The AskScott Editorial Board

These are the people who have worked to make AskScott possible.

Scott Nicholson

  • Originator of AskScott
  • General search tools
  • Health and Legal

Dr. Scott Nicholson is a faculty member at the Syracuse University school of Information Studies. He's worked as a librarian, computer specialist, statistician, and data miner. His first area of scholarly research was Web search tools, which is where much of the information came for AskScott. His current research focus is Bibliomining, i.e. data mining for libraries.


Lyn Ballam

  • Government

Using her shiny new diploma from Syracuse University, Lyn has landed the plum job of Librarian at North Pole Middle School. This is her 12th year as a school library media specialist in Alaska. She is a third generation League of Women Voters member. As a small child, she remembers attending meetings with her grandmother and mother. For most of her adult life she
has been an active member of the Tanana Valley League of Women Voters. Her interests in voter rights, freedom of information, and the environment has seen her volunteer not only on the League board but on committees as well. It is her dedication to this worthy group that led her to choose the Government section of AskScott.

Janis Van Court

  • Quotes, Lyrics & Poetry

Janis is an MLS student hoping to find a reference position in a public library. Her particular areas of interest in library science are classification theory, indexing & abstracting, and cataloging. Her work experience has consisted mostly of administrative jobs in corporate settings, including lots of document control for maintaining ISO standards (very Dilbertian stuff). Her B.S. degree is in biology, and her personal interests include fine arts, literature, and popular music.

Suzanne Harold

  • News & Stock Quotes

Suzanne Myers Harold received her Master of Library Science degree from Syracuse University in August 2002. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter, Eleri, who was born December 29, 2002. Suzanne's librarian studies focused on services to children and young adults, and she wastes most of her free time watching reality TV and reading angst-ridden young adult novels.

Kirsten Hensley

  • Research

Kirsten is currently pursuing her MSLIS at Syracuse University. She lives and works in Ithaca NY, where she is the Access Services Supervisor at the Physical Sciences Library at Cornell University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Earlham College in 2000.

Veronica Hughes

  • Blogs and Wikis

Veronica has a BA in Social Sciences and is working toward an MSLIS with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Digital Libraries at Syracuse University. She currently provides Readers’ Advisory services for the Las Vegas Clark County Library District. In her free time she enjoys making creative art messes and taking classes in art history, studio art, and architectural design from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Catherine Johnson

  • City Information/Maps

Catherine received her MSLIS from Syracuse University in May 2006. While pursuing her master’s she taught information literacy at Bryant &
Stratton College in Syracuse, NY, interned at the university’s main library and conducted research for two professors in the Whitman School
of Management. Her main focus in librarianship is instruction, reference and public services and she finds great pleasure in helping
those with an information need find what they are looking for and learn a bit about searching along the way.

Lisa Laico

  • Searching with Kids

Lisa expects to earn an MS-LIS from Syracuse University in June 2006, and hopes to complete a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Digital Libraries in 2007. With these
degrees, she plans a new career in a corporate, news or medical library in the New York City area. Previously, she worked for fifteen years as a senior director of production at
Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation. From the ridiculous to the sublime!

Oliva Nellums

  • International

Olivia will complete her MSLIS at the end of summer 2006 and works at the Cornell University Library. She spent part of her childhood in England and studied abroad as an
undergraduate in Italy. She has a History BA from Northwestern University, with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies and a minor in Italian Studies. Her travel plans
are too numerous to list.

Angela Ramnarine

  • Multimedia - Audio

Angela is currently a student in a Library Science/Information Management student at Syracuse University. She holds a BSc in Agriculture and an MSc in Food Science and Technology from The University of the West Indies (UWI). She has worked as a para-professional at The Main Library at UWI. Her current interest is in Information Systems and she hopes to follow in this career path after graduating in August 2003.

Beth Rhinelander

  • Multimedia - Video

Since 2000, Beth has been an information architect in a corporate environment, spending most of her time on various web development projects and helping to evaluate, select, configure, and maintain the intranet search engine. She will receive her MSLIS degree from Syracuse University in June of 2006, and plans to continue to embrace her geek tendencies within special library or IT-related settings. She and her husband live with their four cats in Massachusetts.

Mary Saso

  • Family Issues

Mary Saso is a school librarian at two elementary schools in Ottawa, Canada. She has just completed her MLS degree from Syracuse University. Her intersts include art, children’s literature, canoeing, cross-country skiing and hanging out with four kids when they return from university. (They really do grow up eventually!!)

Matt Weaver

  • Government Information

Matt was graduated in 1992 from the University of Denver with a BA in English. He earned a Masters from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in 1993. He is currently working on his Masters in Library and Information Science at Syracuse University. He lives in South Euclid, Ohio, and works at a public library as a paraprofessional. He worked for nine years in the information industry as an indexer/abstractor. He is also a fiction writer.

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