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Dr. Cynthia J. Charles, Ed.D

Director of Library and Media Services

Telephone: 512.505.3079
Email: ccharles@htu.edu
Dr. Cynthia J. Charles served as the Director of the Will W. Alexander Library at Dillard University for 12 years. She previously served as the head librarian and branch manager of the Austin Public Library, George Washington Carver Branch in Austin, Texas and Library Director at Texas College in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Charles earned her bachelor’s degree in General Studies – Arts & Humanities, from the University of Houston-Downtown and her Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of Texas in Austin. She completed her Doctorate in the summer of 2019 in Educational Administration at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

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Katrina Ashton, MSIS

Technical Services & Systems Librarian

Telephone: 512.505.3078
Email: kgashton@htu.edu
Katie Ashton is from Austin, Texas, but most of her family is from England. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from St. Edward’s University and a Master’s in Information Science from the University of Texas, and combines the two to think about what you might like to read. With the Downs-Jones Library since 2013, she is now responsible for providing online resources, buying and processing print and digital books, and making media technology available to the campus. When not at the library, she enjoys writing, reading all the science fiction and fantasy she can get her hands on, and playing with her two cats, Diesel and Raven.

 

 

 
 Photo of David Sylvia David Sylvia, MLS

Public Services Librarian

Telephone: 512.505.3088

Email: dmsylvia@htu.edu

David Sylvia has lived in the Austin area for about three years. Before then, he lived, studied and worked in other Texas cities such as Houston, Denton, and Dallas. Starting as a Creative Writing undergraduate with a Philosophy minor, he managed university writing programs for over half a decade before pursuing a master’s degree in Library Science and transitioning into academic librarianship. David continues to further his education in an online Learning Technologies doctoral program where he is studying the use of technology in academic library spaces and in storytelling for educational purposes. In his spare time, David enjoys reading, storytelling, riding his bike, and spending time with his friends and family.
     

Bree’ya Brown, M.A., MSIS

University Archivist

Telephone: 512.505.3081

Email: bbrown@htu.edu

Bree’ya Brown began work at Huston-Tillotson University in September 2021. As the University Archivist at the Downs-Jones Library, Bree’ya develops and maintains general and HT University historical archival non-print and print resources to meet the needs of HT community members and other constituencies. In 2018, she graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a M.A. in History. She moved to Austin in 2019 and graduated from the Master’s in Science and Information Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin. She has an energetic passion for archives, community outreach, teaching, and digitization and preservation, as well as her research interests in topics such as Texas history, Central American Studies, and Environmental Studies. Bree’ya is of Afro-Panamanian and Afro-Venezuelan descent, born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Fort Worth, TX. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to various continents, and reading.
     
  Elizabeth Lopez, MFA

Public Services Library Assistant

Telephone: 512.505.3088

Email: elizabethlopez@htu.edu

Elizabeth Lopez is a native Texan and recently relocated back to Austin. She received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked in art museums, art galleries and art organizations in Seattle, San Francisco, and Dallas. She looks forward to gaining more experience at the Downs-Jones Library as Public Services Library Assistant with collections care, archives and preservation as well as making an impact with students and the community surrounding Huston-Tillotson University. In her spare time, she enjoys museums, fragrance distillation, Thomas Pynchon novels, and dogs.
     
  Marissa Talamantes, MSLS

Public Services Library Assistant

Telephone: 512.505.3088

Email: mtalamantes@htu.edu

Marissa Talamantes recently graduated with her Master’s in Library Science from the ALA Accredited University of North Texas with a concentration in Archival Management and Art Museum Education. Marissa has a passion for education outreach, preservation, collection development, and sharing untold stories that are hidden away in the archives. She is a firm supporter of the right to information and is eager to assist the student body and faculty at HT with the services Downs-Jones Library provides. Her goal is to work in Special Collections and Archives. Marissa moved to Austin in late 2020 with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. She recently adopted an HT cat who is just as tenacious and strong as the student body. When she is not working, she loves to read, craft, write, and travel with her best friends.
     
  Ariel Radock, MLS

Public Services Library Assistant

Telephone: 512.505.3088

Email: aradock@htu.edu

Ariel Radock has been in Austin for six years after moving from Chicago. She has two undergraduate degrees in Art History and Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Ariel completed a Master’s of Library Science degree at Texas Woman’s University in 2021. She is honored and excited to assist students and faculty members with finding information in the library.  In her free time, Ariel enjoys painting in her art studio, watching old movies, laughing with friends, and snuggling up with her cat Loaf and dog Meatball.
     

 

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