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Librarian Profiles


Erin Ackerman (Interim Assistant Director for Public Services, Social Sciences Librarian)

Erin Ackerman coordinates the library’s public services activities and serves as subject specialist for the social sciences. She is also an adjunct professor in TCNJ’s Department of Political Science. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University and an MLIS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Before becoming a librarian, she was assistant professor of political science at John Jay College, the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research and teaching interests include collection management, research training and strategies of early career academic librarians, American law and politics, gender and politics, and information literacy in the social sciences. Her research has been published in several academic journals, including The Journal of Academic Librarianship and Law & Society Review. She is also the author of a chapter in They Say/I Say on writing in the social sciences. She is active in ACRL’s Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section (PPIRS), serving as its section chair. [Photo credit Michael Stahl.]


Terrence B. Bennett (Business/Economics Librarian)

Terrence Bennett has more than twenty years of experience as an academic librarian. Before that, he had a career as a corporate tax accountant, and worked in the publishing industry in editorial production. In addition to his MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois, he holds an MBA from Tulane University and a BA from The Catholic University of America. His research interests include explorations of research data services in academic libraries, as well as issues in information literacy among undergraduate business students. See more on his ORCID profile.


Colin Bitter (Head of Cataloging and Metadata)

Colin Bitter oversees resource description and ensures bibliographic database integrity for all library holdings at Gitenstein Library. An active member of the technical services community, he currently serves as the Chair of the NJLA CUS/ACRL-NJ Bibliographic Control and Metadata Committee. His research interests include perceptions on the use of controlled thesauri within the cataloging community and the state of cataloging/metadata production in academic libraries. Additionally, he is an active contributor to the NACO New Jersey/New York Funnel. Prior to assuming his current post, he held positions at Rutgers University, Camden County College, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He holds a Master of Science in Library Science and Bachelor of Music, both from the University of North Texas.


Amanda Cowell (Emerging Technologies and Digital Projects Librarian)

Amanda Cowell identifies, evaluates, and promotes current and emerging best practices in the application of web and digital technologies to improve teaching and learning effectiveness at the Gitenstein Library. She also spearheads the library’s archival digitization program including the digitization of the full run of TCNJ’s student newspaper The Signal. In addition to her MLIS from Rutgers University, she has a BS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology and a MBA from Rutgers University. Before coming to TCNJ she worked as the technical lead for Brooklyn Visual Heritage at the Brooklyn Public Library and as a digital archivist at Rutgers University. Prior to becoming a librarian, she worked as an engineer designing real-time software for radar applications. Her research interests focus on how technology can be used in the library to improve library services and information literacy education.


Linda Dempf (Music and Media Librarian)
Linda Dempf is the Music and Media Librarian and also serves as subject librarian for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She earned her DM in music (horn) from Indiana University Bloomington, where she also earned her Masters of Library Science. Her research interests include settlement music schools, the history of all-women orchestras in the U.S., and bringing to light new and old repertoire for the horn. An avid natural hornist, she has performed with period instrument ensembles throughout the United States and has recorded on the Chandos, Naxos, and Cedille labels. [Photo credit Robyn Graham Photography]


Genevieve (Jenny) Innes (Visiting Education Librarian)

Genevieve (Jenny) Innes is the Visiting Education Librarian at Gitenstein Library and also manages the Library’s curriculum collection. Before arriving at The College of New Jersey, she served for eleven years as the Education Librarian at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut. She obtained her MS in Information Sciences (MLS) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and also holds an MA degree in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jenny is an active member of the Education and Behavioral Sciences Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Her research interests include the use of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education for education and counseling library instruction and library services and resources for students with ADHD.


Forrest Link (Acquisitions Librarian)

Forrest Link spent over twenty-five years in the book distribution industry, assisting academic libraries throughout the country in refining their collection development policies and processes. A one-time Latin teacher, he holds a Masters degree in Classics along with his MLS. His research interests include following trends in the publishing industry, especially as they relate to promoting scholarly access, and he has written several articles on e-book marketing and applications. He has served on the editorial board of Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), a leading library journal.


Jia Mi (Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian)

Jia Mi has been the Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian at The College of New Jersey since September 2003. She is responsible for providing electronic resources access and coordinating collection development and maintenance of online databases, electronic journals and print serials subscriptions. Prior to working at TCNJ, she worked as a System Analyst at Factiva, a Dow Jones & Reuters Company, from 1999 to 2003. Her experience included working as an Electronic Resources Librarian at Rutgers University Kilmer Library and Saint Peter’s University Library. She holds MLS, MBA and MIS degrees. Her primary research interests are electronic resource accessibility, digital libraries and the complexities in translating print to electronic formats.


David C. Murray (Humanities Librarian)
David C. Murray’s thirty years of experience in both academic and public libraries includes a 12-year stint as the History and Spanish Librarian at Temple University Libraries. He holds, in addition to his MS, LIS, a second interdisciplinary masters degree with a focus on the art and archaeology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. His research interests include the intersection of print and digital cultures in the humanities; information literacy, particularly in the field of history; and reference services.  He served as chair, History Section of RUSA, American Library Association in 2015-2016. See more on his ORCID profile.


John T. Oliver (Information Literacy Librarian)
John T. Oliver coordinates instruction at Gitenstein Library and specializes in the information skills learning of first-year students. He teaches IDS 102 (“Information Literacy Proficiency”), a mandatory library skills and academic research course that is a graduation requirement for all TCNJ students. He holds an MLIS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and an MA in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Before becoming a librarian at TCNJ, he was a health sciences librarian at Columbia University Medical Center. He earned his undergraduate degree (in English) at TCNJ. His research interests include best practices in multimedia teaching and learning; information literacy, especially in first-year students and other students in transition; and strategies and supports for librarian collaboration with campus partners. See more on his ORCID profile.


Sungmin Park (Special Formats Cataloger/Repository Librarian)(Part-Time)

Sungmin Park holds BA and MA degrees in English Language and Literature with a concentration on Linguistics from Seoul National University in addition to her MLIS from Rutgers University. Before joining TCNJ, she gained experience in cataloging and repository work at Rutgers University and Westminster Choir College. Her interest lies in cataloging, metadata, archival arrangement/description, digital archives, digital humanities, and user services. Since she gave her presentation at the conference, “Beyond the Book” at Stanford University in 2015, she has been participating in research projects on archival materials with a focus on their arrangement, description, and digitization, including the 2018-2019 Griffis Collection project at Rutgers University Libraries sponsored by the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation.


Lisa Roe (Reference & Instruction Librarian)(Part-Time)

Lisa Roe joined TCNJ in 2004 and has over twenty years of experience as an academic librarian. Before becoming a librarian, she worked in corporate training and development and in roles to support individuals with special needs. She is an adjunct professor in TCNJ’s Liberal Learning Program and holds both an undergraduate degree in Communication and an MLS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her research interests include strategies for inclusion in academic libraries and the roles of reference services for marginalized students.


Debra Schiff (Archivist and Special Collections Librarian)(Part-Time)
Deb Schiff joined TCNJ in early 2020 as its first Archives Librarian. She received her MLIS from Rutgers University and BA in Communication — Radio, Television, and Film from William Paterson University. She has served as a consulting archivist for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) since 2015. Previously, she held Archivist and Librarian positions at Chester Public Library, Plainfield Public Library, and Historical Society of Plainfield. She served as an officer of the NJLA History & Preservation Section from 2014-2017 and the SAA Lone Arrangers Section from 2014-2019. She also served on MARAC’s Programming, Mentoring, and Local Arrangements Committees. Schiff received the 2020 NJLA Susan G. Swartzburg Preservation Award for developing and presenting basic archival skills workshops for public librarians and local historians throughout New Jersey.


Bethany Sewell (Access Services and Reference Librarian)
Bethany Sewell earned her MLS from Indiana University, as well as undergraduate degrees in philosophy and visual arts from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to joining the faculty at TCNJ as the Access Services/Reference Librarian, she served as the Access Services Librarian at the University of Denver. Her research agenda is focused on best practices for user-centered access services and she has presented and published on topics such as interlibrary loan, document delivery, and managing library access services departments. At the national level in the library profession, she has been active in the Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section of the Reference and User Services Association division of the American Library Association. See more on her ORCID profile.


Yuji Tosaka (Cataloging/Metadata Librarian)
Yuji Tosaka joined the library faculty in 2008 from OCLC, a non-profit global library cooperative in Dublin, Ohio. He is primarily responsible for cataloging library materials in all formats and performing authority control and catalog database maintenance working with the Head of Cataloging and Metadata. He holds an MLIS from Kent State University, as well as a PhD in history from The Ohio State University. He has written and presented on various cataloging and metadata topics, such as professional continuing education, cataloging standards and practice, and the use and value of bibliographic data in online library catalogs. See more on his ORCID profile.


Valerie Tucci (Physical Sciences/Engineering Librarian)
Valerie Tucci has over forty years of experience working in scientific, engineering, and computer science libraries in the industrial sector along with approximately ten years working in academic libraries. Her industrial experiences include managing Library and Information Services and Research Quality at Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, Pa. and Library Research Manager at NEC Research Institute in Princeton. She holds a BA in chemistry, an MLS in Library and Information Services, an Advanced Certificate in Information Science and is ABD in the Library and Information Science PhD program at the Univ. of Pittsburgh.


Yongming Wang (Systems Librarian)
Yongming Wang manages library systems, including Alma, which supports online library operations, and TCNJ’s digital repository (, which collects, preserves, and provides access to the college’s scholarly output and archives, etc. He applies and integrates information technology in library services and operations. His research interests include the application of information technology and open-source software in library and information science, digital library, data analytics, data visualization, research data management, digital humanities, and artificial intelligence and machine learning.


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