Meet the Pilot Team

Cara Setsu Bertram – Archives Program Officer

I work at the American Library Association Archives and previously provided reference services at the University Archives. I have worked in archives for the past nine years and have previous experience in teaching and research. I have assisted researchers in locating primary source materials for a wide range of projects and assignments. My experience has given me a thorough knowledge of the holdings at the University of Illinois Archives, where to locate other primary sources within the Library, and how to conduct archival research. Through my work, I’ve developed subject specialties in the history of librarianship and the University of Illinois. I have a BA in history and a MA in history/archives and records management.

Monica Carroll – Physical Sciences and Engineering Librarian, University Library

I have over a decade of experience as a graduate student, and thankfully have some degrees, including a PhD, to show for it.  In addition, I have significant experience collecting, organizing, and reporting field and laboratory data, and publishing and reviewing peer-reviewed scientific articles.  I also have experience working with advisors, lab mates, collaborators, and committee members.  Currently, I am the Physical Sciences and Engineering Librarian working out of Grainger Engineering Library Information Center because another degree I earned was an MS in Library Science, where I finally learned good information and data management practices.

Yali Feng – Behavioral Sciences Librarian, University Library

I work in the Social Science, Health and Education Library (SSHEL). I am the subject liaison to Psychology and the School of Social Work. I received a BA in sociology and an MM degree from Renmin University in China and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign. I also completed PhD coursework in social work. I actively participate in assisting international students and visiting scholars.

Annabella Irvine – Research Associate, Slavic Reference Service

I am a Research Associate in the Slavic Reference Service (SRS), which is in the International and Area Studies Library. I previously worked in the SRS as a Graduate Assistant while I was a grad student getting my library science degree. I work with doctoral students in different disciplines throughout the year and extensively during the SRS’s Summer Research Lab. My primary responsibility is providing research and reference assistance as well as other projects, such as this pilot program. I look forward to working even more with doctoral students and learning more deeply about their library needs

Joe Lenkart – International Reference Librarian, University Library

I remember a line from a Robert Duvall movie: “Being happy ain’t nothin’ more than havin’ something to look forward to.” I look forward to doing reference work and supporting researchers with and without institutional affiliation. These are extraordinarily difficult times, and we need to support those are less fortunate than us. I have been working at the University Library for 11 years. During that time, I have worked with doctoral students from around the world and throughout their graduate careers. Witnessing their journey through the doctoral program has been inspiring; I admire their spirit and share in their excitement at discovering a new source or a new information outlet. The global intellectual landscape, with its unbounded diversity and curiosity, connects all of us. Discovering its endlessly varied topography is pure joy. We are kindred spirits. I am committed to your academic and social success and to offer support when you need it the most.  I hold a BA in history, an MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and an MS in Library Science.

Eva Rogaar – PhD Candidate, Department of History

I am an advanced doctoral student in Russian and Soviet History at the University of Illinois. As research, writing, publishing and teaching are at the center of the work for a PhD degree, I have been making extensive use of the university library’s collections and services, and of the campus resources for writing and teaching since I started my program in 2015. Aside from my academic work, I have also been active in various groups and committees working for international graduate students’ needs and rights and for a more diverse and inclusive campus more generally. My time as a doctoral student so far has taught me how important it is to not only have the information and resources that you need, but also to have a community to share your ideas, experiences and challenges with. I look forward to fostering such a community through the Doctoral Research Support Program!

Geoffrey Ross – Collections and Services Specialist, University Library

I have been working with University of Illinois patrons for 14 years as the Collections and Services Specialist in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library. I help patrons obtain difficult-to-locate sources, and I work closely with patrons who are trying to find primary and secondary sources for historical research. I also help patrons find and use newspapers, and I am a member of the Illinois Newspaper Project, an ongoing effort to identify, preserve, and digitize the state’s newspaper heritage, a large portion of which remains inaccessible to researchers due to poor collecting, cataloging, and preservation practices. I have a BA in rhetoric, an MA in English literature, and an MS in librarianship.

Chris Wiley – Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Data Services Librarian, University Library

I am the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Data Services Librarian for Grainger Engineering Library as well as an Information Science doctoral student. My research explores data management and data sharing practices within STEM disciplines – more specifically, examining how engineers and scientists apply data management practices and how this application informs the research data services and tools created and employed by engineering libraries.  

Carolyn Wisniewski – Director, Writers Workshop, Center for Writing Studies

As a teacher, scholar, and academic administrator, I am committed to learning that takes place during one-on-one teaching of writing. Before joining the Writers Workshop as its Director five years ago, I worked in four university writing centers, an athletic tutoring center, and a non-profit community literacy center. I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in persuasive writing, public writing, writing research methods, composition theory and pedagogy, and writing center theory, research, and practice. In 2018, I was awarded a research grant from the Council of Writing Program Administrators to support a study of how graduate instructors from across the disciplines learn to respond to student writing. I have also worked with a team of writing center consultants to conduct a mixed-method, comparative study of face-to-face and online tutorial sessions, the results of which are forthcoming in The Writing Center Journal. I hold a BA, MA, and PhD in English, with an emphasis in Writing Studies.