.C. Claudine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Malawi; and the Master of Science degree in Information Science from The City University, London.

Claudine has been a member of USAIN since 1993. She has served on membership committees, conference planning committees, and as a co-convener on the Technology Trends Interest Group.



Jessica Page is the Head of the Veterinary Medicine Library and subject librarian for Animal Sciences, Food Science & Technology, and Environment and Natural Resources at the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the OSU Libraries in 2008, she was an environmental specialist for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Jessica holds a BS in Environmental and Plant Biology from Ohio University, a MS in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MLIS from Kent State University. She is a senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Jessica has been active in USAIN since 2008, serving on the membership committee, as co-convener for the Animal Health Interest Group, and as a member and chair of the Contributed Papers and Posters Committee for three conferences. She is also active in the Medical Library Association and recently chaired its Veterinary Medical Libraries Section.



Jill R. James is the Associate Director for Information Products at the National Agricultural Library (2016-present), where she leads the digital library, customer services, and the information centers for food and nutrition, food safety, animal welfare, water and agriculture, alternative farming systems, invasive species, and rural information. She is a librarian with more than 12 years of federal experience enhancing online access to government information resources and data. Prior to joining the National Agricultural Library, she served as the Chief of Digital Resources at the Law Library of Congress (2015-2016), Senior Web Editor for and chair of the Open Data Work Group at the U.S. Department of Education (2012-2015), and the Social Media Manager (2010-2012) and an Archives Specialist (2004-2010) at the National Archives and Records and Records Administration.

Jill holds an honors B.A. degree in English Literature and French Studies and a minor in History form the University of Delaware. She earned a Master of Library Science and a Master of Arts in U.S. History from the University of Maryland.


DIRECTORS 2016-2018

Megan Kocher Megan Kocher is a science librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries where she serves as liaison to the Departments of Food Science and Nutrition; Animal Science; and Soil, Water and Climate, and also curates the Kirschner Cookbook Collection. She has held this position since 2011. Megan received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and a BA in psychology from Brown University.

Megan has been an active member of USAIN since 2011. She was chair of the USAIN Communications Committee from 2012-2016, chair of the Invited Speakers Committee for the 2016 conference, a member of the 2014 conference Invited Speakers Committee, and a member of the 2012 conference Local Arrangements Committee.


Necia Parker-Goibson Necia Parker-Gibson is Plant Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Human Environmental Sciences Librarian (most often called the Agriculture Librarian) at the University of Arkansasí land grant campus in Fayetteville. She is a full professor/librarian. She began her full-time career at the same institution, having been Library Instruction Coordinator, Social Sciences Librarian, Social Sciences and Agriculture Librarian, and her current title, as well as Sciences Coordinator for collections from 2013-2016. Her Bachelorís degree is a B.S.A from the University of Arkansas, and her MLIS is from LSU Baton Rouge.


Amy Paster Amy Paster is the Head of the Life Sciences Library at Penn State. She is responsible for research assistance, instruction, collection development, and outreach for the entomology, mycology, and turfgrass departments in the College of Agricultural Science. She has a BS from the University of Georgia and earned her MLS from SUNY Albany.

Amy has been a member of USAIN since 1993 and has served as secretary/treasurer and president. She has also chaired the Preservation and Digital Libraries committee.


DIRECTORS 2015-2017

Christina Caminita is the Head of Research & Instruction Services (RIS) at LSU Libraries. She has worked at LSU since 2011 and served as the Agriculture and Information Literacy Librarian prior to her promotion to the head of RIS. She is a current member of the Association of College and Research Libraries Science and Technology section, and has co-chaired the section’s Continuing Education committee. Before working at LSU Libraries, Cristina worked as a general librarian at Baton Rouge Community College and as a records management consultant for Access Sciences Corporation. Cristina earned her MLIS in 2006 from LSU and she also earned an MA from LSU in 2002.

Cristina has been a member of USAIN since 2011. She serves on the Preservation and Digital Libraries committee and presented at the 2014 conference in Burlington, Vermont. In 2014, she and her colleague in LSU Libraries Digital Services, Gina Costello, were awarded Project Ceres funding to digitize LSU’s agriculture bulletins.


Kristen Mastel is an outreach and instruction librarian at the University of Minnesota. She received her Masters of Library Science from Indiana University, and her undergraduate Bachlor of Arts from the University of Minnesota- Morris. Her research areas of interest include instruction, information literacy, outreach and instructional design. Kristen is a Past President of the Minnesota Library Association. She also is a Director of the United States Agricultural Information Network.


Peter Fernandez is the Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources librarian at the University of Tennessee. He is responsible for research assistance, instruction, collection development, and outreach for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has a BA from New College of Florida and an MS from the University of South Florida.

He has been a member of USAIN since 2008. He has served as the convener for the Technology Trends Interest Group, as well as participating in the Professional Development Task Force and the Website Review Task Force. He is also active with IAALD and AgNIC. His research interests include the intersection of emerging technologies and library values.