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Meet the Staff

Biographical and contact information for the staff at Phillips Library of Aurora University

Kathy Clark

Director of University Library; 630-844-5443

Bachelor of Art in History, University of Illinois at Chicago
Master of Arts in History, Northern Illinois University
Master of Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Specialty: Research instruction, reference service, information literacy, distance learning

Collection Development/Department Liaison:  History;   Sociology;   Political Science;   Woodstock Center; George Williams College

Emily Hoffman

Access Services Librarian; 630-844-5439

Bachelor of Art in English, University of Illinois
Master of Science in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois

Professional Experience:
Academic Librarian since 2011

Lauren Jackson-Beck

Technical Services Librarian; 630-844-5525

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, University of Colorado
Master of Science in Library Science, Columbia University
Advanced Certificate in Preservation Administration, Columbia University

Specialty: Research instruction, reference service, cataloging, library preservation 

Collection Development/Department Liaison: Museum Studies; Music; Theatre;
Professional Experience: Beech Aircraft Corporation, Time Magazine, Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Barrington Area Library

Joyce Pallinger

Information Services Librarian; 630-844-5440

Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders,  Arizona State University
Master of Science in Speech Pathology,  Arizona State University
Master of Library and Information Science, Dominican University

Specialty: Reference service

Collection Development/Department Liaison: Applied Behavior Analysis; Art History; Biology; Chemistry; Communication Sciences and Disorders; English; Environmental Science (Sustainability); Health Education; Interdisciplinary Studies; Natural Sciences; Nursing; Physical Education; Physics;

Professional Experience: Speech-Language Pathologist for 10 years;  librarianship since 1994 in hospital, academic, and public libraries

Dr. Susan Palmer

Curator, Jenks Memorial Collection of Adventual Materials; 630-844-5445

Bachelor of Arts in History, Aurora College
Master of Arts in History, Northern Illinois University
Doctor of Philosophy in History, Northern Illinois University

Specialty: Social history, urban women studies, ethnic studies, history of Millerism

Professional Experience: Professor of history emerita; Advisory Committee for the Records of Congress; Board of Directors of the Aurora Historical Society and past president; Aurora Preservation Commission

Andi Seifrid

Acquisitions Manager; 630-844-5444

Bachelor of Arts, Northern Illinois University

Professional Experience: Employee of Phillips Library since 1974

Lynnette Singh

Information Services Librarian; 630-844-5440

Collection Development/Department Liaison: Computer Science; Foreign Language; Latino Studies; Mathematics; Outdoor Recreation; Philosophy; Religion;

Helen Valantinas

Information Services Librarian; 630-844-5653

Bachelor of Science in Economics, Nothern Illinois University
Master of Science in Library and Information Studies, Northern Illinois University

Specialty: Research instruction and reference service

Collection Development/Department Liaison: Accounting; Business Administration; Communication; Criminal Justice; Economics; Education; Finance; Marketing; MBA; Psychology; Reference Sources; Social Work;

Professional Experience: More than twenty years of experience as a reference librarian in both public and academic libraries