Staff Directory

Lauren Alberque
Project Archivist
Cary Graphic Arts Collection
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Lauren Alberque was named Project Archivist for Cary Graphic Design Archive in August 2016, made possible through a Henry Luce Foundation Grant award. She will organize and describe collections held in the Graphic Design Archive, an unparalleled collection documenting and preserving the work of 42 significant graphic designers active from the 1920s to the 1960s, as well as selected contemporary designers working in American modernist traditions. Alberque, who started at RIT in June 2015 as the project archivist at the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, has also served as project archivist for the RIT Archives. Before moving to Rochester, she was a processing archivist at Chicago Film Archives.

Alberque holds a BA in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago. She also holds a certificate in Film Archiving & Preservation from The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman Museum, where she was their recipient of a fellowship at Haghefilm Digitaal film laboratory in Amsterdam. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Association of Moving Image Archivists’ internship at Image Permanence Institute. Outside of RIT, Alberque enjoys experimental filmmaking, cinema, gaming, travel, sewing, and is a DJ for WAYO 104.3 FM.

Ryan Ammerman
Sr. Systems Administrator
Information Technology
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Ryan Ammerman, as a Sr. Systems Administrator, manages servers and provides desktop support for Macs at The Wallace Center. Previously, he was a student technician in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at RIT. Ammerman holds an MS in Networking & Systems Administration and a BS in Information Technology, both from RIT.

Outside of work, Ammerman enjoys riding motorcycles and performing automotive repair.

Frances Andreu
Digital Initiatives Librarian
Metadata and Digital Scholarship Services
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Frances Andreu manages RIT’s Open Access institutional repository, RIT Scholar Works, and works with other digitization and digital preservation projects. Previously, she was the Digital Services Librarian at the Rochester Regional Library Council where she handled their contributions to the New York Heritage and New York State Historic Newspapers projects.

In addition Andreu previously worked at the Pittsford Community Library and is certified as a New York Public Librarian. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s Master of Library Science program, and has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. She volunteers with the Rochester Early Career Information Professionals and in her free time enjoys running and writing.


Bruce Austin
Director of RIT Press
RIT Press
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Bruce Austin is Director of RIT Press, the Institute’s scholarly book publishing enterprise, and Professor in the School of Communication, College of Liberal Arts.

Kira Barnes
Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
Metadata and Digital Scholarship Services
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Kira Barnes is a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian in the Digital Initiatives and Metadata Services department. She contributes description and subject analysis of information resources in all formats owned or sponsored by The Wallace Center to the library catalog and digital collections, as well as to international shared databases. She also maintains quality control of the data in our catalog and digital collections.

Before joining The Wallace Center staff in 2004, Barnes worked as a Cataloging Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Livingstone College. She has an MLS from Indiana University as well as an MA in French literature and a Certificate in Medieval Studies from the same institution. Her undergraduate BA was in French and English from the University of Kansas. She is a language aficionado and has studied Welsh, German, and French, as well as the medieval versions of those languages. She also has a reading knowledge of several other European languages.

Barnes enjoys singing, reading, and playing Scrabble. She volunteers as a foster caregiver for cats at Lollypop Farm and is a National level BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) beer judge.

Eric Blevins
Sr. Manager of Information Technology
Information Technology
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As Senior Manager for Information Technology, Eric Blevins provides leadership, direction and planning for the operations and personnel of The Wallace Center’s Information Technology Department.

Eric came to RIT after eight years in the Central IT department of Drexel University in Philadelphia. While working at Drexel, Eric com