Valerie Forrestal is the Web Services Librarian at the College of Staten Island, where she creates and maintains websites and web-based content, and is responsible for providing technology training for faculty and staff. She specializes in UX-based, responsive web design and development, educational technology, and innovation and digital strategies in libraries/higher education.

Professor Forrestal’s background is in digital media creation, production, and archiving. Her recent scholarship focuses on service-oriented computing, specifically the areas of agile software development, game theory, and social capital.


MS, Stevens Institute of Technology

MLIS, Rutgers University

MA, Emerson College

BA, University of Maine

Scholarship / Publications

Arnett, Barbara, and Valerie Forrestal (Jun 2012). "Bridging the Gap from Wikipedia to Scholarly Sources: a Simple Discovery Tool" College & Undergraduate Libraries, Taylor & Francis. 19 (2-4), 176-188. (Full-text available at:

Forrestal, Valerie. (Jan 2011). "Making Twitter Work: A Guide for the Uninitiated, the Skeptical, and the Pragmatic" The Reference Librarian, Taylor & Francis. 52 (1-2), 146-151. (Full-text available at: