Welcoming Four New Employees!

We are delighted to welcome four new full time employees to the Marriott Library.
We look forward to their great work and their contributions to help students with all they need to succeed.

Annie Boyer
Book Arts Press K-12 Education Specialist

Annie is a native of Salt Lake, and has spent the last several years working in both public and school libraries. She is a painter, printmaker, and bookbinder. She holds a BFA from Brigham Young University in Visual Arts and an MFA in Art from the University of Utah. As one of the K-12 Education Specialist for the Books Arts Program, Annie will teach the history of the book and basic bookmaking to K-12 classes across Utah. She is especially looking forward to being able to combine her loves of art, books, and education.

Tina Kirkham,
Digital Library Project Manager

Tina recently relocated to Utah from Helena, Montana, where she spent the last seven years working on newspaper digitization and other digital library projects. She pursued a successful career in the software industry—writing and editing for Microsoft and other firms— before deciding to get her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A native of Iowa, Tina has also lived and worked in Kunming, China; Hong Kong; Honolulu (where she earned a B.S. in Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa); North Carolina; and Seattle.


She is delighted to join the Digital Library Services team at Marriott Library. As the new Digital Library Project Manager, Tina will be overseeing all newspaper digitization and taking over management of the Utah Digital Newspapers project and web site.

Outside of work, she enjoys cycling, hiking, yoga, reading, theatre and film, food, and travel.

Jessica L. Colbert,
Resident Librarian

Jessica L. Colbert is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science. While earning her degree, Jessica focused on technical services, particularly cataloging and metadata. Her research interests include the ethics of information organization, LGBT resources and users, and information access, and she completed a thesis titled “Comparing Library of Congress Subject Headings to Keyword Searches Involving LGBT Topics: A Pilot Study.” She is also professionally interested in copyright and privacy.


Before graduate school, Jessica earned her BA in English from the College of William & Mary, where she took courses not only in literature but also linguistics, philosophy, media, and language and culture. While at William & Mary, she worked for three years at their Music Library.

Jessica is incredibly excited to start working at the J. Willard Marriott Library. Although she has a focus in technical services, she takes a holistic approach to librarianship, incorporating the ethics and attitude of public services into her work, which makes this residency the perfect opportunity for her. Jessica’s first appointments will be in metadata and special collections.

Of course, everything at the Marriott library interests her, but she is especially interested in the various oral histories and dedicated collections, such as the digital American Indian collections and the Middle East library. She hopes to deepen her metadata and cataloging experience working with these collections, and she hopes to gain experience in special collections at the same time.

Some objectives she has for this residency are to gain experience in areas that she is not familiar with, such as special collections, and to transition into academic life. Jessica is a first-generation college graduate from a poverty-level family; therefore, this opportunity to be mentored is crucial for her professional development.

Outside of the library, Jessica has a passion for film, weight lifting, vegan cooking, and Tibetan Buddhism.

Madison Donnelly,
Information and Research Specialist

Madison was born and raised in Salt Lake City and has worked in Student Computing Services for four years as a consultant and part-time supervisor. She is graduating this fall with a degree in Sculpture Intermedia from the College of Fine Arts and is one of three art directors for a burgeoning non-profit art and music space in Sugar House, Vague Space. A longtime arts and music event organizer, Madison is passionate about creating environments which showcase and uplift new and underrepresented
points of view.


Madison loves working at the Marriott Library because it fosters an environment of constant growth, learning, and development while making a wide-range of knowledge and resources accessible to all types of people. As the new Information and Research Specialist she will be providing reference assistance, helping manage LibGuides, as well as developing online and in-person teaching materials for students and faculty. She is elated to be able to continue her career working in academic libraries!

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