Affiliated Faculty

The iSchool faculty welcomes these Syracuse University community members as affiliated faculty members.

Natasha Cooper

Tasha Cooper

Collection Development and Analyst Librarian; Librarian for Information Studies

Tasha Cooper is collection development and analysis librarian, and subject librarian for information studies, at Syracuse University (SU) Libraries.  Her collections responsibilities include arts and humanities, business and management, education, information studies, public communications, data and news resources. She joined SU Libraries in 2000, and her responsibilities have included reference and instruction.

Tasha is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services divisions of ALA. She has been active in regional professional organizations, chairing the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2012-2013. Tasha holds an M.L.S. from Syracuse University and an M.Ed. from Penn State University.

Possible Connections

  • Point of contact for iSchool students, faculty and staff in regard to SU Libraries’ resources and services, including:
    • offering research assistance for students
    • developing collections to support iSchool curricular and research interests
    • sharing information about SU Libraries’ events and resources
    • meeting regularly with the MSLIS program director and attending program faculty meetings when possible
    • regularly visiting Hinds Hall, and attending iSchool events when possible
  • Project and course-related involvement:
    • eScience fellows initiative; with Jian Qin, interacting with eScience fellows; co-hosting sessions at SU Libraries and helping coordinate guide development
    • collaborating on the development of a case study for IST 614, Management Principles for Information Professionals, with Robert Heckman and Paul Gandel, as well as Scott Warren and others at SU Libraries
    • coordinating presenters from SU libraries for IST 511 summer sessions and other events, and arranging for sessions held at SU Libraries, such as poster sessions and discussions
    • working with students on projects, for example hosting a project for IST 613: Planning, Marketing and Assessing Library Services, or participating in interviews
    • annually providing updates in regard to SU Libraries’ resources for the information literacy tutorial for incoming graduate students.
  • Teaching/adjunct role:
    • IST 511, Introduction to the Library and Information Professions; co-taught in the summers of 2006, 2007, 2008
    • IST 605, Information Resources: Users and Services; online instructor; Fall 2007
Meg Mason

Meg Mason

Assistant Records Manager and Archivist

Meg Mason has been the Assistant Archivist in the University Archives at the Syracuse University Libraries since 2009. She oversees the Archives' collection management, including accessioning and processing. She also supervises student employees and interns, whose work ranges from processing collections to digital projects. Meg holds a Master in Library and Information Services degree as well as a Master in History degree, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. She previously worked in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress.

Possible Connections

  • Internship supervisor
  • Archival Management
Lucy Mulroney, Ph.D

Lucy Mulroney, Ph.D.

Senior Director of the Special Collections Research Center

Lucy Mulroney is the Senior Director of the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Libraries. She leads a diverse staff of specialists dedicated to preserving and providing access to the University’s signature rare and archival collections. Through original manuscripts, photographs, architectural plans, industrial design prototypes, graphic artworks, audio and moving image media, and rare printed materials, the Special Collections Research Center offers scholars and students a vibrant research and learning environment.

Before joining the Special Collections Research Center, Lucy studied photographic processes at the George Eastman House, bought books at Moe’s in Berkeley, and served as Editor and Publicist at the San Francisco Art Institute. She hold a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester and her research and teaching interests include modern art in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America; the history and preservation of photography, film, and performance-based works; and avant-garde publishing and the book trade. Lucy also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Art and Music Histories, and is currently completing the manuscript for her book, Andy Warhol, Publisher, which is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.

Possible Connections

  • Teaching courses such as: special collections management, curatorial methods, museum studies, interpretation of cultural artifacts, history of photography, ethics of collection development, preservation, etc.
  • Curriculum development: happy to contribute to discussions
  • Internship supervision: have supervised iSchool and A&S student interns and advised undergraduate honors projects
  • Research: actively engaged in research and would be happy to contribute to faculty discussions
David Seaman

David Seaman

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

David Seaman is Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University. He leads a talented library staff to deliver the services and collections necessary to drive 21st century research, teaching, and learning, and to provide innovative spaces for study, collaboration, and innovation. David comes to Syracuse after library leadership positions at Dartmouth College, The Digital Library Federation, and the University of Virginia. He has lectured and published extensively in the fields of humanities computing and digital libraries, and for many years has taught at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School.

Possible Connections

  • Library leadership
  • Digital Library developments and technologies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Publishing
David Stokoe

David Stokoe

Librarian/Conservator, Special Collections

David Stokoe is an English Library Conservator trained primarily through the U.K. Society of Archivists (S.o.A) beginning in 1982. He studied at the Newcastle College of Arts & Technology (U.K.) for 4 years and was certified in Craft Bookbinding in 1988. Having attained the S.o.A "Conservation Certification" after 3 years of apprenticeship, he attained S.o.A “Registered" status in 1996 & went on to be one of the UK's first "Accredited Conservator-Restorers” through the UK National Council for Conservation – Restoration (NCCR) in 2000.

He has a wealth of experience and training in the library conservation profession and related fields including treatments, custom re-housing, disaster planning, exhibition production, training events, presentations and mentoring. He has worked as Assistant Conservator at Newcastle County Record Office in the north east of England, as Conservator for the Isle of Man's National Archive & Library, then as Senior Conservator for Cumbria County Archive Service in North West England. More recently in the U.S., he was appointed Preservation Administrator for the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan prior to becoming Rare Book & Paper Conservator for the SUL Preservation Department. He attained “Professional Associate” (P.A.) status with the American Institute of Conservation in 2008 and has also become a P.A. mentor.

Possible Connections

  • 624 Adjunct Professor (Spring 2016)
  • Guest lecturer for IST 511
  • Possible conservation/preservation internships
Ozgur Yilmazel, Associate Professor of Information and Records Management at Anadolu University

Ozgur Yilmazel

Associate Professor of Information and Records Management, Anadolu University

Ozgur Yilmazel is Associate Professor of Information and Records Management at Anadolu University in Eskişehir, Turkey. He is also CEO and co-founder of big data and search services company Dilisim. 

From 1999 to 2008, he served as Chief Software Engineer for the iSchool’s Center for Natural Language Processing, and from 2008 to 2013 was assistant research professor at the iSchool.

His research interests include big data analytics, evidence extraction, machine learning, information visualization technologies, and text classification using natural language features. 

Possible Connections

  • Research collaborations
  • Guest lecturer / speaker
  • Big data and cloud computing opportunities