Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

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Maria T. Accardi

Maria T. Accardi is Associate Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction and Reference at Indiana University Southeast, a regional campus of Indiana University located in New Albany, Indiana. Maria holds a BA in English from Northern Kentucky University, an MA in English from the University of Louisville, and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a co-editor of and contributor to Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010), and is the author of Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction (Library Juice Press, 2013), for which she received the ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement in Women and Gender Studies Librarianship. Maria's research and practical interests include critical pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, the relationships between storytelling and teaching and learning, and combating library instruction burnout. Interview with Maria Accardi

Instructor for: Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction, Transforming Your Teaching Toolkit, Changing Lives, Changing the World: Information Literacy and Critical Pedagogy

Eric Ackermann

Eric Ackermann is Associate Professor, Head of Reference Services and Library Assessment at Radford University in Radford, VA. Eric received his BA and MA in History from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and his MSIS from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. As the assessment librarian he coordinates the library level assessment projects for the university assessment office and for internal use. Since 2005 Eric has administered the LibQUAL+ service quality survey five times and participated in piloting the LibQUAL+ Lite and Triads protocols. He is currently collaborating with his librarian colleagues to create a library-wide culture of assessment, while editing an Assessment in Action casebook for ACRL.

Instructor for: Observational Assessment Techniques for the One-Shot Instruction Session

Melissa Adler

Melissa Adler is Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science, where she teaches courses in Information Organization and other areas of librarianship. She holds a PhD in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison and has seven years of academic library experience, primarily in the realm of cataloging. Interview with Melissa Adler

Instructor for: Introduction to Cataloging, Introduction to RDA

Grace Agnew

Grace Agnew is Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems at the Rutgers University Libraries. She has been an adjunct professor in the Library Information Science program at Rutgers University since 2005, where she developed and taught the course, Metadata for the Information Professional. She is co-author of Getting Mileage Out of Metadata (ALA, 1999) and Digital Rights Management: A Librarians’ Guide to Technology and Practice (Chandos Press, 2008). Interview with Grace Agnew

Instructor for: The Mechanics of Metadata series, Grant Proposal Development for Libraries

Andrea Baer

Andrea Baer is an Instructional Services Librarian at the University of West Georgia. She was previously the Undergraduate Education Librarian at Indiana University Bloomington. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Washington and a Masters in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. Andrea’s work in libraries and education is deeply informed by her teaching background in writing and literature and by her interests in critical pedagogy and critical inquiry. CV, Interview with Andrea Baer

Instructor for: Information Literacy, Composition Studies and Higher Order Thinking, New Directions in Information Literacy: Growing Our Teaching Practices, Backward Design for Information Literacy Instruction, Translating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy into Our Teaching Practices

Marcus Banks

Marcus Banks earned his MLIS from Dominican University in 2002. He is currently the Head of the Blaisdell Medical Library at UC Davis. He has also worked at the National Library of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, the University of California San Francisco and was the Director of Library/Academic & Instructional Innovation at Samuel Merritt University. Alternative means of creating and assessing scholarly work are his chief interests. CV, blog. Interview with Marcus Banks

Instructor for: Digital Scholarship: New Metrics, New Modes, New Initiatives in Academic Libraries: Tools and Tips

Candice Benjes-Small

Candice Benjes-Small is Professor, Head of Information Literacy and Outreach and University Information Literacy Coordinator at Radford University in Radford, VA. As Head of Information Literacy she oversees a team of five instruction librarians who teach 400+ library sessions each academic year. Since 2009, she has also been an instructor of record every semester for two critical thinking courses that are required as part of general education. She has collaborated with Eric Ackerman on numerous instruction assessment projects, culminating in articles in Reference Services Review and Academic Exchange Quarterly, and presentations at ACRL and LOEX.

Instructor for: Observational Assessment Techniques for the One-Shot Instruction Session

Rebecca Blakiston

Rebecca Blakiston is the User Experience Librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson, Arizona. She provides oversight, management, and strategic planning for the library website, specializing in systematic usability testing, content strategy, and writing with the user in mind. She has presented and published extensively, and wrote the 2014 book, Usability Testing: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Interview with Rebecca Blakiston

Instructor for: Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing, Writing for the Web,Developing a Website Content Strategy

Olga Buchel

Olga Buchel holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. Her specialization is in geodigital libraries, having worked at the Alexandria Digital Library, one of the first libraries to offer geospatial searches. For her dissertation she developed an interactive visualization for a book collection. She has taught on geodigital libraries at the University of Western Ontario.

Instructor for: Representing Geographic Information with Map Mashups, Visual Analytics with d3.js

Nicole Capdarest-Arest

Nicole Capdarest-Arest is the Clinical Librarian at Stanford University and past Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Arizona Health Sciences Library. She specializes in clinical knowledge services; emerging technologies in academic health sciences libraries; website usability, development and management; online tools to enhance library services; mobile health; and health informatics.

Instructor for: Writing for the Web

Madeleine Charney

Madeleine Charney received her MLS from the University of Rhode Island (1991) and an MA in Landscape Design and Planning (2003). She is a co-founder and current Coordinator of SustainRT, a new round table under the American Library Association. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries she serves as liaison to the departments of landscape architecture, regional planning, agriculture and sustainability across the curriculum. She also plays a key role in the UMass Sustainability Curriculum Initiative, a mini-grant program which joins faculty and librarians across disciplines and integrates the role of the library in the student learning experience. Interview with Madeleine Charney

Instructor for: The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement

Robert Chavez

Robert Chavez holds a PhD in Classical Studies from Indiana University. From 1994-1999 he worked in the Library Electronic Text Resource Service at Indiana University Bloomington as an electronic text specialist. From 1999-2007 Robert worked at Tufts University at the Perseus Project and the Digital Collections and Archives as a programmer, digital humanist, and institutional repository program manager. He currently works for the New England Journal of Medicine as Content Applications Architect. Interview with Robert Chavez

Instructor for: Introduction to XML, Introduction to the Semantic Web, as well as the more advanced courses for our Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems and SPARQL 2

Aaron Collie

Aaron Collie is the Head of Digital Curation programs at Michigan State University Libraries. He has over a decade of progressively responsible experience in library and information centers and over five years of experience leading digital curation operations in an academic research library. He is a certified Scrum Master and in his primary role leads the development of a 10 person team supporting Michigan State University Libraries digital collections. He received his M.S in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2010 and was a Graduate Fellow and graduate of the Data Curation Education Program.

Instructor for: Agile Library Operations: Introduction to Scrum and the Agile Manifesto

Jamie Conklin

Jamie Conklin is a Research & Education Librarian and the Liaison to the School of Nursing at Duke Medical Center Library & Archives. She attended a "Sustainability in the Curriculum" seminar in her previous position and now infuses the areas of environment, equity, and economy into her work. While at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus, she created a Sustainability Guide, built a sustainability collection with Illinois State Library grant funds, and collaborated with faculty and students to propose a campus sustainability office. Jamie is a member of the American Library Association Sustainability Round Table.

Instructor for: The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement

Carmen Cowick

Carmen Cowick provides training, support and consulting services for libraries in the areas of preservation and collections care. She previously worked as a preservation specialist at Amigos Library Services and in the library and archives of The American Irish Historical Society, The Seamen's Church Institute, and the Special Collections department at CUNY Queens College. She received a bachelor's degree in art history and a master's degree in library science with a certificate in archives and preservation of cultural materials from CUNY Queens College in New York City.

Instructor for: Creating an Oral History Project and Emergency Preparedness: Disaster Recovery and Response

Jessica Critten

Jessica Critten is an Associate Professor and Instructional Services Librarian at the University of West Georgia. Jessica received her MLIS from Florida State University (FSU). She also has an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus on cultural studies and critical theory from FSU. Jessica’s research examines the ideological dimensions of research and information literacy and the way that scholarly discourse is socially constructed. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her partner Tristan and dog Digby.

Instructor for: Exploring and Applying Critical Theory: An Introduction for Librarians

Christine D'Arpa

Christine D'Arpa is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. She has taught the distance education option of the introductory archives course at UIUC and worked as an archivist and oral historian. She trained as a librarian and archivist at GSLIS and continues to straddle those worlds presenting at conferences on the future of archival education in library and information science programs. Interview with Chris D'Arpa

Instructor for: Introduction to Archives Administration and Management

Emily Daly

Emily Daly is Head of Assessment & User Experience at Duke University Libraries in Durham, NC. She leads Duke Libraries’ website team and plans and conducts user research related to the Libraries’ website, as well as library services, collections and spaces; she primarily uses qualitative research methods in her work. Emily also serves as Librarian for Education and coordinates the Libraries’ Assessment Team and Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advisory Boards. Website

Instructor for: Know Your User: Research Methods Beyond Usability Testing

Eva Dodsworth

Eva Dodsworth is the Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Library where she is responsible for the provision of leadership and expertise in developing, delivering, and assessing geospatial data services and programs offered to members of the University of Waterloo community. Eva is also a part-time instructor at a number of Library and Information Science schools where she teaches users GIS and how to apply GIS technology in library services. Eva is the author of Getting Started with GIS: a LITA Guide, and is currently co-authoring a book on historical cartographic resources. Website, Interview with Eva Dodsworth

Instructor for: Introduction to GIS and GeoWeb Technologies

Annie Downey

Annie Downey currently serves as the Director of Research Services at the Reed College Library, in Portland OR. She is in the dissertation phase of her PhD in Higher Education at UNT, where the focus of her research is critical information literacy. She has written and presented on information literacy, K-20 library instruction, active teaching techniques, assessment, and academic library administration. Interview with Annie Downey

Instructor for: Techniques for Creative Problem Solving in Libraries, Academia 101: A Crash Course on How Colleges and Universities Work

Emily Drabinski

Emily Drabinski is Coordinator of Library Instruction at LIU Brooklyn. She is co-editor of Critical Library Instruction: Theories & Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010), and sits on the editorial board of Radical Teacher. Emily also edits Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Litwin Books/Library Juice Press. Midway through a rigorous tenure track, she has lots of balls in the air, but feels pretty under control. Emily's Website, Interview with Emily Drabinski

Instructor for: Working Faster, Working Smarter: Productivity Strategies for Librarians

Carolyn Ellis

Carolyn Ellis is the Digital User Experience Librarian at The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Trinity University and a master’s degree in library and information science from The University of Texas at Austin. She has over 15 years of experience in developing and managing web projects, user-centered design, usability testing, project management, change communications and process improvement while working in libraries, information technology and community development organizations. Twitter

Instructor for: Designing a Usable Website (Concepts of User-Centered Design)

Eliza Fink

Eliza Fink serves as the Digital Resources Librarian at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law. Her responsibilities there include teaching Introductory and Advanced Legal Research courses and providing reference and bibliographical assistance to students and faculty alike. Eliza holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee and after becoming licensed to practice law in Tennessee in 2010, Eliza worked as a solo practitioner attorney, serving indigent clients in both criminal and civil matters. However, she soon realized the law library was her calling and returned to higher education, earning a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from Wayne State University in 2014.

Instructor for: Introduction to Legal Materials for Information Professionals

Valerie Forrestal

Valerie Forrestal is author of the book Knowledge Management in Libraries (2015) published by Rowman & Littlefield. She has 10 years of academic library experience in technology and is currently Web Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at the Staten Island campus in the City University of New York (CUNY) System. Her education includes an MLIS from Rutgers University, as well as additional master's degrees in service-oriented computing and media production. She has published and presented extensively on technology planning and development, digital communications, and web design.

Instructor for: Introduction to Knowledge Management Systems for Libraries

Aliqae Geraci

Aliqae Geraci is the Industrial and Labor Relations Research Librarian at Cornell University's Catherwood Library. A former public librarian and labor researcher, she is a founding and former Board member of Urban Librarians Unite, and currently serves on the Leadership Team of the Tompkins County Workers Center. Aliqae speaks and writes about library advocacy and library workers' organizations, and is the co-author of Grassroots Library Advocacy (ALA Editions, 2012). Interview with Aliqae Geraci

Instructor for: Teams Without Tears: Managing Teamwork from Above and Within

Natalie Hall

Natalie Hall is the Technical Services Coordinator at Moraine Valley Community College. As Technical Services Coordinator, she oversees a busy technical services department and provides leadership in the areas of acquisitions, serials, cataloging and authority control. Natalie has bachelors’ degrees from Lawrence University, a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Roosevelt University, and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is also an adjunct Instructor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois where she teaches information organization and cataloging.

Instructor for: Authority Control and Beyond the Basics: Cataloging DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and Streaming Videos

Robin Hastings

Robin Hastings is the Director of Technology Services for the North East Kansas Library System. She manages the system's technology department and consults about all kinds of technology topics with member libraries. She has presented on Mashups, Cloud Computing, RSS, Drupal, Library Learning 2.0, Project Management and many other topics. She is the author of Microblogging and Lifestreaming in Libraries, part of the original Tech Set, as well as Making the Most of the Cloud and Outsourcing Technology for Libraries, both published by Scarecrow Press. Interview with Robin Hastings

Instructor for: Introduction to Project Management

Lauren Hays

Lauren Hays is the Instructional and Research Librarian and the Co-Director of the Center for Games and Learning at MidAmerica Nazarene University. She holds an undergraduate degree in education, a masters in library science, a masters in educational technology, and a graduate certificate in online teaching and learning. She is passionate about the learning process. Her professional interests include the librarian's role in informal learning and the scholarship for teaching and learning. Interview with Lauren Hays

Instructor for: Games in Academic Libraries, Informal Learning in Academic Libraries

Margaret Heller

Margaret Heller is Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL, where she manages the website and institutional repository. She also serves on the board of the Read/Write Library Chicago. She has presented and written on a wide variety of technical issues and scholarly communication in libraries. She is a regular contributor to the ACRL Tech Connect blog, on which she wrote a heavily used post on the basics of OpenRefine.
Margaret's Website.

Instructor for: Using OpenRefine for Library Metadata

Mandy Henk

Librarian Mandy Henk has been at DePauw since 2006 and was a law librarian at Vanderbilt before that. She specializes in access to physical materials, resource sharing, and personnel management. Her interests include social class and librarian/staff relationships, the development of international resource sharing systems, and copyright in the academy and the library. She recently published her first book, Ecology, Economy, Equity: Building the Carbon Neutral Library, with ALAEditions. Interview with Mandy Henk

Instructor for: Trends in Library Automation, Access Services - Keeping the Common

Amy Jansen

Amy Jansen is the Business & Web Experience Librarian at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, Connecticut. She has an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Cincinnati and an MLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Amy started out her career in LIS as a library software trainer. She was finally able to put her long standing personal interests in business and economics to use when she came to her current position. Her current professional responsibilities center on serving as a liaison to the Welch College of Business at SHU and overseeing the user or front end of their web and electronic services.

Instructor for: Business Information

Sarah A.V. Kirby

Sarah A.V. Kirby is a librarian, professional genealogist, teacher, and rocket scientist (aerospace engineer). As a genealogist her specialization is in New England, New York, and the Midwest. Sarah holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, concentrating in Genealogical Librarianship, from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She serves as the lead volunteer librarian for the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society. She has been a corporate librarian for over a decade, and operates a library services consulting firm, Appletree Knowledge Services. In her first career, she worked at NASA’s Mission Control and worked in the Space Shuttle, Astronaut on Mir, and Space Station programs.

Instructor for: Introduction to Genealogical Librarianship

Beth Knazook

Beth Knazook is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Art History and Art Conservation program at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. She holds an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and has worked as the Curatorial Specialist for Ryerson University Archives & Special Collections and as the Photo Archivist for the Stratford Festival of Canada. She has presented at conferences on topics of digital access and cataloguing methods for image-based resources. Interview with Beth Knazook

Instructor for: Getting Started with Digital Image Collections, Describing Photographs for the Online Catalogue, Caring for Collections: Preservation of Rare and Unusual Materials

Scott La Counte

Scott La Counte is the head librarian for the Southern California Institute of Technology. Scott holds a BA in Comparative Religion and English Literature from Cal State Fullerton, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. He has given presentations on mobile application development at several different conferences, and is the author of Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming (ALA Editions Special Reports, 2011), Build Your Own App for Fun and Profit (Huron Street Press, 2012), and Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian (Da Capo Press, 2008). Interview with Scott La Counte

Instructor for: Bringing Library Services to Mobile Devices

Alison M. Lewis

Alison M. Lewis is a member of the teaching faculty at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, and is the Chief Acquisitions Editor for Library Juice Press. She has M.L.S. and M.A. degrees from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in English from Temple University. Currently residing in Philadelphia, she has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian in specialized, research, and academic settings.

Instructor for: Creating Online Exhibits with Omeka, Business and Professional Writing for Librarians

Alison Macrina

Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy rights activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s reading. Interview with Alison Macrina

Instructor for: Everything to Hide: A Toolkit for Protecting Patrons' Digital Privacy

Joe J. Marquez

Joe J. Marquez is currently the Web Services Librarian at Reed College in Portland, OR. He has presented and written on topics related to service design, website usability, IT implementation, and marketing of the library. His current research involves implementing a service design methodology in the library environment. He has an MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool and an MBA from Portland State University. Interview with Joe Marquez

Instructor for: Service Design: Towards a Holistic Assessment of Library Services


Jeremy McGinniss is Library Director at Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennyslvania. He earned his MLIS in 2009 from the University of Pittsburgh. Jeremy spends most of his time working to develop, grow and advocate for different ways to connect students, staff and faculty with the library and its resources. He spends the rest of it playing with new technologies for use in and with the library. Interview with Jeremy McGinniss

Instructor for: Student Staff Development

Courtney Mlinar

Courtney Mlinar is the Head Librarian/Associate Professor at Austin Community College Elgin campus. She formerly worked as the Liaison Librarian for the Colleges of Pharmacy, Dental Medicine and Optometry at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She authors the Library Professional Development blog. Courtney is a frequent presenter at conferences; recent presentations include "Medicine is Mobile," "Mobile Apps for Higher Education," "Creating an Information Literacy Badges Program in Blackboard: A Formative Program Evaluation," "Innovative Mobile Health Literacy Instruction," and "Information and Reference Services: What is the Best Model?" Interview with Courtney Mlinar

Instructor for: Embedded Librarianship, Consumer Health Information, and Introduction to Health Science Librarianship

Jessica E. Moyer

Jessica E. Moyer is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Literacy Education and MS and CAS degrees from the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Moyer has taught reference and readers' advisory courses for the LIS programs at the University of St. Catherine, San Jose State, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well and continuing education courses for the American Library Association. She is the author of Research-Based Readers’ Advisory (American Library Association, 2008), co-editor of The Readers Advisory Handbook (ALA Editions 2010) and editor of the Integrated Advisory Services (Library Unlimited 2010). Website, Interview with Jessica Moyer

Instructor for: Introduction to Readers' Advisory, Getting to Know: Romance, Getting to Know: Fantasy

Mimi O'Malley

Mimi O’Malley is the learning technology translation strategist at Spalding University. She helps faculty prepare course content for hybrid and fully online courses in addition to incorporating open education resources into courses. She previously wrote and facilitated professional development courses and workshops at the Learning House, Inc. Mimi has presented workshops on online learning topics including assessment, plagiarism, copyright, and curriculum trends at the Learning House, Inc. CONNECT Users Conference, SLOAN-C ALN, Pencils and Pixels and New Horizons Teaching & Learning Conference. Interview with Mimi O'Malley

Instructor for: Embedded Librarianship in Online Courses, Online Instructional Design and Delivery

Angela Pashia

Angela Pashia is an Assistant Professor and the Instructional Services Outreach Librarian at the University of West Georgia, where she regularly teaches a credit bearing information literacy course. She has a Masters in Information Science & Learning Technologies, with an emphasis in library science, from the University of Missouri, and a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. She is currently focusing on practicing critical pedagogies, incorporating social justice issues into "the library course", and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Website, Interview with Angela Pashia

Instructor for: Developing a Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Course

Abigail Phillips

Abigail Phillips is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Information at Florida State University. Her research interests include social media, young adults, digital citizenship, social informatics, cyberbullying, libraries, and librarianship. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Abigail worked as a public librarian in a rural library system in Southwest Georgia.

Instructor for: Assessing and Improving Your Library's Social Media Presence

Tatum Preston

Tatum Preston has been a solo librarian at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama for 10 years. Tatum holds a BA in English from Davidson College and an MLIS from the University of Alabama, where she has taught a course on Art Librarianship. She is the author of “Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers of All Ages” in the book How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian (Scarecrow Press, 2011). CV

Instructor for: Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

Scott Rice

Scott Rice is the E-Learning and Digital Initiatives Librarian at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he works on producing, promoting, and assessing e-learning, as well as emerging technologies and other digital projects. His research interests include e-learning, mobile applications, and educational gaming. He is the co-editor of the book Gaming in Academic Libraries: Collections, Marketing and Information Literacy.

Instructor for: Game-Based Learning in Library Instruction

Melissa S. Robinson

Melissa S. Robinson is the Senior Branch Librarian at the Peabody Institute Library's West Branch in Peabody, Massachusetts. Melissa has over twelve years of experience in public libraries. She has a BA in political science from Merrimack College, a graduate certificate in Women in Politics and Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a MLIS from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the co-author of Transforming Libraries, Building Communities (Scarecrow Press, 2013). Interview with Melissa Robinson

Instructor for: Library Makerspaces: From Dream to Reality

John Russell

John Russell is the Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information at Pennsylvania State University. He has been actively involved in digital humanities projects, primarily related to text encoding, and has taught courses and workshops on digital humanities methods, including "Introduction to Digital Humanities for Librarians." Interview with John Russell

Instructor for: Introduction to Digital Humanities for Librarians, Introduction to Text Encoding

Catelynne Sahadath

Catelynne Sahadath is the Head of Metadata Development at the University of Calgary, where she manages the cataloguing section and works with library units to create beautiful, useful metadata. She was responsible for leading the transition from AACR2 to RDA at the UofC in 2013. Catelynne has previously worked on cataloguing and digitization projects for the Government of Canada, and her research focuses on change management in technical services and the impacts of cataloguing changes on public services. She holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, as well as an Honours BA from the University of Toronto. Interview with Catelynn Sahadath

Instructor for: AACR2 Legacy Practices and Introduction to Library Classification in Dewey and LC

Katie Scherrer

Katie Scherrer is a library consultant and training specialist whose work focuses on improving library services to Latino and Spanish-speaking children and families. She previously worked as the first Spanish Program Specialist for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and as a Children’s Librarian at the uniquely bilingual Village Branch of the Lexington Public Library. Katie has presented many workshops on bilingual storytime and library services to Latino families for librarians across the country, including at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. Katie's Website, Interview with Katie Scherrer

Instructor for: Building Relationships, Building Bridges: Library Outreach and Marketing to Latino and Spanish-Speaking Families, Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca

Deborah Schmidle

Deborah Schmidle is currently the principal consultant at Schmidle Consulting Services. She has developed and taught numerous organizational development-related workshops and has facilitated strategic-planning processes for libraries and library organizations. She holds an M.L.I.S. from Syracuse University and a Certificate in Contemporary Leadership from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Prior to retiring in March 2013, she was Director of Research & Learning Services at Cornell University Library (CUL).

Instructor for: All six courses in the Certificate in Library Management

Andrew Shuping

Andy Shuping is a former academic librarian and current student working on his MFA in Applied Cartooning at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. His goal is to help the community (librarians, educators, businesses, health care professionals, etc.) connect to the comics and graphic novel community, and vice versa. He has over 8 years experience working with comics and graphic novels, over 8 years experience as a professional librarian, a background in education, and a strong understanding of how comics and graphic novels help promote diverse learning styles. He can be found at and goes by the user name ashuping where ever he can, such as on Twitter: @ashuping

Instructor for: Comics, Literacy, and Standards

Teresa Slobuski

Teresa Slobuski is the liaison librarian for Design, Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Education, and Social Work at San Jose State University. She also serves as the librarian for San Jose State’s nascent Learning and Games Education Initiative. Slobuski completed her master’s degree in library and information science at Rutgers University in her home state of New Jersey. She conducts research on a variety of topics such as the impact of non-text media on information retrieval, children’s literature, informal learning and the development of 21st century skills, and educational technology topics, especially the use of games as educational tools.

Instructor for: Games in Academic Libraries, Informal Learning in Academic Libraries

Carli Spina

Carli Spina is the Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian at the Harvard Law School Library. Carli holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an MLIS from Simmons GSLIS, and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has extensive experience working on web design and technology projects as well as serving as a coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities. She has also served as the leader of the ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group. She has taught many classes and workshops for librarians, academic staff, and students on a range of topics, including accessibility and web design. Website

Instructor for: Introduction to Accessibility and Universal Design in Libraries

Joanne Sprott

Joanne Sprott has been a freelance book indexer, copy editor, and proofreader since 1995. She holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire. Joanne’s background in instruction includes developing and presenting the six-hour Basic Indexing Workshop given at the American Society for Indexing's (ASI's) annual conference (1998 to 2002), and editing materials and managing exam administration for ASI's Training in Indexing course (2009 to present). Prior to starting her editorial and indexing business, Joanne worked in university administration at Brown University in Providence Rhode Island (1986–1990). Joanne's Website

Instructor for: Introduction to Book Indexing

Jennifer Sweeney

Jennifer Sweeney teaches at the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University, and is a program evaluation consultant for libraries and other public agencies and nonprofits. Prior to joining Drexel, Dr. Sweeney developed measurement instruments for K-16 educational interventions for the University of California, Davis School of Education, and provided evaluation services for the California Center for the Book, the California Library Association, and Smith & Lehmann Consulting. Previously, she was library analyst at the UC Davis Library, reference librarian at the American University Library in Washington, DC, and business librarian with Cost Engineering Research, Inc. in Arlington, VA. Interview with Jennifer Sweeney

Instructor for all courses in the Painless Research series

Susan Teague Rector

Susan Teague Rector holds a Master’s degree in Information Science from the University of NC-Chapel Hill. She has over 15 years of experience in Web technologies, with 6 years in academic libraries. In her current role at University of Colorado, Susan specializes in information architecture (IA) and UX design for University Web Services. Previously Susan led the IA, design and implementation of a new website for NCSU Libraries in 2010; and led IA, design and usability testing as Web Applications Manager at VCU Libraries. She has presented nationally on Web topics, as well as published in the Journal of Web Librarianship and CRLN. Interview with Susan Teague Rector

Instructor for: Information Architecture: Designing Navigation for Library Websites

Caleb Tucker Raymond

Caleb Tucker-Raymond is a freelance web developer in Portland, Oregon specializing in connecting library systems to the Drupal content management system. Before that he worked as a public and academic librarian for 14 years in systems, reference, and the intersection of the two. He earned his MSLIS with Simmons College.

Instructor for: Introduction to Drupal for Libraries

Megan Wacha

Megan Wacha is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the City University of New York. Driven by the statement that Wikipedia is "the encyclopedia that anyone can edit," she utilizes this open resource to teach information literacy skills and to make underrepresented groups more visible on Wikipedia. She has presented this work at conferences such as the LITA Forum, ALA Annual, WikiConference USA and Wikimania, the global Wikipedia conference. Megan holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University, and an MSLIS from Pratt Institute. Website, Interview with Megan Wacha

Instructor for: Wikipedia: Library Initiatives and Expert Editing

Shaundra Walker

Shaundra Walker is the Associate Director for Instruction and Research Services at Georgia College. She holds a B.A. in History from Spelman College, a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Clark Atlanta University and Ph.D. in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education administration from Mercer University. Shaundra has over 15 years of experience working in libraries and higher education. Her work and research in libraries and education is deeply influenced by her experience attending and working in minority serving institutions. Her research interests include the recruitment and retention of diverse librarians and organizational development within the library. Interview with Shaundra Walker

Instructor for: Cultural Competence for the Academic Librarian

Jillian Wallis

Jillian Wallis is currently a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Christine L. Borgman in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA. She researches the data practices and collaboration of researchers at the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. She graduated from UCLA with an MLIS in 2005, and received her Ph.D. in 2012. Her dissertation, entitled, “The Distribution of Data Management Responsibility within Scientific Research Groups” described the various data management activities performed by researchers, and who did what activity when within a given research group. She has developed and taught a data management course with Dr. Borgman that is given annually in the Information Studies department, as well as workshops on controlled vocabulary design and computing skills for MLIS students, including HTML, programming in Python, and database concepts. Interview with Jillian Wallis

Instructor for: Research Data Management

Michael White

Michael White is the librarian for research services in the Engineering & Science Library at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He has worked with patent information since 1991. He was the engineering, patents and trademarks librarian at the University of Maine from 1995-1998 and a librarian in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 1998-2005. During his career he has conducted dozens of workshops on patent searching for inventors, attorneys, librarians and paralegals. He is an active member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG), Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association, SLA and ASEE.

Instructor for: Patent Searching for Librarians

Kristin Ziska

Kristin Ziska is an Instructional Technologist with Northern Arizona University's e-Learning Center. A good portion of her responsibilities in this role include teaching instructors how to use technology and how to engage a wide range of students. In her free time, she teaches courses on video game design, Doctor Who, and gaming for social change. She holds master degrees in Library and Information Science and Curriculum and Instruction and a graduate certificate in Information Management. Currently, she is working toward a doctorate in Educational Technology. Kristin’s research and practical interests include gamification, student engagement, online learning, and classroom technology applications.

Instructor for: Techniques for Student Engagement in Library Instruction