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Philip Herold is Director for Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Sciences for the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Libraries (2007-present). He was the Forestry Librarian at the University of Minnesota, editing and compiling four online Forestry index databases, from 2003-2007. From 2005-2011 Philip also worked as founding Co-Director of the University of Minnesota's institutional repository, the University Digital Conservancy.

Before coming the the University of Minnesota, he was Project Manager for MnLINK, a statewide library technology project operating from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Office of the Chancellor. Philip began his professional library career at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he was a Public Services Librarian (1995-1997) and Head of Information Services (1997-2001). In these positions he was active in the GIS / libraries community and helped develop the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR). Philip has a BA in English from Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN, and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Philip has been active in USAIN since 2004. He has served on conference committees, the USAIN nominations committee, and served as conference chair for the 2012 USAIN conference in Minneapolis, MN.



Valrie Minson is Chair of Marston Science Library and an Agricultural Sciences librarian for the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries. She provides research support to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ animal science departments, as well as to Cooperative Extension. She has a BA from University of South Florida and an MLS from Florida State University.

Valrie has been a member of USAIN since 2005 and served as a Director from 2010 to 2012. She co-chaired the conference planning committee for the 2014 USAIN conference (University of Vermont) and is chair of the 2016 conference planning committee for the 2016 USAIN conference (University of Florida). She chaired the invited speakers committee for the 2012 conference and the pre-conference committee for the 2010 conference. She was awarded Project Ceres funding in 2014 for a UF and University of Virgin Islands collaboration. She was an Investigator on the NIH funded VIVO grant, 2009-2011. VIVO is a Semantic Web application recently implemented by ARS for USDA researchers. Additionally, she is the Book and Internet Review Editor for the Journal of Agricultural and Food Information.



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.



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.



Christopher Cole is the Manager, Business Development at the National Agricultural Library. From 2005 to 2012, he was the Associate Director for Technical Services overseeing the Cataloging, Acquisitions, and AGRICOLA Indexing operations. Before joining NAL in February 2005, he was a Digital Project Coordinator at the Library of Congress from 2002-2005. Prior to entering the Federal Service, Chris was a Cybrarian at the Intel Corporation and worked at Maricopa County (Arizona) Library District (1990-2000) as the County Librarian and Associate Director. He received a BA from Kalamazoo College and an MLS from the University of Illinois Urbana.

Chris served as a member of the OCLC Record Use Policy Council that drafted a new policy on WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative. He also served as a member of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control that issued their report On the Record in January 2007. He co-chaired the US RDA Implementation Committee that completed extensive testing process involving 26 institutions of the new cataloging code RDA: Resource Description and Access. The result was that once certain pre-conditions are met, the national libraries will adopt RDA in 2013.


DIRECTORS 2015-2017

Christina Caminita is the Head of Research & Instruction Services (RIS) at LSU Libraries. She has worked at LSU since 2011 and served as the Agriculture and Information Literacy Librarian prior to her promotion to the head of RIS. She is a current member of the Association of College and Research Libraries Science and Technology section, and has co-chaired the section’s Continuing Education committee. Before working at LSU Libraries, Cristina worked as a general librarian at Baton Rouge Community College and as a records management consultant for Access Sciences Corporation. Cristina earned her MLIS in 2006 from LSU and she also earned an MA from LSU in 2002.

Cristina has been a member of USAIN since 2011. She serves on the Preservation and Digital Libraries committee and presented at the 2014 conference in Burlington, Vermont. In 2014, she and her colleague in LSU Libraries Digital Services, Gina Costello, were awarded Project Ceres funding to digitize LSU’s agriculture bulletins.


Kristen Mastel is an outreach and instruction librarian at the University of Minnesota. She received her Masters of Library Science from Indiana University, 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. She also is a Director of the United States Agricultural Information Network.


Peter Fernandez is the Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources librarian at the University of Tennessee. He is responsible for research assistance, instruction, collection development, and outreach for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has a BA from New College of Florida and an MS from the University of South Florida.

He has been a member of USAIN since 2008. He has served as the convener for the Technology Trends Interest Group, as well as participating in the Professional Development Task Force and the Website Review Task Force. He is also active with IAALD and AgNIC. His research interests include the intersection of emerging technologies and library values.


DIRECTORS 2014-2016

Leslie Delserone is a Science Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she serves the Departments of Agronomy and Horticulture, Entomology, and Plant Pathology, the Doctor of Plant Health Program, and the Forensic Science Program (2010-present). 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 in Biology from Seton Hill University, MS in Plant Pathology from the Pennsylvania State University, and MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.

Active in USAIN since 2005, she served on conference committees and as the program planning chair for the 2012 conference in Minneapolis, MN.


Amy Shannon is a Life Sciences Librarian responsible for agriculture, environmental sciences, biology, biochemistry, nutrition, Honors, and the Undergraduate Research Program. She has been at University of Nevada since 1996. Previously, Amy was at University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M University.


Natalie Waters is Head librarian at McGill University's Macdonald Campus Library. She leads and manages the delivery of library and information services to support teaching, learning, research and outreach activities of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and to ensure the effective operations of the Macdonald Campus Library. Natalie has a MLIS (2001) and a BA in Anthropology (1995) from McGill.