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Daniel J. Levitin PhD, author of 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.
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Rebecca 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
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Anil 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 Dashes.com 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.
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Kathy Ishizuka is the executive editor of School Library Journal. She previously served as executive editor, technology and digital projects, expanding SLJ’s presence across many platforms. She was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of The Freedom to Read Foundation. Follow her on Twitter @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 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.
Jon 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
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 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 3D Printing
Shannon McClintock Miller is the K-12 district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School (IA). She is active in ALA, AASL, ISTE, and other organizations. Shannon is the author of the award winning Van Meter Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various journals, blogs, and other forums. She has had the opportunity to speak and consult 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 @librariancrafter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, follow her on twitter @jeninthelibrary, or see what she’s up to at her blog http://www.jeninthelibrary.com
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 email@example.com 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.