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Library Services Research Support and Library Instruction Tutoring
Kelly Brothers Kelly Burns Nicole Dugan
Violet Davis Krista Dietrich-Osiecki Maia Graudick
Carly Dipaolo Lisa Eichholtz Jessica Newman
Terry King Casey Jett
Marian Mays Geneva Jewell Administrative
Kelly O'Hara Rafe Johnson Nicole Dugan
Ken Solomon Jerica Lowe Maia Graudick
Betsy Stopher Maria Nazari Rafe Johnson
Technology Amy Wehrle Jessie Newman
Kyle Smith Sara Williams  


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Kelly Brothers

Library Specialist

My name is Kelly and I am the Library Specialist here at the Smith Library. I have master degrees in Art History and Library Science. I worked in the public library and the arts before I started at JCTC. I love to read, to be outside and animals.

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Kelly Burns

Reference & Instruction Librarian

My name is Kelly and I am a reference and instruction librarian at the JCTC downtown campus. I received a BA and MA in Spanish language from University of Louisville and will have received my Master’s in Library Science from the University of Kentucky by December 2023. I love reading and will read almost any book suggested to me. I also enjoy listening to podcasts because I hope to learn something new every day!

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Violet Davis

Public Services Librarian

My name is Violet and I am a librarian here at JCTC. I have a bachelor’s in English from Bellarmine University and a master’s in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. I’m a big fan of reading, especially the fantasy genre, and going to the movies to see both new and old films.

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Carly Dipaolo

Library Assistant

Hi, I'm Carly, I'm currently a student at JCTC earning my Associate of Arts. Someday I plan to open my own Italian food truck. I like long family trips and walks on the beach at night with the turtles. I am also a great baby and pet sitter.

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Krista Dietrich-Osiecki



I am a JCTC Librarian based at the Southwest Campus. My focus is on Information Literacy through instruction. I provide in-person and online instruction for classes, one-on-one reference and tutoring, and participate in the Embedded Librarian Program. I have a Master's in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. I also have a Master’s in College Student Personnel and a Bachelor’s in Public Relations, both from Purdue University.

I have a husband, twin teenage daughters, and a dog. Although, my free time is limited, I do make time to read, travel, cook, and volunteer with Girl Scouts and a food pantry.

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Nicole Dugan

Associate Director of Tutoring Services

As the associate director of tutoring services, I am responsible for ensuring tutors and tutees navigate the tutoring process successfully. Since 2013, I have tutored writing, completed independent research in tutoring marketing and pedagogies, as well as trained and mentored tutors at multiple higher education institutions. I graduated from UofL in 2019 with my M.A. in English, and since then, I have taught and tutored composition at UofL and JCTC. I spend my free time hiking, gardening, and hanging out with my dog, cat, and rabbit.

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Lisa Eichholtz



Lisa Eichholtz I am a reference and collection development librarian. I am originally from upstate, NY and earned my A.A. from Cazenovia College in 1981, a B.A. in religious studies from LeMoyne College in 1991 and an MLS from Syracuse University in 1992. Before coming to Jefferson in 2004, I worked in medical school libraries and at Sullivan University. In the “before-times” I organized open houses and other programs in the Learning Commons. I have 3 adult children (2 are JCTC alumnae). Please send me suggestions for the collection, or come see me on Ask A Librarian.

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Maia Graudick

Administrative Assistant

Hey! I'm Maia, and I'm the Administrative Assistant here at the Learning Commons. My job involves working behind the scenes to make sure every part of the Learning Commons has what it needs to continue running smoothly. I'm also a student here at Jefferson! After I get my associate's, I plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting. Outside of school and work you can find me exercising my creativity, expanding my knowledge about outer space, or simply hanging out with the people that matter to me. If you ever need anything, feel free to come find me after class or around the Learning Commons, I'll always be happy to help.

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Jerica Lowe

Reference & Instruction Librarian

Hello! I’m Jerica and I work at the Downtown Learning Commons. I received my BFA in creative writing from Morehead State University and my Master’s of Science in Library Science at the University of Kentucky. I have a passion for solving problems. In my free time, I love to read and play video games. Please stop by and give me suggestions on what I should read or play next!

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Casey Jett


Part-time Librarian

Hi! I'm Casey. I used to work at the Central Service Desk and as the Electronic Resources Librarian on the Downtown Campus, but have now transitioned to a part-time role. I have a Master's degree in Library Science from UK and a Bachelor's degree in Math Education from UofL. When I'm not at work, I enjoy learning new things (right now I'm learning animation and Cirque Fitness), hiking, cooking, and playing board games with friends and family. 

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Geneva Jewell


Hello, my name is Geneva Jewell. I am a Jefferson alum, earned a BA in Psychology at UofL, and a Masters in Library Science at UK. I can answer questions about a research paper assignment, like how to choose and focus a topic then find sources in library databases or the internet that support your writing.

I love learning, I am fascinated by the process of how we incorporate what we read, watch, and hear into knowing. I am a reader, listener, watcher, and thinker, and I also love growing plants and flowers of all kinds.

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Rafe Johnson

Professor/Librarian I/Assistant Dean of the Learning Commons

I am here at Jefferson to answer your questions and help you.  I have a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern University in Boston and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

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Terry King

Public Services Librarian

Hello. In my previous life I was a potter, having gotten my BFA with a concentration in ceramics from UofL. In my mid-forties, however, I decided I should have a more reliable career, so I went to UK to get my master's degree in library science. Though I had a Mayberry version of librarianship in my mind, and that has proven to be totally incorrect, it has still turned out to be a great career for me. I retired from being a children's librarian from LFPL, and now am lucky enough to be at JCTC. I'm here to serve you!

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Marian Mays

Public Services Librarian

I have a MS in library and information science from the University of Kentucky and a BA in history with a minor in music from the University of Louisville. When I am not at work I enjoy garment construction, historical costuming, and collecting vintage clothing. You can often find me reading fantasy, sci-fi, or WWII non-fiction.

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Maria Nazari

Reference & Instruction Librarian

My name is Maria. I have a BA in English, a BA in Spanish, a minor in Music Performance, and just graduated with a Master's in Library Science, all from the University of Kentucky. I have a passion for reading, playing clarinet, writing poetry, and participating in the arts in general.

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Jessica Newman


Interim Dean of the Learning Commons/Director of Tutoring Services

I oversee all aspects of tutoring for all Jefferson students. I have been a teacher, writing center tutor and writing center administrator at a variety of institutions. I earned a PhD in rhetoric and composition from the University of Louisville, along with a BS in cognitive science from Brown University, an MA in language and literacy from the City College of New York and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. My research focuses on listening in tutoring sessions, including listening's interactions with power, openness, understanding and emotion, and on relationships between tutors and tutoring administrators. Originally from Brooklyn, I have lived in Louisville since 2015. I appreciate coffee shops, my dog, open-mindedness, TV, takeout and cooperative board games. Please contact me if you have any questions about tutoring—I’d love to hear from you!

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Kelly O’Hara

Library Specialist

Greetings, I graduated from JCC in 1984 and University of Louisville in 2007 with a BA in Anthropology. I enjoy reading and motorcycling.

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Ken Solomon

Library Coordinator

Hi, I’m Ken and I coordinate the day to day operations of the Downtown Learning Commons.  I have Master degrees in Theology and Library Science and I worked as an engineer at Ford and GE before coming to JCTC.  I am an avid reader and a big believer in lifelong learning.  

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Betsy Stopher

Public Services Librarian

I have a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Louisville and a master’s in library and information science from Valdosta State University. I work mostly behind the scenes helping out wherever I’m needed – Learning Guides, instruction, tutoring, Ask a Librarian, etc. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my dog or watching movies with friends and family.

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Amy Wehrle


My name is Amy and I am a librarian at JCTC, so my main job is to help students do research, mostly through the many databases available via the Learning Commons. I love helping students find the information they need for papers, projects, etc. I have a bachelor's degree in English (so I've done my share of writing and research) and a Master's Degree in Information Sciences (where I learned how to help other people do research!). I am married and have two young children. We love exploring the city and have recently enjoyed hiking our way through Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Parklands! I also love pizza, the color purple, ducks, cardigans, Gilmore Girls, reading, and running. 

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Sara Williams

Electronic Resources Librarian

As the electronic resources librarian, I manage databases, develop online resources, and instructional resources as well as help with reference and research assistance. I have a bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as two master’s degrees, one in library and information science and another in English. I am deeply obsessed with my dog and in my spare time I like to watch movies, read, and sew.