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Mary Kamela

Student Support and Engagement Librarian

Pronouns: she/her

520C Lockwood Memorial Library, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

  • Ph: 716-645-8587
  • Fax: 716-645-3859

Department Liaison

Communication, University Honors College


ELI105 - One credit course in research and information literacy

ENG105 - Scaffolded research and information literacy instruction

Education and Training

Master of Science (School Librarianship) - University at Buffalo

Bachelor of Arts (German, Global Studies) - Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University



Kamela, M. & Carpenter, B. (2023). We should talk about Bruno: Discourse on TikTok as a model for scholarly conversation. Current Studies in Librarianship, 34(1), 5-22. 


Kamela, M. (2022). Cookbooks roundup. School Library Journal, 78(12), 95-97.  

Kamela, M. (2022). Taking my own advice: Moving from school to academic libraries as an early-career librarian. Journal of New Librarianship, 7(2), 47–51. 

Research Guides

Multimodal Resources

Professional Memberships

American Library Association (ALA), 2020-present 

  • Division Memberships: 
    • Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), 2022-present 
    • American Association of School Librarians (AASL), 2020-2021 

SUNY Librarians Association, 2022-present 

Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC), 2022-present 

New York Library Association (NYLA), 2020-present 

  • Section Memberships: 
    • Section of School Libraries (SSL): 2020-2021
    • Academic and Special Libraries (ASLS): 2022-present 

School Librarians’ Association of Western New York (SLAWNY), 2020-2021 


Kamela, M. (2023, July 28). Using Mad Libs to demystify research question creation. Lightning talk presented at Lifelong Information Literacy 2023 Conference. Virtual.

Kamela, M. (2023, June 23). A journey of discovery: Reinvigorating and relaunching an undergraduate research prize after COVID-19. Conference session presented at ConnectUR Annual Conference. Virtual. 

Kamela, M., & Carpenter, B. (2023, April 24-28). Near, far, wherever you are: Using Nearpod to foster student engagement in the online classroom. Poster presented at ACRL Distance and Online Learning Section Spring 2023 Virtual Poster Session. Virtual. 

Kamela, M. (2023, January 12). Engaging every student: Pear Deck interactive slide presentations. Conference session presented at SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee Instruction Showcase. Virtual. 

Kamela, M., & Carpenter, B. We don’t talk about TikTok.  

  • Conference session presented April 20, 2023, at Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX.  
  • Conference session presented October 28, 2022, at Kansas Library Association Annual Conference. Virtual. 
  • Conference session presented October 23, 2022, at New England Library Association Annual Conference. Virtual. 

Kamela, M., & Aszkler, E. (2021, November 5). Civic online reasoning in the library. Conference session presented at NYLA Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY.