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Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing Project Teams

Research Team

Formed as a partnership between Southern Tier Library System, Pioneer Library System, and the New Mexico State Library, Cornell University’s Rick Bonney joined the team to guide methodology and assessment through all research phases.

  • Principle Investigator

    Margo brings a passionate and honest curiosity to the data in this and all projects.

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    Special Projects Librarian
  • Methodology Consultant

    Rick Bonney is the retired director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Public Engagement in Science Program and founding editor of the journal Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

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    Visiting Scholor
  • Project Researcher

    We must be awake to the uniqueness to our own communities - awake to our individual and collective strengths.

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    Member Services Liaison
  • Project Researcher

    The State Librarian of New Mexico, Eli appreciates the cultural vitality and richness of even the most remote communities.

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    New Mexico State Librarian

Advisory Board

Bringing their experiences, talents, and skills to support project work, we cannot adequately thank our advisory board enough for their commitment.

  • Advisory Board Member

    EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice and Professor

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    EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice and Professor
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    Resilient Places Consultant

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    Resilient Places Consultant
  • Advisory Board Member

    Passionate public librarian who works as Digital Content Manager at the Los Angeles Public Library.

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    Digital Content Manager
  • Advisory Board Member

    Director of First Regional Library System (MS)

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    Public Library System Director

Local Library Partners

These library leaders from eight US communities have built and continue to work with the research team to create useful tools from the project findings.

  • Creator

    Emilie has been the library director of the Plum Lake Public Library in Sayner, Wisconsin. since January 2017. Before the start of her library …

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    Library Director
  • Creator

    Pam Brown is the Branch Manager of the State Line Public Library, Pine Forest Library System, Mississippi. Being a branch manager gives Pam her …

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    Branch Manager
  • Creator

    Jerianne Davis is the director of Helveltia Public Library in Helvetia, West Virginia. Jerianne worked as a Section 8 housing manager and for the postal service, many years before changing careers to Library Director.

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    Library Director
  • Co-Creators

    Tonya Delphous is one of Elk River Public Library District's two co-directors in Elk River, Idaho. Tonya has only been with the Elk River Library for a little over a year and a half. 

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    Library Co-Directors
  • Creator

    Susan Green serves as library director for Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield, Vermont. Susan has lived in Vermont since 1971. Susan has been director …

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    Library Director
  • Creator

    Kate Kosior is the library director at Clifton Community Library in Cranberry Lake, New York, her hometown library, where she returned after 20 years …

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    Library Director
  • Creator

    Director of Meservey Public Library in Iowa. Chelsea’s favorite part of her job is programming and working with the community to help Meservey thrive and grow.

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    Library Director
  • Reviewer

    Isabel War Trujillo has lived in Abiquiu all her life.  She has been the Grant Writer and Administrator for El Pueblo de Abiquiu Library …

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    Administrative Director

Southern Tier Library System (STLS), a cooperative public library system serving five counties in south western New York state, serves as the lead agency and home to Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing. For more information on STLS research, education, and development initiatives, visit https://www.stls.org.

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