Laura Costello

Laura is the virtual reference librarian at Rutgers University. She formerly served as the head of research and emerging technologies at Stony Brook University Libraries and as the head of library materials and acquisitions at EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin and BA in English literature from the University of Minnesota.

Highlight projects include Roomer, a mobile room reservation system and Pocket Knowledge, a social and digital archive at Teachers College. She has also been deeply engaged in the library redesigns at both Teachers College and Stony Brook University. Her research interests include data and demand driven strategies for acquisitions and other library management decisions, emerging technologies in libraries, education technology, and designing digital and physical library learning spaces.

Laura’s professional goals include changing everything, not destroying the library, and maintaining the delicate balance between old skool librarianship and newfangled technology.


All opinions expressed on the site are my own and do not represent the views of my current or former employers.

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