PALA 2017-2018 Officers
President: Lauren Baker
I am a graduate student at Pratt Institute School of Information, pursuing a Master of Science in Library and Information Science. Prior to Pratt, I worked for six years in the marketing department at Guild Hall, a fast-paced visual and performing arts center on the East End of Long Island. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Cornell University College of Human Ecology. I am 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. When not doing research for school, you can find me at the theater, watching comedy, or listening to podcasts.
Vice-President: Jay Lyon
I’m a second-year student at Pratt on the Library Media Specialist track. After several years working at Books of Wonder and the Strand, I enrolled in Pratt in hopes of becoming an elementary school librarian. I spent my first two semesters as an assistant librarian at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, and will spend this year as the sole librarian at the Kew-Forest School in Queens. On top of my interest in youth services, I majored in linguistics at the College of William and Mary and will talk your ear off about etymology if pushed.
Treasurer: Kara Bledsoe
Kara Bledsoe is a MSLIS student at the Pratt Institute interested in conservation and preservation, digitization, and digital storage of cultural heritage. Specific interests include Black history and culture, science history, archives, digital humanities, data collection and database building, and cultural studies. In her free time, Kara enjoys traveling around the world, visiting museums, libraries, galleries, and archives, and reading/writing about the intersections of information science and culture.
Secretary: Gracen Cloud Walter
I am currently on the Library Media Specialist track at Pratt, and I will begin student teaching in Fall 2017. This is my 2nd (and final) year! I grew up in NYC, and I went to Skidmore College for undergrad, where I majored in Education Studies. After graduating, I lived and worked in Australia for 6 months before coming back to the States for school. I have worked in the School of Information’s main office, and I was a library page at the Mid-Manhattan library. I am very excited to be PALA’s secretary, and I look forward to serving the Pratt community as best as I can. My hobbies include reading, singing, swimming and relaxing.