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Meet the Librarians

Gary Newhouse, M.A.L.S.

Gary Newhouse, winner of the 2003 Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award, is the Dean of Library and Online Learning at Oakton Community College. As such, his responsibilities include administration of the college’s library, the Koehnline Museum of art, alternative education and distance learning services.

Gary has held the office of President of NILRC (a consortium of community college, college and university libraries), was a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Illinois Cooperative Collection Management Program, the Steering Committee of the North Suburban Higher Education Consortium, and the Executive Committee of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries.

Gary is interested in books, carpentry, gardens, philosophy, neuro-psychology, and music. His favorite music includes blues, tunes from the 1960s, and folk. In fact, he plays in the local band, The Folktons, along with several of his colleagues from Oakton.


Jane Malik, M.L.S.

Jane Malik, Associate  Professor of Library Services, the Librarian for Collections, and the Chair of the Library Services Department, has been at Oakton since 1997 and is a past winner of the North Suburban Library System (NSLS) Academic Library Staff Member of the Year. She has a Master of Library Science degree from Pratt Institute (NY) and a B.A. in English from St. Peter’s College (NJ). 


Julia Fraas, M.L.I.S., M.Ad.Ed.

Julia Fraas, Professor of Library Services and the Librarian for Online Curriculum and Instruction, has a Master of Library and Informational Science from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a Master of Adult Education from National Louis University. More recently, Julia completed a Master of Online Teaching certificate through the University of Illinois - Springfield. She has been at Oakton since 2005 and previously worked at the National Louis University Library and several corporate libraries.

Julia enjoys working with Oakton’s students, faculty, administrators, and staff. In her free time, Julia likes reading and spending time with family and friends.


Rose Novil, M.L.I.S., M.L.S.

Rose Novil is a Professor of Library Services and the Librarian for Instruction and Reference Services at the Ray Harstein Campus in Skokie. Rose has been at Oakton since 2001 and worked at National Louis University prior to coming to Oakton. 

Rose is an active member of the Judaica Library Network of Metropolitan Chicago, and is the organizer of the Next Book Series at the Skokie campus. Additionally, Rose is a doctor of nutrition and naturopathy and is interested in researching new developments in the field of anti-aging and complementary health.


Sherrill Weaver, M.A., M.L.S., Sp.LIS., Ed.D.

Sherrill Weaver, Professor, serves as the Librarian for Online Resources. She teaches research skills and works with Oakton Library faculty and staff to create the library’s online resources. Sherrill is currently is leading the team consisting of Jake Jeremiah, Mingyan Li, and Joanna Kolendo in developing OaktonOneSearch, the library's version of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).  Sherrill has also taught as an adjunct professor at Oakton in the English and College Studies departments.

Sherrill has bachelors and masters degrees in English from Northern Michigan University, masters and specialists degrees in Library and Information Science from Indiana University, and a doctoral degree in Adult and Continuing Education from National-Louis University.

Her reading passions are political history/biography and mysteries.


Kellie Benson, M.L.S.,  M.S.W.

Kellie Benson is an adjunct librarian in Reference and Instruction Services.  She holds an M.L.S. from University of Illinois-Champaign, and an M.S.W. from Jane Addams School of Social Work at University of Illinois-Chicago.  As a reference librarian, she is able to combine all the skills she has learned in her other posts as an English teacher, a children’s librarian, and a social worker.

Kellie writes social science subject area book reviews for Library Journal; she also writes fiction, and has published a few things in obscure and antiquated venues.  She enjoys traveling, reading, and following the Cubs from April until despair sets in, usually around mid-July.


Robin Dillow, M.L.I.S., M.A., M.P.A.

Robin Dillow is an Adjunct Librarian in Reference and Instruction. She holds Masters degrees in Public Administration, Environmental and Urban Geography, and Library and Information Science.


Debbie Feder, M.L.I.S.

Debbie Feder, an Adjunct Librarian at the Ray Hartstein Campus in Skokie, is the director of the Library of the Ida Crown Jewish Academy. Her goal as a librarian is to provide guidance in the use of resources, infusing each classroom with Information Literacy elements. Debbie, who received her M.L.I.S from Dominican University, wishes she were also a Broadway star.


Carol Jackson, M.L.S., M.A.T.

For the last ten years I have worked at Oakton’s library, answering reference questions and teaching workshops.  I really enjoy my job.  One of the reasons that being a librarian is so much fun is that librarians are continually learning.  My graduate degrees are in Library Science (MLS) and in Education (MAT). Currently I’m taking an online class and learning about online instruction.


Joanna Kolendo, M.L.I.S., M.Phil.

Joanna Kolendo is an Adjunct Librarian in Reference and Instruction Services. Her undergraduate coursework focused on English Literature and Economics. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Since obtaining her degree, she has worked in both academic and public settings, and over the years, has become fascinated with numerous library issues such as library technology especially federated search systems, information literacy and the digitization of rare manuscripts.

Most recently, she completed a course in Medieval Literature and Languages at Trinity College Dublin and developed a strong interest in the Latin language and Medieval Literature.


Russell Kracke, M.L.S.

Russell Kracke is an Adjunct Librarian in Reference and Instruction Services at Oakton Community College. Russell has an M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from the University of Utah. He also studied at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany. He is conversant in German and reads Dutch.

In addition, Russell is a freelance German language translator, specializing inthe transcription of pre-20th century longhand Fraktur documents. He is an avid reader, traveler, and family lineage researcher.


Carol Moulden, M.L.S.

Carol Moulden, an Adjunct Librarian at Oakton, is the Director of the National Louis University Library. Carol has been at NLU for more than thirty years and received NLU’s Excellence in Service award for 2005-2006. Carol has been involved with the American Library Association’s Distance Learning Section from its inception, serving as chair in 2000-2001 and currently serving on the Membership and Events Committee. 

In January 2007, Carol was a guest on Sarah Long’s series of podcasts which explores the world of libraries through interviews with key library figures and commentary on issues that matter to libraries.


Ted Remus, M.L.I.S.

Ted Remus is an Adjunct Librarian in Reference and Instruction Services. He is a member of the Hunger in Our Communities wiki team and has worked tirelessly to weed the Library’s collection. Ted holds a Library Media, Illinois Type 10 Certification, and is the Librarian at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. Ted previously held positions in Information Technology and Systems Management. 

Ted holds an undergraduate degree in music and has a wide range of interests, including bicycling and square dancing. Ted also enjoys edgy comedy like Kathy Griffin and Reno 911.


Rebecca Sedam, M.L.S.

Rebecca Sedam is an Adjunct Librarian for Reference and Instruction Services. She also serves as a librarian at Morton Grove Public Library, where she contributes regularly to the Library’s blogs. Rebecca’s previous positions included Lewis Library Instruction Coordinator and Economics Bibliographer at Loyola University in Chicago.


Uri Toch, M.L.I.S., M.A.

Uri Toch is an Adjunct Librarian in Reference and Instruction Services with additional responsibilities in marketing. Uri is a full-time Librarian at the College of Lake County, the former Corporate and Small Business Liaison Librarian Schaumburg Township District Library, and a former Adjunct Instructor at Dominican University’s School of Library and Information Science. 

Uri has published and presented widely during his career as a librarian.  He also holds a graduate degree in Geography and Environmental Science.


Ruth Whitney, M.L.S.

Ruth Whitney is an Adjunct Librarian for Reference and Instruction Services. Ruth teaches many of the Library classes and workshops and has responsibilities for collection development. Ruth was featured in the Oakton Occurrence during the spring of 2009, where she was asked why she chose this career path. Her answer: I think it helps to have a curious nature and to be interested in all kinds of subjects if you want to work as a reference librarian.

Ruth majored in American Studies as an undergraduate and uses this background in her work with students. Her interests include gardening with native plants, and music – eclectic music – Ramsey Lewis, Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal, the Indigo Girls, Broadway musicals and classical music, especially chamber music.


Swarna Wickremerante, M.L.S.

Swarna Wickremerante is an Adjunct Librarian for Cataloging and Reference and Instruction. She received degrees from Sri Lanka University, and Oxford, England, and became a librarian while working at Harvard from Simmons College. Swarna’s first career was teaching math and economics in schools in England and Sri Lanka.

Swarna's interests include reading, writing, the study of meditation techniques, and herbal medicine. Swarna’s book Buddha in Sri Lanka: Remembered Yesterdays is available at both campuses.



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