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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.

Elsa Anderson, MLIS

Assistant Library Director, Technical Services and Electronic Resources


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Elsa Anderson is the Assistant Library Director, Technical Services & Electronic Resources at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.  She is responsible for the collection development, budgeting, technical services staff and electronic resources environment within the library.  Elsa has more than ten years of academic library experience in Vermont and New York City and has worked at Mount Sinai since 2009.  She received her MLIS from Simmons in 2005 and is the author of the April  2014 Library Technology Report "Electronic Resource Management Systems: A Workflow Approach" from ALA Editions.  

Rob Bruno, MLS

Systems Librarian


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As Systems Librarian, Rob is responsible for first-line support, maintenance, and implementation of the library's broad range of systems, including but not limited to EZProxy, LibApps, and OCLC Worldshare Management Services. He is the library's website manager, serves as the primary technology liaison with the school's IT department, and provides reference and related customer services.

Rob has more than twenty years of professional experience in a variety of New York City libraries. He has previously worked at the NYU College of Dentistry, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Foundation Center, where he developed his skills in systems, cataloging, and Integrated Library Systems management, including being a key part of two ILS migrations.

He received his MLS from Queens College in 1998, and obtained a certificate in Web Design at Noble Desktop in 2016.


Chelsea Gizzi

Library Assistant


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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

Library Manager,  Outreach Services


Serving as the Manager of Outreach Services , Kerry oversees all programming, events, and services promotions and communications for the library system. Prior to joining the Levy Library team, Kerry has had the opportunity to work in various public, academic, and corporate libraries in Toronto, New York, and Florida. Kerry received her Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and her BSBA in Marketing from the University of South Florida.


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.

Laura Schimming, MLS

Assistant Library Director, Scholarly Communications 


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Laura oversees library services, resources, and operations across the Mount Sinai Health System libraries. She has enjoyed working at the Levy Library for several years, serving in a variety of roles including reference & instruction, acquisitions, collection development, and currently, deputy director. Her library interests include digital libraries, library administration, e-resource licensing, mobile apps for research, and information literacy. Laura has published original research on finding clinical information at the bedside and designing online courses for teaching and learning PubMed.  She especially enjoys providing friendly, knowledgeable research support and planning library system-wide service innovations and improvements.

Celine Soudant, MLIS, MS

Reference & Instruction Librarian


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As Reference and Instruction Librarian for the Levy Library, Celine provides reference services, research instruction and assistance with citation management tools. She brings a strong scientific background to ISMMS Libraries, including experience as a senior research laboratory technician, and recently received her Master's in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

Celine is passionate about learning new skills, especially evidence-based practice, and providing high-quality information services to support patient care, Graduate Medical Education, and nursing communities.

Sonali Sugrim, MLS, MA

Electronic Resources and Cataloging Librarian


Sonali Sugrim manages digital resources at Levy, including subscription databases, e-books, e-journals, and full text article links as well as our integrated library system, OCLC’S WorldShare. She also heads the Library's cataloging efforts.

Sonali has previously worked in universities, museums, archives, and other libraries specializing in database maintenance/auditing and cataloging.

She earned her Master of Arts degree in Public History in 2015, and her Master of Library Science (MLS) degree and certificate in Archives and the Preservation of Cultural Materials from CUNY Queens College in 2017.


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

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 the Public Health, Healthcare Delivery Leadership, and Genetic Counseling graduate programs, 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. Samantha also serves as the Levy Library’s chief reference management consultant, assisting student and faculty researchers with tools such as EndNote and Zotero.

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 is currently pursuing an MA in Literature, Language, and Theory at Hunter College. 

Mount Sinai Health System Librarians

Luke Clinton, MA

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

212-523-6100, 212-523-4315

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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.