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Interested in Embedding a Librarian?

Select and contact one of the librarians from the list below to discuss your goals and expectations for the collaboration. Not sure who might be the best fit? Send an email to and we'll recommend a librarian for you. We are all excited to work with you.

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Abraham Korah

Abraham is the Library Learning Commons Director supporting the Spring Valley and Glenwood Center campuses. Abraham joined CMC in 2021 with over 20 years of varied experience in higher education, including 10 years working with students in academic libraries. His educational background includes masters and doctoral degrees in higher education leadership and master’s degrees in library information sciences and business. Abraham enjoys spending time outdoors and has started exploring the hiking trails in the area. He also likes to watch tv series and movies, but only after he has read the book it is based on, to mostly come to the conclusion that the book was better.

The volume of easily accessible information available to our students has never been so great. Therefore, helping students develop critical thinking and information literacy skills has never been more imperative. Collaborating with faculty to help students developing and refine these capabilities through projects that resonate with their lived experiences is vital to helping students develop skills needed for a lifetime.

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Erica Knapp

Erica is the newest Instructional Reference Librarian at CMC and is based at the Spring Valley campus. She has a Master's degree in Library and Information Science, a Graduate Certificate in Book Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a Military History concentration. Erica is an avid supporter of the Oxford comma, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. In her free time, Erica enjoys reading young adult and fantasy books, being outside, and astounding others with her memory recall of obscure things.

When we think of "information literacy", it sounds a lot like a "school word"- something that we only use in the context of academia. The reality is, this skill is necessary in every aspect of our lives. The amount of information that we view and process each day is staggering, which makes it even more important that everyone is able to form their own conclusions about what they see. Working with all participants in the learning process, I endeavor to ensure that students understand and internalize the ability to evaluate the information in front of them- no matter the application.

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Jonathan Beam

Jonathan is the Instructional Reference Librarian at the Steamboat Campus.  He has a B.A. in European History, with a writing minor, and a Masters in Library and Information Studies.  Jonathan is an ardent reader of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and graphic novels; a writer in search of motivation; and an avid hiker and sports-ball person.

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Katy Walker

Katy is the reference and instruction librarian at the Edwards campus. She has B.A degree in Modern Languages (Spanish) from NMSU and her Master’s in Library and information science from University of Denver. Katy loves to play boardgames and occasionally video games, she enjoys watching films and going to art museums. Her favorite films tend to black and white and her favorite art museum is the Met.  She enjoys reading fiction and occasionally non-fiction. 

Katy believes that information can empower people to make better choices for themselves. She believes students learn best in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere. She believes that games can capture a students’ imagination and help them retain information, and develop skills necessary for the 21st century learner. 

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Tracey Hughes

Tracey is the Library Director at the Steamboat Campus.  She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design and Urban Planning, a Masters of Science in Information graduate degree, a Leadership in Sustainability Certificate from CMC, and completed her Permaculture Design Certificate with CMC's inaugural class for that program!  Tracey loves being a librarian, mom, friend, skier and gardener. 

Like most librarians and information professionals, I believe information literacy is a key to success in life, school and community.  Learning to navigate our tricky and overflowing information landscapes takes time, patience and persistence and I fully enjoy being a navigator along with our amazing students and faculty alike.

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Yuliya Lef

Yuliya is a Virtual Library Director for the college with an office in Dillon. Yuliya has a B.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in Classics and Art History from CU Boulder and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University Bloomington. Over the years, she has taken additional courses in computer science, graphic design, and art. Yuliya loves watching science fiction series, psychological thrillers, and political commentary. Alpine skiing is her favorite outdoor activity.

A welcoming atmosphere and encouragement boost student confidence and foster dynamic conversations. Learning to navigate the information landscape with an open mind and a critical eye is a mental habit that will help students succeed in the classroom and beyond. I strive to design instructional materials that inspire openness, curiosity, self-reflection, and critical thinking. My interest also lies in online asynchronous instructional design. Online learning materials can offer students flexibility and time to engage with the content.