First Year Director Bios (alphabetical order)
Susan Craft obtained her MSLS from UNC Chapel Hill in August 2012. Prior to that, she graduated from the University of Mississippi with degrees in English and French and minors in chemistry and math. While a student at UNC, she was an intern at the US Environmental Protection Agency Library and won the 2011 Sara Aull Student Paper Award. She went on to present this paper as a contributed paper at the SLA 2012 Conference in Chicago.
In May 2012, Susan joined the North Carolina Biotechnology Center as a librarian. There, she helps with researching, categorizing and managing companies in the NCBiotech Company Directory, sending biotech and funding news to staff and assisting clients with information needs. She is currently a member of the NCSLA Communications Committee.
I have been on the library staff at The News & Observer since 1987 and director since 1993.
In addition to providing research and maintaining the archive and intranet, I also maintain a local history blog, publishing content from the blog in a weekly column, maintain our moms’ website, and provide content for a published daily feature of online conversation.
I have served NC/SLA in the past as president, president elect, education chair, and secretary. I was also a director from 1997 to 2002 and the chapter webmaster from 2003 to 2007. As education chair, I coordinated two day-long professional development seminars.
I have been active in the SLA News Division, serving as chair, chair-elect and professional development chair. As chair-elect, I was responsible for all division programming at the national conference. I also ran two full-day CE workshops at the national conference.
At the N&O, I was responsible for newsroom staff development for four years, creating ongoing workshops and programming outside speakers from the community and throughout the industry. I also worked with the development of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and maintained their website for its first year. I am currently working with the NC Scholastic Media Association at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication to conduct its yearly high school journalism workshop.
Mohan Ramaswamy is the Librarian for the Life Sciences and Graduate Services for the North Carolina State University Libraries. Mohan provides research support for agriculture and life sciences users, coordinates graduate student services, and organizes research workshops. Previously, Mohan served as an Associate Professor and Science Librarian at Kansas State University Libraries. Mohan served as a director of the United States Agriculture Information Network Executive Council during 2008-2009, and he has served in several USAIN committees. Mohan has also served as the chair of the American Library Association’s Equality Award Jury and in several committees of ALA and Kansas Library Association. Mohan has a PhD in entomology, and he has served as a faculty member in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India, from 1988 to 2000.