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3rd Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference: Presenters

Megan Allen, Assistant Director of Strategic and Technology Initiatives, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Breakout Session 3C -  Launching a Personal Librarian Program for First Year Law Students
Megan Allen manages the Access Services Department, guides law library strategic planning operations, and integrates current and emerging educational and library technologies. She enjoys leading projects and supporting the learning and pedagogical goals of the law school’s students, faculty and staff. Allen will graduate this year with an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management.

Rick Bischoff, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Case Western Reserve University

(Keynote Presentation) Student Retention and the First Year Experience: An Enrollment Management Perspective

 

Rick Bischoff’s areas of responsibility include enrollment operations, first year experience and family programs, strategic marketing, undergraduate admissions and university financial aid. Since his appointment in 2009, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has experienced a significant increase in interest across the country with 185 percent growth in first year applications, leading to CWRU enrolling its largest, most academically talented, and most ethnically and geographically diverse classes in its history. Bischoff previously served as Director of Admissions at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. During this time, Caltech experienced 60 percent growth in applications and record enrollment of women and Latino first year students.

Callie Wiygul Branstiter, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, University of Kansas

Breakout 1E - Perceptions of First-year Students: How to Be Better Advocates

Callie Wiygul Branstiter’s research interests include librarian perceptions of undergraduate students, media literacy for undergraduate students, and critical information literacy. She co-authored the chapter “But How Do I Know It’s a Good Source: Authority is Constructed in Social Work Practice” in Disciplinary Application of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts, an Association of College and Research Libraries publication. She graduated with a M.L.I.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 and previously worked as a liaison librarian at the University of Southern California.

Jillian Collier, Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Breakout Session 4C - Information Literacy Misconceptions and Librarian Perceptions

Jillian Collier is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, where she focused on reference services and academic librarianship and is looking forward to starting a position as a reference and instruction librarian.

 

Andrew Dorchak, Head of Reference, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Breakout Session 3C - Launching a Personal Librarian Program within a Specialized Library

Andy Dorchak coordinates the efforts of the reference librarians. He also assists the Journal of International Law and the Canada-United States Law Institute. His latest publications were two updates of Globalex articles.

 

Jamie Goodfellow, First Year Academic Skills Librarian, Sheridan College

Breakout Session 4E - Promoting and Supporting Academic Integrity at Sheridan College

Jamie Goodfellow works closely with liaison librarians to support and develop first year instruction and actively engages in outreach to faculties, departments, and units that support first year students. Goodfellow has focused on a number of priorities including: developing cross-departmental partnerships, developing engaging programming for first year students, supporting academic-skills development beyond information literacy and supporting a culture of academic integrity throughout the college. Prior to this role, Goodfellow worked as a liaison librarian at Western University and supported a number of programs in the social sciences, health sciences, and engineering faculties.

      

Benjamin Hoover, Evening Library Services Specialist, Bucknell

Breakout Session 1D - Partnering with Student Affairs:  A Roadmap for Orientation, First-Year Success, and Beyond 

Benjamin Hoover obtained an M.S.Ed in college student personnel and worked for several years in student affairs before joining the library staff at his alma mater. Hoover’s responsibilities include student outreach, library orientations, and reference services.

Stephanie Kays, Fine Arts Liaison Librarian, Denison University
 
Breakout Session 3E - Second Time's a Charm: Building Campus Relationships to (Re)Launch a Personal Librarian Program
 
Stephanie Kays’ primary work in her role at Denison University includes information literacy instruction, research and reference services, and collections. She earned her M.A.S. and M.L.I.S. degrees from the University of British Columbia and has spent 15 years working in libraries, museums, and archives.

Jim Kinnie, Humanities Reference Librarian, University of Rhode Island

Breakout Session 2D - Measuring Success One Writing One-Shot at a Time

Jim Kinnie teaches courses in information literacy in the classroom and online, instructs many one shot sessions for humanities courses, and coordinates library instruction for the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. His time at the university has included serving on the Subcommittee on Assessment of General Education, Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee, and chairing the General Education Committee during the university’s implementation of the new outcomes-based General Education program.

Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon, Instructional Design Librarian, University of Notre Dame

Poster - It Isn’t “Giving Up” Class Time: Meaningful Library Instruction in Writing and Rhetoric

Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon collaborates with other librarians, faculty, and staff to develop in-person and online educational learning and engagement opportunities that enhance student research and critical thinking skills. She is interested in critical approaches to information literacy instruction and education technology.

Kathy Petras, Associate Director for First-Year Experience and Family Programs and the Director of Orientation, Case Western Reserve University
 
Plenary Session 1 - Supporting Underrepresented Minority (URM) Transition with Peer Mentors During the First Year
 
Kathy Petras has worked with first year students and orientation for nearly ten years and has additional knowledge and experiences in leadership development, fraternity and sorority life, and community engagement. A native Clevelander, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master of Education in adult learning and development from Cleveland State University.
 

Charissa Powell, Student Success Librarian, University of Tennessee 

Breakout Session 1E - Perceptions of First-year Students: How to Be Better Advocates

Charissa Powell works with first year students to support their acclimation and success in college. She is also co-founder and editor of the Librarian Parlor, a community for research librarians. Her research interests include impostor phenomenon, perceptions of first year and undergraduate students, and #critlib instruction. Obtained from the University of Maryland, College Park, Powell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in women’s studies and a Master of Library Science.

Allison Rand, Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Breakout Session 4C - Information Literacy Misconceptions and Librarian Perceptions

​Allison Rand is a graduate student at the iSchool at the University of Illinois where she focuses on information literacy and first year instruction in academic librarianship. Rand will graduate in May 2018.

Aaron Thompson, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

(Keynote Presentation) Integrating Diversity & Critical Thinking to Increase Student Success

In addition to his role on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Aaron Thompson, Ph.D., is also a professor of sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He has researched, taught and consulted in areas of workplace interaction, diversity, leadership, ethics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first year students, retention, cultural competence, and organizational design.

Ian Singer, Credo

Breakout Session 4C - Information literacy Misconceptions and Librarian Perceptions

Ian Singer is the General Manager of Credo Reference.

 

Rob Snyder, First Year Experience Coordinator, Bowling Green State University

Breakout Session 3A - Beyond the Academy: The Academic Librarian’s Role in the Transition to College

Rob Snyder is a graduate of San Jose State University’s School of Information. His research interests include the role of the academic library in first year initiatives and outreach to first year students and students in transition.

Elizabeth Stephan, Student Engagement Librarian, Western Washington University

Breakout Session 3B - Increasing Student Engagement and Agency: One Libraries Effort to Increase Retention for At-Risk Students

Elizabeth Stephan is the learning commons librarian for student engagement as well as the subject librarian for the College of Business and Economics. As the student engagement librarian, she is committed to helping students from under-represented populations and is involved with both library and campus efforts to improve the undergraduate experience. In addition to her work as a librarian, Stephan is a knitter, a cat lady, collects tattoos, and is committed to reaching the full librarian stereotype by the time she retires.

      

Jason Snyder, Librarian and Manager of Communications and Outreach, Bucknell

Breakout Session 1D - Partnering with Student Affairs:  A Roadmap for Orientation, First-Year Success, and Beyond 

Jason Snyder holds an M.L.S. from University of Maryland, and a B.A and M.A. in English from Bucknell University. His responsibilities include communications and outreach, and he is the liaison and instruction librarian for English, languages, cultures, and linguistics, as well as film and media studies. Before returning to Bucknell, Snyder was an electronic resources and reference librarian at Middlebury College.

Christopher Younkin, First Year Experience Instruction, The Ohio State University

Thriving Gamefully: Teaching First-year Students Game-based Strategies for Goal Setting and Social Connectedness

Christopher Younkin works in the Teaching & Learning department of The Ohio State University Libraries providing library orientation and instruction for undergraduates (mostly first-year students). He holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University (2015), a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing from Miami University (2013), and a Bachelors of English from The Ohio State University (2010). Major research interests include Information Literacy Instruction, Game-Based Learning, gamification, student thriving, and motivation. He has played games his whole life, and most enjoys board games and video games.

Steven Volk, Professor of History Emeritus and Director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence at Oberlin College

(Keynote Presentation) Making All the Difference: Pedagogy, Mentorship, Integration, and Inclusion as the Building Stones of Student Success

Steven Volk is Professor of History Emeritus and Director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE) at Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio). He received his B.A. from Brandeis University (Latin American Studies), and an M.A. and Ph D from Columbia University (History). He specializes in Latin American history, U.S.-Latin American relations, and museum studies and has published widely on Chilean history, U.S.– Latin American relations, and Mexico, as well as on various aspects of pedagogy, many related to the use of art across the curriculum, liberal arts learning, and higher education. He publishes a weekly article on these topics for Oberlin faculty, staff, and subscribers. As founding director of Oberlin’s Center for Teaching and Learning in 2007, he has organized and led dozens of workshops on various aspects of teaching and learning in liberal arts colleges and has spoken at numerous colleges and universities. As a Teagle Pedagogy Fellow in the Great Lakes College Association and co-director of their Consortium for Teaching and Learning, he has consulted widely with campuses interested in establishing teaching and learning centers. In 2011, he was named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2002, he was the recipient of the American Historical Association’s Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award and in 2001, he was recognized by the Chilean government for “his contributions in helping to restore democracy” in that country.

 

Denise A. Wetzel, Assistant Librarian and STEM Research & Learning Librarian, Florida State University

It’s in the Game: Using Sports to Teach the ACRL Frameworks to First Semester Students

Denise A. Wetzel joined FSU’s Dirac Science Library as an Assistant University Librarian and a STEM Research & Learning Librarian in January 2018. Previously, she served as Mississippi State University’s Extension & Instruction Librarian. Denise’s research interests include information literacy for undergraduates, first year experience, and resource availability for students in the STEM fields.

 

Maureen Barry, First Year Experience Librarian, Wright State University

Breakout Session 3A - Beyond the Academy: The Academic Librarian’s Role in the Transition to College

Maureen Barry has worked at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, for nearly 13 years. A 2005 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, Barry’s research interests include first year student support and success and service-learning and community engagement as they relate to academic libraries and information literacy.

Elizabeth "Beth" L. Black, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, Associate Professor, Ohio State University

Breakout Session 2B - Engaging Second-year Students in Transformational Learning Experiences

Elizabeth “Beth” L. Black works directly with undergraduates and as a liaison to the units on campus that directly support undergraduates, with an emphasis on first and second year students. Her teaching takes place online and through co-curricular programs, including The Ohio State University’s First Year Success Series and the award-winning Second Year Transformation Experience Program (STEP). Black’s research explores integrating information resources into online educational platforms as well as the library’s contribution to student success. She has a master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, a Bachelors of Arts degree in history and Bachelors of Science degree in education from Miami University.

Lindsay Inge Carpenter, First Year Experience Librarian, University of Maryland

Breakout 1E - Perceptions of First-year Students: How to Be Better Advocates

In addition to her role as the first year experience librarian, Lindsay Inge Carpenter also serves as the assistant director of the University of Maryland Libraries Research & Teaching Fellowship, a training program for M.L.I.S. students interested in careers in academic librarianship. Carpenter is passionate about working with undergraduate students, particularly first year students, and international students. Her research interests include information literacy instruction, critical pedagogy, assessment, student development, and the history of cultural and educational institutions.

 

Joseph A. Custer, Associate Professor of Law & Director of the Law Library, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Breakout Session 3C - Launching a Personal Librarian Program within a Specialized Library
Joseph Custer teaches Advanced Legal Research and Electronic Discovery. His scholarship has primarily been in the areas of legal research, administration and issues pertaining to historical social justice. Before coming to Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Custer was assistant professor of law and director of the Saint Louis University Law School Library.

Amy Elliott, Humanities Liaison Librarian, Denison University

Breakout Session 3E - Second Time's a Charm: Building Campus Relationships to (Re)Launch a Personal Librarian Program

Amy Elliott’s current professional and research interests focus on compassionate library leadership and management, EQ, and mindfulness. She is radically and endlessly curious as evidenced by some of her past interests and experience, which have included reference, instruction, collection management, scholarly communication, electronic resources, software development, and project management. Her personal interests include mental and physical health and wellness as well as self-improvement.  

  

Hailley Fargo, Student Engagement Librarian, Penn State University Libraries

Lightning Round 1C - Escape Rooms and Pop-Up Libraries: Innovative Summer Programming for First-Year Students

Hailley Fargo is a liaison with non-academic units on campus (student affairs, undergraduate research, common reading program, etc); collaborates with Penn State librarians across the Commonwealth to help create networks of support and aligned approaches to student engagement; and works closely with student employees in the library to ensure the work they do is meaningful. In her spare time, she enjoys drinking coffee, reading memoirs, biking, and watching the TV show, “Brooklyn 99.”

Melissa Harden, First Year Experience Librarian, University of Notre Dame

Poster - It Isn’t “Giving Up” Class Time: Meaningful Library Instruction in Writing and Rhetoric

Melissa Harden focuses on connecting first year students to the resources and services available at the Hesburgh Libraries. As an instructor, she develops learner-centered information literacy sessions for students in writing and rhetoric classes and other courses for first year students. Harden has always been passionate about teaching and learning. Prior to becoming a librarian, she taught fourth grade for four years.

 

Mary Hricko, Library Director, Professor, University Libraries, Kent State University, Geauga Campus

Breakout Session 1B - Library Integration with FYE Faculty

Dr. Mary Hricko serves as one of OhioLINK’s system leaders for Affordable Learning and is also the coordinator of the Lake-Geauga Funding Information Network. She has published numerous articles and books on topics related to online teaching and learning.

Justin Kani, Assistant Librarian and Business & SPEA Librarian, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis 

Breakout Session 4D - It’s in the Game: Using Sports to Teach the ACRL Frameworks to First Semester Students

Justin Kani joined the library in July 2017. He most recently served as Mississippi State University’s (MSU) business librarian. Prior to working at MSU, he served as a reference and information literacy librarian in Albany, New York. Kani’s research interests include information literacy, first year experience, and research consultations.

Sheryl Kron Larson-Rhodes, First Year Experience Librarian, SUNY Geneseo

Breakout Session 2C - "Forget Boring, Get to Exploring": Collaboration Workshops With High School Staff & Academic Librarians

Sherry Larson-Rhodes holds an M.L.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an M.A. in organizational communication from Ohio University, and a B.S. in geography with a minor in French from Penn State. She currently works at State University of New York College at Geneseo’s Milne Library as the first year experience librarian, collaborating with Milne Library staff and other campus organizations to provide first year experience-related workshops and events. She also teaches research skills to many of the first year writing seminar classes as well as to students from local high schools visiting Milne Library.

 

Edwin Mayes, Director of First Year Experience and Family Programs, Case Western Reserve University
 
Plenary Session 1 - Supporting Underrepresented Minority (URM) Transition with Peer Mentors During the First Year
 

Edwin Mayes is responsible for the leadership and vision of all new student, parent and family programs. He also works with enrollment management, and on-campus and off-campus partners to coordinate strategies and programs that support students’ successful transition from high school to their first year at the university. He joined Case Western Reserve University from Wright State University, where he served as the first director of first year experience and family programs. He previously served in administrative roles at Earlham College, the University of Colorado-Boulder, Wittenberg University, and the University of Michigan.

 

 

Kevin Moore, Research & Instruction Librarian, Gettysburg College

Lightning Round 1A - Connecting Over Coffee: Extending Library Services for Students Through New Campus Partnerships

Kevin Moore is the liaison librarian to the biology and psychology departments. He earned his M.S.L.I.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017 and also holds a B.A. in biology from Whitman College.

 

Rob Myers, Associate Director for Library Operations, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Breakout Session 3C - Launching a Personal Librarian Program within a Specialized Library

As associate director, Rob Myers provides management of the library’s day-to-day operations. He is responsible for library budgeting and expense monitoring, oversees print and electronic collection development activities, and coordinates collection of statistics for various accrediting agencies. Myers serves as a reference librarian, teaches Laerdal Learning Application and Advanced Legal Research and participates in the faculty liaison program.

Kate Otto, Assistant Librarian, Marquette University

Breakout Session 4B - Improving Community and Undergraduate Academic Success through Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Kate Otto’s work and presentations stem from her professional experiences at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, Indiana University Bloomington, and Marquette University, where she has supervised student employees, and worked with diverse student populations in outreach, research, and instruction roles.

   

Rachel Sanders, First Year Instruction & Social Sciences Librarian, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Breakout Session 3D - Librarians in the Lead: Redesigning the First Year Experience Curriculum from Scratch at a Liberal Arts College​

Rachel Sanders’ professional interests include information literacy instruction, researching library anxiety among students, educational technologies, first year experiences, and furthering professional networks among academic librarians. Her personal interests include cooking, traveling, and keeping up with her partner and their two dogs.

Bethany Spieth, Instruction & Access Services Librarian, Heterick Memorial Library, Ohio Northern University

Lightning Round 1B - Encouraging Regular Library Use: The Frequent Visitor Pass Program

In addition to her main position at Ohio Northern University, Bethany Spieth also serves as the co-chair of the Ohio Northern University Heterick Memorial Library’s Marketing Committee and is the liaison to several academic departments.

Jen Starkey, Research Services Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

Lightning Round 3A - Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Using Assessment Data to Make a PL Program More Efficient and Effective

Jen Starkey manages the daily operations of Kelvin Smith Library’s Personal Librarian program and works with Residential Life staff as key partners. She also focuses on the first year experience and the library’s instruction program, as well as reference services and collection development and management. She is a member of the Academic Library Association of Ohio and writes database reviews for the Charleston Advisor.

 

Marian Traynor, Manager, Library User Services, Sheridan College

Breakout Session 4E - Promoting and Supporting Academic Integrity at Sheridan College

Sheridan Library focuses on scaffolding of skills throughout the curriculum with a first year librarian program to support both research skill development and the building of a culture of academic integrity across the college. In addition to managing the information literacy program, Traynor is responsible for access and research services as well as space planning and use. Prior to Sheridan, Traynor worked as a part-time faculty librarian at George Brown College and a research specialist at the Toronto Star newspaper. She holds an honors bachelor degree in French language and literature, an honors diploma in history, and a master’s degree in library science from Western University.

Teresa Williams, Business Librarian, Butler University

Breakout Session 2E - Partnering with Student Employees for First Year Instruction Success

As liaison to the Butler University Lacy School of Business (LSB), Teresa Williams provides instructional and research support to LSB students, faculty, and staff. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business and a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University, and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include embedded librarianship, faculty-librarian collaboration, and business information literacy skills in the workplace.

 

Suchi Mohanty, Head of the R.B. House Undergraduate Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lightning Round 3C - Making Lemonade from Lemons: Unexpected Benefits of a Personal Librarian Program

Suchi Mohanty has worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2002, and has been the Head of the R.B. House Undergraduate Library since 2012. She leads a dynamic library offering 24-hour service, student-centered learning spaces, information and digital literacy programs, and print and media collections. Her professional interests include developing formal and informal learning spaces, supporting student success efforts via campus partnerships, and mentoring new library professionals. Suchi has a B.A. from University of Mary Washington and a M.S.L.S. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Liz Bernal, Library Assessment Officer, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

Lightning Round 3A - Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Using Assessment Data to Make a PL Program More Efficient and Effective

Since starting in June 2015, Liz Bernal took on the management of the library’s strategic plan as well as the development of the library assessment program and processes throughout the library. Her focus in the recent year has included international research impact of faculty at Case Western Reserve University and Kelvin Smith Library’s interaction with this area. Since 2009, she has been heavily active on committees in the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, and Library Leadership & Management Association.

 

  

LuAnn Boris, Director of Library Services, Walsh University

Poster - It’s a Paint Party! How to Engage Students and Bring Color to Your Library During a Construction Project

LuAnn Boris has worked for 17 years in academic libraries. She received her M.S.L.S. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania as a member of their first completely online cohort.

Angela Clark, Academic Integrity Facilitator, Sheridan College

Breakout Session 4E - Promoting and Supporting Academic Integrity at Sheridan College

Angela Clark works in Sheridan College’s newly-created Academic Integrity Office situated in Library and Learning Services. Her role involves educating and providing resources and support to faculty, staff and students in order to foster the understanding and practice of academic integrity throughout the college. Angela works with several student academic integrity ambassadors who promote the principles of academic integrity to fellow students through the development of outreach materials and participation in peer education initiatives. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Bachelor of Education degree in adult education, a post-graduate certificate in instructional design and a Master of Arts degree in applied linguistics.

 

Melody Dale, Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Old Main Academic Center and Education Librarian, Mississippi State University

Breakout Session 4D - It’s in the Game: Using Sports to Teach the ACRL Frameworks to First Semester Students

Melody Dale received an M.L.I.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. She currently chairs NASIG’s Evaluation and Assessment Committee and serves as a member of Mississippi Library Association’s Author Awards Committee. Her research interests include the library’s role in first year experience, open access, information literacy, and cataloging. Prior to her current position, she served as a serials cataloger at Mississippi State University Libraries.

Melissa Engleman, Assistant Director for Education & Research, Denison University

Breakout Session 3E - Second Time's a Charm: Building Campus Relationships to (Re)Launch a Personal Librarian Program

Melissa Engleman’s career in academic libraries has focused primarily on information literacy instruction and working with undergraduate students. She has an interest in threshold concepts, assessment, and the scholarship of teaching and learning as avenues to improve information literacy efforts.

Elise Ferer, Librarian for Undergraduate Learning, Drexel University

Breakout Session 4A - From Personal Librarian to Undergraduate Experience: History and Evolution of Personal Librarian at a Large Private University

Elise Ferer works with campus partners to integrate the library and information literacy into the undergraduate experience. She works closely with the Freshman English Sequence and orientation as well as other units on campus that support undergraduates.

 

 

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (not attending)

Breakout Session 4C - Information Literacy Misconceptions and Librarian Perceptions

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is professor and coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  

Katie Hutchison, Student Engagement & Archival Services Librarian, Walsh University

Poster - It’s a Paint Party! How to Engage Students and Bring Color to Your Library During a Construction Project

Katie Hutchison is always looking for new ways to engage students with the library. She earned her master’s in library and information science from Kent State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Walsh University.

  

Katy Kelly, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Marketing & Engagement, University of Dayton

Breakout Session 1C -  Opening Act: Putting on a Music Festival-Themed Student Orientation​

Katy Kelly promotes library services and resources by planning, developing, and assessing programs, activities, and publications for the university community. She manages Roesch Library’s social media accounts and chairs the marketing and outreach team. She also provides reference support and participates in library instruction. She is president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio and editor of Public Services Quarterly’s marketing column.

 

 
John Killings, Associate Director of Multicultural Leadership & Programming, Case Western Reserve University
 
Plenary Session 1 - Supporting Underrepresented Minority (URM) Transition with Peer Mentors During the First Year
 

John Killings is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in black world studies from Miami University of Ohio and a Master of Arts degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. Killings’ role at Case Western Reserve University Office of Multicultural Affairs involves assisting multicultural student organizations with finances and programming, advising the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative, and facilitating Diversity 360 and Sustained Dialogue. He also serves as the representative on the Bias Reporting System, Division of Student Affairs (DOSA) Professional Development Committee, and DOSA Assessment Advisory Group.

 

 

Elizabeth Marcus, Undergraduate Experience Librarian, Western Carolina University

Breakout Session 1F - You Can Win ‘Em All: Library Instruction Services for Small ESL Programs

Elizabeth Marcus coordinates information literacy instruction for the Writing, Rhetoric, and Critical Studies program at Western Carolina University, and serves as liaison to first year, transfer, and international students, as well as the Honors College and Writing and Learning Commons.

Danielle Palombi, Manager, Center of Student Academic Excellence, Sheridan College

Breakout Session 4E - Promoting and Supporting Academic Integrity at Sheridan College

Danielle Palombi oversees student academic support programs including the tutoring centers and the Academic Integrity Office. She manages staff tutoring, modified supplemental instruction and peer tutoring programs. She also manages Sheridan’s Academic Integrity Office, which employs Sheridan’s academic integrity facilitator and student academic integrity ambassadors. Prior to Sheridan, Palombi worked as a teacher in an aboriginal youth rehabilitation center in Newfoundland, Labrador, and as an instructor for Humber College. Palombi holds an honors bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and professional writing with minors in speech communication and Canadian history, a Bachelor of Education as an Ontario certified teacher, and a master’s degree in rhetoric and communication design.

Tim Schlak, Dean, University Library, Robert Morris University

Lightning Round 3B - It Only Takes a Spark – Scaffolding Up to an Information Literacy Program from a Personal Librarian Program 

In addition to his role at Robert Morris University (RMU), Tim Schlak is currently the vice president of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium Board of Directors and serves on a number of Association of College and Research Libraries section committees, including the executive committee. Prior to his appointment in 2014 at RMU, he served as director of the DeWitt Library at Northwestern College in Iowa. At Northwestern, Dr. Schlak spearheaded the DeWitt Learning Commons project, a 58,000 square foot, $13.5 million state-of-the-art learning facility. He also served as chair and vice chair of the Iowa Private Academic Libraries consortium.

 

Meggan Smith, Research & Instruction Librarian, Gettysburg College

Lightning Round 1A - Connecting Over Coffee: Extending Library Services for Students Through New Campus Partnerships

Meggan Smith is the coordinator of reference services, co-coordinator of Musselman Library’s Peer Research Mentor program, and liaison librarian to the education and health sciences departments. She earned an M.L.I.S. from University of Pittsburgh in 2007 and also holds a B.A. in history from Gettysburg College.

 

Amanda Starkel, Information Commons Librarian, Butler University

Breakout Session 2E - Partnering with Student Employees for First Year Instruction Success

Amanda Starkel manages the staff and student employees who run the single service point for the main campus library. Additionally, she engages in reference and instruction with her liaison assignments, including several areas of the core curriculum. Previously, Starkel served as instruction librarian and interim library director at Defiance College. She completed her Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University in 2009.

Shannon Tennant, Coordinator of Library Collections, Elon University

Lightning Round 2A - Catalogers can be Personal Librarians too! : Recruiting Technical Services Staff as Personal Librarians

Shannon Tennant received both a B.A. and a M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then worked at a public library in New Hampshire before coming to Elon in 2000. She is a liaison to the world languages and philosophy departments. She is active in the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, where she serves on the executive board. She is currently teaching an online class about the fundamentals of cataloging.

 

Elizabeth Yates, Liaison/Scholarly Communication Librarian, Brock University

Personal Librarians: Can We Help with Student Retention?

Elizabeth Yates is a Liaison and Scholarly Communication Librarian at James A. Gibson Library, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada. Elizabeth has led the Personal Librarian team at Brock since 2014. Her interests include student engagement, scholarly publishing, and open access.

Christal Young, Reference & Instruction Librarian and Leavey Library First Year Experience Coordinator, University of Southern California

First Year X: Intersectionality and the First Year College Student

Christal has been a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the University of Southern California for 4 years.  Her subject areas include US, British, & Canadian History and American Studies & Ethnicity. Christal is heavily involved in the USC Libraries’ Undergraduate Orientation Group, Reference Taskforce, and Peer Steering Committee. Additionally, she currently serves as the library liaison to the University’s Committee to Eliminate Homelessness as well as the USC First Generation Taskforce.  She is also the 2018 chair of the California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group-South (CARLDIG-S).  Christal is in the process of co-authoring 2 ACRL book chapters on Library Outreach and Outreach to International Students.

Susan Wengler, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Information Literacy, Queensborough Community College of The City University of New York

Poster - Next Level Learning: Using Pedagogically-Designed Research Guides in Information Literacy Instruction

Susan Wengler’s research activity focuses on information literacy instruction and the information-seeking behaviors of community college students. Wengler holds an M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, an M.B.A from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English from Wellesley College. She is also moderator of the Books, Bytes & Beyond “Conversations with Authors” series and has interviewed such children’s literature luminaries as Julie Andrews, Laura Bush, and Kelly Clarkson.

 

Yuening Zhang, Research Services Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

Working with Freshmen International Students: Helping Them Explore Research Topics and Learn How to Use the Library with Active Learning Method

Yuening Zhang is the Research Services Librarian for chemistry, physics and mathematics/statistics in the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) of Case Western Reserve University. She came to the United States from China to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry, and obtained her MLS degree with Chemical Information Specialization from Indiana University Bloomington. She has been working in KSL since 2011 and has been actively involved in working with international students both academically and outside the classroom.