Sloate Media Center, IMATS , Library
Melanie Hibbert is the Director of IMATS (Instructional Media & Academic Technology Services) and the Sloate Media Center at Barnard College. Since joining Barnard in 2015, highlights include serving as Co-Interim Dean of the Barnard Library & Academic Information Services (BLAIS) during the pandemic, during which she led academic infrastructure for the shift to online learning for 3+ semesters as well as upgrading all classroom spaces to be prepared for hybrid instruction. She also served as a key administrator for initial operations for the Sloate Media Center, Design Center, Computational Science Center, and Movement Lab at the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning, inaugural centers that opened in Fall 2018. Previously she was a Senior Media Producer at Columbia University, and has worked in a variety of media and education settings, including teaching high school for two years in a rural Alaska Native Koyukon-Athabascan village only accessibly by airplane. She has an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology & Media from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her video work has screened at places including the Harlem International Film Festival and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and she has published in Educause Review, the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, the Journal of Online Interactive Learning, and has authored book chapters related to after-school video production, social presence in online environments, and 360/VR/AR media.