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Nicholae Adam Cline

Nicholae Adam Cline, was born in New Albany, IN and grew up in Corydon, Indian's first state capital. He has also lived, briefly, in Huntington, WV, Chesapeake, OH, and Bully, France. For the last four years, he has called Bloomington "home".

  • He is of Native American descent and is a member of the Coharie tribe of North Carolina.
  • Cline received his BA from Indiana University in Bloomington, studying English literature (major) and philosophy (minor).
  • In 2008, he spent a summer volunteering with a close friend on an organic vineyard in the Beaujolais region of France, near Lyon. He plans to return.
  • He has worked primarily in the book industry, doing both editing and retail. Since January of 2010, he has been working with the Arts & Humanities librarian at the Herman B Wells library in Bloomington, doing collection development and helping with digital initiatives such as the Victorian Women Writers Project.
  • Cline is excited about most areas of librarianship, being new to the field, and looks forward to the evolution of his interests at SLIS. Currently, he is very interested in digital librarianship and collection development. He hopes to find a career in an academic library.
  • Graduation – August 2011   IUB SLIS

LaNesha NeGale DeBardelaben 

LaNesha NeGale DeBardelaben a native of Saginaw, Michigan, has an interest in archives administration, U.S. history and, curatorial work in historical societies.

  • She has a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Kalamazoo College; M.A. in History and Museum Studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 
  • DeBardelaben has served as Assistant Curator at a history museum and Project Manager of a Teaching American History Grant.
  • She is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians, History of Education Society, American Association of Museums, the Society of American Archivists, the Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable, and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.  
  • She received a 2010 Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Graduate Scholarship, 2010 ALA Spectrum Diversity Scholarship and a 2010 National Trust for Historic Preservation Diversity Scholarship.
  • Graduation – August 2011 IUB SLIS
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Elizabeth Nichole "Nikki" Johnson



Elizabeth Nicole "Nikki" Johnson,  was born and raised in Elkhart, IN; lived in Terre Haute five years during undergrad; moved to Indianapolis January 2007.

  • Johnson is a member of the Association for Library and Information Science Students (ALISS) at IUPUI and will serve as acting treasurer, secretary, and Graduate Student Organization (GSO) representative beginning Fall 2010.
  • She is also a member of ALA and a participant in the 21st Century Leadership Program at IUPUI
  • She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science - Legal Studies and African-American Studies at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
  • Johnson is most interested in serving in academic ad public librarianship, areas where she believes her passion for research initiatives promoting positive social reform will be fully utilized 
  • Graduation – May 2011 IUPUI SLIS
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Amber C. Painter

Amber C. Painter, was born in South Bend, Indiana to an Indiana native and Korean born mother which helped her to develop awareness of the struggles that non-native English speakers can face.

  • Attended Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN where she:  received a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Political Science, served as the secretary for the Asian Pacific Islander Association,  and received recognition for her service to the Center for Multicultural Affairs.
  • Member of the ILF and APALA
  • Currently is a member of the APALA’s literary awards committee.
  • Worked in academic libraries before, during, and after receiving her bachelors.
  • Has volunteered with Food Not Bombs chapters in South Bend and Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Volunteer for the Monroe County Public Library and the Pages for Prisoners project.
  • Interning with the Monroe County Public Libraries Reference department.
  • Currently employed as a supervisor for Media and Reserve services at the Herman B Wells library.
  • Would like to find a position in user services either in reference or outreach.
  • Graduation – May 2011 IUB SLIS