Author Bios

Primary Authors


Brandi Bengtson, Electronic Services Specialist- Web, graduated from UNL in 2013 with a B.A. in English. As of 2017, she is working on her Masters of Library Science Degree at Mizzou Online. She finds writing to be therapeutic as well as enlightening. Reading stories helps her transport her mind into the lands within books and explore the possibilities of reality. Through her blogs, she hopes to bring some humor as well as knowledge to her readers.  Her other hobbies include playing as many forms of Zelda she can get her hands on, embroidery, cosplaying her favorite characters, and pretending to be a Disney princess,  (dresses included). Read Posts

Robin BernsteinRobin Bernstein, Senior Director, Library Services, has worked at the Bellevue University Library since 1978. After receiving her M.L.S. from Emporia State in 1994, she assumed the position of Library Director, and then in March 2009, she was promoted to her current position adding the management of the Learning Assessment Center to her responsibilities. Robin thoroughly enjoys her job, is extremely passionate about her work, and is strongly committed to providing the best quality service to all. In her spare time, Robin enjoys cross-stitching, , traveling, spending time with her family, and reading. Read Posts

Megan McIntosh is Bellevue University Library’s Access and Outreach Services Specialist. She began working in the library in September 2018.  She graduated from the University of Missouri with her Masters in Library and Information Science in 2018. Megan previously worked at the Bellevue Public Library, and loves the sense of community that the Midwest has to offer. In her free time, Megan enjoys scrapbooking, reading, walking her dog, and trying out new hobbies that stick for undetermined lengths of time.

DianeDiane Osborne has worked at the Bellevue University Library since July 1999, first as the Technical Services Assistant, then as the Serials Specialist, and currently as the Technical Services Specialist.  She is actively involved in the WellBeing Council at Bellevue University from 2004-2012; 2017-present.  Her extended family has been on a Relay for Life American Cancer Society Team since 2008.  They have been in the top three fundraising teams for Pottawattamie County, Iowa for three years.  They have also won the spirit award many times.  She lives in Bellevue and has two 20+ year old boys, Trevor and Cody, and two adorable Siamese cats.  Her youngest boy joined the Army in Feb. 2018.  Read Posts

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Lorraine Patrick has been the Reference Services Librarian with Bellevue University since 2003 and is new to the blogging team.  She is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia and later moved to Knoxville, TN to pursue her career in Library Science.  She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Masters in Library Science and worked in Tennessee for several years before moving to Nebraska. She has a variety of interests and talents but her primary interests include: gardening, reading, playing her viola, spending time with her cats, exercising, going to church with her neighbor, and spending time with her family.  She looks forward to blogging for the Bellevue University Library on a wide variety of library-related topics.  Read Posts 

George Timmins is one of the Bellevue University Library’s circulation clerks, and started late August 2019. He studied Bioinformatics at UNO for three years, and plans to continue his education at Bellevue University. As an avid reader and media consumer, he enjoys writing as a way of telling stories and sharing the things he likes. Some of his favorite topics are horror, mystery and suspense, art, music, languages, and architecture. In his free time, he likes to paint, draw, listen to music, exercise, play video games, and watch movies/shows. Read Posts

Sierra Whitfield is Bellevue University Library’s Scholarly Communications and Archives Administrator.  She is a recent graduate from Florida State University, obtained her B.S. in Spring 2018 in Criminology and Computer Science, and her Masters of Library and Information Science in Fall 2019. Prior to joining the Bellevue Library Team, she has worked at various types of libraries including public, academic, and makerspace libraries. She possesses a deep passion for culture, language, and history. Through archival work, she is able to protect and preserve memorabilia of the long (and not so long) forgotten past. To her, writing is an art form – a medium of creativity – one that she hopes to expand upon as she strives to become a published author and novelist. Her individual merriments are rather eclectic, but are more so inclined toward writing (of course), composing music, holistic health & wellbeing, and 80s vampire flicks. Read Posts

Guest Authors

Chris Armstrong, Assistant Library Director 2002-2018, and Public Services Librarian 2018-present. Read Posts

Mary Barrett, part-time Circulation Assistant from 2011-2016 and Reference Support Specialist 2016-present. Read Posts

Linda Black, Reference Support Specialist on staff from 2002 – 2016. Read Posts

Mike Boback, Reference Librarian and System Librarian on staff from 2012-2013. Read Posts

Matthew Colbert, Reference Instruction Librarian since 2016. Read Posts

Rachael Davis, Manager, Academic Tutoring Read Posts

Chrystal Dawson, Access Services Specialist and then Access Services Administrator from 2001-August 2018. Read Posts

Pam Fanelli, Technical Services Librarian from 2016-2019.  Read Posts

Carol Gottsch, previous Test Administrator Read Posts

Barbara Haney, Interlibrary Loan/Circulation Supervisor from 1994-2017.
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Joel Hartung, Systems Librarian 2013-2018; Assistant Director, Library Systems 2018-present . Read Posts

Megan Heese, Library Media/Acquisition Specialist from 2017-2019. Read Posts

Colin Kehm, Electronic Services Specialist from 2010-2020.  Read Posts

Casey Kralik, Technical Services Librarian from 2005-2015.  Read Posts

Linda Lawrence, previous Test Management Specialist Read Posts

Margie McCandless, Reference Support Specialist since August 2004.    Read Posts

Jacob Lee Technical Services Assistant from 2012-2017. Read Posts

Shelly Lee, Test Administrator Read Posts

Caitlin Lombardo, Circulation Aide from 2015-2017. Read Posts

Allie O’Connor, Document Delivery Specialist 2001- January 29, 2021.   Read Posts

Jessica Omer, Circulation Assistant since 2009.  Read Posts

Alicia James, Circulation Clerk since December 2012.  Read Posts

Eric Saxon, Electronic Services Specialist-Web 2017-2018. Read Posts

Allison Schafer, Circulation Assistant since 2010.  Read Posts

Wendy Shirey, Manager, Test Center Read Posts

Pauline Stacchini, Reference/Instruction Librarian from March 2013-August 2014.
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Haley Wert, Circulation Assistant since . Read Posts.

Anita Wolfram, Test Administrator Read Posts