BLAIS staff, and much of the Barnard/Columbia communities could not be more ecstatic to welcome Miriam Neptune back to Morningside Heights!
Miriam is Barnard Library's new Director of Teaching, Learning, and Digital Scholarship. She is coming to Barnard from Smith College, where she served as Digital Scholarship Librarian. Her projects there included creating space in the library for social justice conversations, through pop-up installations such as Undesign the Redline and the Black Unicorn Project. She is also the freelance researcher for a forthcoming book on black feminists.
Miriam was raised in California, and attended Pomona College where she majored in Media Studies and Black Studies. She has a Masters Degree in Cinema Studies from NYU, with a focus on documentary film. She went on to teach media studies courses in New York City High Schools and became the Director of the High School Documentary Workshop at the Educational Video Center from 2004 - 2008. She also worked for several years as the communications coordinator for Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, creating videos focused on race, migration, and xenophobia in the Americas. Her MLS is from St. John's University.
Miriam is excited to return to Barnard, where she was an instructional media specialist from 2011-2014 and later the Manager of IMATS until 2015. She was also on the BCRW advisory board. She loves to take road trips, eat local ice cream, and visit public libraries with her two sons, Yanic (age 9) and Max-Andre (age 4).
Miriam will start work in early May, mostly telecommuting at first with a campus home in Sulzberger Annex until BLAIS moves to the Milstein Center. Her email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consult the Barnard directory later for her phone number, which has not yet been assigned.