Candidate Statements

Candidate for Cyamus Representative
Mary Markland, Guin Library at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC)
Mary is the director of the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport, OR. HMSC is a branch campus of Oregon State University. Prior to joining HMSC in 2015, Mary spent more than 20 years as a medical librarian. As a medical librarian, she was actively involved in the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association and the Public Services Section of the Medical Library Association. She has a BS degree in biology from Iowa State and an MA in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Candidates for Treasurer
Molly Engelbrecht, Cadet Hand Library, UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory
At the Bodega Marine Laboratory and Bodega Marine Reserve in Bodega Bay since 2001, Molly combines her professional qualifications as librarian with her training in ecology, invertebrate zoology, and environmental education. Prior to joining the BML staff, she held positions in California and Virginia community colleges, and in a Washington D.C. quasi-governmental corporate library – while concurrently implementing docent programs in natural science education on both coasts, including at Stanford University’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. In addition to processing special collections and supporting coastal and marine sciences research and education at BML, Molly volunteers as a member of a Sonoma County based coastal stewardship task force (for which she is liaison with a North Central California Marine Protected Area initiative), conducts seasonal data collection on pinnipeds (for a Point Reyes National Seashore long term study), and participates in IAMSLIC and Cyamus activity. She earned her BA from Stanford and her MLIS from UC Berkeley.

Kristen LaBonte, University of California at Santa Barbara
Kristen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1999 and worked in the Sciences and Engineering Library at UCSB for 11 years. In 2004, she received a Masters of Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University and joined the CSU Channel Islands faculty as the Digital Resources and GIS Librarian. In September 2011, she returned to the UCSB Library as the Life Sciences Librarian and has since taken the role of the Life and Environmental Sciences Librarian and Interim Psychology Librarian. She teaches information literacy courses at UCSB and online for Santa Barbara City College. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her husband, family, and friends and experience different cultures. Hiking, backpacking, yoga, organic gardening, attending live music event and hanging out with my cats are some of her favorite things to do.

Candidates for Secretary
Mayu Ishida, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Mayu Ishida is a science librarian at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on the Vancouver campus in Canada, liaising for the undergraduate biology program, computer science, mathematics, and statistics. She also supports research data management initiatives at UBC and as part of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Portage Network. She graduated with MLIS from UBC, and with BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University. As a relatively new member joining IAMSLIC and Cyamus in 2017, she hopes to learn more about and support the regional group by volunteering for the secretary role.

Myra Waddell, University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College Campus Library
Myra Waddell is a Research & Instruction / Business & Computer Science Librarian at University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College Campus Library. Prior to her appointment at UW Bothell, Myra held the position of Research & Instruction Librarian for the School of Ocean & Earth Sciences & Technology, and the College of Engineering at University of Hawaii Manoa. Myra loves working with STEM students and faculty, and discovering creative ways to integrate information literacy instruction into the STEM classroom. Myra earned her MLIS from the UW iSchool, and holds a TESOL Certificate in addition to her BA in Art History. Outside of work Myra enjoys baking, spending time outdoors with her family, and reading with her cat, Coconut, curled up in her lap.