Our Staff

Our Staff

Vanishka Ahuja is a library associate
Library Associate

Hello everyone! My name is Vanishka Ahuja. I am a Library Associate at the Gottesman Library. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Social-Organisational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am an International Student who came from India in Spring 2022. In my spare time, you can find me in Central Park or tucked away in some cozy book. cafe.

Will Bangs
Will Bangs
Library Associate
Trisha Barton is the lead designer in the library.
Lead Designer

On a September night in Atlanta, I was robbed at gunpoint by a handful of Atlanta local teens, the youngest 15 and the oldest 18. They stole my friend’s car, my phone, and my apathy towards education. The experience did not leave me empty or scared but passionate to find a way to serve every student's beaming and sometimes flickering, potential. Since then I have been on a mission to create educational programs and artistic devices that teach students the importance of life skills and pathways to success rather than mere rote memorization.

My robbery experience propelled me to use my knowledge of maker labs and art to facilitate workshops for adolescents to develop programs that revolve around making, creative technologies, and the relationship between inquiry-based projects and career development.

Master of Education in Art and Art Education, concentrating in Creative Technology, at Teachers College, Columbia University. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College. My research often involves the role of stress and where art and education intersect to provide meaningful interdisciplinary educational experiences. Currently, I teach various creative technology courses K - 8 and consult in the implementation of art and technology in curriculums, specifically within STEM-related subjects.

I also have researched the role of stress, and how we can use technology to learn, explore, and create. She is passionate about the affordances of hands-on experience in understanding, transferring, and integrating multiple subjects. In addition to her research, she enjoys working with a variety of art mediums such as sculpture, ceramics, painting, glass, metal jeweling, physical computing, and design. My plan is to continue to develop my area of research while exploring ways humans use their knowledge to share and to educate, with art and design to enhance interactive experiences, learning, and personal and professional development.

Katie Blake is a library associate
Library Associate

Katie is a library associate at Teachers College and MLIS graduate student at Queens College. She's worked in education since graduating from college in 2014. First, as a 9th and 10th grade English teaching assistant and tutor in New Jersey, and then as an AmeriCorps program manager at City Year New York, an education non profit. Currently, she supports managing City Year's NYC DOE contracts. 

In her spare time, you can find her running around NYC's parks, finding new places to eat, and looking for a good book! 

 

Circulation and User Services Librarian

Louise is the Circulation and User Experience Librarian at Gottesman Libraries. A native of Washington state, she earned her BA in English from the University of Washington. She worked the next few years around the Seattle and Portland areas before deciding to pursue librarianship. After graduating from Syracuse University's online MS in Library and Information Science program, she worked at her local community college library and at a university in the San Francisco bay area. She moved to New York City in 2018 to continue her career in circulation and access services and is enjoying everything the city has to offer. Outside of the library, Louise enjoys reading, doing (and occasionally finishing) crossword puzzles, traveling, exploring New York City, and watching classic movies.

Becca Gates
Research and Instruction Librarian

Becca Gates is the Research and Instruction Librarian at Gottesman Libraries. Born and raised in California, she fell in love with books at a young age–beachside with sand between the pages. She channeled that love of reading into her undergraduate degree in English at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. There Becca found a community of learners passionate about the humanities and served as the co-editor of the literary journal, Byzantium. She then discovered the career path towards librarianship and earned her MLIS from UCLA. In her time in graduate school, she worked in library instruction at USC Special Collections and grew her knowledge in information literacy, primary source instruction, and research techniques. Her primary research in her degree focused on disability in special collections environments and archival silences. After graduating, she made the big move to New York City for an internship in the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Met, and then she decided to call the city her new home. Now, she is excited to serve the Teachers College community and continually learn more everyday as the Research and Instruction Librarian. In her free time, she enjoys hand making books, finding cheap tickets for broadway shows, and learning Spanish.

Jennifer Govan
Library Director and Senior Librarian

Tolkien on my lap and, I lie barefoot in the big fisherman’s hammock, watching the morning light trickle, loving the way the ripples in the pond play underneath the ash and weeping willow, listening to the wind in the trees. Instead of my book, I read the reflecting leaves that vary in color from the shade to the sun, ponder the years ahead, and think how lucky we are to be back in my mother’s home state so many miles from Chicago. If I cast my eyes far enough, I can just about see dragonflies shimmering above the pink and white lily pads, their fragile wings brightly, steadily beating at speeds that defy the glorious leisure of a Maine summer and sudden passing of my young father.

It’s the beginning of August and school seems as far away as the midnight moon. My three brothers and I hook catfish for breakfast, race bullfrogs at the shore, swing like Tarzan into the leech-y watery deep, cannonball from the dock, skyrocket from construction sand, collect little bundles of pine needles to sew sachets for our clothing drawers. Mom sports a tight rubber cap and Timex in the shiny aluminum rowboat, as she commandeers the Great Race, a three-quarter mile swim across Fairbanks. It becomes an annual event, eagerly anticipated, with the watch keeper always delivering good on her promise afterwards of homemade ice cream in Waterville.

Our biggest project is naturally the Tree Fort. After surveying the terrain down the graveled road from our chipmunk-friendly cabin, we identify the perfect spot -- in amongst the wild strawberries, with a golden crown kinglet’s view of the water. We put our minds to task and master the woodlands, finding and collecting an ample stock of branches and even spare lumber in the slippery rain, busy as carpenter ants building a nest. But this is something more. Equipped with saws, hammers, and nails, we form a human chain that measures about fifteen feet up from the base of the towering Eastern white pine. We create a lovely open space in the tree, carefully pass up supplies, take turns at various stations – intent to build together, away from it all, but also to avoid the occasional, falling cone. There’s slight polarity as to the shape, but we settle in the end for a suitably sized triangle with an opening at the front, large enough for any of us, including my youngest neighbor who’s just five, to crawl through. On the third day, my finely freckled older brother drives home the last spike, joining the beam to the cheers of the team – and opening yet a new doorway, unwittingly just as the ancient Greeks intended; the weather has cleared, and we are once again freed for a smart new adventure…. It turns out to be a gray shingled lean-to in the opposite direction that Kim, my Kentuckian friend, and I decorate wall-to-wall with interesting pages from nature and fashion magazines – a cozy girls’ place smelling of wet wood and sweet coffee on the sly.

Jennifer Govan is Library Director and Senior Librarian at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a BA Combined Honours in English and French from The University of Exeter, England, and a Masters of Librarianship from The College of Librarianship Wales, The University of Wales. An enthusiastic member of the Library Services team, she specializes in the provision of research and information by providing library information sessions, research consultations, archives assistance, and in-person/online reference service. She runs the Gottesman Libraries Education Program of collaborative events and offerings whose goal is to inform students, faculty and staff about the latest thinking in education, in ways that engage members of the community with one another and with a broad range of educational experts. She brings wide experience in library collection management, K-12 collections and services, archives, access services, and outreach through her dedicated work at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Image: Girl in a Hammock, 1873, by Winslow Homer (The Lunder Collection, Colby Museum of Art), Wikimedia Commons.

Grace Handy
Library Associate

grace handy is a Library Associate at the Gottesman Libraries, having previously worked with books at a bookstore, a high school library, and the Brooklyn Public Library. handy currently spans three boroughs, coming to Teachers College by way of Brooklyn, and learning as masters degree student at Queens College. grace graduated from Wesleyan University in 2018 with an environmental science degree and has been involved with organizing, archiving, soundscape, and bookmaking projects, currently trying to learn the bass and finish a large stack of unread books.

Jackson Healey
Jackson H.
Technical Services Associate
Roshnara Kissoon
Reserves and Support Services Librarian

Roshnara Kissoon is the Reserves and Support Services Librarian at Gottesman Libraries. Before joining Gottesman Libraries, Roshnara managed the Reserve collections at the Newman Library, Baruch College, CUNY for six years.

Roshnara graduated with an MLS from Queens College, CUNY in 2021 and has a BA in English and Economics from NYU. She has also studied English at NYU’s GSAS and remains an amateur Victorian literature scholar, most recently presenting her work at the MMLA annual conference.

Connie Lee is a library associate
Library Associate

Connie is a Library Associate at Gottesman Libraries. She received a BA in Psychology and minor in Education, Learning, & Societies from the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing an Ed.M at Teachers College in School Psychology. Beyond work and school, Connie enjoys reading books, trying new food spots, and exploring the city.

Kaul Lee is a library associate
Library Associate

Kaul is a Library Associate at Gottesman Libraries. She is currently a student in the School Psychology program at Teachers College. Prior to moving to New York, she attended the University of Utah where she earned a B.S. in Psychology. In her free time she likes to make new recipes, take pictures, and spend time with friends and family.

Conrad is the Special and Digital Collections librarian
Special and Digital Collections Librarian

Conrad Lochner joins the Gottesman Libraries as the new Special Collections and Digital Librarian. In the past, he has enjoyed the opportunity to engage with a multitude of collections and non-profit organizations such as Sesame Workshop, PEN America, Swiss Institute, and Performa. A curator at heart, Conrad seeks to discover and increase the accessibility of the diverse holdings that archival and library collections steward. 

 

As a graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Information (2013), Conrad utilized technology-driven pedagogy to develop a critical understanding of art-based collections, focusing on intersectional issues concerning ownership, provenance, and decolonization. Previous to pursuing his graduate degree, Conrad attended Hunter College (2010) where he pursued degrees in Literature and Philosophy, with a particular interest in post-war poetry, counter-culture, and thought—three areas which continue to influence the acquisitions of his own personal collection. 

Kalliopi Mathios
Head of Technical Services and Metadata Librarian

Kalliopi Mathios has a BSEd in Elementary Education from Loyola University Chicago with middle school endorsements in history and English. She taught in the Chicagoland area for four years before completing her MLIS at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Before joining Gottesman Libraries as a Services Associate and later as Acquisitions and Materials Librarian, Kalli served in several roles at Brooklyn Public Library including Library Information Supervisor at the Marcy Library, MyLibraryNYC School Outreach Librarian, and as a Children's Librarian. Kalli developed an online module introducing teachers to digital archives for Brooklyn Public Library's award-winning Teacher Lab, with best practices for classroom use. She has presented at the DPLA national conference as well as the K-12 Archives Education Institute at the National Archives in New York. Currently, she is the Head of Technical Services and Metadata Librarian at Gottesman Libraries.

Patti O'Meara is a library associate
Library Associate

Hi everyone! My name is Patti and I’m a Library Associate at Gottesman Libraries. I’m currently pursuing a Ph.D. in School Psychology here at Teachers College. I received a BS in Psychology and Music at William & Mary before attending TC. When I have free time, I like to play piano, spend time with friends and family, and explore the city!

Kate Reselosa is a library associate
Library Associate

Kate is a Library Associate at the Gottesman Libraries. She graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Teaching Mathematics 7-12 and a minor in Global and Urban Education Studies. She is currently pursuing an Ed.M. in Mathematics Education at Teachers College. In her free time, Kate enjoys running, playing the flute, watching K-Dramas, and hanging out with friends.

Joseph Riccio
Library Associate

Joseph is a library associate at Gottesman Libraries. He studies Comparative Literature at CUNY Graduate Center and teaches in the First Year Writing and Great Works of Literature program at Baruch College. When he's not in class or behind the front desk, he's probably lounging in a park, seeing live music, or gallivanting around the city with pals. An ideal weekend would definitely be a combination of all three.

Victoria Sanamorena is a Special and Digital Collections library associate
Special and Digital Collections Library Associate

Victoria is a Special and Digital Collections Library Associate at the Gottesman Libraries. She is currently an MLIS graduate student at St. John’s University where she is concentrating in Academic Librarianship. Prior to attending St. John’s University, Victoria received a Master’s degree in English and American Literature from New York University where she studied nineteenth-century travel writing. During her time at NYU, Victoria worked at Concordia College New York as a writing specialist. She also interned at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, assisting the collections manager in inventorying the art, science, and history collections. Victoria hopes to one day collaborate with students, researchers, and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences so that the general public can have a better connection to and understanding of these fields. 

 

In her spare time, Victoria reads, writes, watches movies, and creates trivia questions. 

Kirti Sinha is a library associate
Library Associate

Kirti Sinha is a Library Associate at Gottesman Libraries. She is currently a student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Teachers College. Prior to this, she attended Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts where she earned a B.A in Psychology. She also minored in Women's and Gender Studies at Clark. Having just moved to New York, in her free time she likes to explore the city and particularly enjoys taking walks in any and every park!

Vikas Tatad is a library associate
Vikas Tatad
Library Associate
Iraida Torres-Irizarry
Manager of Operations of the Gottesman Libraries

New to the world of academic libraries, Iraida is looking forward to learning and becoming versant in library-speak. As the Manager of Operations of the Gottesman Libraries, Iraida is responsible for budget, personnel, technology and for keeping the Gottesman Libraries a safe, healthy and thriving space.

Lauren Young
Library Associate

Lauren J. Young is a science and tech journalist by day and a Gottesman Library Services Associate by night. She likes to write about a lot of things, but mostly covers how technology affects our health, behavior, education and culture. She attended NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and received a Master's degree in journalism. For fun, she collects comic books and browses digital library archives. You can see her writing and reporting on her portfolio and follow her on Twitter.

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