Feinberg Library Liaison Bios
Learn more about the library liaisons.
Joshua Beatty — Anthropology, Art, History, Political Science, & Sociology
I’ve been a librarian at SUNY Plattsburgh since 2010. I have a doctorate in early American history, and have also worked as an archaeologist and architectural historian.
Currently I’m researching the interwoven history of library classification, the publishing industry, and the nascent discipline of naval science in the late nineteenth century. Past projects have included the Stamp Act of 1765, the travels of a Jacobite spy in Revolutionary America, and the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s influence on North American libraries.
- Gordon Muir — Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, & Physics
Elin O’Hara-Gonya — Counselor Education, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Human
Development & Family Relations, Music, Psychology, & Social Work
Elin O’Hara-Gonya is the Director of Feinberg Library. She holds a Master of Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University. Her research has focused on undergraduate information literacy topics, as well as the effects of student emotional problems on the practice of reference librarianship. Recent publications include a book chapter entitled “Reconsidering Reference for a Generation without Boundaries” in The Psychology of Librarianship and a book entitled Information Literacy & Technology (5th ed.) co-authored by List-Handley, C., Heller-Ross, H., O’Hara-Gonya, E., & Armstrong, (Kendall Hunt, 2013).
- Anne Rowland — Communication Studies
Mila Su — Computer Science, Expeditionary Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Mathematics,
Nursing, Nutrition, Philosophy, & Sport and Wellness
I have been a librarian at SUNY Plattsburgh since August 2006. I was in the Penn State system prior to coming to Plattsburgh. My degrees include a B.A. in classical studies from Drew University, an M.L.I.S. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a M.S. in Kinesiology in Sport History from the Pennsylvania State University @ University Park.
In 2009, I was appointed by Dr. Ettling to serve as the faculty athletics representative (FAR) for the college.
My professional focus includes interlibrary loan, information literacy, sports, gender women’s studies.
I enjoy gardening, small hikes, and playing recreational ice hockey.
- Malina Thiede — Criminal Justice, Economics & Finance, Education, & Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management
Michelle Toth — English, Journalism, Public Relations, Theatre, & the Branch Campus
I have been a librarian at SUNY Plattsburgh since 1999. I have a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Toledo and a Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University. During my graduate work I was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Toronto.
My professional focus is on information literacy, instruction (particularly active and student-centered learning), assessment, and general education.
I live in the Adirondack Park, in the town of Saranac, where I enjoy the warmer months outside walking/hiking and gardening. In the colder months I am indoors quilting. I currently serve as the webmaster for the Champlain Valley Quilters’ Guild of New York.
- Karen Volkman — Accounting, Business & Global Supply Chain Management, Latin American Studies, Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Management, Information Systems, & Analytics, & Modern Languages & Cultures