Emily Griffin and Rachel Lipkin authored the chapter “How Metadata Informs Purpose: A Case Study of NYPL’s Open Source GIS-Driven MapWarper Tool” in the book How Metadata Informs Purpose: A Case Study of NYPL’s Open Source GIS-Driven MapWarper Tool edited by faculty members Christine M. Angel and Caroline Fuchs.
Emily Griffin is a native New Yorker. She received her B.F.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and her M.L.S. from St. John’s University. While at St. John’s University, Emily received the H.W. Wilson Foundation Scholarship for Professional Deyelopment. She has been a youth services librarian at Brooklyn Public Library since 2015; it is her first position in the field of library sciences. During her first year of public service, Emily has increased attendance at teen programs at her branch, supervised young adults hired to work at her branch through New York State’s Summer Youth Employment Program, and’ carefully maintained her branch’s young adult collection.
She’s very proud to have served on the first BPL Youth council in 2015. The council aided a teen advisory board in the planning of the first teens-only after-hours event at BPL, an art and performance based celebration called Urban Art Jamm. She looks forward to further serving patrons in her native borough while working Brooklyn Pliblic Library.
Rachel Lipkin is originally from New Jersey, where she received her B.A. in Publishing Studies at Hofstra University. She then proceeded to work for Macmillan Higher Education, and later found inspiration in the library industry. Rachel moved from New Jersey to California while obtaining her Master’s in Library and Information Sciences at St. John’s University. While she attended school, she pursued her other passion, baking, and opened her own Business, Rachel’s Bake Lab. Rachel currently works for Epicurean Group as their Pastry Chef at Sacred Heart Preparatory School. Grateful for her experience with St. John’s University, she wishes to continue a career in library studies.