Meet the Team

Library Team

The Library staff is committed to making our extensive resources and services readily available to the entire Guttman community. Our team comprises: librarians expert in reference and research practices and information literacy; OER specialists who manage and expand the Library’s online collection of free-of-charge materials known as open educational resources; and the operations staff who keep the Library organized and running smoothly and create an inviting, accessible atmosphere while serving students, faculty, and staff directly.

Specific courses are supported by an Embedded Librarian, who collaborates with the course instructor to improve the research skills and experiences of students. The librarian is embedded in the Blackboard course shell to connect students to resources relevant to their research and to assist them with their questions. Read More

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Embedded librarians do not interpret an instructor’s assignments for students, discuss the marking rubric with students, or grade any assignments. They will refer any non-research, course-related questions to the instructor.

Guttman Embedded Librarians: Prof. Alexandra Hamlett and Prof. Meagan Lacy

Embedded Library Liaison: Ms. Colette D. Montoya-Sloan​

Library Operations Staff

Eke Williams

Eke Williams

Assistant Director of Library Operations

Email: Eke.Williams@guttman.cuny.edu

Eke (pronounced: E-Kay) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began his professional career at Brooklyn Public Library. He has worked there for more than 14 years, starting out as a part-time shelf organizer during his senior year of high school.  Shortly after graduating high school, he was offered a full-time job as a Technology Resource Specialist. It was in this role where he learned the fundamentals of providing excellent customer service as well as technical support. In addition, he also developed a desire for recognizing and addressing issues that affected library patrons.  While working full-time, he attended classes part-time, in the evenings and on weekends at CUNY. He started his journey in higher-ed at Borough of Manhattan Community College, earning an Associate degree in Business Administration. He continued his journey pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College in Business Administration before earning his Master’s in Library and Information Science from San José State University. Joining Guttman in 2019, Eke looks forward to using his extensive library background to work closely with the library team as well as the college to help add value to the school. He hopes his efforts will help guide first and second year students to make great life choices that will prepare them for a bright and prosperous future.

College Assistants

Ladi Akinwande

Ladi Akinwande

Email: Oladimeji.Akinwande@guttman.cuny.edu

Ladi Akinwande is an actor and musician who graduated from CUNY’s Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Communications. He has worked as an assistant teaching artist and a mentor in public schools throughout New York City with the Urban Arts Partnership and other non-profit organizations. In addition to presenting at education conferences all over the country, Ladi is the founder of NextLevelCouncil, an education consulting business that provides high school students with key information to facilitate a seamless transition to higher education. As an artist, Ladi has appeared in several short films, music videos, and theater productions, as well as studied commedia dell’arte in Italy. Some of his favorite things to do are play piano, bike around the city, play basketball, and read. Ladi has had the pleasure to support the students and faculty at the Guttman Library since 2019.

Kelly Castro

Joan Kelly Castro

Email: Joan.Castro@guttman.cuny.edu

Joan Kelly Castro is a dedicated member of the Library staff, who joined the team just after the College first opened its doors in 2012. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Hunter College, CUNY, in 2010. Kelly contributes her great creativity, critical thinking, and attention to detail to all of her responsibilities at the Library.

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Samantha Wong

Email: Samantha.Wong@guttman.cuny.edu

Born in New York, Samie Wong was raised in Queens by Chinese-Malaysian immigrant parents. She is a graduate of Hunter College, CUNY, with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and a minor in Asian American Studies. Samie has been working at the Library since 2012, primarily aiding students and faculty with course reserves and other needs at the front desk. A music enthusiast, Samie enjoyed going to concerts and traveling pre-pandemic. In her free time, she explores her interests in photography, crafting, and learning historical facts.

Librarians

Meagan Lacy

Meagan Lacy

Chief Librarian

Email: Meagan.Lacy@guttman.cuny.edu

Prof. Meagan Lacy earned her Master in Library and Information Science at the University of Washington. She also holds an M.A. in English at Indiana University at Indianapolis and a B.A. at Seattle University, with majors in philosophy and English. She became a librarian primarily because she is attracted to the profession’s core values – its democratic mission and commitment to lifelong learning through information literacy (IL). As an Information Literacy Librarian at Guttman, Prof. Lacy’s main task is to empower students to use information critically to learn and to create new knowledge. Having previously worked in public and private K-12 schools, she saw firsthand the difference information makes, the advantage of better access.

Whether Prof. Lacy is meeting with a student for a research consultation, teaching IL in the classroom, or posting faculty work to CUNY’s online intuitional repository, her goal is to narrow the information divide.

Amy Beth

Dr. Amy Beth

Associate Professor, Librarian

Email: Amy.Beth@guttman.cuny.edu

Previous to joining Guttman in 2015, Dr. Amy Beth served as Dean of Libraries for both public and private higher educational institutions and has published on a variety of library challenges and topics pertaining to women’s midlife development. Dr. Beth has worked on many projects and boards and is an active member of several professional associations. In addition to her Master’s in Library Science, Dr. Beth holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in her second field, Environmental Psychology. Her research focuses on the significance of libraries as environments for people over the course of their lives as described in the autobiographies and narrative descriptions of architects who work on library building design and renovations.

Alexandra Hamlett

Alexandra Hamlett

Assistant Professor, Information Literacy Librarian

Email: Alexandra.Hamlett@guttman.cuny.edu

As an Information Literacy Librarian at Guttman, Assistant Professor Alexandra Hamlett is passionate about empowering students to critically evaluate information and to recognize themselves as scholars and knowledge producers. Her research interests include exploring the intersection between information literacy instruction, technology, and student interaction. Specifically, Prof. Hamlett is interested how the rapidly changing culture of our information society has urged educators to assess information literacy instruction and alter the ways we use innovative pedagogy to impact student success. She holds a Master of Library Science degree from Queens College, CUNY, a Master of Arts in English and American Literature degree from Hunter College, CUNY, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cal Poly.

Colette Montoya-Sloan

Colette Denali Montoya-Sloan

Library Liaison

Email: Colette.Montoya-Sloan@guttman.cuny.edu

Ms. Colette Denali Montoya-Sloan is from Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico, and a member of the Isleta Pueblo tribe. She earned her Master in Library and Information Studies from Queens College, CUNY, with a certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Materials. Her B.A. is in Anthropology, with minors in Religious Studies and American Indian Studies, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Ms. Montoya-Sloan’s main research interest is in the oral histories of queer and Indigenous lives. Her graduate thesis examined the role of tribal libraries in Indigenous language preservation and revitalization. In addition to her work at the Guttman Library, Ms. Montoya-Sloan is the coordinator of the audio collection as a Digital Archivist at the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

OER Specialists

Dr. Samuel Finesurrey

Dr. Samuel Roger Finesurrey

Adjunct Assistant Professor, OER Campus Coordinator

Email: Samuel.Finesurrey@guttman.cuny.edu

In his role as Guttman’s OER Campus Coordinator, Dr. Samuel Finesurrey works with faculty to adopt, alter, and create open educational resources to save students money and simultaneously making materials timelier and more relevant. Further, he has used his academic training to participate in the development of new OERs, including his work on the textbook U.S. Government and Politics in Principle and Practice: Democracy, Rights, Freedoms and Empire.

Dr. Finesurrey received his Ph.D. in Cuban history, with a specialization in U.S. foreign policy and oral history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His historical research explores how, in the context of revolution, contact between U.S. nationals and Cuba’s marginalized communities at once reproduced existing hierarchies and cultivated opportunities for intergroup solidarities. In his time at Guttman, oral history assignments have been a staple of his political science and history courses. Beginning in 2018, Dr. Finesurrey collaborated with Guttman students on designing, collecting and archiving oral histories, which led to the establishment of the Guttman Community College Undergraduate Scholars Oral History Project. In 2020, Dr. Finesurrey was awarded the ACLS/Mellon Community College Fellowship to complete the digitization of this collection while also producing an anthology of student-collected oral histories edited in collaboration with undergraduates.

Lauren Capellan

Lauren Elisa Capellan

College Assistant

Email: Lauren.Capellan@guttman.cuny.edu

Lauren Elisa Capellan is a proud New Yorker, born and raised in the Inwood area of Manhattan. She is an alumna of Bronx Community College (BCC) and the CUNY Baccalaureate Interdisciplinary Program through the Graduate Center, where she focused on Africana and Latinx Studies. Lauren is currently pursuing a Master in Library and Information Science at Queens College, CUNY. She has worked across CUNY campuses, including BCC, Lehman College, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In her role as an ePortfolio Tutor at BCC, Lauren collaborated with faculty to help students use Digication to build digital portfolios to showcase their academic work and share it online with their peers, professors, and potential employers. She also interned for TED Conferences Education (TED-Ed), fostering relationships with both educators and students globally. As a College Assistant at the Guttman Library, Lauren works with OER Specialists and librarians to make open educational resources accessible for all Guttman students.