Aaron Collie is the manager of FRASER®, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’s digital library of U.S. economic, financial, and banking history. He is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and Certified Scrum @ Scale Practitioner and has over 10 years of experience working on free and open source software development projects within library and information centers. Recently, Aaron is engaged with teaching, writing and consulting on topics of data curation and agile workforce development in information-intensive professions. He received his M.S in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2010 with a specialization in the Data Curation Education Program.
Alexandria Chisholm is an Assistant Librarian at Penn State Berks and liaison to the campus’ first-year experience program and science division. She has eight years of reference and instruction experience at both private and public baccalaureate- and doctoral-degree granting institutions. Her research focuses on privacy literacy, information literacy, and student engagement.
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.
Amanda M. Leftwich is the Online Learning Librarian & Faculty Diversity Fellow at Montgomery County Community College. Leftwich has a Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on utilizing mindfulness and self-care to help people of color navigate microaggressions, prevent burnout, and find community within the library profession. She is the founder of mindfulinlis, a virtual community dedicated to mindfulness in librarianship.
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.
Angela Brcka is a web content strategist at Western Michigan University Libraries in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In her role, Angela is responsible for the strategy, content, administration and reporting of the Libraries’ website. Angela serves as the vice president of the Web User Group at WMU, a campus-wide support network of web and marketing specialists. She also serves as the vice chair of the Michigan Academic Library Association’s Web/UX Interest Group. Before coming to Western Michigan University in 2018, Angela spent 14 years as a corporate communications specialist for a healthcare system. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Hillsdale College and an MBA with a specialization in marketing from Eastern Michigan University.
Angela Pashia is an Associate Professor / Librarian at the University of West Georgia. Angela 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. Angela is currently focusing on practicing critical pedagogies and incorporating social justice issues into the credit bearing information literacy course offered at UWG. Angela is co-editor (with Jessica Critten) of the book Critical Approaches to Credit-bearing Information Literacy Courses, available in Fall 2018 from ACRL Press. Website
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.
Barbie Keiser is an information resources management (IRM) consultant. She has developed courses in Competitive Intelligence (CI) and Knowledge Management Systems (KMS), delivered at universities around the world. Today, she teaches them in the classroom for Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University, and online for the College of Communications and Information Science, University of Kentucky, and Library Juice Academy. She received her MSLS from Case Western Reserve University. She has won numerous awards from library, information, and academic institutions, has been a Fulbright Specialist in Slovenia (2004) and Lithuania (2007), and is a board member of World Computer Exchange (WCE). Barbie is a prolific author, perhaps best known for her column in ONLINE Searcher magazine. A co-author of Marketing Library Services: A Nuts-and-Bolts Approach, Barbie has turned the print work into a series of workshops for librarians/infopros.
Beth Knazook is a preservation specialist with considerable experience managing digitization projects and digital collections. She is currently the Preservation Coordinator for the Portage Network, established by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries to foster a national research data culture through research data services and infrastructure. She has taught classes on managing photograph collections for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, and on descriptive cataloguing standards for the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). She has also worked as the Digitization Manager for Huron County Library, Curatorial Specialist for Ryerson University Library Special Collections, and Photo Archivist for the Stratford Festival of Canada. She holds an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University and the George Eastman Museum, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Art and Visual Culture at Western University, focusing on the introduction of photography into book illustration in nineteenth-century Canada.
Candice Benjes-Small is Head of Research at William & Mary Libraries. She sits on the university’s Assessment Steering Committee, and has worked on numerous instruction assessment projects, culminating in articles in Reference Services Review and Academic Exchange Quarterly, and presentations at ACRL and LOEX. Candice is co-author of the 2016 book, The New Instruction Librarian, and co-founder of The Innovative Library Classroom conference.
Carli Spina is an associate professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the library at SUNY's Fashion Institute of Technology. Previously, she was 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 user experience, web design, and technology projects as well as serving as a coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities. She is a member of LITA's Bylaws and Organization Committee. She was also the inaugural chair of LITA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the leader of the ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group. She teaches classes and workshops for librarians, academic staff, and students on a range of topics, including accessibility, user experience, and web design. Twitter, Website
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.
Chris Diaz is the Digital Publishing Librarian at Northwestern University, where he manages institutional repository and library publishing services. He has written and presented on numerous academic library topics, including collection development, open educational resources, minimal computing, and digital repositories. Chris previously held positions in collections management and scholarly communication at National Louis University and the University of Iowa. He received an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA from DePaul University.
Christian Zabriskie is the Executive Director of the Onondaga County Public Libraries and the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite. He has worked in urban public libraries for nearly twenty years and has been a circ supervisor, children’s librarian, YA librarian, reference librarian, cataloger, and administrator. He speaks, writes, and teaches in a variety of areas of librarianship including graphic novels in libraries, library advocacy, grant writing, library service to at risk communities, and library service to unaccompanied minors.
Cinthya Ippoliti is the Auraria Library University Librarian and Director. In that role, she provides direct administrative leadership for library services, spaces, partnerships, and programming on the tri-institutional Auraria Campus, which serves the University of Colorado, Denver; Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver. In collaboration with the Library’s senior management team, she sets the library’s strategic vision to develop new services, foster creativity and collaboration, and provide professional development and mentorship for faculty, staff, and student assistants. Previously, Cinthya served as the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at the Oklahoma State University libraries, and Head of Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland libraries. She is a graduate of the Leading Change Institute and the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.
CJ Ivory is Assistant Professor and Instruction Librarian at the University of West Georgia where she teaches a credit-bearing course on Information Literacy & Research. In this semester-long course she connects social justices issues to information literacy concepts. Prior to this position, CJ served as Business Librarian at the University of Central Florida and Reference Librarian at Valencia College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Central Florida and Master of Library & Information Science from Florida State University. Her research interests include open pedagogy, critical information literacy, and social justice education.
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 www.nevershushed.com and has written for multiple other sources on the topic of media mentorship and literacy.
Dalal Rahme has over 11 years of experience in academic libraries. She received her M.S in Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2014 with a specialization in the Data Curation and Socio-Technical Data Analytics.
She currently holds the position of data services librarian at the American University of Beirut (AUB), where she assists in the curation of data for different projects, delivers training and workshops related to data literacy, data management, data curation and data visualization, and helps in administering the institutional repository at AUB. She is also an instructor at the Graduate School of Information Science at the Lebanese Public University where she teaches digital preservation and data curation since 2015. She served on several committees at IFLA (FAIFE 2018-2019), ALA (Students Chapter 2013-2014) and the Lebanese Library Association (board member 2017-2019).
Dawn Behrend an Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she serves as the liaison for psychology, counseling, mathematics, computer science, and business and manages the library’s social media platforms. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Library Science. Ms. Behrend has worked for 20 years in North Carolina as a Licensed Psychological Associate and is a second career librarian. Ms. Behrend continues to work in private practice where she completes psychological evaluations in addition to her work as an academic librarian.
Dawn Stahura is a Research and Instruction Librarian for Health Sciences and the Sciences at Salem State University. Prior to this she worked as a Research and Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences and was the Zine Librarian at Simmons University. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing, and an A.A.S in Business Management. She earned her M.L.S from Indiana University in 2009.
Debra Lucas has been the Head of Reference and Instruction at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, since 2002. She is the author of Marketing the 21st Century Library: The Time is Now, published by Chandos. She has been an online instructor in Library Studies since 2012. Her book chapters appear in Middle Management in Academic and Public Libraries (2011) and the 21st Century Handbook of Anthropology (2010). She has also published academic journal articles in Collaborative Librarianship (2011), the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve (2009), and the Journal of Library and Information Science (2007). Additionally, she served as an editor for the Journal of Library Innovation. Dozens of encyclopedia articles appear in the Encyclopedia of Power (2011), the Encyclopedia of Time (2009), the Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2005), and the 20th Century Encyclopedia of Pop Culture (2000). She routinely guest lectures in the field of librarianship and research (2007-). She graduated from the Western New York Library Resources Council Leadership Institute (2006-2007) and was a Leadership Institute Graduation Keynote Speaker (2009). She also serves as Faculty Senate Parliamentarian since 2019. She was awarded a Sabbatical in 2014, a Fellowship Award in 2015-2016, and was then promoted to full-librarian in 2016.
Donna Lanclos is an anthropologist who has been working with libraries and higher education as her field site since 2009. Her first fieldwork was in the late 1990s in Northern Ireland, which prepared her well for dealing with the fragmented and fractious landscape of universities, libraries, and conflicting and confounding identities, practices, and priorities therein. She writes, thinks, and speaks about the nature of information, digital and physical places, and higher education generally. Her work is relevant not just to libraries or universities, but to conversations about how we as a society make sure that people have opportunities to learn how to think critically, to practice those skills, and to find their voices. She regularly presents workshops and talks on issues of digital practices and institutional change, and blogs about her work at www.donnalanclos.com. You can also find her on Twitter, @DonnaLanclos.
Elliot Williams is the Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian at the University of Miami, where he manages metadata for the libraries’ unique digital resources. Elliot has over five years of experience with cataloging and metadata, working with a variety of systems, materials, and schemas. He holds an MS in Information Studies, with a focus on archives and records management, from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in American History from the University of Miami.
Emily Daly is Head of Assessment & User Experience at Duke University Libraries in Durham, NC. She coordinates Duke Libraries’ Assessment 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 helps lead the Libraries’ Digital Preservation and Publishing Program and helps coordinate the Libraries’ web interfaces teams. Website
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.
Erin Downey Howerton has over 15 years of experience in public libraries of various sizes. Currently, she manages youth services in a busy downtown urban library. She holds an MA in English from Kansas State University and an MSLIS in Library and Information Science from Florida State University, with an emphasis in youth services. Erin has reviewed for VOYA, IndiePicks, and Booklist magazines in all areas of children’s, teen, and adult fiction and non-fiction. A member of REFORMA and ALA, Erin’s past professional contributions include serving on the Margaret A. Edwards committee as well as chairing the Printz Award committee. Currently, Erin serves as the chair of the Booklist Editorial Advisory Board
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
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.
Greer Martin is the Metadata Technologies Librarian at Loyola University Chicago, where she coordinates metadata interoperability across library platforms. She has written and presented on using OpenRefine for metadata cleanup and authority reconciliation, and has managed metadata migration projects. Greer previously held metadata librarian positions at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia where she created and enhanced metadata for aggregation by Digital Public Library of America. She received an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Gregory Laynor is Senior Librarian, Information Services at Thomas Jefferson University. He draws upon his teaching background in the humanities to develop library instruction in the health sciences. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington and an M.S. in Library Science from Clarion University. His recent writing appears in Journal of the Medical Library Association, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, and College & Research Libraries.
Hailey Mooney has over a decade of experience working in academic libraries with roles in reference, data services, and as a subject specialist in the social sciences. She is currently the Psychology & Sociology Librarian at the University of Michigan. Recently, Hailey also began work as an occasional lecturer with the Department of Sociology, where she developed and teaches an undergraduate course on the Sociology of Fake News. Her scholarly work is currently focused on issues in fake news and information literacy, and previously concentrated on data-related scholarly communication practices. Hailey has a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan.
Heidi Burkhardt is a Web Project Manager & Content Strategist at the University of Michigan Library. In this role, she leads efforts around the library website, as well as projects for other platforms and applications within the web presence. Heidi consistently brings a content strategy lens across projects and advocates for thoughtful, well written content. She previously served as the User Experience Specialist at Michigan and has over 10 years of experience in libraries. Heidi holds a B.A. in English from Oakland University and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Wayne State University.
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.
Jamillah R. Gabriel is a fourth-year PhD student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies and Journalism from California State University Long Beach, and an Associate in Arts in English from Cerritos College. Her professional experience includes 17 years in public and academic libraries as a librarian and library paraprofessional, most recently as Black Cultural Center Librarian and Metadata Specialist at Purdue University. Her research focuses on issues at the nexus of information and race and interrogates how these issues, along with information and cultural heritage institutions and policies, impact Black people and communities. Jamillah is also the founder of Call Number, a book subscription box, and co-host of the podcast, LibVoices.
Jason Sowards is the Law Librarian and Director of the Nevada Supreme Court Library. Jason received his BA and MS in economics, and MSLIS from the University of Kentucky, his JD from the University of Louisville, and his M.Ed. from Western Governors University. He has been a member of the Kentucky Bar since 2004. Jason began his career in academic law librarianship in 2006, having taught legal research to law students at Wake Forest University School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. In his current position, Jason is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Nevada Supreme Court Library whose central mission is to serve the research needs of the Nevada Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He is also responsible for coordinating outreach and instructional opportunities for judges and public libraries throughout Nevada.
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.
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.
Jessica Critten is the Pedagogy and Assessment Program Lead at Auraria Library in Denver, CO, which serves the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver. Her current research examines applications of standpoint epistemology in information literacy instruction and the rhetoric of evidence-based practice in LIS. She is a graduate of Florida State University, where she received her MLIS and an MA in interdisciplinary humanities
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
Joe J. Marquez is currently the Lead Experience Design Strategist at Nike. Prior to his current role, Joe was an academic librarian for 10 years at Reed College and Sonoma State University. He has presented and written on topics related to service design, UX tools, and library space assessment. While not currently a librarian, he remains active in the library community through teaching and outreach and never hesitates to evangelize about service design when asked. He is the co-author of the books “Library Service Design: A LITA Guide to Holistic Assessment, Insight, and Improvement”(2016) and “Getting Started in Service Design” (2017). He was awarded the first Future of Librarian Fellowship in 2017 from the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries and was named a 2018 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. He has an MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool and an MBA from Portland State University.
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."
John Stawarz has been teaching and developing media for much of his professional career. At Syracuse University, he serves as both the online learning librarian and an instructor for an online graduate course on library planning, marketing, and assessment. He has previously served as an associate producer for National Geographic Television, a radio station news director, a university press editorial assistant/intern coordinator, and a Peace Corps teacher in Benin, West Africa. John holds an MS in Library and Information Science, an MS in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Designing Digital Instruction.
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S. earned her graduate degree from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Stemming from a decade of professional experience, Kendrick's research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, the impact of creativity on library development and leadership, and the role of digital humanities in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (Chicago: ACRL 2016) and author of Kaleidoscopic Concern: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of Diversity, Recruitment, Retention, and Other Concerns Regarding African American and Ethnic Library Professionals and Global Evolution: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of International Students in U.S. Academic Libraries (ACRL 2009, 2007). In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.
Karen Kohn is Collections Analysis Librarian at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and the author of Collection Evaluation in Academic Libraries: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). She has published articles in College & Research Libraries, Journal of Academic Librarianship, Journal of Documentation, and Collection Management. She has an MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MA in Sociology from Temple University.
Karen Nicholson (PhD, LIS) has been working in Canadian academic libraries for almost twenty years (and struggled with identifying research projects for many of them). She has presented and written about assessment, the value agenda, critical information literacy, and academic librarians' research and scholarship practices in a variety of forums, and has experience with qualitative, mixed, and critical/theoretical research methods. She has served as a facilitator with the ACRL's Information Literacy Immersion Programs (2011-2018) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries' (CARL) Librarians' Research Institute (2020). You can find her at @nicholsonkp and some of her work at https://works.bepress.com/karen_nicholson/.
Kate Lynch is a Software Development Manager for Princeton University Libraries. She has worked in library software development for over ten years, and in repository development for more than half of that time. She has taught Digital Library Systems in the Library & Information Science program at Drexel University. Her areas of expertise include long-term digital preservation, software development project planning, and web accessibility. She has an MSLIS from Drexel University in Library Science.
Katie Scherrer is a consultant, writer, early childhood education trainer, librarian, yoga teacher, and the founder of Stories, Songs, and Stretches!, a startup devoted to enhancing early learning through embodied play. Katie began working in public libraries in 2005 and quickly discovered that her Spanish-language skills were in great demand. Completely unexpectedly, librarianship became her career and working with Latinx immigrant communities became her passion. At the same time, she discovered the practices of yoga and mindfulness, which slowly transformed her life into one of greater empowerment and less reactivity. Katie has been working as a consultant since 2012, helping libraries and educational organizations increase their inclusion of Latinx communities. She now travels across the country, sharing workshops on mindfulness, inclusion, yoga, and other related topics with librarians, educators, social workers, yoga teachers, and others who serve children and families. Her teaching style is encouraging and warm, while grounded in research and current best practices. Katie is an active member of ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) and a lifetime member of REFORMA (The National Organization to Promote Library and Information Sciences to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking). She was a member of the 2013 Pura Belpré book award committee, and has published two books with the American Library Association, Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish (coauthored with Jamie Campbell Naidoo) and Stories, Songs, and Stretches! Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement. Find more at www.connectedcommunitiesconsulting.com and www.storiessongsandstretches.com.
Kristin Ziska Strange is an Instructional Designer with University of Arizona's Office of Digital Learning. A good portion of her responsibilities in this role revolve around helping instructors plan and create engaging and meaningful courses for online students. In her free time, she teachese courses on video game design and Doctor Who. 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 Curriculum and Instruction. Kristin's research and practical interests include game-based learning, faculty identity, professional development, student engagement, and online learning.
Kristina Clement, MA, MSIS is the Student Success Librarian for the University of Wyoming Libraries. Kristina received a Master’s of Arts in Italian Literature from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s of Information Science from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her current research interests include library assessment, Universal Design for Learning in library instruction, outreach to transfer students and first-generation students, instructional assessment, Open Educational Resources (OER), and user experience.
Lauren Buttle is the Paper Conservator for the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives in Victoria, BC. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Social Anthropology from York University and a Masters of Art Conservation from Queen’s University. Prior to joining the Royal BC Museum, Lauren held the Kress Fellowship in Papyrus Conservation at the Library for Trinity College Dublin. She has also worked and trained at several museums and archives in Canada as well as the British Museum.Instructor for: Caring for Collections: Preservation of Rare and Unusual Materials
Lauren Hays PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri. Previously, she was the instructional and research librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoyed teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. She has co-presented at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was the 2017 speaker on SoTL for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee’s Midwinter Discussion. Her professional interests include SoTL, teaching, information literacy, educational technology, library and information science education, teacher identity, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.
Lauren Slingluff is the Associate Dean for the UConn Library and recently co-chaired their strategic planning steering committee. Within the library her area of responsibility includes: financial services, budgeting, and participating in donor stewardship; facilities, security and space planning; communications and engagement; as well as library technology. Her professional areas of interest are change management, open educational resources (OER), and data analysis. Previously she worked at Wheaton College in Massachusetts as Associate Dean and Interim Dean in the Library and oversaw a large collection management program along with growing their OER program on campus. Lauren holds a MSLIS from Simmons College and completed her undergraduate degree at St. Lawrence University with a double major in Religious Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Outside of work, she serves on the ACRL New England Chapter board as Treasurer and enjoys reading, knitting, and living a highly caffeinated life.
Lillian Hogendoorn is the Digital Access and Open Educational Resources Lead at eCampusOntario, a nonprofit that provides infrastructure and training for open and technology enabled postsecondary education for Ontario's 45 colleges and universities. At eCampusOntario, Lillian works with librarians and content creators to engage with Open Educational Resources and advocate for programs and policy that facilitate increased use of OER. Lillian received her Master of Information in Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto. She has previously held Scholarly Communication librarian positions at universities at North Carolina State University Libraries and Western University Libraries. Lillian lives and works on the unceded territory of the Anishinabewaki, Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosauneega peoples.
Lindsey E. Sprague is a Design Thinking Strategist at Duke Energy’s Innovation Center. She consults with teams to redesign processes and digital products to meet user needs, and conducts UX research including usability testing of the customer mobile app. She was previously the User Experience (UX) Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Education. Sprague has taught visiting sessions on usability testing and design thinking in the liberal studies program at UNC Charlotte. She has presented conference talks and workshops on user research strategy and design thinking at ACRL (2019), Designing for Digital, The Library Collective, and the Charleston Conference.
Liz Johns is the Teaching and Learning Librarian at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Gettysburg College, and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently working on a Doctor of Education at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education. Liz's work centers on supporting librarians in developing and using innovative teaching practices and implementing creative teaching techniques for information literacy and concept-based learning. Liz's teaching and research focuses on creating engaging, dynamic, and meaningful learning environments in both face-to-face and online settings for adult learners. In addition, Liz serves as the National Archivist for Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.
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 Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations (Library Juice Press, 2017).
Mary Minow is a library law consultant, who has consulted on behavior policies, disability access (legal issues), and related issues. She has an A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Stanford University. She is currently working with Tomas Lipinski on the second edition of the Library’s Legal Answer Book (ALA: 2003). Your input may help inform this updated book
Mēgan A. Oliver is a three-time graduate of the University of South Florida (Master of Science in Library in Information Science; Bachelor of Arts in English Literature; Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology). After graduating from USF in 2011, Mēgan has worked as the Assistant Librarian at Florida State University’s Ringling Museum Library and as the Digital Collections Curator at State University of New York’s Purchase College. She currently works as the Digital Collections Librarian at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) Libraries; as an adjunct at the School of Library and Information Science at the UofSC; and as an adjunct at the iSchool, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are ethics in informatics and labor practice, the creation of sustainable digital products and services, and UX research in digital librarianship.
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.
Natalie Baur is an independent consultant offering her expertise in areas of archival management and digital curation in a variety of cultural and educational institutions. Most recently she served as the Digital Preservation Librarian at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, an institution of higher learning specializing in the humanities and social sciences. Previously, she served as the Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries and was a 2015-2016 Fulbright-García Robles fellowship recipient, looking at digital preservation issues in Mexican libraries, archives and museums. She holds an M.A. in History and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware and an M.L.S. with a concentration in Archives, Information and Records Management from the University of Maryland.
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.
Natalie Tagge is the Head, Podiatry Library at Temple University. Previously, she was Education Services Librarian at Temple University Ginsburg Health Sciences Library. She has a Master’s Degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois and is completing her Master of Public Health at Temple. She previously worked at the Illinois State Library, University of Illinois, Springfield and The Claremont Colleges Library. She never imagined she would become a health sciences librarian (let alone head of a podiatry library, life is random!). Her favorite things are dogs, making people laugh and traveling to new places.
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.
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.
Rachel Walton is a Digital Archivist, Records Manager, and Librarian at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. In that role she works to acquire, preserve, and provide access to the institution’s digital assets, including but not limited to, digitized materials related to the history of the college, the published and unpublished work of its faculty and students, and any electronic records that merit long term retention. Rachel also teaches information literacy classes, meets with patrons one-on-one for research consultations, supports courses with archival research components, and co-leads digital humanities projects across campus. Her scholarship centers on website usability, institutional repositories, research data management, and teaching with primary sources.
Rebecka Taves Sheffield is an archivist and archival educator based in Hamilton, Ontario. She has taught in graduate programs at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science and the University of Toronto iSchool. Presently, she is a senior policy advisor for the Archives of Ontario and works on digital recordkeeping strategies. Rebecka previously served as the Executive Director for the ArQuives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives), where she spent the better part of a decade learning as much as possible about Canada’s LGBTQ2+ histories. She has studied sociology, gender studies, publishing, and archives. She completed a PhD in information studies and sexual diversity studies at the University of Toronto.
Rick Stoddart is the library assessment coordinator at the University of Oregon Libraries. 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 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 past-President of the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA).
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.
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.
Robin Fay is a Cataloging/Metadata Librarian and Trainer who has worked with academic, public, community college libraries and multistate consortias on cataloging and metadata projects, among those are the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the University System of Georgia, and SkillsCommon.
Robin is both a practitioner with over 10 years of cataloging and a trainer. She is a frequent guest on WREK’s Lost in the Stacks discussing metadata and semantic web topics. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia; a MLIS from the University of South Carolina; certificates in Project Management (University of Georgia), and a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma (a quality and processes control standard). Her book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Searching for Librarians was published in 2012.
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.
Robin M. Katz is a librarian, archivist, and educator who works to connect people to primary sources in meaningful and innovative ways. She is currently the Primary Source Literacy Librarian at the University of California, Riverside, a position she crafted after serving on the joint task force that authored the new Primary Source Literacy Guidelines. She co-created TeachArchives.org based on a groundbreaking US Department of Education grant she led at Brooklyn Historical Society. She has spent over a decade in special collections public services after receiving her MLIS from Kent State University and her BA from Brandeis University.
Rudy Leon (she/her or they/them) has been a full-time professional indexer and copyeditor since 2016. Her indexing work is focused on scholarly books and she is self-training herself on indexing cookbooks. Before taking up editorial work full-time, Rudy had a long career as an academic librarian (outreach and instruction), including serving as an Associate Dean at the UNC Wilmington Randall Library. Located in Reno, NV, Rudy balances the isolation of freelancing from home with political engagement (and is currently running for political office) and enjoyment of the Sierra Nevadas and Lake Tahoe.
Samantha Peter, MSIS is the Instructional Design Librarian for the University of Wyoming Libraries. Samantha received her Bachelor’s in History from the University of Wyoming and Master’s of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas. Her current research projects are Universal Design for Learning in library instruction, instructional design principles, libraries and centers for teaching and learning, making archives accessible to people with invisible disabilities, and OER initiatives.
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 Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, concentrating in Genealogical Librarianship, from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Starting out as the lead volunteer librarian for the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society, she was a corporate librarian for over a decade. In late 2016 she became the full-time Genealogy and Archives Librarian at the Huntington [Indiana] City-Township Public Library. She also 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.
Sarah Hartman-Caverly is an Assistant Librarian at Penn State Berks and liaison to the Engineering, Business and Computing division. She has eight years of reference and instruction experience at public associate- and baccalaureate-degree granting institutions, preceded by six years of electronic resources and library systems administration in small liberal arts and community college settings. Her research examines the compatibility of human and machine autonomy from the perspective of intellectual freedom, with focuses on privacy, learning analytics, censorship, and information warfare.
Sarah Morris is a librarian and educator with a decade of experience working in libraries, museums, K-12 schools, and higher education environments. Sarah currently works as the Head of Instruction and Engagement at the Emory University Libraries. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Nucleus Learning Network, an educational nonprofit dedicated to providing training and consulting opportunities for educators hoping to grow their skills in STEM and digital literacy education. Through her nonprofit, she is currently partnering with organizations such as the Mozilla Foundation and Global Voices to develop media literacy curriculum and resources. Sarah has a Master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
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.
Saroj Ghoting (she/her/hers) 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.
Shanna Hollich (they/them or she/her) is the Interim Director of Library Services and Collections Management Librarian at Wilson College. They have been doing research, reform, and advocacy work in the field of copyright and open access for several years in addition to their more usual day-to-day work in technical services and administration. They were part of the inaugural class of trained facilitator instructors for the Creative Commons Certificate Courses and have been teaching those courses for both librarians and educators for two years. They also serve as a member of the Steering Committee for Affordable Learning PA, Pennsylvania's statewide open and affordable textbook initiative. They hold an MLIS from Rutgers University and are currently working towards a Masters in Data Analytics from Penn State. You can find them on Twitter @srhlib.
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.
Stephanie Rosen is a librarian scholar who brings insights from disability studies (and its intersections with feminist, queer, and critical race studies) into library administration and digital education. She is Senior Associate Librarian and Accessibility Specialist at the University of Michigan Library and holds a PhD in English from University of Texas at Austin.
Stephanie Roth, MLIS (AHIP) is the Biomedical & Research Services Librarian at Temple University Health Sciences Library in Philadelphia, PA. In her current position, she designed and implemented a team-based systematic review service (Open Access) model that is published as Transforming the Systematic Review Service. She serves as the team lead for the service and is the kinesiology and athletic training liaison librarian. She has mentored librarians with little systematic review experience and has helped members of the team expand their role in systematic review searching. She has over 10 years of experience in systematic reviews and has co-authored numerous systematic reviews as well as designed an MLA CE course, Easy Steps to Building a Systematic Review Service.
Tarida Anantachai is the Lead Librarian for the Learning Commons at the Syracuse University Libraries, where she also serves as liaison to her campus’ international student services center, English language institute, and multicultural affairs office. Tarida received her MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include diversity, equity, and inclusion, early career development and mentoring, and outreach programming. Tarida was an ALA Emerging Leader and is an alumna of the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians.
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.
Teresa Slobuski is the Head Librarian of the Vairo Library at Penn State Brandywine. In this role, she oversees all operations of the library. Slobuski is passionate about access and social justice and actively works to improve both representation and recognition of all in libraries. Slobuski completed her master’s degree in library and information science at Rutgers University. She has conducted 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, library space usage, and educational technology topics, especially the use of games.
Tim Ribaric received his MLIS from The University of Western Ontario in 2006 and his MSC in Computer Science from Brock University in 2017. He has been working at The Brock University Library since 2006 and is presently the Acting Head of the Digital Scholarship Lab and Map Data GIS Library. He has published and presented on many different topics including: labour issues, effectively utilizing technology in the library environment, and cracking cryptographic systems. All of his coding projects can be found on GitHub. His website and blog can be found at https://elibtronic.github.io/
Twanna Hodge (she/her/hers) is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian at the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries. She holds a BA in Humanities from the University of the Virgin Islands and an MLIS from the University of Washington. Her research interests are diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility issues and efforts in the LIS curriculum and workplace, library residencies and fellowships, cultural humility in librarianship, and the retention of minority library staff in librarianship. She is a 2013 Spectrum Scholar and 2018 ALA Emerging Leader.
Zorian M. Sasyk is the Electronic Resource and Discovery Librarian at Metropolitan State University in Saint, Paul, Minnesota. He has worked in library electronic resource management roles for over 6 years, including resource activation, overseeing resource troubleshooting, discovery tool configuration and optimization, and usage statistics collection and analysis. He plays an active in role in the Minnesota State system's library consortium, PALS, advocating for electronic resource coordination and optimization across the system's Alma implementation. In addition, he serves on the ELUNA/IGELU Content Working Group, an international body of electronic resource librarians that advises Ex Libris on content-related issues in their library products. Zorian's professional interests include open access resources in discovery, collection analysis, the sociology of librarianship, and electronic resource management advocacy. He has an M.S. in Library Science from Wayne State University and an M.A. in Sociology from Minnesota State University Mankato.