Rebecca (Butler) Mendelson (Chair 2015)
Reverend Rebecca Mendelson was the inaugural fellow in Valparaiso University’s Library Fellow program, which is focused on fostering a diverse student body and faculty. Prior to arriving at Valparaiso, Rev. Butler was the Reference Intern at Northwestern University’s Schaffner Library while finishing her MLIS at Dominican University. She is currently the Manager of Outreach and Interlibrary Loan at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. Rev. Mendelson is also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and attended Lexington Theological Seminary for her M.Div. Rev. Mendelson loves to read and do crafty things such as knitting and baking, but when the weather is nice she prefers to be out on a motorcycle exploring the twists and turns of the countryside. Besides reading, her greatest passion is baseball. She roots for the Atlanta Braves and has recently joined the ranks of long-suffering Cubs fans. Additionally, she is a figure skater and, when time allows, she skates with a synchronized figure skating team.
Derek Marshall (2014-2016)
Having only ever worked in libraries, Derek knew he had no choice but to become a librarian. Â He received his MLIS from the University of South Carolina right after finishing his bachelor’s degree. Derek has found working in libraries as the only economic way of surrounding himself with an appropriate number of books. Derek is currently the Coordinator of the Veterinary Medicine Library at Mississippi State University. Before joining the library faculty at MSU, Derek spent most of his career in public libraries where he was everything from a YA Librarian to a Branch Manager. Derek is excited to work as an Over the Rainbow juror and looks forward to delving into more books!
Matthew Windsor (2013-2016)
Matthew Windsor is the systems and media services librarian for Hendrix College, a small liberal arts school in central Arkansas. He completed his MLS and MSIS at Drexel University. Current projects include a statewide collaboration with school librarians to meet RUSA information literacy goals by high school graduation and a new course in the history of the liberal arts.
Kate Hampton (2015-2017)
Kate is an editor for Kwani Trust, the leading creative publisher and literary network in East and Central Africa. She works directly with the managing editor on all aspects—from concept to launch—of the 600-page flagship literary journal Kwani?, a treasure trove of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art and design. Kate was associate editor for the first two issues of Jalada, an acclaimed pan-African writers’ collective. Her poetry, creative nonfiction and journalism has appeared in African, European and North American publications. In order to fill the dreary hours between talking with writers about books and talking with publishers about books, Kate joined the Rainbow Committee to talk with librarians about books.
Amy Greschaw (2015-2017)
Andrea Perez (2015-2017)
Andrea Perez is an outreach librarian working in public libraries for 12 years. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Art History and English and received her MLIS from Wayne State University in 2005. Andrea is currently coordinating the Radical Librarianship track at the 2015 Allied Media Conference.
Stephanie Santiful (2015-2017)
Nicholae Cline (2015-2017)
Nicholae Cline is the Digital Research Librarian for the Reference Services department of Indiana University Libraries. He has acquired a BA in English Literature & Philosophy, as well as an MLS, both from IU. His scholarly interests include ethics & epistemology, literary theory, animal rights, queerness & gender studies, feminism, critical race & ethnic studies (particularly indigenous history & identity), and film. Ever hard at work shattering hateful librarian stereotypes, Nicholae lives with two cat-friends (one pictured) and reads a lot.