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, 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 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 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 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.
Margaret Bartlett manages the library liaisons assigned to each college, as well as the reference desk assistant. Over her 30 years at RIT, she has served as the RIT College of Business Liaison, Information Specialist, and served on the Conference Board in New York City. She is a member of RIT’s Student Success Steering Committee. Margaret holds a BA in political science from St. John Fisher, and her MLS from SUNY Geneseo.
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 completed a bachelor’s of science in computing and security technology.
As library liaison, Boateng meets with COS/CHST deans and faculty to address library resources needed for degree programs, faculty research and scholarship. She conducts information research and instruction classes for faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.
Before coming to RIT, her career evolved in R&D from Development Laboratory Technician, Information Specialist, Library Manager at General Electric, Corning Inc., Bausch & Lomb, to Library Consultant, IT Business Services Analyst at Xerox, GCI-USPTO, EDS- INS/Xerox.
Boateng holds the following degrees: Ed.D. Executive Leadership, MLS Information Studies, MS General Education, and BS Medical Technology, Biochemistry/Secondary Education. Her certifications include RIT Saunders College of Business Management Information Systems Technology, Business Systems Analysis, and Website and Intranet Development certificate. She is proficient in Atlas. ti (qualitative data analysis software).
At RIT she is a member of RIT Gray Matter, RIT Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative (SMERC), Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Pluralism Awards committee, and is a mentor at the RIT Leadership Institute and Community Service Center. She was awarded the Student Affairs Awards 2014 Cross-Departmental Collaborative Team Recognition: Gray Matter Planning Team
Molly Cort, as Managing Editor of RIT Press, oversees the acquisition and editorial processes for academic press publications in both print and e-pub format. She facilitates the peer review process, manuscript evaluation, preparation and completion of the book project. Before joining the RIT Press, Cort was a Production Manager for the University of Rochester Press/Boydell & Brewer Inc., as well as a freelance writer and adjunct instructor at the Niagara County Community College.
Cort holds a MS in communication and media technologies from RIT and a BS in education from the University of Utah. She is a published writer, won a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, a Kenan Arts Foundation Scholarship, and was a grant recipient from the Carter/Berger Trust, Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.
Outside of work, Cort enjoys music, movies, recreational travel, cooking, and golf.
Peter Dimou is the Library Applications Developer for The Wallace Center. He develops and maintains a variety of applications in support of library and information services by following best practices and industry standards for project management, application design, and software development.
Dimou holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Software Engineering from RIT, with a minor in Computer Science and a concentration in Computer Security. He is both an awardee of the National Science Foundation’s Computing Undergraduate Scholarship, and a member of the Order of the Engineer.
During his undergraduate studies at RIT, Dimou worked as an Orientation Assistant, and as a web developer for Educational Design Resources at NTID.
In her role as Business Manager DiPonzio Heise oversees general budgets of the Press, maintains revenue and expense accounting, manages the royalty payment program with authors, and negotiates distribution and financial agreements with retailers and other book sale outlets. She also manages the bid process for publications.
She holds a BA from the University of Rochester and her MS in Human Resource Development (HRD) from RIT. She is also a certified PI Magnate and a Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Prior to her work at the Press, DiPonzio Heise served as the Head of Circulation and the Head of Programming for RIT Libraries.
In addition to her work at the RIT Press DiPonzio Heise has also served as Adjunct Faculty member at RIT in the graduate HRD program. Outside of work she enjoys running, cooking, and vacationing with her family.
In his role Steven DuBois builds and maintains websites for RIT’s staff, students, alumni and extended community. These sites include RIT Parents & Families, the Department of Modern Languages and Culture, and the Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences.
DuBois’s connection with RIT not only includes being employed since 2015, but he is an alum, earning his bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences. He first developed an interest in web development as a high school student in his hometown of New Bedford, MA, and has continued to develop and improve his skills ever since. He enjoys being part of the RIT community and living in the Rochester area.
As Cataloging Librarian, Dunford performs the cataloging of new materials, conducts the hiring, training and supervision of Metadata Services student workers, and coordinates bindery and repair work for monographic material.
He began his employment at RIT Libraries as a Circulation Desk Supervisor, previously having been employed in a similar position of circulation and reserves supervisor at Nazareth College. He later transferred to the Cataloging Department, now named Digital Initiatives and Metadata Services. Chris earned degrees from Cornell University and Syracuse University in the field of law.
Jennifer Freer is a reference librarian specializing in business information. She also is the liaison to students, faculty and staff in RIT’s Saunders College of Business and the School of International Hospitality & Service Innovation.
Freer was previously a Senior Information Specialist at The Conference Board and a paralegal at a major New York City civil litigation law firm. She has a MLS from Queens College and a BA in history from Binghamton University. In 2011 she placed third in the Richard A. Clarke National Scholar Monograph Contest http://www.firstamendmentstudies.org/contest/index.html and in 2006 she received the RIT Staff Excellence Award.
Fun Freer Fact - she has witnessed in-person two Major League Baseball rarities: David Wells’ perfect game in May 1998 and an even rarer unassisted triple play made by Randy Velarde in May 2000.
Steven Galbraith is Curator of one of the country's premier libraries on graphic communication history and practices—the Cary Graphic Arts Collection. Prior to coming to RIT, he was Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Books at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC; and Visiting Professor and Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts at The Ohio State University. He holds an MLS from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in English Literature from The Ohio State University.
Galbraith is the author of books and articles on English Renaissance literature, printing history, rare book librarianship, and book conservation and digitization. He lectures frequently on a variety of topics, including seminars for the Smithsonian Associates.
Outside of RIT, Dr. Galbraith is a guitarist with the reggae band Noble Vibes.
Diane Grabowski, in her role as Senior Serials Technician maintains Serials’ print and electronic holdings and graduate thesis/dissertation binding. She has previous library experience as well as laboratory research and development. Grabowski holds a BS in communications.
Morna Hilderbrand, as Information Delivery Services (IDS) Librarian, provides oversight of OCLC Worldshare ILL, IDS and ConnectNY, RIT’s resource sharing consortiums. She is responsible for the timely and cost effective delivery of materials obtained from other libraries and commercial sources in a technology driven service environment. Hilderbrand interfaces with subject bibliographers to maintain proficiency in RIT resources and facilitate outreach and collection development efforts.
Before joining RIT, she was Access Services Manager at Cornell University. She holds a BS from Cornell and an MSLIS from Syracuse University.
Kari Horowicz is responsible for instructing and assisting the RIT community in the use of the library collections and information discovery systems. She is also responsible for providing access to knowledge by developing and maintaining library information resources to support the RIT curriculum and student/faculty scholarship for College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Prior to coming to RIT, Horowicz was the Head Librarian, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY and the Architecture and Fine Arts Librarian, University of Florida, Gainesville. She has an MS in Library Service, Columbia University, and a BA in Art History, University of Rochester.
Horowicz is the Past President (2009) Art Libraries Society of North America/Western New York Chapter; Member, Board of the Friends of the Rochester Public Library (2006-2009). She has won the Dancy Duffus Outstanding Citizenship Award, RIT Staff Excellence Award, 2013; “Advisor of the Year” (Student Government Award); and Women’s Cross Country Running Club, RIT, 2001.
Outside of RIT, she enjoys quilting, gardening and hiking in local parks, and is also an avid advocate for literacy efforts around the Rochester area.
Amelia Hugill-Fontanel is Associate Curator of RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection, a library on typographic history. She is an art historian and editor who has contributed to numerous publications about Cary Collection holdings, including those about graphic design, calligraphy, wood type, and type founding. As manager of the Cary technology holdings, she is responsible for teaching and maintaining some 18 different presses and several hundred fonts of metal and wood type. She has lectured nationally at TypeCon, the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, The Grolier Club, and the U.S. Government Publishing Office.
Hugill-Fontanel holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History & Studio Art from Nazareth College, and master’s degree in Graphic Arts Publishing, Typography & Design from RIT’s School of Printing. She is a trustee of the American Printing History Association.
As Library Systems Support Analyst in Digital Initiatives and Metadata Services, Kellett provides support for two institutional repositories: the RIT Digital Archive and RIT Scholar Works, and trains/supervises student employees in the Digital Initiatives and Metadata Services digitization lab. In addition, she assists in the maintenance of ebook records in the library catalog, and participates in other digital initiatives. In the past she has served in several departments at RIT Libraries: Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Reference. Kellett graduated with a BA in Spanish from St. John Fisher College.
She is proficient with Innovative Millennium--Cataloging and Electronic Resource modules, DSpace, Digital Commons, Serials Solutions, MarcEdit, many library database and ebook platforms, some Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat DC Pro, and Microsoft Office--Excel and Word.
Kellett’s interests include genealogy and family history, travel (especially by train,) hot-air ballooning and movies.
Becky Kiely joined The Wallace Center Administrative Operations department in 2013 after working in RIT’s Purchasing/Procurement Services for 16 years. As the Senior Staff Accountant, she supports the financial aspects of every area within The Wallace Center.
Becky earned both her BS in applied arts & sciences and MS in professional studies from RIT, graduating in 2007 and 2010. She is also a graduate of Rochester General Hospital’s Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing.
As well as being a member of the University Appeals board and Faculty Staff Alumni Chapter, Becky has previously served on Staff Council, both as a representative and as Chair, Vice Chair, and Communications Officer.
In her spare time Becky enjoys running, reading, cooking, traveling with her husband and watching sports, especially the New England Patriots. She has also volunteered in the community, most notably as an EMT with the Richmond Fire Department in Honeoye and as an Information Desk Ambassador at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Linette Koren works with faculty, staff and students to help them search for, acquire, and manage information effectively. She also oversees the acquisition, management, and evaluation of the library’s licensed electronic resources. While at RIT, she also gained international experience serving one year as the library director at RIT’s Dubai campus.
Previous to joining RIT, Koren worked locally at Manning & Napier Information Services on a patent searching database and managed a branch library at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in political science and a master’s in library science.
Koren has an unusual hobby of entering and winning contests and sweepstakes. She has been to Switzerland and the UK on trip wins, as well as spent time on the “red carpet” at award shows, and has won a Harley motorcycle, too.
Roman Koshykar is the library’s liaison to RIT’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS) and the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS). He strives to educate GCCIS students on library research and literature searching, and is also responsible for helping students across campus publish their theses. He also trains the RIT community on using citation management systems and Lynda.com. Prior to coming to RIT, he was the Engineering Librarian at Binghamton University (SUNY).
Koshykar holds a BS in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a MS in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois. He enjoys curling, reading, nature, music, cookery, and being a dad.
Gustav Kovalik, in his role as Reference Assistant, assists students with the use of library databases and materials. He has a BA in literature and a BS in botany, with a master’s in library science and an uncompleted master’s in botany.
While employed part time at RIT, Kovalik has done artwork with gallery shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and other U.S. cities, as well as selling works in London.
His current outside interests are varied as he enjoys buying and selling antiques, walking dogs at an animal shelter, and growing a wide variety of berries.
Amy Lindsay supervises the operations of the Wallace library’s Circulation Desk, the student employees, and monitors collection maintenance activities throughout the building. Prior to coming to RIT, Lindsay was a Librarian Assistant at the Greece Public Library. She holds a BA in English from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Sara May oversees marketing and communications for RIT Libraries, including the creation and management of publications, collateral, websites, and social media. She also leads public relations efforts to increase awareness of RIT Libraries' services and values with both internal and external audiences. Before joining RIT, May worked in communications at the University of Rochester, where her work was honored with a number of local and national awards.
She has an MA in English from St. Bonaventure University, where she held a teaching fellowship, and a BA in English and education from SUNY Geneseo. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, traveling, photography, and volunteering in the community.
Susan Mee works with faculty, staff, and students at RIT’s global campuses to help them search for and access information effectively. Mee also supports online faculty and students as well as the University Studies program and the School of Independent Study. During her career at RIT, she previously held the positions of Instruction Librarian and Media Resource Center Manager in the Educational Technology Center. Mee has an MLIS from SUNY Buffalo and a BS from RIT, as well as certifications in Basic and Advanced Quality Management.
Outside of RIT she serves as Historian for the Town of Rush and serves on the Rush Pine Hill Cemetery Board. She has an avid interest in local history, genealogy, quilting, gardening and reading.
Tracey Melville orders and maintains print and electronic serials; assists with Information Delivery Services (IDS) responsibilities; and works with Graduate students, faculty and staff for timely processing of thesis/dissertation requirements. She was a 2008 Staff Recognition Awards Nominee for the RIT Libraries Food For Thought Committee and is a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt from CQAS at RIT. Melville is involved with the RIT I’m First program.
Melville previously worked at the Nazareth College of Rochester Lorette Wilmot Library and Media Center. While there, she held various positions including the Reserves/Interlibrary Loan/Serials Department weekend supervisor, Evening Circulation Supervisor, and assisted with Reference Desk duties. Melville holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Music from Nazareth College of Rochester.
Outside of RIT she is a PCUSA Ordained Elder and participates in Kelley’s Heroes Marching Band in Caledonia, NY. Melville is a busy mother of three boys, and when not playing with matchbox cars, going to scouts, or taking care of their German Shepherd, she enjoys reading and music. She teaches private flute lessons, performs, and is an active member of her church.
Romea Montanaro in her role as Media/Reserve Specialist is responsible for media, closed captioning and course reserve requests. She works closely with RIT faculty to collaborate and fulfill requests to accommodate their curriculum and research needs. Arriving at RIT in 1992, Montanaro’s responsibilities in media have evolved and grown.
Outside of RIT she is an active member of Our Lady of Victory/St Joseph Catholic Church (Chairman, Victory Gardeners, choir member, Hospitality member); actively supports the Rochester Women’s Care Center; and is a member of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors Women Auxiliary Program. Personally she enjoys family and friends, gardening, cooking and baking.
Joan Naturale, in her role as library liaison to National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), teaches NTID Liberal Studies, Deaf Studies, and Deaf Studies Archive (DSA) classes. She also develops Deaf Studies (including DSA), Disabilities, and Education collections.
Naturale has also worked as a School Media Specialist, American Sign Language (ASL) and English Instructor with the Austine School for the Deaf; English Instructional Specialist (Deaf), Northwestern Connecticut Community College; English Instructor, Alabama School for the Deaf. She holds a BA in English from Gallaudet University, MEd, Deaf Education from McDaniel College, MILS from UR, and Ed.D. from St. John Fisher College. Naturale is certified in K-12 Deaf Education.
In addition to her work as the NTID Liaison Librarian, Naturale is the Deaf History International Secretary/Treasurer, a Visual Shakespeare Planning Committee member (Gallaudet & NTID), Deaf Studies Documentary Studies Center Advisory Board Member (Gallaudet), Assistant Director, National Deaf Studies Digital Collection (NDSDC), Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action (FOLDA) Staff Member, and RADSCC Deaf Mutes Banquet Anniversary Committee Member.
She has won numerous awards including: Gallaudet Honorary Librarian, Who's Who in the Book of American Women, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Information Technology, National Advisory Group Outstanding Service Award (NTID), Issac L. Jordan Pluralism Nominee Award.
Justin Newcomer works with several groups in The Wallace Center. For library staff he supports and maintains library applications, such as the library catalog, EZproxy, and ILLiad. He also works with Innovative Learning Institute’s department of Teaching and Learning Services to support classroom technology management. Prior to his current role, Newcomer gained valuable experience working as a student employee and co-op for RIT’s Information Technology Services group. He holds a BS in Networking, Security and System Administration from RIT. In his free time, Newcomer enjoys trail running and orienteering.
Lara Nicosia provides research support to both faculty and students in COLA through one-on-one consultations, in-class library instruction sessions, online tutorials and InfoGuides, and the purchasing of databases, books, and journals relevant to the humanities and social sciences. She also serves as the Academic Integrity Team coordinator overseeing various projects that support academic integrity across RIT's campuses.
Nicosia has a BA in History and Economics from the College of William and Mary; an MA in Museum Studies and MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University; as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Digital Libraries. Her background includes experience working in both academic libraries and special collections including Syracuse University's Special Collections Research Center, the RIT Archive Collections (as Project Archivist), and Medaille College (as Reference and Instruction Librarian).
Richard Palackas has worked as a web developer in the library technology services group of the Wallace Center since 2011. His job includes the development and maintenance of several internal ticketing and information tracking systems. Richard holds a BS in computer science from RIT.
Karen Pannoni is as Student Employment Coordinator and coordinates a centralized process for paperwork and Kronos timekeeping for all TWC student employees. She also processes ProCard statements, enters event information online, and assists with various projects and needs.
Pannoni, who has worked at RIT for 17 years, started in the Online Learning department supporting students and working with faculty as the Proctored Exam Coordinator. She previously worked with faculty to publish journals in the former Scholarly Publishing Studio and also worked for a faculty member in the Gaming Institute.
Outside of RIT, Pannoni’s hobbies include gardening, reading, and baking.
Nick Paulus manages Open Access publications at RIT including journals, books and conferences. Paulus also publishes the annual RIT Faculty Scholarship Report. This report represents "published" scholarship from RIT and was designed to accommodate disseminated and peer-reviewed scholarship from all colleges on campus. He has a Masters in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore. In addition to being a member of the Digital Initiatives and Metadata Services team, Paulus is an Adjunct Faculty member at RIT and can be found teaching typography and page layout in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
In her role Jen Roeszies processes incoming interlibrary loan lending (ILL) requests; processes incoming electronic theses and dissertation submissions from graduate students in ProQuest and Scholar Works; and adds diploma holds to graduate students’ missing thesis/dissertation requirements. In addition Roeszies works in RIT Archives with Archive-It and metadata submissions using Cumulus and Archivists Toolkit.
She holds a BA in English from SUNY Plattsburgh and is currently working toward a BS in Museum Studies at RIT.
Jody Sidlauskas is responsible for the organization, description and preservation of archival collections, including digital assets. She curates exhibitions in the RIT Museum as well as digital exhibits on the RIT History Exhibits webpage; she also provides specialized research and reference assistance to the RIT community. Sidlauskas admits that the favorite aspect of her job is supervising and mentoring student employees.
Sidlauskas holds a Master’s degree in library and information science from SUNY Buffalo and a BS in management from Ithaca College.
Jody is an outdoor enthusiast so when not at work, she can be found hiking, biking, kayaking or golfing in the beautiful Finger Lakes area where she lives. Currently her most passionate hobby is playing the role of Nani to her grandson.
Becky Simmons is responsible for administration of RIT Archive Collections, including the official records of the university and historical collections related to the history of RIT, the University Art Collection and the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Collection. Chief responsibilities include acquisitions, providing for access to collections, RIT Records management and exhibition creation.
Simmons spent 18 years as Associate Librarian at the George Eastman Museum where she oversaw archival collections documenting the art, science, technology and cultural history of photography; responded to research inquiries; and managed periodical acquisitions.
Simmons holds a BA in French Literature/Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University, an M.S from Syracuse University and an MFA from Vermont College.
Simmons has served on the Board of the Friends of the Rochester Public Library and the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House (SBAMH). She currently serves on the Collections and Education Committee at the SBAMH, an advisory group to the director on issues related to the collections. Outside of work Becky enjoys reading, gardening, making and viewing art, and travel.
Sheila Smokey manages the Acquisitions and Serials departments. She also selects vendors, places orders, and manages payment for all library informational materials. She oversees the materials budget and provides expenditure projections to the Director. When she first came to RIT over 23 years ago, she began as the Head of Reference Services at Wallace Library.
Previous to RIT, she was the director of a large corporate library at FMC Corp., Ordnance Division in Santa Clara, CA for 16 years. She holds a BS in education and a master’s in library science.
Her outside interests include antiques, travel, theatre, wildlife, hiking and reading.
Marnie Soom designs many of the books published by RIT Press, from start to finish, inside and out, and in addition designs promotional materials such as postcards, order forms, and book launch invitations. Soom also has the responsibility of maintaining the RIT Press’ website and works with the business manager to keep all titles and pricing information up to date.
Prior to working at RIT Press, Soom was a graduate assistant with the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, as well as a freelance designer. Soom holds two degrees from RIT including a BFA in Graphic Design (RIT ’02) and MS in Print Media (RIT ’03). As a design specialist she utilizes the Adobe Creative Suite.
Outside of work, Soom enjoys photography, cycling, sewing, skiing, and other outdoor adventures.
Jason Stryker manages RIT’s 135,000 sq. ft. academic Wallace library and its main service desk. He coordinates and organizes building maintenance, equipment, and furniture, as well as personnel support for all department, community, and university functions held in the building. He received the Student Government Extra Mile Award 2014-2015.
His prior work experience includes Chief Engineer and Manager (RIT) where he was responsible for the operation of equipment installed in RIT classrooms, and supervised engineers responsible for design, selection and installation of digital teaching and learning equipment in classrooms and auditoriums. As Operations Systems Engineer (RIT), Stryker was the primary point of contact for faculty, staff and student users operating classroom equipment. He performed service and repair of AV equipment and coordinated with service providers as required.
He holds a BS in telecommunications and an MS in facilities management, both from RIT.
Stryker’s personal interests range from leadership development and personal finance to the outdoors with forestry, bush craft, woodworking, and gardening.
Bonnie Swoger, as Associate Director of RIT Libraries, has broad responsibilities working across library departments to lead cross-departmental teams, assess library services, and support the Wallace Center's strategic plan.
She joined the Wallace Center team in 2017 after spending 12 years at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library in a variety of roles, most recently as Head of Reference and Access Services. Previously, she taught introductory geology classes at Buffalo State College.
Swoger holds a BS in Geology from St. Lawrence University, an MS in Geology from Kent State University, and an MLS from the University at Buffalo.
Currently Marcia Trauernicht serves as Director of RIT Libraries at The Wallace Center, working together with its staff to continue the Libraries’ great work in meeting the goals and objectives of it strategic plan. Prior to this appointment, she has served as Manager of Digital Initiatives and Metadata Services, leading the department in the support of RIT’s institute repositories for scholarship and RIT history, Open Access publishing, digital initiatives and digitization projects, and the creation of metadata for the RIT Libraries’ collections.
A native of Illinois, she initiated a career change from music education (BM, MA) to that of librarianship (MS in library and information science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,) and began her professional career as a librarian at Wallace Library, RIT.
In addition she served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Library and Information Studies, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo and as a board member of the Church and Synagogue Library Association. She has earned a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.
Ella joined RIT/The Wallace Center May 1, 2017. As Assistant Archivist, she works in both the RIT Archives and Cary Graphic Arts Collection. Ella earned an MLIS degree with a certificate in the Public Digital Humanities from the University of Iowa, School of Library and Information Science in May 2016. During graduate school she worked at the University of Iowa Special Collections where she gained valuable experience processing archival collections. While there she lead a project to implement ArchivesSpace, their archival management system, and worked on a department-wide assessment project. She also co-curated a major library exhibit: 50 Years of Star Trek, for which she created a special zine to be given out as part of the exhibit.
As Digital Humanities & Social Sciences (DHSS) Librarian, Rebekah Walker advises RIT’s students, staff, and faculty on methods of digital pedagogy and project implementation. She leads tutorials, provides one-on-one consultations, and supports digital projects for the undergraduate DHSS program, The Wallace Center, and others around campus. Walker previously worked with Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning (IDEAL), a curricular design initiative in the University of Iowa’s Rhetoric Department that works with instructors to implement digitally-enhanced assignment models in the classroom.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature and history from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and her MLIS from the University of Iowa, where she also received a graduate certificate in Public Digital Humanities. Outside of work, Walker enjoys watching baseball, reading, cooking, and visiting museums.
Wendy Way has worked at RIT since 2010. She currently manages the students that work at the circulation desk, supports campus departments that do not have an assigned liaison/librarian, and provides outreach to the general RIT community.
Way has a master’s in library science from the University at Buffalo and BAs in biology and computer science. She previously worked as a technical writer for Lenel Systems.
Outside of work, Way is a beekeeper and enjoys gardening, reading, and sewing. She also nurtures love/hate relationships with running and cycling.
Joe Zoda works in The Wallace Center’s Information Technology department as a systems administrator. In this role he provides desktop support for the labs and staff equipment found throughout the building. Zoda has observed many changes in the Wallace Library over the years from delivering database content through dedicated standalone CDROM workstations to the current ability to receive resources through the internet.