Rachel Payne Karasick


RKRachel is currently the Information Access Coordinator at the Hancock Library at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She received her MLIS degree from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in May of 2017. Her academic areas of interest are information science and technology, critical information literacy, and library leadership. If you’re wondering how to pronounce her last name, just rhyme it with ‘Jurassic’ and you’re good to go.

She has wide-ranging experience in academic and public libraries, with a background in technical services, fundraising, and management. In her current role, she supports the science teaching and research programs at the ANU, which includes information literacy instruction, research consultation, and collection development. She works with the natural sciences, including the biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, medical, environmental, and earth science departments. Prior to stepping into this position, she worked in departmental library administration and technical services at Simmons University in Boston.

Before attending library school, Rachel served as a grant writer for the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, where she successfully secured funding to support a variety of initiatives, including STEM programming; exhibitions of contemporary art and archival collections; makerspaces; expansion of workforce development programs; accessibility services; and youth education. She has previously worked for environmental non-profits in communications, volunteer coordination, and fundraising. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member from 2010-2011, spearheading a new youth gardening program and organizing a low-income CSA program.

When she’s not in a library, Rachel can be found tromping around in the woods, going for leisurely bike rides, or futzing around with a new project.

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