Loex of the West


Presenter Biographies

Barker, Evelyn
Evelyn Barker is an information literacy librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is responsible for the library’s K12 outreach and teaches library research methods to K-12 and first-year college students. Ms. Barker has given presentations, both singly and with colleagues, about outreach to K12 audiences and using primary sources in the K-12 classroom at numerous conferences including the New Mexico Library Association (2010), the First Year Experience Conference (2010), and the Louisiana Library Association (2009), the Texas Council of Social Studies (2009), and the Texas State Historical Association (2007).. She, along with colleague Lea Worcester, also published a series of lesson plans for use in the classroom called History’s Lessons which were based on primary sources available through the University of Texas at Arlington Library and the National Archives ( http://library.uta.edu/k12/historysLessons/). She previously served as the curator of archives and collections at the Dallas Historical Society.

Ms. Barker has written several articles about both librarianship and local history and her first book, A Texas Journey: The Centennial Photographs of Polly Smith, was published in 2008. She is currently co-authoring a book with Ms. Worcester on the history of Arlington, Texas, to be published in spring 2011.

Ms. Barker is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont and earned her Master’s of Library Science from the University of North Texas.

Barnhart, Anne C.
I am currently the Head of Instructional Services at the University of West Georgia. Previous to this I was the librarian for Latin American & Iberian Studies, Chicana/o Studies and Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I also am an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where my courses are taught online (GSLIS’ LEEP program) with synchronous sessions via Elluminate and asynchronous discussion using Moodle.

My professional interests are fairly varied. I am interested in area studies librarianship, its future in academia, and its role in open access initiatives. I’m also interested in developing creative pedagogic strategies to attract and engage students. I believe students come to college woefully under-prepared and colleges are having difficulty recognizing that today’s students might be “tech-savvy” when it comes to Facebook and X-Box but that doesn’t mean they are research-savvy. I also struggle with the assumption that since graduate students have made it this far, they must know what they are doing; I am concerned that we often neglect their needs because we are ignorant of them. I am also frustrated by the products of No Child Left Behind and the conflict in academia between making the best pedagogic decisions and turning a profit.

When I’m not ranting about the above (or trying to be part of the solution), I spend time riding my bike on the country roads of Georgia, jogging, playing music, reading, and giving my dog belly-rubs.

Betz, Sonya
Sonya Betz has been a Reference Librarian at MacEwan University since July 2006. Sonya is the liaison to the departments of English, Languages Other than English, and Information Management and Library Technology, and carries out the usual instruction, reference, and collections work in those areas. She also acts as web coordinator for Reference and Research services, and takes the lead on a variety of emerging technologies projects. Before joining the MacEwan team, Sonya spent a year at the University of Alberta in the Academic Library Internship program.

Bordonaro, Karen
Karen works at the James A. Gibson Library at Brock University as the Instruction Coordinator and Liaison Librarian for Applied Linguistics and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Her position involves the coordination of general library instruction workshops as well as instruction, collection development and in-depth assistance in the areas of TESL (Teaching English as a Subsequent Language), speech language pathology, French, Spanish, Italian, intercultural studies and comparative literature. She also works with international students in both the Intensive English Language Program and in the international M.Ed. programs.

In addition to her full time library job, Karen has also worked at Brock part time in various capacities: as the Academic Writing Mentor for Applied Linguistics, as an Instructor for Applied Linguistics, as an Instructor for the Intensive English Language Program, and as the Language Support Specialist for the Faculty of Education.

Before working at Brock, Karen worked in reference services and instruction at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Karen has a B.A. in German and Spanish, an M.A. in German, an M.L.S., an Ed.M. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and a Ph.D. in Second Language Education. Karen has classroom experience teaching both German and English to non-native speakers at the university level. Her research interests include studying the intersection of second language learning and library learning. Karen lives in Western New York and works in Ontario.

Bosch, Eileen K.
Eileen K. Bosch is the Education, Kinesiology, and Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literature Librarian at California State University, Long Beach. She received her MLIS degree from Kent State University in 2006. In addition, she holds a second Master’s degree in Education from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. As a CSULB Librarian, she has been offering library instructions in Spanish and Portuguese. Ms. Bosch also developed and implemented a library orientation program for international students at CSULB. Her research interests include information literacy, diversity in academic libraries, mentoring, international students, and academic library services to minorities, especially to bilingual users. Ms. Bosch has presented on all topics at various local, national and international conferences.

Brydges, Barbara
Barbara Brydges is the Director of the Doucette Library of Teaching Resources at the University of Calgary, a library that serves students preparing to become teachers. She’s interested in familiarizing teacher-preparation students with the rich resources available for use in the classroom, and in ensuring that they possess good information literacy skills. She’s also concerned about the future of both school libraries and teacher librarians, believing that they play a vital role in supporting the work of teachers and their students. Barbara was recently appointed a member of the new provincial School Library Initiative Implementation Supports Committee. Her other area of research interest is the history of libraries.

Clark, Diane
Diane Clark graduated from the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta in 1997 and will complete her Master of Education, Policy Studies (Adult Education) August 2010. Diane is interested in teaching and learning of adults in the workplace or in educational institutions, using web-based, in-person, or blended environments. She is committed to becoming a better instructional facilitator and seeks out strategies to engage learners and build skills. She has been an instruction librarian, instructional designer and currently is the Staff Development and Training Librarian at the University of Alberta. Research interests are continuing education certification pilot, mobile learning, developing services and support for international students and how social networks address issues of power dynamics in the classroom.

Clyde, Jerremie
Jerremie Clyde is the Librarian responsible for the digital game collection and the subject areas of History and Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary. In the past has been the director of a college library and before that worked for a library consortia licensing digital resources for libraries at a provincial as well as national level. His current research includes both the digital humanities and digital game based learning and combines his interests in the philosophy of history, academic research and digital gaming (something he has engaged in with regularity since he got an Intellivision over twenty years ago). Jerremie is also a local organic grower and in the summer can be found tending the bees and vegetables of the Urban Sunflower market garden.

Coleman, Tara
Tara Coleman is a science librarian at K-State Libraries in Manhattan, KS. She is the liaison to the departments of Kinesiology, Human Nutrition, and Statistics and is responsible for library instruction, reference, collection development, and information literacy initiatives. Tara also co-coordinates instruction and outreach initiatives for the K-12 community, and contributes to the Libraries’ blogs. Her research interests include information literacy in Science & Engineering/Technology and online outreach. Tara received her Masters of Library & Information Science from the University of Oklahoma in 2004.

Dakshinamurti, Ganga
Dr. Ganga B. Dakshinamurti is the Reference and Instructional Services Librarian at the Albert D. Cohen Management Library, the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Prior to this, Ganga has taught for 8 years in the Province’s library technician program and was the Coordinator of technical services operations in the University of Manitoba for 8 years before switching to public services and teaching information literacy at the Management Library. She holds an M.A. from India, M. L. S. from the City University of New York, and teaching certificates as well as Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba. Ganga is a Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and served as the Finance Committee Chair on the Steering Committee for the First Joint Conference of Librarians of Color held in 2006. She has been a long-standing and actively participating member of MLA, CLA, ALA, and IFLA. Ganga is also very active in the cultural scene in Manitoba, and serves as the Coordinator of an Indian dance company, Manohar Performing Arts of Canada.

Davidson, Sara
Sara has a background in education and started in the librarian profession almost five years ago at a new academic library. She has enjoyed the varied responsibilities, projects, and opportunities which have been part of a new library environment. In her current role as Head of User Communication and Instruction at UC Merced Library, she oversees many of the outward facing services provided by the library. She is interested in assessment, use of technology in teaching, project management, and improving the findability of resources. Overall, her goal is to offer users services, tools, and skills which will assist them in finding, using, and creating information. Sara is a Canadian transplant currently living in California’s Central Valley. She enjoys her proximity to the Sierra Foothills and Yosemite National Park.

Dekker, Harrison
Harrison Dekker currently Heads the Library Data Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Berkeley, he held various librarian and programmer positions in both the private sector and government. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from San Jose State University.

D’Elia, M. J.
M.J. D’Elia is a Learning and Curriculum Support Librarian at the University of Guelph. In this role he provides information literacy instruction and develops learning resources to support faculty and students. M.J. is also the full-time instructor for the Information Management course in the Marketing & Consumer Studies department. This course focuses on the intersection of information, technology and business and is a required course for most students in the Bachelor of Commerce program.

Recently, M.J. has taken an interest in creative problem solving; in particular, he is interested in how individuals can learn to be more innovative. To test these ideas he collaborated with Robin Bergart and designed a ten-week social experiment called Innovation Boot Camp. The program was very well received. Now the challenge is to implement creative problem-solving principles more widely across the organization.

De Castro, Daniel
Daniel De Castro is a 2010 graduate of the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies. In addition to concluding his project contract at the University of Alberta Libraries he also works at the Alberta Legislature Library as a member of the special projects research team. He is a former President of the Library and Information Studies Student Association at the U of A.

DeFebbo, Dana
Dana DeFebbo is currently the Systems Librarian at the Daniel Library at the Military College of South Carolina, also know as The Citadel located in Charleston, SC.
Prior to her systems role she was a reference and instruction librarian for 3 years. She recieved her MSIS from the State Univeristy of New York at Albany in 2005. In addition to supervising library computing, she is also the liason to the Business School and teaches a First Year Experience course every fall as well as summer reading class for the College Success Institue at The Citadel. Her professional interests include web/library 2.0 (and beyond), information literacy, social networks and mobile use of library services. Dana is originally from Western New York and has lived in Charleston for 5 years. When her face isn’t buried in her iPhone she may be seen having fun with her 2 year old Staffie mix named Pan, playing softball, swimming, knitting/crocheting, or geeking it up with some WoW.

Donahue, Tim
Tim is a former English teacher, graphic designer, flash animator, and Naval Cryptolinguist. Now, Tim is Instruction Librarian at Montana State University. The most important piece of the job Tim is tasked with at MSU is to think about the challenges students face when conducting library research and to develop and implement the technologies, services, and models of instruction by which that research can be most facilitated. When he’s not in the library, Tim enjoys playing jazz trumpet and hiking the Rockies with his wife Leslie and daughter Terra.

Dubicki, Eleonora
Eleonora Dubicki is a reference and instruction librarian at Monmouth University in New Jersey. She received her BA from Douglass College and MLS from Rutgers University, both in New Jersey. She began her library career as an academic librarian, and then after completing an MBA at Rutgers entered the corporate field, first as a librarian, then as a market analyst for a telecommunications firm. Eight years ago she returned to academia and is enthusiastic in her current role of building the information literacy skills of college students on their path to becoming life-long learners. Eleonora is constantly looking at new methods for incorporating active learning techniques into her instruction and identifying new tools to improve student research. Her talk today focuses on the use of customized research LibGuides to extend the reach of instruction sessions for sustained use of library and Internet sources covered during the session, as well as continued library support as students complete their research assignments.

Duong, Khue
At California State University, Long Beach, Khue Duong is a new Science Librarian, responsible for chemistry, environmental sciences, physics & astronomy and geology. Khue completed his MLIS education and training from the University of Washington in 2009. He also did graduate work in linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Like Calgary’s mountain climate, Khue’s interests vary but they all relate to people, natural languages and technology. He also enjoys working with international students and exploring different educational and instructional systems.

Fawley, Nancy
Nancy Fawley is the Head of User Services at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, a branch campus of the Richmond, VA (USA) school located in the Middle East. Her focus is on developing user services and information literacy instruction for students who speak English as a Foreign Language (EFL) with little to no prior experience using a library. Her research interests are information literacy and outreach for international students and the academic benefits of reading for pleasure.

Fulkerson, Diane
Diane Fulkerson is an Instruction Librarian at the University of West Georgia. In 2008 she completed the ACRL Teacher Track Immersion Program. In addition to providing instruction sessions for her liaison departments she also works with the University of West Georgia’s First Year Experience program and created an instruction session designed to meet the needs of freshman students. This past academic year she began using WIMBA Classroom for instruction sessions for the Media and Instructional Technology program at the University of West Georgia. This program is taught completely online and using WIMBA Classroom provided the students with the opportunity to participate in an instruction session on library resources. It is a method of instruction the department hopes to expand to other distance education classes in the fall.

Gale, Richard
In January of 2010, Dr. Richard A. Gale joined the faculty of Mount Royal University as Founding Director of the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Richard comes to MRU after several years as a Visiting Scholar at Douglas College (New Westminster BC), Royal Roads University (Victoria BC) and Mount Roy College (Calgary AB). From 2002-2007 he served as Senior Scholar for The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Stanford CA) where he directed the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Higher Education Program. Richard has published and spoken widely on aesthetic literacy, integrative learning, and of course scholarship of teaching and learning. He has taught courses in theatre history and theories of drama, freshman composition and graduate-level playwriting, critical pedagogy and interdisciplinary arts. His degrees are in theatre history (PhD from the University of Minnesota), playwriting (MFA from the University of California San Diego), drama (MA from San Jose State University), and liberal studies (BA from San Jose State University).

Goebel, Nancy
Nancy Goebel is Head Librarian of the Augustana Campus Library of the University of Alberta (Canada). Nancy’s strong interest in Information Literacy has lead her to spearhead: nine annual “Information Literacy in Academic Libraries” workshops featuring high-profile international speakers; the creation of Information Literacy awards for students and faculty; the production of the DVD It Changed the Way I Do Research Period: Augustana Talks Information Literacy; credit-bearing discipline-specific Information Literacy courses and the open source Information Literacy assessment software WASSAIL. Nancy is an Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Consultant leading the creation of psychology-specific Information Literacy Standards. Nancy was the winner of the 2009 Excellence in Learning Support Award at the University of Alberta and the winner of the 2010 ARCL Instruction Section Innovation Award.

Hansen, Erin
Erin Hansen is a Senior Education Specialist and head of the Research & Learning Commons, the Calgary Board of Education’s professional library. She is also head of evaluation and selection of library resources for the CBE. Erin is currently working with CBE schools on a project that focuses on the transition from library to learning commons within a k-12 school setting. She has been a classroom science and English Language Arts teacher, as well as a school-based teacher-librarian. The focus of Erin’s graduate work was on libraries, information literacy, and technology in an Adult Education environment – teaching teachers about these vital skills. She is passionate about school libraries, the effective integration of technology, and has great interest in connecting the skills of information seeking and ethical use of information in the K-12 setting to the skills required in post secondary education and beyond.

Hanson, Margot
Margot Hanson has been Web Services Librarian at Golden Gate University Library since September 2009. Prior to that she was a reference and instruction librarian at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu for two years, with a view of Pearl Harbor. She graduated with an MLIS from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007, and a BA in English from UC Berkeley in 2003. (THIS is what you can do with a BA in English, Avenue Q!) She in interested in web usability and accessibility, mobile technologies and their applications to library services, and keeps getting involved in information literacy assessment projects. At Golden Gate University, she is currently the liaison to the departments of Accounting, Information Technology Management, Finance, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Economics, and she’s realized that business reference is in fact quite fun!

Harris, Benjamin R.
Benjamin R. Harris is an Associate Professor and Instruction/Liaison Librarian at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the liaison for several departments, including Art/Art History, Classical Studies, Speech and Drama, Education, German, and French. He has published, spoken, and taught on topics related to visual information literacy for the last six years and recently completed teaching a full-semester course on visuality across disciplines. In addition, a portion of his research has centered on the ACRL’s information literacy standards, with a specific focus on the ways that values—often constructed and transmitted by communities and through community membership— relate to information literacy development, instruction, and practice.

Hayden, K. Alix
K. Alix Hayden, PhD, is currently the Liaison Librarian for Nursing and Education at U of C. She received her MLIS and MSc from U of A, and completed her PhD in 2003 from U of C. Her doctoral work, supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, investigated undergraduate students’ lived experience of information seeking. In 2008, she took a six-month sabbatical to investigate potential collaboration between K-12 and academic librarians; the resulting study forms the foundation of this presentation.

Hazelbaker, Chadron, PhD, CSCS, ATC
Dr Hazelbaker received his Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Idaho State University and his doctoral degree in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. Chadron is a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. After spending 8 years in various positions in physical rehabilitation clinics, the began teaching at Eastern Washington University in Cheney WA. Here, he serves on the Health and Fitness faculty, and serves as the director of the school’s Sports Management graduate program. His research interests include spirituality in sport, servant leadership, and sport sociology.

Henrich, Kristin J.
Kristin J. Henrich is a reference & instruction librarian at the University of Idaho, and is also the subject liaison to the College of Art & Architecture. Henrich received her master’s degree in library science from Indiana University in 2008, and her research interests include online library instruction and the integration of technology with instruction methods.

Hering, Karen

Karen Hering has over 13 years experience teaching information literacy in various academic library settings, 6 years of which were spent as Coordinator of Library Instruction at MacEwan University. During her time as Coordinator, she worked with the Library Instruction Advisory Committee to develop an integrated, scaffolded information literacy program using Searchpath, an online tutorial from WMU as a core component and did the first customization of Searchpath for MacEwan students in spring 2004.  She also initiated numerous projects including Instruction Roundtables, Research Consultations, a teaching improvement program, the adaptation of psychology and plagiarism tutorials, and designed 2 dedicated library instruction labs. Karen is currently working on a new psych tutorial and an institutional repository project while continuing to work with the Psychology, Biology, Physical Education and other science programs.

Hicks, Alison
I am the Romance Language Librarian at the University of Colorado, Boulder and form part of the Research and Instruction department. Previously I worked as Public Services Librarian at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC.

I have an MA from the University of St Andrews, UK and an MSIS from the University of Texas. Growing up in Britain, I am fluent in French and Spanish and have lived in Europe, South and North America. I am active in SALALM (Seminar for the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials) and I research technology and foreign language librarianship.

Specific current research interests include languages across the curriculum (integration of language learning and information literacy) as well as the assessment of technology, in particular subject guides, screen-casting and instructional technology.

I love to ski, hike and camp in the mountains of Colorado and am planning my first 14er for July 2010.

Hight, Maryann
Maryann Hight wandered into librarianship after a trying her hand at elementary school teaching and social services. Her academic library experience ranges from large public research library systems to small private academic libraries , encountering along the way students from all parts of the globe. Currently she is a reference and instruction librarian at California State University Stanislaus, in Turlock, California.

Hoyer, Jen
Jen Hoyer has an MLIS from McGill University and has worn many different librarian hats. She has worked for the English Montreal School Board and Montreal’s Atwater Library and Computer Centre, and has been Resource Coordinator at the Edmonton Social Planning Council since the fall of 2009. Working as a special librarian within the nonprofit sector taps into several of her interests including the challenges of solo librarianship, the opportunities for collaboration between special libraries, and a mandate to constantly think outside the box. Jen is interested in alternative models for information access within the nonprofit sector as well as new strategies for spreading information best practices in this environment. She is also a big advocate of volunteer involvement in libraries: Jen wrote a volunteer training manual for a public library that runs on the strength of 130 volunteers and has worked to create new opportunities for volunteers to give their time and skills via remote volunteer projects. In her spare time she is a performing musician and freelance arts reporter.

Jackson, Andy
Andy Jackson is Learning & Teaching Librarian at the University of Dundee in Scotland, although he is originally from Manchester in the north of England. He studied for a degree in Information Science at Manchester Metropolitan University and subsequently studied for a qualification in Computer Science. In 2007 he completed a post-graduate certificate in teaching through Dundee University. In addition to co-ordinating learning and teaching activities through the Library & Learning Centre at Dundee, Andy is also the Medical Librarian at a large teaching hospital in the city of Dundee.

Andy has presented papers at several UK conferences, including LILAC, the UK-based international information literacy conference. His interests are in information skills for employability and professionalism, and also in innovative and creative teaching practices, with particular focus on student engagement. This is Andy’s first LOTW!

Kearns, Sara
Sara K. Kearns is the Head of Undergraduate and Community Services at Kansas State University Libraries. Prior to this she was Instruction Coordinator for five years and prior to that, Business Librarian, both also at K-State Libraries. Sara has also done time as a law librarian and in a second-hand bookstore.

She earned her MLS from Catholic University of America and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Student Services in Higher Education at K-State. She wants to discover how students acquire the information and communication technology skills expected of them when they enter a university.

Keiller, Karen
Karen Keiller is the librarian formerly known as Karen Hunt. At the moment she is the Head of Libraries Electronic Technologies at the University of Manitoba Libraries. She chaired the Resource Discovery Task Force that picked the Summon Discovery Layer, and she also chaired the implementation team. She has recently accepted the position of Director of Information Systems and Services at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. She starts her new position on August 1, 2010. She has held positions at the University of Winnipeg of Acting University Librarian and Information Literacy Coordinator, and Access Services and Collection Development Coordinator at Red River College. Other projects of interest at the University of Manitoba include the “Smartphones for Everyone” pilot project, and the implementation of Subject Hubs using the Drupal Content Management framework (draft available at guides.lib.umanitoba.ca). You can follow Karen at twitter.com/karenkeiller and her occasional blog posting at countyourblessings.wordpress.com/

Karen is chairing the Access 2010 conference (the preeminent library technology conference in Canada, if not the world!), October 13 – 16, 2010 (access2010.lib.umanitoba.ca).

Kingsley-Wilson, Barbara
Barbara Kingsley-Wilson is a full-time lecturer at Cal State Long Beach, where she teaches journalism classes and advises the Daily 49er newspaper and website. Before that, she was a journalist for 20 years, covering courts, crime, education and sports for the Orange County Register, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Rochester (N.Y) Times-Union. She also wrote sports for USA Today and worked as an intern with the Associated Press in Tel Aviv, Israel. She graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s in journalism and later earned her masters and taught news writing as a fellow in the Kiplinger Mid-career Reporting Program at Ohio State University. She spent the summer of 1995 in Amman, Jordan, interviewing women and government officials as part of a grant to study women and sports. She worked 10 years at the Register and taught journalism classes at USC before coming to CSULB in fall 2004. She has won awards from the Associated Press, Orange County Press Club and contributed stories to the Register’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of a fertility scandal. She continues to write for online news sites.

Klentzin, Jacqueline Courtney
Jacqueline Courtney Klentzin (formerly Jacqueline Corinth) has a Master’s of Science Degree in Library and Information Science from Long Island University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University. She has worked in a variety of public, academic and special libraries in New York and Pennsylvania and is currently an Associate Professor of Learning Resources and Public Services Librarian at Robert Morris University (RMU) in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Area. There she teaches library instruction classes, assists individuals with research questions, and is responsible for the library’s outreach activities. Additionally, she serves as a co-chair on both the Institutional Review Board and a Middle States Accreditation Subcommittee; an elected faculty liaison on the RMU Faculty Federation (Local 3412) Executive Council; and an active member on the Academic Integrity Board and the University Honors Committee.

Jackie’s research interests include children’s literature, history of education/libraries, information literacy, and qualitative research methodologies. She has published her original research in Academic Exchange Quarterly, the International Journal of the Book, Professional Studies Quarterly, and Reference Services Review as well as a book chapter titled “Food Symbolism in Three Children’s Literature Texts: Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels” in You Are What You Eat: Literary Probes into the Palate, edited by Annette M. Magid. Jackie has also presented at numerous conferences including, but not limited to, the Academic Library Association of Ohio, the Center for Academic Integrity, Educause, Loex of the West, the Northeast Modern Language Association and the Pennsylvania Library Association. Her dissertation is titled “Outlier Ohio: A Phenomenological Case Study of Ohio Public Libraries.”

Knight, Lorrie
Lorrie Knight is a reference/instruction librarian at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Lorrie has worked at Pacific for fourteen years, following earlier positions at Connecticut College and Louisiana State University. Her research interests include information literacy, assessment, and international students.

Lang, Brenda
Brenda Lang is an instructor at Mount Royal University, where she has taught in the Bissett School of Business since 2002. Brenda currently teaches Business Communication and Management Principles and Practices in the Business School, as well as Globalization in the General Education Department. Brenda is also engaged in a research project with a Bissett colleague, exploring digital literacy of business school students. She earned her Bachelor of General Studies and her Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Calgary. Brenda has twenty years of business experience in corporate and investment banking and in the oil and gas industry. As well, Brenda has consulted to a broad variety of organizations in Calgary.

MacIsaac, Peggy Lynn
Peggy Lynn MacIsaac received her MLIS degree from U.B.C. after graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts honors in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies.  She has presented at conferences nationally and internationally on various research topics.  Currently, she provides reference services across all the disciplines taught at Athabasca University, as well as, working with faculty on course development and information literacy initiatives.

MacMillan, Don
Don MacMillan (BSc. MLS) is the Liaison Librarian for Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary Library. He provides program-integrated information literacy instruction and advanced reference and training and carries out research on student learning, information literacy and the incorporation of tools and technology in information literacy instruction.

MacMillan, Margy
Margy MacMillan received her BA in Medieval French and Old Icelandic literatures in 1984. Taking this intensely practical focus to the next level, she received her Master’s degree in Library Service from Dalhousie University in 1986. She has worked for the University of Calgary, the Tsuu Tina Nation and, for the last 20 years, Mount Royal College/University. Her principal focus is integrating ILI into academic programs to help students explore and understand their information environments, using a vitamin model of instruction (regular doses, best integrated within the content of students’ academic diet), rather than the vaccination approach (one massive shot of IL to prevent information illiteracy for life). For the last 10 years she has been working principally with the Faculty of Communication Studies. She has way too much fun at her job and finds it difficult to write about herself in the third person.

Mardis, Lori
Lori Mardis is an Assistant Professor/Information Librarian at B.D. Owens Library, Northwest Missouri State University, where she has worked since 2001. She holds an MS in Information and Library Science and teaches general education and upper level undergraduate library instruction, provides reference and collection development services, teaches educational computing and technology courses, and develops Web resources. She has supervised the creation of over 30 learning objects and web-based tutorials that are used in a variety of course applications. In addition, she serves as the library teaching assistant in multiple online and web-supported course sites. She has given national and regional presentations and workshops on Open URL resolvers, gaming strategies to foster eLearning, learning objects, development of online tutorials, Generation X learning styles within web-based instruction, internet plagiarism, and redesigning the reference desk.

Medaille, Ann
Ann Medaille is a reference librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she serves as the subject specialist for philosophy, art, theatre, and communication. She holds an M.S. in library science from the University of North Texas and an M.A. in theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has recently published articles in the Journal of Documentation, Reference Services Review, and the Journal of Library Innovation. Her research interests include library pedagogy, creativity, and visual and media literacies.

Mikkelsen, Susan
Susan is a Resource Access and Instruction Librarian at UC Merced. Along with reference and instruction, her responsibilities include managing the library website and serving as the library’s Scholarly Communications Officer. See Susan’s full profile.

Miller, Ielleen
Ielleen Miller is the Coordinator of Instruction at Eastern Washington University Libraries. She is the liaison to English, Modern Languages, Electronic Media, Film and Theatre. Prior to coming to Eastern, she was the Government Documents Coordinator at University of Illinois at Springfield, and Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian at Delta State University. She earned her MLS from Rutgers University.

Misfeldt, Rian
Rian Misfeldt is a 12-year veteran of college librarianship at SIAST (Wascana Campus) in Regina, Saskatchewan. There, he oversees the Instruction & Information Literacy portfolio on behalf of SIAST’s Librarians’ Council. In recent years, he has concentrated his efforts on working closely with his home institution to integrate information literacy outcomes into as many SIAST Programs as possible, especially trades professionals. Among many interests, Rian is currently on his way to becoming a Certified Personal Trainer with a specialization in plyometrics / sports conditioning. During his downtime, you can find him out at his land, outside Regina, dirtbiking or snowmobiling – and with the Saskatchewan climate those activities can actually overlap!

Missner, Emily
Emily Missner is the librarian for business and economics at Drexel University in Philadelphia where she reaches out to 2500 business students – undergraduates, MBAs, and PhD level students. Along with instruction, she’s also responsible for all collection development and reference responsibilities for business and economics. She’s always interested in ways in which to capture students’ attention in library instruction and through new media and technology, reaching out to distance learners, and generally batting around creative ideas. Before becoming a librarian, Emily had a short, yet eye-opening, career in advertising, which colors the way she views library instruction and information literacy.

Mitchell, Eleanor
Eleanor Mitchell became Director of Library Services at Dickinson College in August, 2005. Prior to that, she was Head of the Undergraduate Library at UCLA since 1995, and Director of the Information Literacy Initiative there from its founding in 2001 through 2004. She served on the editorial board of Reference Services Review since 1998, becoming co-editor in 2005. In past positions she has worked in libraries at Arizona State University, at Westchester Community College, and at Newsweek Magazine. Eleanor writes, speaks, and thinks about information literacy and undergraduate library issues frequently.

Mizrachi, Diane
Diane is a reference and instruction librarian and the coordinator for information literacy instruction at UCLA’s College Library. She is also a doctoral candidate in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies under the supervision of Professor Marcia Bates. Her dissertation research looks at the academic information ecologies that undergraduates create in their dorm rooms and beyond.

Diane received her MLIS from Bar Ilan University where she conducted the first study of library anxiety in Israel. She has published articles on information literacy, library anxiety, wearable computers, digital reference, and collaborating with students to create library instructional videos. Previous presentations at LOEX and LOEX of the West centered on College Library projects with the UCLA Sociology department, outreach to student athletes, and LITE Bites, our instructional videos.

Monge, Robert
Robert Monge is the Instruction and Outreach librarian at Western Oregon University. He works closely with the teaching faculty to develop live classroom Information Literacy sessions as well as design customized web based instructions for a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. His current projects include adding accessibility to web based instruction and designing Information Literacy instruction based on the social and contextual way students navigate the digital world.

Monteith, Janet
Janet Monteith is a Librarian at Mount Royal University Library. She will be returning to full-time information literacy instruction from her current roles as Coordinator of Technical Services and Chair of the Library. Janet started her library career at the central branch of a large urban public library system where she served all members of the public and where she became committed to empowering individuals in their information acquisition.

Mora, Juana
Prof. Juana Mora teaches in the Chicana/o Studies department in Rio Hondo College and is a doctoral candidate at the Claremont Graduate University. She has presented research papers at recent conferences of the American Political Science Association and the Western Political Science Association.

Morgan, Nigel
Nigel is a Subject Librarian / Information Literacy Consultant at the Science Library, Cardiff University, Wales. He delivers IL instruction to Biosciences and Medical undergraduates and is also involved in the provision of training for the University’s graduate programs. He is a member of the University’s Information Literacy Group and serves on many of its sub-groups working on various IL projects, the latest being a series of IL instruction movies. He works on the national organizing committee for the United Kingdom’s Librarians Information Literacy Conference (LILAC) in the roles of international contact and sponsorship team member. He was named Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year at the 2008 LILAC conference. Nigel has spoken at events across the UK and also in Ireland, Finland and the United States including LOTW 2008. Nigel is also a part-time student – he is currently completing a Masters degree in Music.

Naslund, Jo-Anne
Jo-Anne Naslund currently works as an Education Librarian in the Education Library at the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a teacher and teacher-librarian in schools in Alberta, British Columbia and Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests focus on information literacy, teacher education, school libraries together with Canadian children’s literature and adolescent reading interests. She has authored library publications and taught library courses in teacher-librarianship at the Universities of Melbourne, Alberta and British Columbia. Her educational background is a BA, BEd, MEd. And MLIS.

Nelson, Jody
Jody Nelson is a reference librarian at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the subject liaison librarian for the Legal Assistant Program, and is responsible for library instruction, collection development and reference services. Prior to coming to MacEwan, Jody worked as a research librarian at the Alberta Legislature Library. She received her MLIS from the University of Alberta in 2008, and holds an MA in English Literature from Carleton University.

Oldham, Randy
Randy Oldham is the Web Development Librarian at the University of Guelph. Randy manages the web development team, and sits on the user experience team, which is dedicated to ensuring user-friendly experiences to both physical and electronic spaces within the library. Randy has always had a keen interest in user experience, usage statistics, user behaviours and student use of technology for learning. Randy has worked on, and administered, two surveys dealing with user experience, behaviour and use of technology to all students at the University of Guelph. Randy is a new librarian (oct of last year), but has worked in the library in system support for over 4 years. Randy has a bank account-crippling interest in new technology, and how technology can impact learning. Randy was a ‘recruit’ for Innovation Boot Camp at the University of Guelph and found the experience to be amazing. For Randy, Innovation Boot Camp was a life-changing program that really forces recruits to re-examine how they solve problems and provides tools to inject fun and creativity in everyday work tasks.

Oleen, Jenny
Jenny Oleen is a science librarian at K-State Libraries in Manhattan, KS. She serves as liaison to the Division of Biology and the Agronomy and Geology Departments, and is responsible for instruction, reference, and collection development. She is also a member of the Targeted Excellence Grant Project for the Biodiversity Information System, a coordinating team member for the AgNIC Beef Cattle website, as well as serving as the library’s liaison to the Western Rangeland Partnership. Jenny’s research interests include scholarly communication and information literacy in the sciences. She received her Masters in Library Science from Indiana University in 2006.

Orblych, Teague
Teague Orblych received his MLIS from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1999. He briefly worked at the University of Detroit Mercy before joining the University of Michigan – Dearborn where he has been since 2001. His major responsibility is coordinating the Research Education Program, which administers approximately 40-45 instruction sessions per term. Most of the instruction sessions are one shot introductory sessions but some also involve multiple sessions with a high level of collaboration with faculty like the project presented here at LOTW 2010. Teague enjoys the collaborative efforts most because he believes that the faculty are greatly in tune with what the students want and they can share that with the librarians so as to better serve the students. He has been to several LOEX conferences learning a lot from colleagues. This will be his first LOTW and is looking forward to the experience and is honored to be a presenter. Teague’s research interests are instruction, pre-instruction assessment, post-instruction assessment, engagement, active learning, and faculty-librarian collaboration.

Park, Sarah
Sarah Park is a Web/Reference Librarian at B.D. Owens Library, Northwest Missouri State University, where she has worked since 2002. She coordinates web development among librarians and oversees presences of library web site. She teaches library instruction in General Education courses as well as upper level courses and provides reference services. She received her MS in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002.

Peele, Tom
Tom Peele is the Associate Director of First-Year Writing at Boise State University. Since 2005, he has collaborated with librarians to improve research instruction in first-year writing classes. He is particularly interested in digital delivery of course content and in exploring ways to provide quality research instruction to first-year students.

Perruso Brown, Carol
Carol Perruso Brown is the librarian for the Sociology, Social Work and Journalism departments at California State University Long Beach. She had former careers as a journalist and an electronic publisher. She holds master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of Maryland and in Library Science from UCLA. Her primary research interest is information-seeking behavior. She can be reached at cperruso@csulb.edu

Petr, Julie
Julie Petr is Assistant Librarian at the University of Kansas, with liaison responsibilities to the William Allen White School of Journalism and the Department of Communication Studies. Her areas of professional interest include information literacy services to at-risk students, including transfer and first-generation students. She has participated in a summer bridge program, providing information literacy instruction to incoming student-athletes. Ms. Petr is currently involved in a research project to determine the research competencies of first-year graduate students in select social sciences.

Polfer, Lisa
Lisa Polfer is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Soka University in Aliso Viejo California. Lisa is the Social Sciences and Literature subject specialist at the Ikeda Library. In addition to her instructional library classes she is the main outreach person to student services and the guest lecture program. She enjoys bringing the outside world into the library by making multimedia displays to highlight campus happenings, historical anniversaries and literary campaigns.

Pow, Virginia
Virginia Pow is currently the Instruction Librarian at the Rutherford Social Science and Humanities Library at the University of Alberta. She provides reference and instruction services as the liaison librarian to the Women’s Studies, Middle Eastern and African Studies and co-ordinates the English instruction program. She holds a BA in Geography (UNBC) and a MLIS (Dalhousie).

Prorak, Diane
Diane Prorak is a Reference and Instruction librarian at the University of Idaho Library in Moscow ID. She is also the UI Library’s instruction program coordinator and liaison to the UI College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her MLIS is from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Her research interests include library instruction assessment, methods for engaging students, and using technology to make information literacy instruction more accessible, convenient and effective.

Seely, Sara
Sara Seely is a reference librarian and currently serves as Instruction & Outreach Coordinator at Boise State University, Albertsons Library. Her professional interests include information literacy pedagogy, assessment of student learning, and online teaching.

Sevilla-Marzona, Judy
Judy Sevilla-Marzona is part of the instruction team at the Rio Hondo College Library in Whittier, California. Apart from teaching a 3-unit information competency course, one-shot instruction, and library research workshops, she is liaison librarian to the Social Science, Humanities, Philosophy, Physical Education, and Health Sciences divisions. She has just completed the first semester of collaboration with Rio’s Writing Center wherein she provided roving assistance on MLA/ASA/APA citation formats in the Writing Center and taught citations workshops specifically to Writing students.

Ever on the lookout for ways of providing instruction to students who normally do not use library services and resources, she and Prof. Juana Mora of the Chicano Studies program worked together to embed research skills in a section of Chicano Studies 101 during the Fall 2009 semester.

Sinotte, Michelle
Michelle works as a Librarian at Mount Royal University where she serves as the liaison for a variety of departments from Earth Sciences to Women’s Studies, as well as Coordinating the Information Services department. She has a background in business and fine art and is interested in research related to Librarian as a career choice.

Smith, Felicia A.
Felicia A. Smith, Associate Librarian, is the University of Notre Dame’s first ever, Outreach Librarian. She is also the Latino Studies librarian. Ms. Smith previously worked as a Certified Criminal Defense Private Investigator in Chicago, Illinois specializing in homicide and narcotics. She carried a 357 Magnum, which fellow librarians think may be useful in this profession.

She was a Librarian-In-Residence at Notre Dame. She worked in Kresge Law Library and taught a Research Skills class for academic credit. She works in Hesburgh Library. Ms. Smith has worked in academic, medical, and public libraries. She earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.L.I.S. from Dominican University.

She was an invited panelist at the IFLA conference in Italy and her first book Cybrarian Extraordinaire will be published in 2010. She has published several scholarly articles including, J.A.W.S; Pirate Teacher and Games for Teaching Information Literacy Skills. She contributed 2 chapters to the Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook.

She wrote the script for and starred in a RefWorks commercial which became a YouTube video called Citation Cop. She was a Spectrum Scholar and one of the first ALA Emerging Leaders. She created a Literacy Outreach Program for inmates at the Juvenile Justice Center detailed in the Access newsletter. She also teaches classes using the virtual world called Second Life, as described in the NDWorks newspaper.

Materials discussed in her presentation is available in her publications which are hyperlinked from her website @ http://www.nd.edu/~fsmith3

Stanfield, Andrea
Andrea Stanfield is an Instruction & Reference Librarian at University of West Georgia who is exploring distance education possibilities for the University’s two remote campus centers.

Storie, Dale
Dale Storie is a recent graduate of the combined MLIS and MA (Humanities Computing) program at the University of Alberta. He is currently Public Services Librarian at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library at the University of Alberta, and liaison to Medicine and the School of Public Health. His general area of interest is in the implementation of new information technologies in library services and instruction.

Sweeney, Jenny
Jenny Sweeney is the Education Specialist for the National Archives at Fort Worth regional facility. She conducts teacher workshops, presents distance learning programs, and assists educators and students in finding archival materials for research purposes and classroom needs. Ms. Sweeney is knowledgeable in the use of primary sources and the resources available at the National Archives. Previously, Ms. Sweeney was the Education and Tour Programs Manager at the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. She has presented at numerous conferences including the Texas Council for the Social Studies (2009), Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies (2009), and the National Council for the Social Studies (2008).

Ms. Sweeney holds a master’s degree in public history with a certificate in archival administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Texas Tech University. While working on her graduate degree, she completed her internship experience at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York as part of the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship for Youth Leadership program.

Thuna, Mindy
Mindy Thuna began working at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library in 2005 as the AstraZeneca Science Liaison librarian. Prior to librarianship, Mindy completed her BSc. in Palaeontology and her MSc. in Vertebrate Morphology. As well, she has worked as an educator in a variety of eclectic locations, including The National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya. Mindy liaises with the disciplines of Astronomy, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, and the Academy of Medicine. Her current research is focused on graduate students and their research needs, examining students in both research-based and professional programs, although she also dabbles in patent literature, clinical trial searching, and whatever else catches her fancy.

Tufts, Emily
Emily Tufts is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia Master of Library and Information Science program. Her history background and classroom teaching experience K-12 in North Vancouver and Vancouver School Districts equipped her well for her work as a graduate teaching assistant in the Education Library at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include social issues, information literacy and Canadian children’s literature.

Ury, Connie
Connie Ury is an Assistant Professor and Library Outreach Coordinator at B.D. Owens Library, Northwest Missouri State University, a medium-sized institution, where she has worked since 1984. She holds a MSEd—Teaching History from Northwest Missouri State University and is responsible for the oversight of the library instruction program at the University. Ury provides point-of-need, course-embedded library instruction for undergraduate and graduate courses in a wide range of disciplines including English, marketing, management, computer science, information systems, history, education, and more. She creates online learning resources for classes and designs library curriculum for general education courses. In the last fifteen years, Connie has delivered more than 80 national, regional, and state presentations on evaluating Web sources, plagiarism prevention, assessing information literacy, the use of learning objects, library instruction curriculum, and the development of library web pages.

Usova, Tatiana
Tatiana Usova is the Head librarian of the Bibliothèque Saint-Jean, French library at the University of Alberta. Tatiana got her Library degree from Simmons College, Boston and her Master of Communication degree from University of Toulouse. Tatiana’s professional experience comprises work at different libraries including The British Council and the Canadian Institute for the Blind. Her professional areas of interest include information literacy, e-learning, facilitative leadership and marketing.

Wilkinson, Glenn
Glenn Wilkinson is an Assistant Professor in History at St. Mary’s University College in Calgary, Alberta focusing on British and European cultural history, film and history, and military history. His book, The Depiction and Images of War in Edwardian Newspaper, 1899-1914, published by Palgrave, combined media studies, cultural studies, and military history. Current research interests include the digital mode of history, with Jerremie Clyde; the utopian vision in Rev. W. Awdry’s Railway Series; and a study of post-war British war films (1945-1960). He was elected Fellow to the Royal Historical Society in 2009 and lives with his activist wife and five children (daughter, son and set of identical triplet girls) in chaotic bliss.

Williams, Andrea L.
Andrea L. Williams recently joined the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University as assistant professor where she co-ordinates and teaches Business Communication. Andrea earned her Ph.D. in English in the area of Rhetoric and Composition from the Ohio State University in 2002. Her dissertation focused on a case study of an employee communications program. She has taught courses in writing, rhetoric, and business and technical communication at the University of Calgary, Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, and the University of Toronto. Andrea has also done communications training and consulting for a variety of organizations. Her research interests include literacy and new media, student teams, and corporate communication about environmental issues and sustainability. As a member of the 2009-2010 of Mount Royal Scholars of Teaching and Learning program, Andrea is studying how students learn about themselves as communicators through team projects.

Willson, Becky
Becky Willson is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta’s School of Library and Information Studies. With an undergraduate degree in psychology, she was hired at Mount Royal University in 2009 and is the psychology librarian. In addition to her interest in information literacy instruction, she has been involved in research in the areas of search behaviour (specifically looking at how university students use online library catalogues), searchers’ self-concept and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Worcester, Lea
Lea Worcester is a public services librarian who teaches archival research methods to upper division students at the University of Texas at Arlington. She formerly taught at the School of Library Science at Texas Woman’s University and served as Electronic Resources Coordinator for Arlington Public Library, Arlington, Texas. Her research focuses upon how people acquire, evaluate, and apply information in and outside of libraries as well as methods to disseminate primary sources to students, researchers, and the public. She has given presentations and workshops about community information needs analysis, podcasting, the benefits of collaboration with other intuitions, and using primary sources in the K12 classroom for the American Library Association, Texas Library Association, Louisiana Library Association, and New Mexico Library Association conferences as well as Society of Southwest Archivists, Texas State Historical Association, and Texas Council of Social Studies conferences. Ms. Worcester has written several articles about her research and is currently co-authoring a book with Ms. Barker on the history of Arlington, Texas that is scheduled to be published in 2011. She publishes Time Frames Online, a video series using photographs, maps, and images in UT Arlington Library’s Special Collections that is available on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/SPCOUTA) and, along with colleague Evelyn Barker, developed a series of lesson plans called History’s Lessons based on primary sources for the K12 community (http://library.uta.edu/k12/historysLessons/).

Ms. Worcester earned a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology at the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Master of Library Science degree at Texas Woman’s University. She is currently enrolled in the University of Texas at Arlington’s Archival Certification program.

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