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Our Library Team: Meet Us


Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD

Associate Dean of Libraries and Information Sciences

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Before joining Levy Library, Gali was responsible for the development of research evaluation and metrics tools for Elsevier’s leading products and was the director of research evaluation metrics development programs. During her tenure at Elsevier she was also responsible for the organization and production of a series of seminars and conferences focusing on different aspects of the scientific and research endeavor worldwide. She was a member of the editorial board of Research Trends and a regular writer for the magazine. 

In addition, Gali is also a researcher and has published several articles in peer reviewed journals. Her areas of expertise are research evaluation and impact, bibliometrics, global scientific trends and international research collaborations.  Prior to her work at Elsevier, Gali was an information specialist providing competitive intelligence services for pharmaceutical and financial companies. Gali received her Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her PhD in Information Science from Long Island University in New York.


Chelsea Gizzi

Librarian, Licensing & Procurement

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Chelsea provides support to many different aspects of the Levy Library, including circulation and public services, budgeting, and events. She is currently pursuing a degree in Library Sciences at Long Island University.


Xi Huang (Peter)

Library Assistant

Peter coordinates all Interlibrary Loan services at the Levy Library, including invoicing and lending/borrowing. He also works on the front desk, helping library users with circulation and other public services. Peter has been with the library for more than 20 years, and obtained certification for QuickBooks in 2018.


Edmund Jessup, MLS, MAcomm

Library Manager, Public Services

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In his role as Library Manager, Access Services, Edmund’s responsibilities include managing library circulation and interlibrary loan, overseeing course reserves, managing library facilities, and providing reference services and instructional support. Edmund earned his MLS from Queens College, and Masters in Communications from New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury. He previously worked as a Librarian at NYIT at their Columbus Circle location.

Kerry McKee, MLIS (she/her)

Associate Library Director, Access Services

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Serving as the Associate Director of Access Services, Kerry oversees the public services department, interlibrary loans and document delivery services, communications and outreach and engagement for the library system. Prior to joining the MSHS Library team, Kerry worked in both academic and corporate libraries as well as in the non-profit sector specializing in user engagement. Kerry holds a MLIS and BSBA with a specialization in marketing. 

Lily Martin, MLIS

Reference & Instruction Librarian

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Prior to joining Levy Library’s Reference & Instruction team, Lily held positions at Northwell Health, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her background in clinical librarianship has allowed her to observe the direct impact of evidence-based medicine on patient care, medical education, and scientific research.

In addition to evidence-based practices, her interests include educational outreach, consumer health and patient education, and the history of science and medicine. Lily received her BA from McGill University, her MLIS from Pratt Institute, and hopes to pursue a MPH degree in the future.


Rachel Pinotti, MLIS

Assistant Library Director, Education & Research Services​

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As Assistant Library Director, Education & Research Services, Rachel enjoys supporting the Mount Sinai community through answering reference inquiries, providing consultation services, and teaching.  Her expertise is in the areas of evidence-based practice, reference management, and advanced search techniques, including developing search strategies for systematic reviews & meta-analyses.  Rachel earned her BA in Classical Studies from Emory University and her MLIS from Long Island University.  Prior to joining Levy Library, Rachel spent five years working in the field of electronic resources publishing, including at the medical publisher McGraw-Hill Professional.


Evita Rodrigues

Assistant Director, Licensing & Procurement

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Evita’s first exposure to the internal library world began when she joined Elsevier in 2005. During her nearly six years with Elsevier, she supported many universities and prominent corporations in their acquisitions of electronic STM serials and monographs, along with Elsevier’s full portfolio of federated databases. Evita also spent two years at Artstor, where she was responsible for the transformation of the User Services team. She was instrumental in raising overall participant satisfaction through proactive support and high user engagement, as well as the inaugural formation of the Artstor Advisor Board.

Most recently, she has worked with customers to help implement and launch their vision for organized digital intranet workspaces. Evita’s passion has always been in the realm of supporting knowledge, education and efforts for enhancing innovative experiences. In her spare time, Evita enjoys photography, hiking and seeking out traditional and ancient methods of healing.


Angelyn Thornton

Library Outreach Coordinator

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As the Library Outreach & Marketing Coordinator, Angelyn handles marketing and communications for events, classes, services and resources across the Mount Sinai Health System libraries. Responsibilities also include the Levy Library Blog, the Mount Sinai Health System Libraries Newsletter, and the Levy Library Press.

Prior to joining Levy Library, Angelyn worked as a higher education administrator at New York University and a freelance marketer for various clients.

Samantha Walsh, MLS, MA

Manager of Information & Education Services

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In addition to providing reference services for the Mount Sinai Health System community, Samantha acts as a library liaison to Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, providing research instruction and assistance with library learning materials. Samantha is passionate about helping students and faculty to develop their research skills and utilize information resources efficiently and effectively. In addition to academic and medical librarianship, Samantha has provided reference services in archival and public library settings. As an Information Professional, she is passionate about ensuring that students become confident and adaptable information seekers. Samantha earned her Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from Queens College in 2015, and her MA in Literature, Language, and Theory from Hunter College in 2019.

Mount Sinai Health System Librarians

Luke Clinton, MA

Library Operations Coordinator, Mount Sinai West & St. Luke's

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As Library Operations Coordinator, Luke manages the day-to-day operations of the hospital libraries at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke's. Prior to coming to Mount Sinai, he worked at the New York Institute of Technology, where he also received his MA in Communication Arts.

Linda Paulls, MLIS

Library Manager and Medical Librarian, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

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Linda Paulls, MLIS is Library Manager and Medical Librarian at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Linda manages the daily operations of the hospital library and provides reference services, consultations, and instruction services to the Mount Sinai Downtown clinical communities, which include Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai NY Eye & Ear, Mount Sinai Union Square and Mount Sinai Brooklyn. Her professional interests include evidence-based practice, supporting clinical decision-making, GME learning, and supporting nurses on the journey to Magnet accreditation.

Linda has a MLIS from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University. She enjoys pursuing professional development in evidence-based practice and health sciences database searching.

Chelsea Rein, MLIS

Librarian, Phillips School of Nursing at Beth Israel

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Chelsea earned her MLIS degree from Simmons University in May 2018, and her BS from Ithaca College in 2013. Chelsea has a background in marketing & communications, and has worked in school libraries and interned in the library department at Shire Pharmaceuticals. She is excited to pursue her interest in health sciences librarianship and provide a high level of service to the PSoN community.