Current Team Members

At the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries:

Patrick Reakes

Patrick is the Principal Investigator for the project. He provides general project direction and serves as liaison with the Library of Congress. ­­­­ He also assists the Project Coordinator with coordinating internal library staff in all other areas of production. Patrick is the Associate Dean of Scholarly Resources and Services at UF. He previously served as Chair of the Humanities & Social Sciences Library, as Chair of the Departmental Libraries and Head of the Neuharth Journalism Library at UF. He holds an MSLS from Florida State University (FSU), a BS in Public Relations from UF, and is a graduate of the General Motors Management Development School. He was also a Fellow in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Program, a highly competitive executive leadership program designed and sponsored by ARL member libraries to facilitate the development of future senior‐level leaders in large research libraries. Prior to coming to UF, he served as a law librarian at Florida Coastal School of Law, where he headed the interlibrary loan department and served as adjunct faculty member. He has also been a reference and instruction librarian at FSU, where he served as the Business Librarian. His current research focus is on the impacts of the evolving digital environment on news research and archiving.


Melissa Jerome

Melissa is the Project Coordinator and is responsible for all the day-to-day activities for the project, which includes all technical and administrative activities related to the digitizing of the selected newspapers, maintaining communication with project partners and vendors, as well as overseeing and assisting with outreach activities and publicity efforts. She has been employed in the Smathers Libraries for more than 9 years in various departments including Access Support in their Interlibrary Loan and Course Reserves departments, and in the Circulation Department as acting supervisor for the overnight hours. Melissa received a BA in Criminology and an MS in Pharmacy from the University of Florida, and most recently received an MS in Information from Florida State University, with focus on leadership & management.


At the University of the Virgin Islands Libraries:

Nicole Hatfield

Nicole Hatfield is the manager of the Ralph M. Paiewonsky library at the University of the Virgin Islands where she coordinates library operations, facilitates information literacy sessions, and serves as the library liaison to the College of Science and Mathematics.   In just under three years with UVI, Nicole developed Affordable Learning UVI, an initiative that funds faculty work in OER and has saved students just over $100,000. She led the library’s transition to virtual learning, designing online tutorials and initiating the library’s virtual reference services. Nicole earned her master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education at Western Michigan University.  Prior to a career in librarianship, Nicole taught composition as an adjunct instructor and both composition and literature in Michigan and Maine public schools. Her research interests include open education resources and open pedagogy, information literacy instruction, information services, digital librarianship, and user experience. 


Lindsay Negrello

Lindsay Negrello is a librarian at the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library at the University of the Virgin Islands. In addition to serving as the Social Sciences librarian, Lindsay is currently coordinating efforts for the university’s updated document retention policy and creating a long-term plan for the library’s special collections. Lindsay earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University and her Bachelor of Art in the History of the Americas at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include archives and special collections, digitization and accessibility, records management, information literacy instruction, and student and faculty outreach. 

For a list of and information on past Team members, please view the project proposals linked in our Resources section. 


Past Blog Contributors:

Sarah “Moxy” Moczygemba (January 2016 – May 2018)

Moxy served as the Outreach and Promotion Assistant for the project. In addition to managing the project’s social media and blog, she also provided outreach to educators to help them integrate Chronicling America and associated resources into K-12 and university classrooms. She is the Social Media Manager for the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. Moxy manages the main Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts for the Libraries–a responsibility which includes content curation and promotional campaign development. She also created and maintains the Social Media Guidelines for the Libraries, offers trainings, and coordinates the Social Media Group to facilitate the exchange of ideas across the Libraries. Moxy is a PhD candidate in the Religious Studies department at UF, and holds a MA in Religious Studies (University of Florida 2013) and a BA in Political Science (Trinity University 2009).


Katiana Bagué (June – August 2018)

Katiana Bagué born in Miami, Florida to Puerto Rican migrants, received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Florida (UF) in May 2018. She served as the Bilingual Outreach Assistant, writing blogs that highlighted content from the project’s Puerto Rican newspapers. She currently works full time at the George A. Smathers, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Library West, as a User Services Assistant, helping with circulation, outreach, and marketing initiatives for the branch. Additionally, she is a first-year graduate student in the Center for Latin American Studies at UF and is working towards the Latinx Studies, Migration & Transnational Studies specialization. Her research interests include exploring the artistic production by the Puerto Rican diaspora in the U.S. and improving diversity & inclusivity within libraries.


Heather Gonyeau (May – August 2019)

Heather served as the Bilingual Outreach Coordinator for the project. She curated materials for the project’s social media accounts, along with researching, authoring and translating the blog posts. She also managed community outreach, helping educators and historical societies understand and utilize Chronicling America’s many resources. Heather is pursuing a Ph.D. in History at the University of Florida. She holds an M.A. in History (University of Florida, 2018) and two B.A.s in History and Latin American Studies (George Mason University, 2016). Her specialization in Latin America provided the background for much of the research she conducted with the Florida & Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project. Heather’s dissertation explores physical culture and health; two themes you can see displayed prominently in her social media posts.