TDS14: Libraries @ the Center | Speakers


Daniel J. LevitinDaniel J. Levitin PhD, author of the New York Times Bestselling book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (Dutton/Penguin, August 2014), directs the Levitin Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise at McGill University, where he holds the Bell Chair in the Psychology of Electronic Communications.

Throughout his professional life, Dr. Levitin worked as a session musician, commercial recording engineer, live sound engineer, and record producer for countless rock bands and has written extensively, both in refereed scientific journals, and in audio magazines and trade journals such as Grammy, Billboard, Audio, and others. He is the author of the #1 best-seller This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession which was published in nineteen languages and spent more than one year on the New York Times Bestseller list. His second book, The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature hit the bestseller lists in its first week of release.

Hosted by Rebecca T. Miller

Rebecca MillerRebecca T. Miller  is Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal. Her background in libraries dates to 1998 when she joined the book review staff of the Library Journal. In the intervening years, serving as Executive Editor for LJ and subsequently Editor-in-Chief of School Library Journal, she helped launch several new products, including Críticas magazine and Library By Design, as well as driving the evolution of the content strategy of these key brands, shaping original research such as Patron Profiles. She also served for six years on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, two as President. Prior to joining Library Journal, she worked at Utne Reader. She has a BA from DePauw University and an MSLIS from Pratt Institute. Follow her on Twitter @MillerRT


Anil DashAnil Dash is cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp , a new app that helps make sure that all the time we spend online or social networks isn’t wasted. Dash is also cofounder of Activate, the consultancy which helps define strategy for the most important companies in technology and media.

He is recognized as one of the earliest and most influential technologists in social media. Described as a “blogging pioneer” by The New Yorker, he has been publishing his site continuously since 1999, earning recognition as a Webby honoree and acting as a platform for his activism as well as his thoughts on technology, policy, pop culture and media. In 2013, Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and some of its nearly half million followers agree.

Hosted by Kathy Ishizuka

KathyKathy Ishizuka is Executive Editor of School Library Journal. She previously served as Executive Editor, Technology and Digital Projects, expanding SLJ’s presence across many platforms. Ishizuka is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Find her on Twitter at @kishizuka


Track 1: Content, Containers, and Beyond: Creating and managing library collections and services in a digital age

Libraries, Archives and Museums at the Intersection of History and Technology

Emily GoreEmily Gore is the Director of Content for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and provides strategic vision for content and metadata, coordinates content workflows and oversees the DPLA Hubs program. Emily came to the DPLA after working for 12 years in digital library and technology development in academic and state libraries. Most recently, Emily served as the Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily’s work has largely focused on building digital collection collaborations among cultural heritage institutions. Follow here on Twitter @ncschistory.

Bonnie TijerinaBonnie Tijerina is a librarian, entrepreneur and library community convener. She is currently a Data & Society Fellow at the Data & Society Institute in New York City. She is the founder and president of ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries) conference and organization, created to facilitate communication and foster collaboration among information management and e-resources professionals in libraries. Bonnie has worked in academic libraries for over ten years, most recently at Harvard University. She relishes the role of library convener and in 2013 initiated an effort to connect the library community with tech, academia, and business with the #ideadrop Library House, an effort she led during SXSW Interactive. Bonnie is also co-founder of the Leadership, Technology and Gender Summit. Bonnie is working to engage the library community in a broad conversation on the future of libraries and the important role library professionals can play in a modern, digital world.

Follow Bonnie in her role as a Fellow at @data_society Research Institute, Librarian,  or @ERandL

Jon VossJon Voss is the Strategic Partnerships Director at Historypin. Together with global collaborators and the Historypin team, he’s helping to build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide. His innovative work at the intersection of technology and cultural memory is also getting him closer to his childhood dream of perfecting time travel. Follow him on Twitter @jonvoss

The Discovery Diaries: or how 2 consortia with 1 mission are bringing the discovery layer to 2 million Ohio students
Sponsored by EBSCO

Gwen Evans

Gwen Evans has been the Executive Director of OhioLINK since October of 2012.  She previously served as the Director of Special Projects at the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH). She came to OH-TECH from her position as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Information and Emerging Technology at Bowling Green State University.   Evans has 18 years experience working in libraries, including the John Crerar Science Library at the University of Chicago, Mt. Holyoke College Library, and Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. She has presented on library technology and technology administration at ALA, LITA, and Educause,, and has published in  Library Resources and Technical Services, the Charleston Advisor, Public Services Quarterly, and Music Reference Services Quarterly. She received her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2002, and has a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago, during which time she did two years of ethnographic research on the island of Flores, Indonesia.

Theresa M  Fredericka

Theresa M. Fredericka is Executive Director of INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library. She has also served as a library media services consultant for the Kentucky and Ohio Departments of Education, a Coordinator of Learning Resources and Technology for Lakewood City Schools near Cleveland, and as school librarian for both Deer Park Community Elementary Schools and Findlay High School in Ohio. She believes in the power of school libraries to provide traditional and digital literacy tools to all students, regardless of income or region.

A Library in Your Pocket: Connecting students to texts
Sponsored By Overdrive

Jay GreenlingerDr. Jay Greenlinger is the Director of Instructional Technology for the Pleasant Valley School District in Camarillo, CA. Prior to that, he was the Principal of La Mariposa School, an elementary school in Pleasant Valley SD. While Jay oversees the network and infrastructure needs of PVSD, he is also tasked with providing the district with a vision for instructional technology, as well as the plan to put that vision in place.  In order to do this, Jay looks for web-based, device agnostic solutions that provide students and teachers with high quality content. Follow him on Twitter @JayGreenlinger

Shirleen OpulsticShirleen Oplustic specializes in library digital media, technology integration, and writing implementation.  Prior to this, she was a classroom teacher for PVSD and director of religious education for Naval Base, Ventura County. Shirleen is tasked with the purchasing and curation of the district’s digital library as well as teaching students and staff how to use education technology effectively. Her mission is to introduce the full integration of digital media into each classroom.

StatBase: Open source data management for libraries

Alexandria Payne, a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences, is the Digital Services Manager for the Newport News Public Library System (VA). She is head of the Library’s Information Technology group and is primarily responsible for the Library’s web-based products, including the web site, Digital Archive, and the Online Public Access Catalog.

John Curtis, a graduate of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, is the Support Services Manager for the Newport News Public Library System (VA). He is head of the Technical Services department, primarily responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, and processing of the system’s print and digital media

Who’s Afraid of the Internet? Digital Literacy, Corporate Data-Mining, and Government Surveillance

Scott PinkelmanScott Pinkelman works in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia to develop digital literacy programs for the Library’s Hotspots Program, a network of public computer labs. Scott likes to follow current trends in internet technology and open source software.

Follow him on Twitter @scottpinkelman

Implementing New Digital Strategies in Response to a Community Emergency: The Queens Library Post Super-storm Sandy

Kelvin Watson is the VP of Digital Strategy and Services and Strategy at the Queens Library and leads the development and implementation of system-wide library e-services, e-user experience, e-programs and special services. He works across the organization, across the field and across related industries (i.e. publishing) in the pursuit to create a new model of e-content delivery to public library customers. He is also the General Manager of Queens Library Enterprises, and nurtures, develops, and leads business ventures and partnerships for digital and other initiatives

Track 2: Collaboration and Innovation: How libraries are repositioning themselves as the digital nexus for their communities

Bridging the K12-College Information Literacy Gap

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University Long Beach, coordinates the Librarianship program. She earned her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University. Dr. Farmer has worked as a teacher-librarian in K-12 school settings as well as in public, special and academic libraries. Dr. Farmer’s research interests include digital citizenship, information literacy, assessment, collaboration, and educational technology. Her most recent books are Introduction to Reference and Information Services in Today’s School Libraries (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ALA, 2013).

Libraries, Film/Media, Children and Families

Renee Hobbs is an internationally-recognized expert on digital and media literacy education. She is Professor of Communication Studies and the Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island.


Successfully Partnering with Small Organizations to Digitize Local Content

With over 20 years experience in libraries and information management roles, Eddy Smith has served as Executive Director of the Abilene Library Consortium (TX) since 2009.  Previously, he served as Director of Member Services Development at Amigos Library Services and spent 10 years in software development companies (proving that you can return from the corporate dark side without losing your soul). He is passionate about libraries and their mission to preserve the past while igniting our imaginations for the future.

Bringing A New “Voice” To Our Library and School With 3-D Printing- Collaboration 1

Shannon McClintock Miller is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others. Shannon is a 2014 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.  Follow her on Twitter @shannonmmiller

Creating a Collective Culture of Education: Classroom/Library Partnerships that Support Students’ Academic and Civic Learning

Nicole Mirra, PhD is a former high school English teacher and current postdoctoral researcher at the UCLA Graduate School of Education (GSEIS). She received her doctorate in Urban Schooling from GSEIS in 2012. Her research interests include critical literacy, civic engagement, and school/community partnerships. She coordinates the UCLA Council of Youth Research, which mentors Los Angeles public high school students to become researchers of their own schools and communities in pursuit of educational justice. She is also a Connected Learning Ambassador for the National Writing Project, helping educators to incorporate digital media and social networks into their work with young people. Follow her on twitter @Nicole_Mirra

Antero Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the English department at Colorado State University. Antero’s research focuses on developing critical literacies and civic identity through the use of mobile media and game play in formal learning environments. Prior to moving to Colorado, Antero was a teacher at a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. Antero received his PhD. in the Urban Schooling division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Follow him on twitter @anterobot

Hack Your Notebook: Leveraging Libraries for STEM-Literacy Connections

David Cole runs CV2, an educational development company focused next generation teaching and learning. A former English teacher, he’s worked on content management systems, mobile tools, and collaboration platforms for classrooms and professional development networks; digital media projects of all kinds, after-school programs, museum programs, STEM2STEAM projects; college and career readiness work with workplace learning curriculum, internships and service learning; public-private partnerships and teacher training. Lately he’s been hacking notebooks, exploring possibilities for creative STEM learning and paper and electronics in the classroom. Follow him on Twitter @_DMCole_

Paul Oh is a Senior Program Associate with the National Writing Project. Among his various responsibilities, he manages the Educator Innovator web site. He works on a number of initiatives that all have in common the belief that young people need opportunities, powered by the open web, to leverage their interests and passions, with peers and mentors, in school and out. Follow him on Twitter @poh

Melissa Techman is the K-5 librarian at Broadus Wood Elementary School in Albemarle County, Virginia. A former public librarian, Melissa cares about access and education with heart. Follow her on Twitter @mtechman


A+ and C++: STEM Education Innovation

Valerie J. Gross has served as President and CEO of Howard County Library System (HCLS) in Maryland since 2001. On her watch, HCLS was named the 2013 Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal. She was honored by the Baltimore Sun as one of “50 Women to Watch: The most intriguing, powerful, and memorable personalities making an impact on the Baltimore region.” A frequent speaker, guest lecturer, and workshop leader, Gross has authored the book Transforming Our Image, Building Our Brand: The Education Advantage. She received the Public Libraries Best Feature Article Award in 2012 and 2010, and was honored as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2004.

Track 3: Leading the Learning Revolution: Libraries as Essential Links in the Learning Continuum

Digital Strategies for Job Search Training

Tara Lannen-Stanton coordinates the highly successful Queens Library Job & Business Academy (JBA).  The JBA provides training and educational services to job seekers, entrepreneurs, and the general public with a focus on technology training for the 21st century workforce. Her experience working in diverse communities and an MA in Middle Eastern studies allow her to engage with and address the needs of library patrons from all backgrounds. Tara is frequently referred to by her colleagues as a human Yelp, and is the best person to ask if you are looking for craft beer or an excellent restaurant.

Follow him on Twitter @TaraLSF

Lauren Comito is a cape wearing, tech training, job search helping, activist-librarian in NYC. As the Job and Business Academy (JBA) Manager for Queens Library’s Central location, she helps people to fold technology into their daily lives and break down the walls that keep them from being fully employed. She is creative, passionate about connecting library patrons to services, and a true believer in the ability of the library to change people’s lives and communities for the better. If you aren’t a believer, get the hell out of her way. Follow her on Twitter @librariancraftr

Jakea McGhaney recently joined the team as an Employment Counselor at the Queens Library Job and Business Academy (JBA) after wowing the interview panel with her skills. Her colleagues already panic on her days off. Her excellent customer service and administrative skills make her indispensable in the busiest JBA location at the library. Jakea will begin studying for her Masters in Library Science at Queens College in the fall. And that’s great, because then she can stay at the library forever!

 “Appvisory” in the Children’s Library: Curating and Providing Access to Educational Apps

Jennifer Driscoll is a Youth Services Librarian for the Pasadena Public Library (CA). She is always amazed when young children come up to the digital frame advertising programs at the children’s desk and intuitively start tapping and swiping.  She is excited to be part of a team that is working to use new formats as a starting place for conversations and interactions between children and their caregivers.  You can email her at, follow her on twitter @jeninthelibrary, or see what she’s up to at her blog

AnnMarie Hurtado is a Youth Services Librarian for the Pasadena Public Library.  As a mom to a preschool-age child, she has seen firsthand the impact tablets are having on the way children and parents approach learning.  She is excited to explore the potential for libraries to offer guidance to young parents navigating this new technological landscape.  You can email her at or follow her on Twitter: @annmariehurtado.

Zyrel Rojo has been involved with libraries for over 20 years.  He is currently a Branch Librarian for both the Lamanda Park Library and San Rafael Library. Parent to 3 tech-savvy kids, he has observed how young minds absorb vast amounts of information very quickly using the latest technological innovations available at home, schools, and libraries. Zyrel has a passion for helping people, continuous/collaborative learning, and is a strong advocate for promoting public libraries particularly in shaping the future generation of library users.

Adapting Academic Library Instruction to the Digital Environment

Amanda Scull is a graduate of the Master’s of Library and Information Science program at Syracuse University. After completing her MLIS she worked in access and instructional services at a small graduate institute with an international focus, and is now the Collection Development Librarian at Keene State College. She has a particular professional interest in information literacy and instruction, and in proving wrong anyone who says that libraries are becoming obsolete.

Making Space for Play

Shaun Kelly is a Project Designer at Engberg Anderson and is highly regarded for his creative sustainable design solutions in a variety of building types. Shaun holds dual undergraduate degrees in philosophy and architectural studies and a graduate degree in architecture. Over the last 10 years, Shaun has been involved in the design of over 20 Libraries.  With an interest in technology, Shaun stays current on library trends and alternative learning solutions and shares his insights with the firm. Follow him on Twitter @shaunmkelly1

Ryann Uden is the Head of Youth Services at the Barrington Area Library in Illinois, which was recently renovated with a focus on learning interactives, technology, and gathering spaces. She enjoys developing projects that encourage creativity and engagement, such as media labs, chalkboard walls, participatory library clubs, and more. Follow him on Twitter @ryuden.

Identifying and Delivering Meta-Literacy Skill Sets to Adult Learners

Jannette Finch is an academic librarian with a background in educational technology. Her research interests include online learning and teaching, effective teaching through experiential learning activities, visualizing data, the library role in the scholarly community, and assessment and planning.


Melissa Hortman is the Study Skills Programs Coordinator in the Center for Student Learning at the College of Charleston (SC). Melissa attended undergrad and graduate school in Atlanta, GA where she received degrees in Architecture and Professional Counseling. In her position at the College, she creates unique plans for individual students experiencing academic challenges, while also coordinating and marketing all study skills workshops in the residence halls and with the Addlestone Library. With her experience in event management, educational technology, community outreach, and design, she has a wealth of knowledge about many topics. Follow her on Twitter @cofccsl

Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem obtained her M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2009 and her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina in 2013. As an Instructional Design Librarian, Jolanda contributes her expertise to the Digital Scholarship and Services Department at the College of Charleston (SC), providing instruction for faculty, staff, and students regarding information technology utilization and digital scholarship tools for research and classroom use. She is a member of the American Library Association and authors a regular column, Mobile Apps in Libraries, on emerging mobile technologies in libraries for The Charleston Advisor.

Making Connections in 1:1 Environments

John Casey is the Library Lab Manager at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois where he has worked with faculty and students to explore technology for the past seven years. He is interested in the effective use of technology in education and libraries.


Kris Jacobson is a Teacher Librarian at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois. She has worked as a high school librarian for over 14 years. Her areas of interest include learning in electronic environments and exploring new ways to deliver library support for evolving teacher and student needs. Follow her on twitter @krisjacobson.

Poster Sessions On-Demand

Bring the Library into the Online Classroom with Curriculum Builder
Sponsored by EBSCO

Alicia VirtueAlicia Virtue is the Electronic Services Librarian for Santa Rosa Junior College, responsible for library web services and library systems administration of a multi-campus community college library in California. Alicia was the recipient of a Library Journal Movers & Shakers award for 2014 and enjoys introducing innovative applications of educational technology for use in learning environments.

eBooks: Getting Everyone on Board
Sponsored by Overdrive

Jennifer PetersonJennifer Peterson is the District Library Media Supervisor for the Menasha Joint School District in Wisconsin. Certified in Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks.  Currently she serves on the board for Wisconsin Library Services, and is a member of the State Superintendent’s Digital Learning Advisory Council. Jennifer tweets @hostageek

Connecting Kids and Technology: Project NABI at Phoenix Public Library
Sponsored by B&T

Jennifer ThackerJeriann Thacker started her career in libraries as a teen volunteer.  She is currently the Electronic Resources Librarian for the Phoenix Public Library, where she is responsible for the eLibrary collection, including digital media, databases and learning platforms.  She is a former children’s librarian, with interests in digital literacy, assessment, emerging technologies and the accessibility of digital content for libraries. Follow Jeriann on Twitter @Jeriann

Make Digital Learning Easier (& Fun) in Your Library and Classroom
Sponsored by Follett eBooks

Ann FondrenAnn Fondren spent 32 years in K-12 education serving as an elementary teacher, middle school librarian, and division library coordinator for Spotsylvania County Schools in Virginia. As division library coordinator Ann worked with 34 librarians and 30 library assistants serving over 23,000 students.  She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of topics including the implementation of eBooks in school libraries.

Using Transparent Languages for Outreach to ESL Students
Sponsored by RBDigital

Cindy PhillipsCindy Phillips is the Manager of Library Materials Services at the Arapahoe Library District located in the suburbs of Denver, CO.  She has also worked at the Jefferson County Public Library, in the Denver area, and has served the Boston Public Library community.


Marketing Best Practices to Maximize Patron Usage of LibraryIdeas Digital Products
Sponsored by LibraryIdeas

Gary ShafferGary Shaffer is the chief executive officer of the Tulsa City -County Library, a 24 location library system, with over 375 employees located in Northeastern Oklahoma.Gary started his library career as a trainee in the  joint Brooklyn Public Library and Pratt Institute Public Urban Library Service Education (PULSE) program. He then worked for the Los Angeles County and Sacramento Public Libraries. In 2006 he was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

EBSCO Discovery Service: A New Direction
Sponsored by EBSCO

Lauren Gormley

A 2011 graduate of Rutgers’ MLIS program, Lauren Gormley is relatively new to the field. After 7 years as a public school English Teacher, she began her career in librarianship as a Collection Development Manager for jobbers in NYC. As the Director of Library Media Services at Ranney School (Tinton Falls,NJ), her favorite part of the job is…all of them. Working with teachers to develop technology skills, teaching middle and upper school research classes and maintaining the Paulus Library’s 23,000+ volume collection are just a few of the highlights.

Building a Digital Curriculum with Library Resources to Support Common Core
Sponsored by Gale Cengage

Jan SnyderJan Snyder began her ‘library life’ in public library work many years ago as a teen, and for the last 25 year has been the District Librarian in Oregon City Schools (OR). She is head of library services, and specializes in digital curriculum and technology integration. She is responsible for acquisitions and the library’s research and curriculum web-based products. In addition, she is passionate about developing digital curriculum to support secondary classrooms in social studies and science.

Leading Change
Sponsored by Gale Cengage

RivkahSassRivkah Sass is the Library Director of the Sacramento Public Library (CA). A native Californian and committed library adventurer, Rivkah received her M.L.S. from the University of Washington. Prior to returning to California, Rivkah worked in public and state library agencies in Washington, Oregon, Maryland, and Nebraska as well as spending three years learning that the private sector is not all it’s cracked up to be. Rivkah was named Librarian of the Year by Library Journal in 2006, and has milked the honor for all it’s worth. She has been active with the Urban Libraries Council as well as the American Library Association, currently serving as ALA Councilor on behalf of the Public Library Association.

Embracing the Digital Shift @ Your Library
Sponsored by OverDrive

Paige JaegerPaige Jaeger is a librarian turned administrator facilitating  84 libraries in “upstate” New York.  She delivers professional development at the local, state and national levels and writes frequently for professional journals.  Her first book, RX for the Common Core was published by ABC Clio, and her second book, Think Tank Library is forthcoming this December.  Paige loves to read on her phone while eating lemon loaf.  She believes reading will morph into a 50%-50% mix of print and digital resources and believes we should be ready for both readership styles. Folllow her blog at

Innovation in Library Marketing
Sponsored by Gale Cengage

Kaley DanielKaley Daniel has served as a communications and marketing professional for 10 years and is currently the leader of an internationally award-winning creative team as the Director for Communications & Marketing at Texas Tech University Libraries. A two-time graduate from Texas Tech University, she holds an MBA from the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration with a concentration in management and leadership skills and a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts with a public relations major and a double minor in marketing and English. Kaley has presented communications and marketing topics at numerous conferences, has been featured in American Libraries magazine and has a published book chapter in Marketing Your Library: Tips and Tools that Work.


Session 1: Trends: 2014 Ebook Usage Reports: U.S. Public Libraries and U.S. School Libraries
Session 2: Lead The Change. Be The Change.

Ian SingerIan Singer, VP, Group Publisher, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book is responsible for driving the growth and expansion of content licensing and identifying new product and business line extensions for MSI’s various business units, including leading its evolving digital strategy. Ian joined Media Source in April 2010, after serving since 2006 as Bowker’s VP, Data Services, where we was responsible for managing its flagship Books In Print data operations in addition to its .COM and Syndetics product lines.



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