Meet members of our extended team who support services in the Entrepreneurial Library Program.

Barbara Pralle, MBA

Barbara is an entrepreneurial and service sustainability enthusiast.  As the Head of ELP, she has led diverse external and internal client consulting projects at the Entrepreneurial Library Program since 2007. Projects have spanned library services, publishing, data and information management challenges and opportunities, have produced responsive and innovative services and solutions. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins Barbara managed strategic sales and marketing initiatives for a scientific publisher, including consulting projects related to organizational structure, pricing models, and future service and product development.

Laura Stokes

As Director of Private Events Laura has a wide range of expertise in venue rental program development, facilitates operation, catering and bar management, tenant and long term rental coordination, health and safety risk mitigation, collaborative community programming creation and staff development. Laura approaches projects holistically with a proven track record of identifying the potential for and creating programs to increase revenue.  Her background working in the performing arts and with small non-profits, as well as larger organizations, gives her a uniquely creative approach to problem solving.  Outside of work hours Laura spends her time playing harp, rescuing rabbits, and cooking vegan food.

Anita Norton, MLIS

As a library director of a fully online library, Anita strategically plans the library’s direction for delivering services and resources to user communities. She has many years of experience in planning and implementing library programs and evaluating the impact. When available, improvements and changes to programs are based on analysis of available data. She has a special interest in affordable course content, open educational resources and assessment of library services and resources.

Carrie Bertling Disclafani, MSLS

As a Distance Education Librarian, Carrie’s professional interests are far reaching, but she often leads projects related to instructional design, user experience, assessment, and information literacy instruction for adult learners. Carrie creates attractive and engaging instructional materials using a variety of software, including Articulate Storyline, H5P, and Springshare platforms. She has presented at three national library conference: Association of College & Research Libraries, Distance Library Services, and Electronic Resources & Libraries, and serves on the review board for the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.

Sam Bessen

As the Private Events & Marketing Assistant, Sam contributes his expertise in marketing, communications, event management, and logistics to the Private Events Program.  He holds degrees in Music from the University of Denver and Johns Hopkins University, and can be found practicing or rock climbing in his spare time.

Erica Getts, MLIS

With an undergraduate and graduate degree focused on Library Science, Erica has always had a passion for libraries and lifelong learning. Her professional areas of expertise include copyright, accessibility, and information literacy. Erica was a high school librarian before she moved onto academic libraries. Now, she can often be found designing and creating learning objects that teach information literacy skills. Outside of work, you might find Erica travelling the world, listening to pop punk music, or watching the Real Housewives.

Jennifer Hill, MSLS

As an Electronic Resources Manager and Distance Education Librarian, Jenn specializes in negotiating, licensing, and troubleshooting e-resources, as well as conducting assessment from a distance (virtual focus groups, usability testing, etc.), and building relationships with faculty to infuse research skills and library resources into the curriculum. She’s presented at conferences on systematically embedding library resources into online courses, assessing users remotely, and establishing targeted marketing campaigns to increase usage of library resources and services. Currently she is learning the ins and outs of EZ proxy and Single Sign on (SSO). Personally, Jenn can’t get enough cheese, enjoys bad reality TV, and loves visiting Maine and Yelping.

Pat Lovett, MA

Patricia Lovett has wide ranging experience providing research, instruction, collection management and other library services in all disciplines, with a special focus on the biological and health sciences.  She has also successfully managed online libraries serving university alumni, with specific expertise in licensing resources for alumni libraries.  She loves matching information seekers with resources! In her nonprofessional life, she has traveled extensively, loves nature and being outdoors.

Katie Stewart, MLS

Katie Stewart is a Distance Education Librarian and received her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland. Her areas of expertise include accessibility, library marketing and outreach, and information literacy. She currently serves on multiple committees in the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Distance Learning Section and has presented at national conferences including the Library Marketing and Communications Conference and Library Orientation Exchange (LOEX). In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her beagle mix, Molly, and going to Orioles games.

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We also present at conferences and publish papers with our partners or based on our work.

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