Valeda Dent Goodman is a second-generation librarian who is currently Dean and Chief Operating Officer for the libraries at Long Island University in New York. She previously served as the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey; as Head of the reference division at the Hunter College Library in New York; and as project director for the MALIBU digital library project in London, United Kingdom. Valeda holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Information Science, both from the University of Michigan. She is the author of numerous articles and has been published in a variety of academic journals. Valeda has a variety of research interests, including rural village libraries, user experience, instructional design, and experience design, and she has presented her research at both national and international venues. Her first book was published in May 2009, and she is currently working on her next manuscript on the impact of rural village libraries in Africa. Valeda lives in Westchester, New York, with her husband, Geoff, a child psychologist, and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at the Palmer School of Information Science at Long Island University, New York.