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American Library Association Annual Meeting 2017

This guide contains the ALA 2017 Poster Presentation by NCU Librarians.

Amanda Bezet

I grew up in Zephyrhills, FL known both as “The Friendly City” and “The City of Pure Water.” My interest in collecting and reading books began at a very early age when my mother bought me Little Golden Books as a reward for good behavior. I continue to add to that collection, now as a stepmother to three. 

I attended the University of Florida where I earned a B.A. in Anthropology. Next, I completed an A.A. in Zoo Animal Technology Santa Fe Community College. This specialized degree led to a diverse zoo career involving the care and training of various species including otters, emus, venomous snakes, cheetahs, Komodo dragons, parrots and birds of prey, porcupines, goats, and many more. I left this career to complete my M.A. in Library & Information Science at the University of South Florida. After completing a Supervised Field Work at the Mote Marine Laboratory Library in Sarasota, FL, I began my career in academic librarianship. I truly enjoy helping students to find the resources that they need to be successful in their degree programs.

Today I live in South Florida and enjoy spending my time reading ( especially Steampunk and Sherlock Holmes), watching movies, exercising, shopping in thrift stores, eating vegetarian food (especially Indian), and just relaxing with my family and four cats--Modoc, Pepperoni, Peanut Butter, and Pistachio.


Bezet, A. (2013). Free Prize Inside! Embedded Librarianship and Faculty Collaboration at a Small-Sized Private University. Reference Librarian, 54(3), 181-219. doi:10.1080/02763877.2013.770351

Bezet, A., Duncan, T., & Litvin, K. (2018). Implementation and evaluation of online, synchronous research consultations for graduate students. Library Hi Tech News, 35(6), 4.

Taylor Duncan

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which is better known as the “Steel City,” “City of Bridges” or simply “the ‘Burgh” to local residents.  I currently reside in Regent Square which is a close-knit and walkable neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

I graduated from Duquesne University with my B.A. in English Literature. I then went on to pursue my M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. While earning my graduate degree, I worked in the Engineering & Science Library at CMU. Working in the library sparked a passion for librarianship which bloomed into a full-fledged career. CMU’s neighboring campus, University of Pittsburgh, offers one of the most recognized programs in the nation for Library Science. In 2009, I earned my Master of Library & Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s prestigious program. In my free time I enjoy working out (especially powerlifting), training my American Bulldog, experimenting in the kitchen, attending rock concerts, and kicking back with my family. I hope to one day be a student again as well.

The world of libraries has greatly transformed over the past couple decades. While brick-and-mortar libraries are certainly still in existence, NCU has set a precedent for the transformative online library landscape. I am very excited to be a part of the NCU Library team and to contribute to your academic success.

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