PALA 2018-2019 Officers
President: Mary Bakija
Mary Bakija is in the MLIS program at Pratt. She has worked most recently as a graduate assistant in the Pratt Institute Archives, and at the Brooklyn Public Library managing a new literacy program called Team Up To Read. Designed for kids ages 5-9 and their families, she developed the program’s curriculum materials, hired and trained educators, provided professional development to librarians, analyzed survey data, and more. Before that, she spent many years as a journalist working mostly for web-only publications. As a result, she has a particular interest in digital preservation and the ways we can ensure today’s news is available for future researchers. She also likes to cook, craft, and collect the pennies she finds on the street.
Vice President: Ann Koh
Ann Koh is a fourth-semester graduate student at Pratt Institute’s School of Information, pursuing a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with an interest in archives, conservation, and digital curation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Art History from Syracuse University. Prior to Pratt, she worked in various industries including building and zoning, health services, and education. Currently, she is a page at the NYPL Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division. She is thrilled to be a part of PALA in order to advocate for students at the School of Information and create enriching experiences through lectures, workshops, and events. Ann enjoys film photography, watching movies, and visiting museums, libraries, and galleries.
Secretary: Melissa Bergoffen
Melissa Bergoffen is a fourth-semester masters student within the Pratt Library and Information Science program. Her undergraduate degree is in Archaeology and Classical Civilizations from the University of Glasgow. Initially, she joined the program because of her love of books, and wanted a graduate agree that would allow her to share that love. However, upon completing her first semester, she finds herself fascinated with the concept of information sources, whether it be the information obtained through the study of the physicality of the objects (such as books, manuscripts, and in her case, other artifacts) or the preservation of those information sources. She is excited to be PALA’s secretary and looks forward to continuing the growth of the organization and serving the Pratt community.
Treasurer: Alicia Hyman
Alicia Hyman is a third-semester graduate student in the Pratt Library and Information Science program, with an interest in research libraries with special collections. Most recently, she’s worked as a Public Services Graduate Assistant at the Pratt library, and prior to Pratt she worked in publishing. Outside of school, Alicia is in a band (and handles its social media, booking, and correspondence) and loves being involved in the local music scene. She is excited to become more involved in the School of Information community through PALA.