MLIS Advisory Board

Cindy Altick Aden

Cindy Altick Aden

Washington State Librarian

Aden was appointed the Washington State Librarian in August 2016. Prior to this appointment, she worked for more than seven years at OCLC, the world’s largest global library cooperative. There she worked in business development with companies like Google, Goodreads, Wikipedia, Yelp, Bing and EasyBib that wanted to partner with libraries. Working for OCLC was a return to libraries after a career at Amazon.com as Amazon’s first librarian, and at Corbis, where she managed the image catalog.  Aden has also held positions at the Library of Congress, the University of Washington and Kitsap Regional Library. Prior to becoming a librarian, she worked as a journalist for weekly newspapers in Palo Alto, California; Kirkland, Washington; and Edmonds, Washington.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University where she majored in International Relations and studied French, German and Spanish. She earned her Master of Librarianship in 1987 from the University of Washington.

Kathryn Cuff

Kathryn Cuff

Senior Business Analyst
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company

Kathryn (Kat) Cuff is the Senior Content Business Analyst at Ex Libris, a ProQuest company. Cuff conducts financial, system, and workflow analysis, and leads projects that benefit the Content Operations/Data Services teams, based in Seattle, New Jersey, and Jerusalem.
Cuff started as a metadata librarian in ProQuest in 2013 as a recent graduate of the iSchool. Drawing on her previous experience in database management, web design, and a desire to know how things worked, she works closely with technology teams throughout ProQuest as a content subject matter expert. She loves to connect people with technology and is passionate about the role that libraries and information technology can play in everyday life. Cuff received her bachelor's in Psychology from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and her MLIS from the University of Washington's Information School.

Jessica Dorr

Jessica Dorr

Deputy Director of the Global Libraries
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jessica Dorr is Deputy Director of the Global Libraries initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work at the foundation began in 1997, as a technology trainer for West Seattle Learns, a community technology center. For the foundation’s U.S. Library Program, Dorr installed computer and Internet networks throughout the country. She oversaw the foundation’s Native American Access to Technology Program, which provided funding and resources specifically designed to meet the technology and information needs of Native communities. In her current role, she supports public libraries in both the United States and developing and transitioning countries to better serve their users through access to information resources and the Internet. Dorr has experience with both school and academic libraries and holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MLIS from the University of Washington. 

Lauri Ellis

Lauri Ellis

Principal Service Engineering Manager
Microsoft Corp.

Lauri Ellis is a Principal Service Engineering Manager in the OneDrive SharePoint team within Microsoft’s Office 365 organization, where she leads a team that handles change management and change governance for SharePoint Online. She has been working on the SharePoint product for over a decade both in internal and external-facing roles across various feature areas including search, upgrade, and service continuity management.

During her 20-year career at Microsoft, Ellis has worked in a variety roles including 10 years in the Microsoft Library, where she managed the library’s website and led redesigns of the corporate portal MSWeb. Other roles included managing the company’s external news program and overseeing the company’s intranet search services. Prior to Microsoft, she held an internship at the King County Technical Library and was a volunteer at the Kitsap Regional Library.

Ellis received both her Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Librarianship from the University of Washington. She has her Project Management Professional and ITIL certifications and is a member of the Special Libraries Association.

Marilyn Gell Mason

Marilyn Gell Mason

Former Executive Director

Marilyn Mason recently retired as Founder and Executive Director of WebJunction.

Previously she was Director of the Cleveland Public Library and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library. She also served as the Director of the First White House Conference on Library and Information Services from 1979 to 1980 and was appointed by President Clinton to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science in 1999.

Mason is a frequent contributor to the professional press and is a regular speaker at national and international meetings, conferences and seminars. Mason received a bachelor's degree from the University of Dallas, a Master of Library Science from North Texas State University and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.

Debra Gilchrist

Vice President for Learning and Student Success
Pierce College

In addition to academic and student affairs, Gilchrist leads efforts focused on regional accreditation and achievement of institutional outcomes. She has published and presented for over a decade on outcomes assessment as a tool for change, demonstrating the contributions of academic libraries through assessment of both learning and program impact and quality. She is an inaugural member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and in 2007 was honored with the Miriam Dudley Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment. Gilchrist earned her MLS from University of Denver and her PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Oregon State University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the leadership role of academic librarians to influence instructional change.

Leslie Holt

Holt Consulting

Dr. Holt is president of Holt Consulting, a research and development firm serving not-for-profit organizations. She has been a consultant and trainer for libraries and book publishers on reading and programs for children, and has published several articles and books on literacy, planning and evaluation of children's services and information access for youth. Her recent books include co-authorship of Library Services to the Poor: Doing All We Can (ALA, 2010); Managing Children’s Services in the Public Library, 4th edition (Libraries Unlimited, 2013); Dynamic Youth Services through Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation (ALA, 2006).

Hot is an Associate Editor of Public Library Quarterly and a past president of the Association of Library Service for Children (ALSC). She has been active for many years in the American Library Association and state and regional library associations. She also has served as the policy analyst and evaluator of the Reading After-School Programs for ARCHS (St. Louis Area Resources for Community of Human Services), and was Director of Youth Services and Community Relations at the St. Louis Public Library from 1990 to 2004. Prior to that, she worked at the Chicago Public Library and the Rolling Meadows (IL) Library.  She has taught at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Loyola University (Chicago), University of Missouri and Webster University (St. Louis). 

Hot holds a BA degree in history and secondary education from Cornell College (Iowa), an MLS from The University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Reading from Loyola University of Chicago.

Georgia Lomax

Georgia Lomax

Executive Director
Pierce County Library System

Georgia Lomax is Executive Director of the Pierce County (WA) Library System. In previous library lives, she has been Director of the Miles City (MT) Public Library, Director of the Flathead County (MT) Library System and a Managing Librarian with the King County Library System.

She began her adventure in libraries as a volunteer during Junior High (her specialty was shelf reading picture books), then became a page at the King County Library System and later a library assistant working in branches and in the Traveling Library Center serving the homebound.

Her boss eventually posed the question: "Have you considered a career in libraries?" After graduating with a degree in journalism from Washington State University, she went on to obtain her MLS from the University of Washington iSchool.

Jill McKinstry

Jill McKinstry

Director (ret.)
Odegaard Undergraduate Library

Jill McKinstry retired as Director of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Special Assistant to the Dean of University Libraries for Undergraduate Education and Programs at the University of Washington. McKinstry is a graduate of the University of Washington Information School and has been a librarian at the UW for the past 23 years.

McKinstry is a passionate advocate for libraries and partnerships. Working closely with the UW Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, she co-founded the lecture series "Research Exposed" to introduce students to the research efforts of faculty on campus in a variety of disciplines. In 2003, McKinstry created the UW Library Research Award for Undergraduates to celebrate and reward students' research and creative activities. She is the past co-chair of the selection committee for the UW Common Book and also a member of the Board of Trustees for University Book Store. She received the University of Washington David B. Thorud Leadership Award in 2009.

McKinstry and her husband established the McKinstry Libraries Fellowship in 2001, an endowment that provides financial assistance to graduate students from underrepresented populations to pursue an MLIS degree. For more on the McKinstry fellows, visit the Fellowship website.

Angela Nolet

Librarian, Online Library Services
King County Library System

Nolet received both her B.A. in English and her Master of Library and Information Science from the UW. She was named a 2011 Mover and Shaker by the American Library Association.  She currently serves as Librarian, Online Library Services, for the King County Library System. In her role as online services project specialist, she reaches out to a wide group of users, including online-exclusive patrons. Her track record is demonstrated by her commitment to “Tell Me a Story,” KCLS’s robust online companion to story times and “You Choose the Next Newbery” blog, which invites parents and children to discuss and vote for the year’s best children’s books.

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl


Nancy Pearl speaks about the pleasures of reading to library and community groups throughout the world and comments on books regularly on NPR's Morning Edition. She's the author of Book Crush: For Kids and Teens: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest; Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason; and More Book Lust: 1,000 New Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason, all published by Sasquatch Books. In 2004 she was awarded the Women's National Book Association Award, given to "a living American woman who … has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation." In 1998, Library Journal named her Fiction Reviewer of the Year. On her monthly television show, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, she has interviewed authors as diverse as E. L. Doctorow, Ann Patchett, and Terry Pratchett.

Pearl received her library degree in 1967 from the University of Michigan. Among her many honors and awards are the 2004 Women's National Book Association Award; the Brava Award from the Seattle Women's University Club, recognizing "women of exceptional ability in the Greater Seattle Area;" the 2004 Louis Shores Greenwood Publishing Group Award for excellence in the reviewing of books and other materials for libraries; the 2004 Media and Communications Award from the Ontario, Canada, Library Association; the 2003 Humanities Washington Award, "which recognizes an individual or organization whose time and talents enlarge the meaning of the humanities in our lives and whose work reflects the spirit and programs of Humanities Washington;" and the Public Library Association's 2001 Allie Beth Martin Award, which "recognizes a public librarian demonstrating a range and depth of knowledge about books and other library materials and the distinguished ability to share that knowledge." She also was named the Totem Business and Professional Women’s "1998 Woman of Achievement" award and received the 1997 Open Book Award from the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. She is the model for the Librarian Action Figure.

Susan Presley

Sr. Manager, Content Operations

Susan Presley is the Manager of Metadata Services at ProQuest managing data and content teams across both the Summon and KnowledgeWorks product families as well as contributing to metadata initiatives across ProQuest.

Prior to her time at ProQuest, Presley has worked in the taxonomy, information architecture, and content management consulting space, as well as in corporate and special libraries. She loves information puzzles – particularly in the space bridging the user and the information systems.  During an undergraduate class on research at Evergreen, the instructor (a librarian, of course) said, "The future of research is in data, and the ability to efficiently store and retrieve it" then introduced her to line command Dialog search, and the world of information puzzles suddenly got a lot bigger and more exciting.  Currently she is combining her passion for metadata with her love of the service libraries provide in making information available.

Presley received her bachelor's in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College and her MLIS from the University of Washington's Information School.

Marisa Quinn

Marisa Quinn

Director, Information Research Group
BlackRock Alternative Advisors

Marisa Quinn directs the corporate library group within BlackRock Alternative Advisors, the firm's fund of funds platform. Quinn provides research assistance and information organization expertise across the platform.

Quinn joined BlackRock in 2007 following the acquisition of the fund of funds business of Quellos Group, LLC. At Quellos, she was an Associate Director and Head of the Corporate Library, providing research assistance, collaborating with portfolio managers and analysts on manager identification and providing information management expertise to all departments within the company. From 1998 to 2001, Quinn managed The McKenna Group's Technology Research Center, providing in-depth market research on high-tech, telecom and Internet markets. From 1996 to 1998, she was a Research Associate with the Stanford University Computer Industry Project, which was funded by the Sloan Foundation.

Quinn earned a BA degree with a concentration in mathematics and a BA degree with a concentration in history from the Dominican University of California in 1996 and a MLIS degree from San Jose State University in 1998.

Mike Showalter

Executive Director, End-User Services

Mike Showalter is Executive Director, End-User Services for OCLC, where he is responsible for OCLC's discovery products. Prior to OCLC, he was Product Manager for Plum Analytics, where he helped pioneer the development of new ways to measure the impact of scholarly research. He previously spent six years over two stints at ProQuest's Serials Solutions business unit, ending his time there as Director of Product Management in charge of Summon and other discovery products.

Showalter received a B.A. in History from San Jose State University in 1988, and then earned his Master of Librarianship from the University of Washington's Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 1992. After UW, he began working in the technology industry, first at NorthWestNet, one of the original regional networks that evolved into today's commercial Internet, and later at a series of software startups. Before his software industry career, he worked as a newspaper editor, landscaper and circulation assistant at the Seattle Public Library.

Marcie Stone

Marcie Stone

Librarian (ret.)

Marcie Stone is a Seattle native, a two-time graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Literature and a Master of Library Science, and is an avid advocate for both the iSchool and the whole UW. She had a 30-year career as a librarian and information professional with the federal government in the Washington, D.C. area and moved back to Seattle when she and her husband retired.

Among her many assignments with the government, her favorites were the small Army community libraries where she started her career and the 10 years that she managed an organization that participated in developing and implementing the leading-edge technologies that resulted in fielding the first generation of public government web sites in the mid-90’s.  

Since her retirement, Stone has found volunteer opportunities with many UW organizations. In addition to the iSchool’s MLIS Advisory Board and her position as co-chair of the iSchool’s campaign, she has recently completed a 4-year term on the UW Alumni Association Board of Trustees; is the continuing co-chair of the Association’s Legislative Advocacy Committee; works with the Meany Center for the Performing Arts in many capacities; serves as an active supporter of the UW Dream Project; and has recently renewed her connection with the Honors Program.

She and her husband are members of the Suzzallo Society and of the President’s Club, and wear purple whenever it’s appropriate! 

Marcellus Turner

Marcellus Turner

City Librarian
Seattle Public Library

Marcellus Turner oversees The Seattle Public Library, which includes the world-renowned Central Library and 26 new or renovated branches. The Library operates on a $50 million budget and has approximately 640 staff members. The busy system served more than 14 million visitors last year and circulated nearly 12 million books and materials.

Turner is the former executive director of Jefferson County Public Library in Lakewood, Colo., where he managed a $27 million budget and a staff of 250.

Prior to joining Jefferson County Public Library in 2002, Turner was assistant executive director of the Rockford Public Library in Rockford, Ill. He also served as a departmental supervisor at both Tacoma Public Library in Tacoma, Wash., and Atlantic City Free Public Library in Atlantic City, N.J. In addition, he held several positions with academic libraries in Tennessee and Louisiana. Turner holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Tennessee.

Alex Wade

Alex Wade

Program Manager
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Alex Wade currently works with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as technical program manager for Meta. Previously Wade served as the Director for Scholarly Communication for Microsoft Research, focused on Microsoft Academic, a semantic knowledge graph of academic research publications, people, and institutions. During his career at Microsoft, Wade managed the corporate search and taxonomy management services and served as Senior Program Manager for Windows Search.

Prior to joining Microsoft, he held Systems Librarian, Engineering Librarian, and Philosophy Librarian, and technical library positions at the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Wade holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington.