Credits – Ebola Pocket Library

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Beyond the multitude of people who have donated their content and advice, these folks have gone the extra mile to assemble this Ebola Pocket Library collection in a few short weeks.

Their dedication has demonstrated how crowdsourcing and good librarianship can build effective people-centric libraries.  Putting the collection on a single chip has not been easy, but we have learned a host of lessons we expect will make it easier to develop such collections in the future.

Sherry  Lochhaas
Chief Digital Librarian
Sherry received her BA in Philosophy & Religion from Truman State University in 2009. She graduated from the University of Iowa with her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in 2011. Sherry worked remotely for The WiderNet Project in Ulm, Germany for a year, and now works remotely from Berkeley, California. She’s been with WiderNet since December 2009.
Joan  Ferguson
Digital Librarian
Joan received her BA in English and Art History from Mount Holyoke College, and has been working in libraries as a cataloger since receiving her MLS from Simmons College in 1990. Previous cataloging jobs include Harvard College Library, the Harvard University Library Preservation and Conservation Center, and the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. Born and raised in northern NJ, she escaped to New England thanks to education and employment, and after meeting her husband (at Harvard) moved to his home state of North Carolina 15 years ago. Currently, she works as the cataloger for the Durham County Library system part-time and spends the rest of her work week at WiderNet in Chapel Hill. When she’s not cataloging things, she loves to knit and plan her next travel adventure.
Kevin Fox
Volunteer Librarian
Kevin has been a volunteer digital librarian at WiderNet since 2013, focusing on building custom portals.  He graduated from Elon University with a degree in professional writing in 2010. He then graduate of the University of North Carolina with a Master’s degree in library science in 2014. He hopes to one day work in an academic library.
ShelnutErin[2]Erin Shelnut
Volunteer Digital Librarian
Erin is a volunteer digital librarian at WiderNet who works on the science and medicine collections. She recently moved to North Carolina from Boston where she earned a PhD in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry from Northeastern University. Currently aspiring to a career in pharmaceutical or medical device regulatory affairs, in her off-time Erin enjoys camping, boardgames, and watching football.(GO PATS!)
Jay  Clelland
Lead Programmer
Jay has been a programmer for The Widernet Project since 2009 and is currently the lead programmer. He studied Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics at The University of Iowa.
Laura Ashcraft
Web DB designer
Laura is currently a graduate candidate at the University of North Carolina in the MSIS track. Her goal is to become a Database Administrator as well as developer and designer. Her strengths tend towards design and her humanities background firmly grounds her in understanding “audience” or “user” perspectives.
Billy  Gagon
Billy graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a B.S. in computer science and mathematics minor. In his free time, he enjoys bowling, playing video games, and watching football. He hopes to one day leave the east coast and possibly further his education.
Amanda Click
Amanda is a doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS). Amanda graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Science, Technology & Culture. She then attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received her M.L.I.S. 
Lisa M. Many
Publicity Relations Specialist
Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in public relations and marketing for real estate and recycling companies as well as for other local non profits such as WCOM 103.5 FM, where she was also a radio announcer. Lisa also has experience working as a paralegal in the fields of Estate Planning, Immigration and Intellectual Property.
Mark Webster
Research Assistant
Mark is a senior Philosophy major currently engaged in portal construction and outreach for the WiderNet program. Specifically, he is creating a Philosophy portal for the eGranary. From Socrates to Hume, sophistry to new age mysterianism, Mark strives to preserve the teachings of both ancient and modern philosophers for new audiences around the world.
Cliff Missen
Cliff has over 25 years professional experience in computers, networking, multimedia design, and applications development. At the WiderNet Project, he combines this with his long-term interest in international development. His first visit to Africa was with a medical team in 1982, and he continues to teach and promote appropriate water well drilling technology through the U.S. non–profit organization Wellspring Africa. “I want to see the day when African technicians – so steeped in understanding of ICT technology – bend and twist these tools to create appropriate and affordable communications systems for the most rural villages in Africa.”
Gloria Mensah
Gloria is a first-year undergraduate student with a Business Administration major. She is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is currently the clerk at Widernet@UNC. She manages the Widernet@UNC Sharepoint and makes sure the websites is up-to-date.