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Rachel Smiley worked at AMDA New York before joining the AMDA Los Angeles Library team as its Director and recently becoming the Senior Director for both campus libraries. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music focusing on Vocal Performance, from Scripps College and CSU Long Beach, respectively, as well as a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. Rachel grew up in Texas and then lived in California, New York, and New Jersey before coming back to California in 2018. Rachel has been increasingly active in performing arts educational institutions, recently joining the board of the Theatre Library Association (TLA) and working on joint conferences between TLA and MLA (Music Library Association). Feel free to ask Rachel about performing arts librarianship, conservatory or college library services and instruction, or anything really!
Elizabeth Mork is excited to join the AMDA Los Angeles Library team as their Public Services and Instruction Librarian. Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University. She also spent a semester abroad in the United Kingdom studying with the London Dramatic Academy. Outside of theatre and libraries, she spent a few years studying Gender and Cultural Studies with an emphasis on storytelling and the role of theatre criticism in making meaning for audiences, specifically using the lens of psychoanalysis and subaltern studies. She has taught college classes on social change and theatre classes for elementary school. Originally from Northern California, Elizabeth has lived in Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Idaho. Elizabeth is passionate about directing, dramaturgy, and pedagogy. She’s excited to chat about teaching, libraries, and plays!
Nicholas Rihn joins the AMDA Library as the Systems and Technology Librarian. Previously, he held a variety of roles in youth services and K-12 education. In 2020, he shifted his focus to librarianship. He’s particularly interested in the technology that undergirds the library profession and the promotion of lifelong learning. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of San Francisco, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from Cal State Los Angeles, and is completing his Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University.
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