305 E. 94th Street, Apt. G
New York, NY 10128
A successful librarian and information professional with over a decade in the library field and
18 years of Web experience along with a deep understanding of the current landscape of
libraries, social media, mobile, and emerging technologies. I am the Director of Information
Technology at The New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of
22 books including ‘The Tech Set’, the ten-book technology series for which I won the ALA's
Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature in 2011. I’m an
adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute, and an international conference speaker. I speak
at several conferences a year, mainly about new tech trends, digital strategy, and libraries.
I blog at iLibrarian.
Web & Emerging Tech
Writing & Editing
Social Media Marketing
Master of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, 2004 (GPA 4.0)
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology, Mount Holyoke College, 1991
Director of Information Technology
The New York Law Institute, New York, NY
12/11 – Present
Manage IS & IT departments with 2 dedicated and 1 half-time staff members.
Manage a $200k departmental budget and consult on $1.2m organizational
Instrumental in devising the new organizational dues structure.
Manage outsourced IT service and third-party developers on projects including:
Development of a “seamless catalog module” offering integration between
multiple library OPACs.
Development of SharePoint Web Parts and HTML widgets
Development of scripts for leading ERM systems including OneLog,
ResearchMonitor, and Lookup Precision.
Digitization of large legislative history collection (1 million pages) in
multiple formats including paper, microfilm/fiche, and pdf and the
development of a website application and search interface.
Developed/Implemented an organizational Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity
New technology initiatives.
Implemented a successful eBooks initiative offering member access to
Introduced many free and low-cost alternatives to existing technology,
saving thousands of dollars annually.
Established an Electronic Resources Management (ERM) system in the
library using OSS.
Created a library statistics database with reporting functionality.
Established an intranet for library staff.
Negotiate content and license agreements for electronic resources and software.
Maintenance and continual improvement of the NYLI website & social media
Organizational marketing including press releases, ad design, social media
marketing, and potential client visits/demos.
Develop training videos, instructional webinars, and technical documentation.
Series Editor – The Tech Set
American Library Association/Neal-Schuman Publishers
8/08 – Present
Responsible for concept, planning, author acquisition, project management,
developmental editing, and marketing of an award-winning set of technology
books aimed at libraries.
Manage high profile authors through all aspects of the book writing and publishing
process from proposal to editorial to promotion.
The American Library Association (ALA) awarded The Tech Set the 2011
Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.
Pratt Institute SILS, New York, NY
6/08 – Present
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
10/07 – 2010
Long Island University, New York, NY
9/07 – 2010
Teach Web technology, Open Source, and Basic Reference courses to graduate
students enrolled in Library and Information Science programs in both classroom
and online learning environments.
Create private social networks for students to participate in using Drupal technology
as well as maintain class websites in course management programs.
Filmed and edited video lectures using green-screen technique as well as
Created and helped students publish a peer-reviewed open-access journal using OJS.
Served on the Technology Program Advisory Committee at San Jose State University.
8/07 – Present
Author a daily blog with nearly 30,000 unique visitors per month. Topics include
mobile and emerging technologies as they pertain to the library field.
Audience development through multi-channel marketing such as social media,
traffic analysis, and networking, etc.
Track conversations and sentiment to ensure the iLibrarian brand has a positive
presence wherever people are having conversations.
Emerging Technologies and Web Services Librarian
Barnard College Library, New York, NY
10/09 – 11/11
Led the Library through a Web site redesign and migration to a Drupal content
management system, combining multiple sites into one unified Web presence.
Developed taxonomies, menus, & site structures based on analysis of site
analytics, usability studies, and departmental needs.
Conducted usability studies including focus groups and card sorts.
Created wireframes, site maps, page mockups, and site audits.
Chaired committee to ensure inter-departmental input into redesign and to
prepare content for migration.
Responsible for the Library’s Web presence which includes supporting and
representing the Research & Instruction, Archives, Media, Zines, and Educational
Created and edited all types of Web site content including articles, news,
events, forms, widgets, images, videos, etc.
Provided ongoing analysis and assessment of effectiveness, usability, and
accessibility of the Web site with a focus on continually improving the user
experience of visitors.
Responsible for staff training on how to edit and administer the Drupal
Responsible for the application and use of new and emerging technologies both
internally and to the public services function.
Collaborated with Columbia University Libraries to introduce a new text
reference service and a more robust IM reference tool to Barnard Library.
Established a social media presence across multiple channels to enhance
visibility and connect with the Barnard community.
Developed strategic plans for social media, and other technology initiatives
as well as analytics-based assessment.
Created a private Intranet for Library staff, interns, and student workers.
Created a series of 10 instructional webcasts & a library video tour.
Created a Reference Statistics database collect more information about
reference interactions in an efficient manner.
Managed all email lists & campaigns for the Personal Librarians Program.
Created a strategy for a library-wide digitization initiative.
Head of the Barnard Library Internship Program which included recruiting,
scheduling, training, mentoring, and managing 8-10 graduate LIS interns.
Designed and delivered bibliographic instruction curriculum and research guides for
multiple English literature and History seminars as well as technology topics.
Provided reference services for the library’s 300,000 volume collection, 1,700+
electronic databases, and 10 million volume university-wide library collection
including one-on-one research consultations, phone, email, IM, and text reference.
Responsible for building and maintaining print monograph and serial collections for
the subject areas of History, Sociology, Anthropology, Classics & Ancient Studies,
Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and Philosophy.
Worked with faculty and students as a part of our Personal Librarians program.
Served on Columbia University’s Reference Coordinating Committee (RCC).
Ellyssa Kroski & Associates, New York, NY
3/05 – 10/09
Offered services in social media marketing, information architecture, usability
testing, technology training, content development, and strategic assessment of
Web technologies for clients such as The College Board, New York Observer, and
Provided writing and editing services, custom workshops and technology talks, and
Butler Library, Columbia University, New York, NY
3/05 – 3/08
Provided reference services for Butler Library's 50,000 volume reference collection,
1,700+ electronic databases, and 10 million volume university library collection.
Created an interactive map for the Library’s reference collection which allowed
patrons to click on virtual stacks to view contents as well as search for items.
Creating and updated library web pages using the Web CMS.
Created technical documentation, user guides, instruction scripts, and handouts.
Founded a monthly Emerging Tech Brown Bag series.
Created an internal blog for the Reference department staff.
Created a Butler Stacks Guide podcast.
Wood Tobé-Coburn School, New York, NY
7/03 – 8/04
Provided reference services and technical support to students and faculty as a solo
Responsible for acquisitions, copy cataloging, subject guides, Web pages, etc.
Carfax Abbey Horror Film Database
7/00 – 7/03
Information architecture, content production, creative direction, graphic design,
viral marketing, contests and online promotions, advertising sales, information
management, industry research, editorial, industry relationships, etc.
Site traffic exceeded 100,000 unique user sessions monthly.
Website was the number one ranked search result on Google, Lycos and AlltheWeb
for a search for horror films.
Personally wrote over 500 film reviews, 1,500 actor & director biographies and
over 1,400 photos in picture galleries.
E. Kroski, New York, NY
Provided various freelance services related to development of commercial websites
including content development, user experience, and quality assurance testing.
Electronic Text Services Intern
Columbia University, New York, NY
Created a sortable & filterable XML menu system designed to improve user access
to electronic resources.
Created software documentation, user guides and technical instructional materials.
4/12 – Present
LLAGNY Law Lines, Official newsletter of the Law Library Association of Greater New York.
Law Librarianship in the Digital Age, Editor, Scarecrow Press. Forthcoming –
estimated publication date November 2013.
The Tech Set II (10-Book Series), Creator/Series Editor, Neal-Schuman Publishers,
The Tech Set (10-Book Series) Creator/Series Editor, Neal-Schuman Publishers April,
Web 2.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals, Author, Neal-Schuman
Publishers February, 2008
Library 2.0 and Beyond: Innovative Technologies and Tomorrow’s User, Chapter
Author, Libraries Unlimited, June 2007. Contributed Chapter 8: Folksonomies and
Articles and Interviews
10 Free Technologies for Law Libraries, Peer-to-Peer, ILTA: International Legal
Technology Association, December 2013.
Digitally Embedding the Law Library, SLA-NY Chapter Newsletter, March 2013.
10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library, American Libraries, Jan/Feb 2013.
Interviewed by Library Journal Mobile Evolution: How Apps Are Adapting to a New
Device Ecosystem, The Digital Shift column, February 2013.
First Impressions of an AALL Conference, Law Lines, Volume 35, No 4 Summer 2012.
Interviewed by the Information World Review (UK) Interview with Ellyssa Kroski, The
Digital Librarian, (pg. 23), Information World Review (UK) September 2010.
10 Technology Ideas Your Library Can Implement Next Week (Cover Story) American
Libraries, March, 2010.
Should Your Library Have a Social Media Policy? School Library Journal October 1,
6 Steps to Publishing a Scholarly Online Journal (for free!), The CyberSkeptic's Guide
to Internet Research May 2009,14:5.
That’s Infotainment!: How to Create Your Own Screencasts, School Library Journal
February 1, 2009.
Interviewed by ALA TechSource, Daniel A. Freeman, Catching up with Ellyssa Kroski,
ALA TechSource, January 2009.
Drupal and Libraries, The CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research September,
On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies, ALA Library
Technology Reports, July 2008
All a Twitter: Want to Try Microb.logging? School Library Journal Jul 1, 2008
Widgets to the Rescue, School Library Journal February 1, 2008 p.41-43.
Interviewed by the New York Times, Marci Alboher, Blogging Your Way into a
Business, August 12, 2007.
The Social Tools of Web 2.0, CHOICE August 2007 Vol. 44, No. 12 p.2011-2021.
Learning in a Virtual World, Women's Voices for Change, Dec 20, 2007.
How to Automate a Small Library, WebJunction 2006.
Regular Column: “Stacking the Tech” in Library Journal’s Academic Newswire
Text Message Reference: Is It Effective? Stacking the Tech: Library Journal Academic
Newswire October 15, 2009.
Library Cloud Atlas: A Guide to Cloud Computing and Storage Stacking the Tech:
Library Journal Academic Newswire September 10, 2009.
The Library of Congress Talks Digital Initiatives, Stacking the Tech: Library Journal
Academic Newswire August 6, 2009.
Search Engine Wars Redux, Stacking the Tech: Library Journal Academic Newswire,
July 9, 2009.
Unconference Uncovers Latest Tech Trends, Stacking the Tech: Library Journal
Academic Newswire June 11, 2009.
I speak at conferences and symposium internationally and locally and also have a large
online audience, (over 200,000 views of my online presentations on Slideshare.)
Track keynote: “The Future of Libraries” Online Information 2013, London, England,
“How To Implement/Access an eBook Collection in a Law Library” AALL 2013,
Seattle, WA, July 2013.
"How to Create & Manage Your Online Presence" West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry,
Ireland, 3-day Workshop, July 2013.
"Evaluating e-Book Offerings", METRO, New York, NY, Webinar, June 2013.
"Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries", METRO, New York, NY, Webinar, May
"How to Create & Manage Your Online Presence", METRO, New York, NY, Webinar,
“How to Create Your Own Library (or Personal!) Knowledge Base”, METRO, New York,
NY, Webinar, March 2013.
“Going Digital: The Challenges of eBooks in Law Libraries”, LLAGNY, New York, NY
“How to Create Your Own Library (or Personal!) Knowledge Base”, South Central
Library System, Madison, WI, Webinar, Dec 2012.
"Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries", KEYNOTE m-libraries Conference, Milton
Keynes, UK Sept 2012
"Libraries and Mobile Technology", KEYNOTE Handheld Librarian Conference, Online
"Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries", KEYNOTE 41st LIBER Annual Conference,
Tartu, Estonia June 2012
"Evaluating e-Book Offerings", DLIS St. John’s Symposium, New York, NY Mar 2012
"Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries", Online Information 2011, London, UK Nov
“Using Card Sorting to Improve Information Architecture”, METRO, New York, NY Jun
"Personal Digital Archiving", METRO, New York, NY Apr 2011.
“Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries”, Western New York Library Resources
Council, Buffalo, NY Apr 2011.
"Personal Digital Archiving", Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Mar 2011.
"Libraries and the Cloud", Online Information Conference, London, England Dec
"Personal Digital Archiving", METRO, New York, NY Dec 2010.
"How to Create & Manage Your Online Presence", METRO, New York, NY Oct 2010.
"Personal Digital Archiving", iPres2010, Vienna, Austria, Sept 2010.
“Mobile Web and Libraries”, METRO, New York, NY Aug 2010.
"How to Create & Manage Your Online Presence", Tech Talk - Barnard College, New
York, NY April 2010.
"Libraries and the Cloud", IT-faggruppen, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2010.
"Libraries To Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries", Nylink, Webcast Feb 2010.
"Next-Gen Libraries", Online Information Conference, London, England Dec 2009.
"Libraries To Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries", Long Island Library Resources Council,
Long Island, NY Nov 2009.
"Social Networking and Libraries: Best Practices and Challenges", Suffolk County
Library Association, Long Island, NY Oct 2009.
“Card Sorting from A-Z”, North Suburban Library System, Chicago, IL Sept 2009.
“Open and Libraries”, North Suburban Library System, Chicago, IL Sept 2009.
"Libraries To Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries", Law Library Association of Greater New
York (LLAGNY), New York, NY May 2009.
“Online Communities”, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY Jan 2009.
“The Mobile Web and Libraries”, NEASIS&T Mobile Mania, Nov 2008.
“The Open Movement and Libraries”, METRO, Nov 2008.
“Libraries and the Hive Mind”, METRO, Webcast June 2008.
“Drupal and Libraries” Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Apr 2008.
“Industry Learnings & Libraries” Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Apr 2008.
“Folksonomies and Social Tagging”, ABQLA, Montreal, Quebec Apr 2008.
“Presentation Skills”, Columbia University, New York, NY Apr 2008.
“Online Community”, Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT Apr 2008.
“Technology Solutions Planning”, METRO, New York, NY Apr 2008.
“Web 2.0 for Librarians & Info Pros” Education Institute, Webcast, Apr 2008.
“Card Sorting from A-Z” Simmons College, South Hadley, MA Mar 2008.
“Social Software in Academic Libraries”, New York Public Library, New York, NY Mar
“Social Bookmarking Complete”, METRO, Webcast Feb 2008.
Emerging Tech for Library Staff, METRO, New York, NY Nov 2007.
Social Software in Academic Libraries", ACRL/NY Symposium, New York, NY, Nov
"Tagging, Folksonomies, and Libraries", Education Institute, Webcast, Nov 2007.
"Web 2.0 and Library Services", session in Information Sources & Services Course,
Long Island University Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Nov 2007
"Improving Web Site Access: Card Sorting A–Z", Internet Librarian 2007, Monterey,
CA, Oct 2007.
Five Weeks to a Social Library: Training Underserved Professional Populations with
Social Software, ASIS&T, Milwaukee, WI, Oct 2007.
"Online Communities and Libraries", Darien Public Library, Darien, CT July 2007.
"Folksonomies and Social Tagging", Ohio State University Libraries Library 2.0
Conference, Columbus, OH, June 2007 (simultaneously Webcast live).
Information Design for the New Web, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Apr
"The Hive Mind and Libraries: Folksonomies and Tagging", Computers in Libraries,
Washington, DC April 2007.
Five Weeks to a Social Library Planning Chair/Moderator, online course, Feb-Mar
Web 2.0 Technology Tour, session in Collaborative Technology Course, Long Island
University Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Jan 2007.
"Web 2.0 Technology" Beta Phi Mu Theta Chapter of Pratt University, Nov 2006.
Online Community and Libraries METRO, Nov 2006.
Technology Solutions Planning Internet Librarian 2006, Oct 2006.
Wikis: Enabling Library Knowledge Bases Wikimania Aug 2006.
Web 2.0 Technology METRO, July 2006.
"Folksonomies and User-Based Tagging" Columbia University, Mar 2006.
Key Web 2.0 Technologies Columbia University, Mar 2006.
How to Create an Online Interactive Map Using Microsoft Visio Professional METRO,
"Leveraging Technology for Better Services, Collaboration, and Organization" Track
Chair/Moderator,PLL Summit/AALL, Boston, MA, July 2012
“Cool Tools” Track Track Chair/Moderator, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC,
Expert Advisory Committee, Online Information 2009, London, England, Dec 2009.
"Open Movement in Libraries, Technology, and Education", Track Chair/Moderator,
Online Information Conference, London, England Dec 2009.
Organizing/Review Committee, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Mar 2009.
“Open Libraries” Track Chair/Moderator, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC,
Organizing/Review Committee, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, April 2008.
“Industries Using Hot Tech” Track Chair/Moderator, Computers in Libraries,
Washington, DC, Apr 2008.
Social Software in Action Track Chair/Moderator, Computers in Libraries,
Washington, DC, Apr 2007.
Awards and Recognition
Winner of the 2011 Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in
Library Literature awarded by The American Library Association (ALA) for The Tech
Beta Phi Mu International Library Honor Society.
Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Open Office Writer, Calc, Impress
Online: Google Docs/Zoho Office
Adobe After Effects
Graphic Design & Layout
Content Management Systems
Course Management Programs
WebEx, GoTo Webinar, Microsoft Live, Elluminate
Web 2.0/Social Media
Blogs, Wikis, Social Networks, Media Sharing, Microblogging, RSS
Open Journal Systems