Valerie Forrestal

I'm the Web Services Librarian and an Assistant Professor at CSI/CUNY. My education includes an MA in Media Production from Emerson College, an MLIS from Rutgers University & an MS in Service-Oriented Computing from Stevens Institute of Technology. I specialize in web development, social media, tech planning & innovation in libraries & higher ed.

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web services, web design, web development, UX, ICT, TELT, software engineering, requirements engineering


Forrestal, Valerie. (2013). “Zen and the Art of the Conference Proposal”, Letters to a Young Librarian. November 21, 2013. (

Forrestal, Valerie (2013). “The In Crowd, or Fear and Loathing in Library Land”, The Journal of Creative Library Practice (ISSN 2330-4227). September 18, 2013. (

Arnett, Barbara, and Valerie Forrestal (2012). “Bridging the Gap from Wikipedia to Scholarly Sources: a Simple Discovery Tool”, College & Undergraduate Libraries, (ISSN 1069-1316). 19 (2-4), 176-188. (*

Forrestal, Valerie. (2012). “Hit the Ground Running: Some (Simple) Advice for Job-Hunters”, Letters to a Young Librarian. June 21, 2012. (

Forrestal, Valerie. (2011). “Making Twitter Work: A Guide for the Uninitiated, the Skeptical, and the Pragmatic “, The Reference Librarian, (ISSN 0276-3877). 52 (1-2), 146-151. (*

*Peer-reviewed Article


MS – Service-Oriented Computing, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ (2013)
MLIS, Rutgers University, New Brusnswick, NJ (2005)
MA – Media Arts, Emerson College, Boston, MA (2002)
BA – Mass Communications, University of Maine, Orono, ME (2000)

  • Web Services LibrarianLibraryCollege of Staten Island
  • Communications and New Media Strategies LibrarianStevens Institute of Technology: SC Williams Library*Non-CUNY
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