Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

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Maria T. Accardi

Maria T. Accardi is 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 in 2014. She is also the editor of the forthcoming The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations (Library Juice Press, 2017). 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: Crash Course in Assessing Library Instruction, Observational Assessment Techniques for the One-Shot Instruction Session

Melissa Adler

Melissa Adler, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University in London, Ontario. Her research concerns the history of knowledge organization systems as they intersect with state and cultural discourses. Adler’s book, Cruising the Library: Perversities in the Organization of Knowledge (Fordham University Press, April 2017), is a study of the history of sexuality through the lens of Library of Congress classifications and categories. She has also published articles in Knowledge Organization, Library Quarterly, Information and Culture, and other journals. Interview with Melissa Adler

Instructor for: Introduction to Cataloging, Introduction to RDA, The Politics of Classification

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

Barbara Alvarez

Barbara Alvarez has partnered with numerous library professionals, local businesses and organizations to share digital stories through podcasts, videos, and broadcasting. She is the co-founder of The Library OnConference, a free virtual conference completely held on Google Hangouts that has garnered nearly 500 participants. Additionally, she received the 2015 Public Librarian Support Award for innovation and creativity in the library’s community. She is the author of the book Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian with ALA Editions. Barbara received a Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Instructor for: Building Business Connections in Your Community

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 and Writing Studies: Exploring Pedagogical Possibilities, 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

Lynn Baker

R. Lynn Baker is an early literacy consultant and credentialed early childhood trainer. She leads face-to-face and online trainings for early care and education professionals and librarians. Lynn is a former early childhood librarian and author of library program guidebooks, published by the American Library Association, including Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community and Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5. Lynn has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education. Lynn holds her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and a minor in Special Education. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science, with an early childhood focus, from San Jose State University.

Instructor for: Numerous courses in our Early Childhood Literacy Certificate program.

Marcus Banks

Marcus A. Banks is a journalist and consultant with many years of experience as an academic health sciences librarian. He earned his MLIS from Dominican University in 2002 and has worked as a reference librarian, department head and library director. He studies the evolution of scholarly communication, with a focus on open access as well as alternatives to the impact factor. His writing regularly appears in American Libraries, and he has also written for Undark and Slate. @marcusabanks | / Interview with Marcus Banks

Instructor for: Introduction to Bibliometrics, Informetrics, and Altmetrics

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: Crash Course in Assessing Library Instruction, 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, and the 2017 book, Writing Effectively in Print and on the Web: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Interview with Rebecca Blakiston

Instructor for: Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing, Writing for the Web

Freeda Brook

Freeda Brook is the Acquisitions and Resource Management Librarian at Luther College in Decorah, IA. She holds a BA in Political Science from Grinnell College and a MLIS and MPA from University of Washington. Her research areas include critical race studies, scholarly communication and open access, copyright, and Wikipedia.

Instructor for: Wikipedia for Libraries and Archives

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

Course author 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 series: The SPARQL Fundamentals II, The SPARQL Fundamentals III, Introduction to JSON and Structured Data, and JSON-LD Fundamentals

Sarah Clark

Dr. Sarah Clark was recently selected as Dean and University Librarian at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Prior to that, she worked as a front desk staff member, librarian, and ultimately Associate Library Director for 12 years at Rogers State University, a regional public university in Claremore, Oklahoma. Outside of work hours, Dr. Clark podcasts and blogs about library leadership at Better Library Leaders, teaches a course on Library Leadership for the University of Oklahoma's School of Library and Information Studies, and has presented and published on the effectiveness of distance library services, the information search experiences of nontraditional students, and Critical Information Literacy. Dr. Clark completed her PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Oklahoma State University in May 2016.

Instructor for: Transformation through Teamwork: Developing a Collaborative Leadership Environment in a Changing World

Laura-Edythe Coleman

Laura-Edythe Coleman is a Museum Informaticist: her focus is on the point of convergence for museums, information, people, and technology. Knowing that societies need museums for creating and sustaining cultural memory, she strives to help communities co-create heritage collections with museums. She holds a PhD in Information Science, a Masters of Library and Information Science and a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She can be reached via Twitter: @lauraedythe, website:, or by email

Instructor for: Information Architecture: Designing Navigation for Library Websites

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

Erin Crane

Erin Crane is the E-Resources and Instruction Librarian at Germanna Community College. In the past, she was the E-books Librarian for a large, primarily online university for 5 years. Her primary responsibilities included acquiring e-books, managing the demand-driven acquisition program and budget, negotiating licenses, and gathering and assessing usage statistics. In her new position she handles the management of e-resources of all types. She received her master degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her research interests include the contribution of e-resources to library value, the effectiveness of demand-driven acquisitions, and copyright and scholarly communication.

Instructor for: E-Book Management for Academic Libraries

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 candidate at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois. She has developed and taught courses at the iSchool at Illinois including the distance education option of the introductory archives course, digital public history, and community archives. She has also worked as an archivist and oral historian. She trained as a librarian and archivist at Illinois 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 completed her PhD in Higher Education at UNT, where the focus of her research was critical information literacy. She has written and presented on information literacy, K-20 library instruction, active teaching techniques, assessment, and academic library administration, and is the author of the recent Library Juice Press publication, Critical Information Literacy: Foundations, Inspiration, and Ideas. Interview with Annie Downey

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

Eliza Fink

Eliza Fink serves as the digital resources and services librarian at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Her primary responsibility there is to support the college’s research and teaching endeavors by managing and promoting the Law Library’s electronic resources and participating in the planning and teaching of legal research. Prior to her work at UT, Eliza most recently held a position as the digital resources librarian at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law, where she managed the school’s digital resource collection and provided workshops and seminars on legal research skills and instructional technology.

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

Lisa Gayhart

Lisa Gayhart is currently the User Experience Librarian at University of Toronto Libraries in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has presented and written on topics related to user experience, technology communications, assessment, and service design. Lisa also runs the UX Lab in Robarts Library, the University’s first dedicated user experience lab. She holds an MLIS from Western University and a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Instructor for: Introduction to Web Traffic Assessment Using Google Analytics

Saroj Ghoting

Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She presents early literacy workshops at conferences and library systems for staff and their partners. She has been a consultant for the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association on the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® early literacy initiative. She is the co-author of six books, the most recent being Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide, co-authored with the researchers from the VIEWS2 project at the University of Washington. Saroj has been a children’s librarian for over 40 years and a consultant since 2003. She received her MLS from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She enjoys learning new ideas while presenting trainings on early literacy.

Instructor for: Numerous courses in our Early Childhood Literacy Certificate program

Rebecca Guenther

Rebecca Guenther has over 35 years of experience in national libraries, primarily working on metadata standards. Most of that time was at the Library of Congress developing national and international metadata standards, including MARC 21, MODS, PREMIS, METS, and ISO language codes. She has served on numerous national and international standards committees, several as chair, has published widely in professional literature, and has given many workshops and presentations. She is currently a consultant on metadata issues based in New York. Some of her previous and current consultancies include the Library of Congress (working on BIBFRAME and PREMIS), the National Book Foundation, the New York Art Resources Consortium, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Metropolitan New York Library Council. She teaches metadata at NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, Pratt’s School of Information and Library Science and several classes for Lyrasis. She continues to serve on the PREMIS Editorial Committee, MODS Editorial Committee and PB Core Advisory Subcommittee.

Instructor for: Introducing BIBFRAME: Moving Bibliographic Data into the Future

Claudia Haines

Claudia Haines leads dynamic toddler, preschool and family storytimes, hosts maker programs, and gets great media into the hands of kids and teens as the Youth Services Librarian and media mentor at the Homer Public Library (Alaska). She trains other librarians as media mentors and serves on both local and national committees that support families and literacy. She is the co-author of the Association for Library Service to Children's white paper on media mentorship and the book Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families. She blogs at and has written for multiple other sources on the topic of media mentorship and literacy.

Instructor for: Media Mentorship in Storytime and Beyond: Supporting Newborn to Five-Year-Olds and Their Families

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, Using MarcEdit, and Beyond the Basics: Cataloging DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and Streaming Videos

Sarah Hare

Sarah Hare is currently the Scholarly Communication Librarian at Indiana University, where she works on several open and library publishing initiatives. In her previous position at Davidson College, Sarah led two Open Educational Resource (OER) initiatives. In addition to co-authoring a chapter on interinstitutional collaborations to advance OER outreach for OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians, Sarah has been invited to guest lecture and present on OER to LIS courses, professional development organizations, and an international librarian group. Her research is focused on critical open education practices and open pedagogy. Interview with Sarah Hare

Instructor for: Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

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: Gaming in Libraries, Informal Learning in Academic Libraries, and An Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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.
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Instructor for: Using OpenRefine for Library Metadata

Nicole Hennig

Nicole Hennig is an expert in mobile technologies for libraries. In her 14 years of experience at the MIT Libraries, she won awards for innovation, and worked to keep academics up to date with the best mobile technologies. Now she has her own business helping librarians stay current with new technologies. She is the author of several books, including Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies, and Apps for Librarians. Like most librarians, she is passionate about access to information for all. Librarians who take her courses are becoming technology experts for their communities. To stay current with the best mobile technologies, sign up for her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, and follow her on twitter @nic221, where she tweets about libraries, apps, and emerging technologies.

Instructor for: Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies

Robert Holley

Dr. Robert P. Holley has extensive experience in collection development as a librarian, professor, author, and speaker. He was chief collection development office at the Marriott Library, University of Utah (1980-1988) and Wayne State University (1988-1993, 1998-1999) He frequently taught collection development both in the classroom and online in WSU’s School of Library and Information Science (1993-1998, 2001-2015) to students who intended to work in all types of libraries. From 1980-2015, he selected library materials for the Romance Languages. He has written a bi-monthly column on collection development issues for Against the Grain since 2008 and is a frequent speaker at the Charleston Conference, the premier conference on collection development. He has authored scholarly articles and given presentations on his special interests in collection development including the out-of-print book market, self-publishing, and intellectual freedom.

Instructor for: Introduction to Collection Development

Rolf Janke

Rolf Janke has over 35 years of higher education publishing experience that all started as a forklift driver in a book warehouse. That led to sales, editorial, publisher and vice president positions with companies like Blackwell Publishers, ABC-Clio and SAGE Publications. At SAGE, he was the founder of SAGE Reference, which quickly became one of the most highly acclaimed social science reference publishers for the academic library market. It was at SAGE that he embraced the importance of the publisher and librarian partnership, which became the catalyst for him to start his own library company, Mission Bell Media. Mission Bell Media focuses on producing professional development books for librarians, with a content focus on leadership, mentoring and innovation in the library. Janke and MBM are based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Instructor for: Introduction to the Academic Publishing Industry

Amy Jansen

Amy Jansen has served as a liaison librarian to business schools at two universities and truly enjoys academic business research and its complexities. She is intrigued by real world applications of business information, especially competitive intelligence and intellectual property issues. Amy started out her career in LIS as a library software trainer and has worked for both small liberal arts colleges as well as a major research university. She stumbled into the role of Business librarian and has been hooked ever since. She has an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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

Tracey Leger-Hornby

Tracey Leger-Hornby is an independent consultant with over 30 years of leadership and expertise in libraries and technology primarily in higher education. Her previous positions include Dean of Library Services at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Associate CIO at Brandeis University, Library Director at Rivier University, and several positions in the library and academic technology at Simmons College. Recently, as a consultant, Tracey served as interim Head Librarian at the Worcester Public Library and Interim Director of Research and Instruction at Wheaton College. She is currently working with the Massachusetts Library Association on their long-term strategic plan. Her interests include library management issues, application of new technology in libraries, and business process improvement. In addition, Tracey has long-term leadership and active involvement in regional and national library and technology profession organizations. Interview with Tracey Leger-Hornby

Instructor for: Academic Library Budgets 101

Alison M. Lewis

Alison M. Lewis has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian in specialized, research, and academic settings. She has worked in the Library & Information Science programs at both Drexel University and Simmons College, where she has taught introductory courses in reference and professional issues, advanced reference courses in the humanities and social sciences, special collections, and practicum. Currently she serves as Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society. She is also the Senior Vice President for Library Juice Press and managing partner for Parlew Associates. She has M.L.S. and M.A. degrees from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in English from Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and four or five cats.

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, UX tools, library space assessment, website usability, and marketing of the library. His current research involves implementing a service design methodology in the library environment. Joe is the co-founder of the LUX Service Design consulting firm. He is the co-author of the book Library Service Design: A LITA Guide to Holistic Assessment, Insight, and Improvement. In 2017, he was awarded the first Future of Libraries Fellowship from the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries. 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, Working with Library Service Design Tools

Shoshana Mayden

Shoshana Mayden is a content strategist with the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson, Arizona. She advises on issues related to website content and contributes to developing a content strategy across multiple channels for the library. She works with content managers and library stakeholders to re-write, re-think and re-organize content for the main library website, as well as develop workflows related to the lifecycle of content. She also a copy editor for Weave: the Journal of Library User Experience.

Instructor for: Developing a Website Content Strategy


Jeremy McGinniss is currently the Coordinator of Research and Instruction at Liberty University, Virginia. He received his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing a MA in Humanities at Salve Regina University. Jeremy’s research areas include student staff development, critical pedagogy, philosophy of maintenance, and the ACRL Framework. Interview with Jeremy McGinniss

Instructor for: Student Staff Development

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, Active Learning Strategies

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, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. She received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the School of Information at Florida State University. Her research interests include digital youth, empathy, cyberbullying, libraries, librarianship, and making. She can be found by email: or by Twitter: @abigailleigh.

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

Tatum Preston

Tatum Preston leads the research team at CarterBaldwin Executive Search in Roswell, GA. She has extensive leadership experience in both corporate and non-profit libraries. A native of North Carolina, Tatum earned a B.A. in English from Davidson College and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. Prior to joining CarterBaldwin, Tatum served as the Library Director at the Birmingham Museum of Art for ten years, and as a Team Lead at a corporate archival agency with clients including fashion brands, professional sports teams, and Fortune 500 drug companies. Tatum is passionate about training the next generation of library professionals and has hosted over 50 interns during her career.

Instructor for: Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers and Interns, Art Librarianship

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, Humanities Librarianship in a Digital Age

Catelynne Sahadath

Catelynne Sahadath is the Social Sciences Data Librarian at the University of Ottawa. She was formerly the Head of Metadata Development at the University of Calgary, and has previously worked on cataloguing and digitization projects for the Government of Canada. 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, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Classification, and Metadata for Data Resources

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 is the co-author (along with Jamie Campbell Naidoo) of Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish, available from ALA Editions. Katie has presented many workshops on bilingual storytime and library services to Latino families for librarians and early childhood educators across the country. 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). Interview with Deborah Schmidle

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

Rebecka Sheffield

Rebecka Sheffield is a senior lecturer in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College (Boston). She previously served as Executive Director and Archives Manager at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA), where she first began as a volunteer archivist in 2007. Rebecka holds a graduate degree in archives and records management and completed a PhD at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, in collaboration with the Mark S Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. She is passionate about archives and finding innovative ways to bring researchers and collections together. Visit her website at

Instructor for: Introduction to Archives Administration and 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

Sarah Simpkin

Sarah Simpkin is currently serving as Interim Digital Scholarship Librarian and part-time Digital Humanities instructor at the University of Ottawa, where she is working on advancing DH initiatives across campus. In her previous role as GIS and Geography Librarian, Sarah managed the library’s geospatial data and map collections, coordinated map digitization projects and taught mapping workshops. Sarah is a past president of the Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA). She holds an Hon. BSc. in Physical Geography from the University of Toronto and an MLIS from Western University.

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

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: Gaming in Libraries, Informal Learning in Academic Libraries

Carli Spina

Carli Spina is the Head Librarian, Assessment and Outreach at the Boston College Libraries. 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 is the current chair of LITA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and 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. Twitter, Website

Instructor for: User Experience Research and Design, Introduction to Accessibility and Universal Design in Libraries, Web Accessibility: Techniques for Design and Testing, Introduction to Scholarly Communications, Introduction to Design Thinking

Rick Stoddart

Rick Stoddart is an associate professor and education librarian at the University of Idaho. Rick holds an MLIS and MA in Communication from the University of Alabama. He also has an Ed.D. from Boise State University where his dissertation reported on a research project leading a group of librarians through a critical reflection curriculum. He has co-edited a forthcoming book from ACRL Press on autoethnography, a critical reflective research methodology. Rick’s research interests include evidence-based librarianship, strategic thinking, and exploring the intersection of librarianship and learning. Rick strongly believes in the potential of writing as discovery, collaborative inquiry, creative thinking, school libraries, and empowering others. He is the current president-elect of the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA). Interview with Rick Stoddart

Instructor for: Exploring Librarianship through Critical Reflection

Jennifer Sweeney

Jennifer Sweeney is a program evaluation consultant for libraries, other public agencies, and nonprofits, and lecturer at San Jose State University, Simmons College, and Drexel University. 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

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, Controlled Vocabulary and Taxonomy Design

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. Interview with Michael White

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