CH2M Hill Alumni Center
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

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Presenter Biographies

Michael Braun Hamilton – Michael is the Digital Library Assistant for Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian aid and development nonprofit headquartered in Portland. He is also a student in the Emporia State distance MLS program, and if everything goes well will be graduating (and entering the librarian job market) next August.

Rachel Bridgewater is the Electronic Resources Librarian at Reed College in Portland.

Anne-Marie Deitering - Anne-Marie is the Franklin McEdward Professor for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives at Oregon State University Libraries.

Rhiannon Gainor – Rhiannon graduated from the University of Alberta in November 2008 with her MLIS and a Master's of Arts in Humanities Computing. While at the University of Alberta she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant on usability studies that investigated the potential usefulness of rich prospect browser interfaces. Her thesis is on how leisure hobby groups share information and teach skills on the internet, and what that can tell us about electronic information repository and interface design.

Cindy Gibbon is currently Access Services Manager at Multnomah County Library, an endlessly fascinating job that includes developing library policies and training and coaching staff on policy implementation. She has been at MCL for 14 years, previously managing both the branch system and the Central Library. She has also worked at libraries in Washington and Colorado. On the side, she gardens, sings and is attempting to teach her teen daughter to drive.

Isaac Gilman – Isaac is the Instruction & Access Services Librarian at Pacific University Library. He provides regular instruction to graduate students about the ethical use of information in academic work. He also recently led a working group that developed copyright and intellectual property guidelines for Pacific University, and is a member of the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Robert Hughs has served as the Division Chair for the Computer Technology Professional technical programs at Clark College in Vancouver, WA for the past five years. His instructional specialty is foundational computing skills and he also teaches in the Graphic Communications department. Over the past 15 years, he has worked closely in staging instruction with the reference librarians at Clark's Cannell Library, first in developing one of the first consumer level Internet instruction classes in the US to our most recent efforts in a collaboratively delivered class in Internet Research and Living Online.

Lynda Irons MSLIS is an Associate Professor and the Electronic/Information Services Coordinator. She has been with Pacific University since 1996. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. She has been working with the Library's Technical Services Team to implement the Electronic Resources Module which will allow for easier management of the research databases. As a Team Leader for the Library's Web Team, she is overseeing the redesign of the Library's website to incorporate emerging Web 2.0 concepts. She has been recently granted a Spring 2009 sabbatical to research the influence of film critics in today's web environments.

Anna Johnson is the instruction librarian at Mt Hood Community College where she designs and delivers more than 100 different presentations every year, each with its own customized handout. Anna has over 15 years of experience as a document designer and digital workflow guru. She blogs about the visual display of instructional information at http://infopourri.wordpress.com.

Arlene Keller earned a BS in Math/Computer Systems from Grove City College and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She began her professional career at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh where she worked as a librarian in the Science and Technology Department, as an application developer on the library's website, and finally as the manager of web application development. Arlene joined Multnomah County Library as the web services coordinator in August of 2007.

Cass Kvenild – Cass is the Distance Learning Librarian at the University of Wyoming, where she serves over 2,000 off-campus students.

Kitty Mackey – Kitty is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. Her 22-year career spans a variety of academic institutions, but she found her niche at Clark, where she has the opportunity to make a difference every day. She enjoys creating learning objects and exploring new ways to make it easier and more interesting for students to become information and technology literate. Her latest project-in-progress is IRIS 4-2, a set of information literacy tutorials designed specifically for students in two-year colleges (www.clark.edu/library/iris).

Margaret Mellinger has worked at Oregon State University Libraries since May, 2003 and is currently the Engineering Librarian. She is a member of the OSU Libraries' Research and Innovative Services Team and part of Team 200, the Libraries' web group. She is a contributing author at infodoodads.com.

Bernadette Dieker Nunley is an Assistant County Attorney in Multnomah County. She advises the library and animal services and handles general litigation. Bernadette was a book publisher and editor in Louisville, Kentucky prior to exploring her interest in local government law and policy.

Lorena O'English – Lorena is the Social Sciences Reference and Instruction Librarian at Washington State University Pullman,focusing on political science, sociology, and criminal justice. Her interests include recreational reading, web-based productivity tools, and technology training. Lorena blogs at http://interruptdriven.blogspot.com/, she received her MLIS from the University of Washington.

Hannah Gascho Rempel has worked as the Biosciences Librarian and Graduate Student Services Coordinator at Oregon State University Libraries since January 2007. She graduated with an MLIS from the University of Washington and also holds an MS in Horticulture from Oregon State University. She is a contributing author at infodoodads.com.

Nicholas Schiller - Nicholas is the Instruction Coordinator for the Washington State University Vancouver Library. In addition to reference and instruction, he also serves as the library liaison to the School of Computer Science and Engineering. His research interests include examining new media such as computer and video games for their links to library instruction. Nicholas maintains the information games web log at http://informationgames.info. He received his M.L.S.from Emporia State University in 2004.

Rick Stoddart has been a reference librarian at Boise State University for almost three years. He takes an active interest in promoting the library and its collections. Mr. Stoddart earned an MLIS and MA in Communication Studies from The University of Alabama.

John Vallier – John is Head of Distributed Media Services at the University of Washington Libraries. In this role John oversees collections and operations for the Media Center, the UW's main audiovisual media collection, and works to develop audiovisual technologies and collections across the campus. He has written for All Music Guide, Library Quarterly, European Meetings in Ethnomusicology, Society for Ethnomusicology, and the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives. Before coming to the UW, John was Archivist at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive (2002-2006). He received his MLIS and MA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA.

Dale Vidmar – Dale is a full professor and Information Literacy and Instruction Coordinator/Education, Communication, Health, Physical Education, & Leadership Librarian at the Southern Oregon University Hannon Library. A former Online Northwest Conference coordinator, Dale enjoys the opportunity to network with colleagues here and likes it even better when it is not raining during the conference so he can catch his breath between all the great presentations. Dale still has his official Online Northwest retirement fork hanging on the wall in his office. Just to dispel any rumors and set the record straight, it is not true that people “Oooohhh” and “Ahhhhhh!” when they see the fork.

Diana Wakimoto – Diana is the Online Literacy Librarian at California State University, East Bay. She graduated from Simmons College with a Master of Science in Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in History.

Sam Wallin is a librarian at Vancouver Community Library in Vancouver, Washington. His duties there include reference, research, and computer class instruction.  He also spends some of his time recording and editing videos, and experimenting with inexpensive and easy to use methods for improving his work in that area.