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BU Libraries welcome librarians into new roles

December 11th, 2023

The Boston University Libraries have hired and promoted librarians into new roles that will strengthen the Libraries’ ongoing work supporting the University’s robust research and learning agendas and fostering a vibrant academic experience for all BU community members.

Kristina Bush

Kristina Bush has joined the BU Libraries as the Library Experience Manager. In this role, Kristina oversees the Libraries’ general reference program, leads information literacy instruction and outreach, and collaborates with campus partners in support of major campus events and projects. Kristina comes to the BU Libraries from Tufts University, where, as the Online Learning Librarian, she started the Library Student Success Fellowship program. She received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked in its Sloane Art Library as a Carolina Academic Library Associate. Kristina previously served as Digital Literacies Librarian at the University of California Berkeley. In this position, Kristina helped to lead the library’s transition to digital services during the COVID-19 pandemic and coordinated the Undergraduate Library Fellowship program.

Joining from Syracuse University Libraries, Natalie LoRusso is BU Libraries’ new Web and User Experience Librarian. Natalie works to ensure a user-centered web presence and continuously improve BU Libraries websites, with a focus on content strategy and site architecture. Natalie also structures and leads user experience research activities for our websites and core library systems to evaluate and respond to user needs. Natalie earned their MLIS from Syracuse University, where they most recently served as the User Experience Librarian. There, they helped establish the library’s first user experience program, featuring student engagement opportunities such as the Library Student Advisory Board, and facilitated a number of website usability and assessment projects. Natalie also serves as the Assistant Editor for Weave: Journal of Library User Experience, a peer-reviewed publication for library UX professionals.

photo of Elizabeth Taft

Elizabeth Taft

Elizabeth Taft, who most recently served as the BU Libraries’ Collections Management Assistant, has been promoted to Resource Management Librarian. In her new role, Elizabeth provides leadership and guidance in the areas of library records database maintenance, collection analysis activities, and collection preservation. Elizabeth joined the BU Libraries in 2020 as an Access Services Assistant in the Science and Engineering Library. She then took on a special assignment re-establishing workflows to receive and process materials during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was promoted to the role of Collections Management Assistant in November 2021 and greatly improved workflows for receiving and processing materials, evaluating damaged materials, and performing withdrawals. She has also played a critical role in physical collection assessment. Elizabeth earned her MLIS from Simmons University.

These librarians, working in partnership with BU Libraries colleagues and campus partners, will greatly contribute the BU Libraries mission to assist multidisciplinary research and exploration and empower every BU community member to thrive amid an ever-changing information environment.

The BU Libraries continues to expand our teams in several departments. Explore our job postings to learn more about the opportunities to join our growing team of expert library staff.