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    The goals of the Levy Library Publishing Portal are:

    This project was partially funded thanks to a grant provided by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Outreach Projects (Award Number:  5UG4LM012342-02).

    Our Team

    Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD


    Before joining Levy Library, Gali was responsible for the development of research evaluation and metrics tools for Elsevier’s leading products and was the director of research evaluation metrics development programs. During her tenure at Elsevier she was also responsible for the organization and production of a series of seminars and conferences focusing on different aspects of the scientific and research endeavor worldwide. She was a member of the editorial board of Research Trends and a regular writer for the magazine.

    In addition, Gali is also a researcher and has published several articles in peer reviewed journals. Her areas of expertise are research evaluation and impact, bibliometrics, global scientific trends and international research collaborations. Prior to her work at Elsevier, Gali was an information specialist providing competitive intelligence services for pharmaceutical and financial companies. Gali received her Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her PhD in Information Science from Long Island University in New York.

    Elsa Anderson, MLIS


    Elsa Anderson is the Assistant Library Director, Technical Services & Electronic Resources at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She is responsible for the collection development, budgeting, technical services staff and electronic resources environment within the library. Elsa has more than ten years of academic library experience in Vermont and New York City and has worked at Mount Sinai since 2009. She received her MLIS from Simmons in 2005 and is the author of the April 2014 Library Technology Report "Electronic Resource Management Systems: A Workflow Approach" from ALA Editions.

    Rob Bruno, MLS


    As Systems Librarian, Rob is responsible for first-line support, maintenance, and implementation of the library's broad range of systems, including but not limited to EZProxy, LibGuides, and OCLC Worldshare Management Services. He also serves as the library's primary technology liaison with the school's IT department, and provides reference and related customer services.

    Rob has more than twenty years of professional experience in a variety of New York City libraries. He has previously worked at the NYU College of Dentistry, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Foundation Center, where he developed his skills in systems, cataloging, and Integrated Library Systems management, including being a key part of two ILS migrations.

    He received his MLS from Queens College in 1998, and obtained a certificate in Web Design at Noble Desktop in 2016.

    Kerry McKee, MLIS


    Serving as the Access Services Librarian, Kerry works alongside the Assistant Library Director of Outreach & Public Services to manage interlibrary loan, circulation services, course reserves, and the library facilities.

    Prior to joining the Levy Library team, Kerry has had the opportunity to work in various public, academic, and corporate libraries in Toronto, New York, and Florida. Kerry received her Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and her BSBA in Marketing from the University of South Florida.

    Robin O'Hanlon, MIS


    In her role as Assistant Library Director, Outreach & Public Services, Robin’s responsibilities include managing library circulation and interlibrary loan, overseeing course reserves, managing library facilities, and providing reference services and instructional support. Robin also oversees all library outreach and marketing efforts. She is a member of the American Library Association, Association of College & Research Libraries, and the Medical Library Association. Her professional interests include library outreach & advocacy, access services, librarianship & social justice, consumer health information, and information seeking behavior. Robin earned her MIS from University of Toronto. She previously worked as Head of Access Services at University of California Merced.

    Rachel Pinotti, MLIS


    As Assistant Library Director, Education & Research Services, Rachel enjoys supporting the Mount Sinai community through answering reference inquiries, providing consultation services, and teaching. Her expertise is in the areas of evidence-based practice, reference management, and advanced search techniques, including developing search strategies for systematic reviews & meta-analyses. Rachel earned her BA in Classical Studies from Emory University and her MLIS from Long Island University. Prior to joining Levy Library, Rachel spent five years working in the field of electronic resources publishing, including at the medical publisher McGraw-Hill Professional.

    Laura Schimming, MLS


    Laura oversees library services, resources, and operations across the Mount Sinai Health System libraries. She has enjoyed working at the Levy Library for several years, serving in a variety of roles including reference & instruction, acquisitions, collection development, and currently, deputy director. Her library interests include digital libraries, library administration, e-resource licensing, mobile apps for research, and information literacy. Laura has published original research on finding clinical information at the bedside and designing online courses for teaching and learning PubMed. She especially enjoys providing friendly, knowledgeable research support and planning library system-wide service innovations and improvements.

    Rebecca Snyder, MSI


    Rebecca manages library reference and instruction services for Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai academic and clinical communities. She integrates research instruction into ISMMS graduate programs, consults faculty, students, and housestaff on evidence-based practice information seeking and is special liaison to Nursing Research and Education. She studied Creative Writing and subsequently earned her MS in Information Science at the University of North Texas. In previous roles, she provided services in public and college libraries before managing user services for a library technology firm. In her free time, she is an adjunct for Hunter College’s Nurses Writing Project and volunteers as a palliative doula for Mount Sinai Hospital.

    Samantha Walsh, MLS


    In addition to providing reference services for the Mount Sinai Health System community, Samantha acts as a library liaison to the Public Health, Healthcare Delivery Leadership, and Genetic Counseling graduate programs, providing research instruction and assistance with library learning materials. Samantha is passionate about helping students and faculty to develop their research skills and utilize information resources efficiently and effectively. Samantha also serves as the Levy Library’s chief reference management consultant, assisting student and faculty researchers with tools such as EndNote and Zotero.

    In addition to academic and medical librarianship, Samantha has provided reference services in archival and public library settings. As an Information Professional, she is passionate about ensuring that students become confident and adaptable information seekers. Samantha earned her Master of Library Science(MLS) degree from Queens College in 2015, and is currently pursuing an MA in Literature, Language, and Theory at Hunter College.

    Suzanna Calev, MLIS, MA


    As Reference and Instruction Librarian for Mount Sinai West and St. Luke's Hospitals, Suzanna provides reference services, offers one-on-one and small group instruction, and assists with day-to-day functions to facilitate evidence-based clinical and scholarly activity within Mount Sinai communities served by the two libraries.

    Suzanna previously earned a dual Master’s in History and Library and Information Science, with a concentration in Archives Management, from Simmons College and acquired extensive experience in archives, academic, and public libraries. Her passions are information literacy, history, and providing access to high-quality health science resources.

    Jennifer Kaari, MILS


    As Library Manager, Jennifer provides consultation and instruction services to the clinical communities of Mount Sinai West and St. Luke's, and manages the day-to-day operations of the hospital libraries. Her professional interests include evidence-based practice, health literacy, and all things PubMed.

    Prior to coming to Mount Sinai, she worked in hospital and public library settings. She is an aluma of the AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps and received her BA in Classics from Montclair State University and her MLIS from Pratt Institute.

    Linda Paulls, MLIS


    Linda Paulls, MLIS is Library Manager and Medical Librarian at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Linda manages the daily operations of the hospital library and provides reference services, consultations, and instruction services to the Mount Sinai Downtown clinical communities, which include Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai NY Eye & Ear, Mount Sinai Union Square and Mount Sinai Brooklyn. Her professional interests include evidence-based practice, supporting clinical decision-making, GME learning, and supporting nurses on the journey to Magnet accreditation.

    Linda has a MLIS from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University. She enjoys pursuing professional development in evidence-based practice and health sciences database searching.

    Celine Soudant, MLIS, MS


    As a librarian for Mount Sinai Downtown, Celine provides reference services, research instruction and assistance with citation management tools. She brings a strong scientific background to ISMMS Libraries, including experience as a senior research laboratory technician, and recently received her Master's in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

    Celine is passionate about learning new skills, especially evidence-based practice, and providing high-quality information services to support patient care, Graduate Medical Education and nursing communities.