USAIN Home Page

Contact USAIN




Executive Council Bios


Leslie Delserone is Science & Government Information Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she serves the Departments of Agronomy and Horticulture, Entomology, Food Science & Technology, Nutrition and Health Sciences, Plant Pathology, and the Doctor of Plant Health Program. 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 (Biology) from Seton Hill University, MS (Plant Pathology) from the Pennsylvania State University, and MA (Library and Information Science) from the University of Iowa. Active in USAIN since 2005, she served as the program-planning chair for the 2012 conference in Minneapolis, on USAIN conference planning and standing committees, and most recently as co-chair of the Legislative & Government Relations Committee.



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.



Kristen Mastel is an outreach and instruction librarian at the University of Minnesota. She is the liaison to Extension, Agricultural Education, and the College of Continuing Education. Kristen received her Masters of Library Science from Indiana University, her Master of Liberal Studies (specializing in Japanese gardens) from the University of Minnesota, 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.

Kristen has been an active member since 2012. She was a USAIN Director 2015-2017, chaired the 2014 conference Sponsors and Exhibits Committee and was a member during 2011-2012 and 2017-2018, along with serving as a member of the web implementation task force, and member of the communications committee.



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 2017-2019

Florian Diekmann is a food, agricultural, and environmental sciences librarian and Head of the Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Library at the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Ohio State University Libraries in 2008, he was a postdoctoral researcher at OSU’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Florian’s academic credentials include a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the Technical University of Munich, a MS in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics from the Ohio State University, and an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Florian has been a member of USAIN since 2008. He served on conference planning committees, as co-convener of the AgNIC Interest Group, the Nominations and Elections Committee, and the Legislative and Government Relations Committee.


Melody Royster is an Assistant University Librarian at the University of Florida/Marston Science Library where she serves as Agricultural Sciences and Instruction Coordinator Librarian. She is the subject liaison to the Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN), Families, Youth and Community Sciences (FYCS), and Food and Resources Economics (FRE) Departments. Melody’s research interest includes information literacy, instructional technologies and citation management systems.

Melody has a BS in Food Resource Economics from the University of Florida and MLIS from Florida State University. She joined USAIN in 2010 and has served on the Contributed Paper/Poster Committee, Co-Chaired the New Membership Committee, and Local Arrangement Committee for the 2016 USAIN Conference.


Suzanne Stapleton is the Agricultural Sciences & Digital Initiatives Librarian at Marston Science Library, University of Florida.  She began her career at UF in 1995 in the cooperative extension service and joined the libraries in 2014.  Suzanne earned her MS from Cornell University and a BA from Carleton College.

Suzanne has been a member of USAIN since 2014.  She was chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2016 conference.  She is a member of the Nominations & Elections Committee, 2016-2018.  Suzanne has contributed to two Project Ceres awards to preserve and digitize historic agricultural serials.


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-Gibson is Plant Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Human Environmental Sciences Librarian (aka the Agriculture Librarian) at the University of Arkansas’ land grant campus in Fayetteville. She has 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. She is currently also interim librarian for the College of Engineering.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas; her MLIS is from LSU Baton Rouge. She has been part of USAIN since 2009, has been a co-convener for the Social Issues and Rural Information Interest Group, and has received two Project Ceres awards, one to digitize the Arkansas Extension Service Circulars (completed 10/2016) and one in progress to digitize the related Bulletins.


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.