Ava Brillat received her MLIS from the University of South Florida in 2010 and her MA in Liberal Studies from the University of Miami in 2019. Prior to coming to the University of Miami, she worked as an Instructional Design Librarian. Born and raised overseas in Saudi Arabia, she enjoys the cross-cultural experiences Miami has to offer. Her personal research is focused on mentoring, collaboration, and user-focused projects in librarianship. Her non-librarianship research focuses on the role of the family in horror literature and film.