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Meet the 2015 CRD Board Candidates

July 2, 2014

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect

Christina Steffy

I am a solo librarian at the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing in Pottsville, and I am also an adjunct instructor at Reading Area Community College where I occasionally teach the Library Research Strategies course. My background is in communications and professional writing – I hold bachelor’s degrees in both field with concentrations in public relations; I also have an MLIS from Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information. I have been a CRD board member-at-large since February 2012 and, since then, I have been a member of the Open Access Committee which created Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP), a scholarly, open access journal that focuses on topics that are of interest to Pennsylvania’s academic libraries. I am currently the journal’s marketing coordinator, I am working with the coeditors on development initiatives, and I am on the CRD board’s subcommittee to evaluate candidates for PaLRaP’s new coeditor. In addition to this work, I have been active in PaLA conferences and CRD workshops by volunteering to moderate sessions and to help out wherever needed. Recently, I volunteered to be a part of the CRD board’s subcommittee to write the upcoming LSTA grant. All of this experience has given me the opportunity to work with professionals across the field and to learn so much from them; it has also allowed me to hone my leadership skills. I was fortunate to join the CRD board at a time of substantial growth in the services we offer, and I would be honored to continue working with the board and to have a hand in continuing that growth so we can better serve our libraries in higher education throughout the Commonwealth.


James Maccaferri

I have been a member of PaLA and CRD since 1998 and have served as the CRD legislative liaison since 2012. I have also served PaLA as treasurer and as chair of the Preservation Roundtable and the Technical Services Roundtable. I currently serve as secretary for my university’s chapter of the Association for Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties and for a local community organization. My MSLS and doctorate are from the University of California, Los Angeles, and I have been a faculty member at Clarion University of Pennsylvania since 1991. I look forward to the opportunity to further the smooth functioning of the College and Research Division and to help advance its mission.

Beth Transue

Beth Transue is the Librarian/Collection Development Coordinator at Messiah College. She manages the materials budget, provides collection development and analysis, and is the liaison librarian to the science departments on campus. Beth serves on many campus committees including Educational Technology, Digital Humanities, and Administrative Council. In PaLA, Beth served on the PaLA Conference Planning committee in 2009 and 2012, and is currently a Member-at-Large on PaLA CRD. She has presented several sessions at PaLA conference events, most recently discussing ebooks at the 2013 Spring PaLA CRD workshop. Beth published an article on connectivism learning theory and information literacy standards in Public Services Quarterly in August 2013. Beth completed a Master of Educational Technology degree from Boise State in December 2013, so free time is once again a possibility! Outside of work, Beth enjoys time with family, her two cats, and travel; she is headed to Korea and China in June, and her next cruise for March 2015 with a large group of friends is almost booked!

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