CH2M Hill Alumni Center
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

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Presenter Biographies

Robin Ashford, Reference & Distance Services Librarian, George Fox University, works primarily with graduate students out of the Portland Center of her university. She serves students and faculty by providing reference services face-to-face and online using various technologies. Robin has served hybrid programs and distance students as an embedded librarian in the Moodle LMS, in virtual worlds, web-conferencing programs, and most recently for a course usingTwitter. As an early adopter who follows emerging technologies, her interests range from gaming and virtual worlds to microblogging and mobile technologies.

Kyle Banerjee is the Digital Services Program Manager for the Orbis Cascade Alliance. After successfully implmenting cloud services to perform Alliance work, he was responsible for launching a pilot project in 2009 allowing institutions to purchase cloud services through the Alliance. This pilot has proved popular and is now being expanded.

Laurie Bridges is a librarian at Oregon State University and she reports to both the Emerging Technologies department and the Teaching and Engagement department. She has written and spoken extensively on the topics of undergraduates and online social media. Recently, in cooperation with her co-speaker, she conducted a qualitative/quantitative study on undergraduate image-searching behavior of OSU freshmen students. She holds her MLIS from the University of Washington, M.S. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University, and a B.S.Ed. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rachel Bridgewater
is the electronic resources librarian at Reed College Library. In addition to managing the library's electronic resources and website, she works at the reference desk and teaches. Rachel is national faculty for Emporia State University's School of Library and Information Management where she teaches classes in web development and information design. Rachel is a frequent speaker at local, regional, and national conferences on technology and information policy topics.

Joanna Burgess is the digital assets librarian at Reed College. As administrator of Reed’s CONTENTdm system, Joanna collaborates with faculty, IT staff, and other administrative departments to develop digital collections, facilitate access to the College’s archival and intellectual materials, and customize CONTENTdm to meet local needs. From 2006 to 2009, Joanna oversaw a grant project at Reed exploring the use of images in teaching in the liberal arts college environment. This past year, Joanna worked on the Orbis Cascade Alliance Digital Services Team’s evaluation of current DAMS, focusing particularly on images and multimedia requirements. Currently she also serves as chair of the ACRL Image Resources Interest Group (IRIG), and is a member of the ACRL task force working to create visual literacy standards for higher education.

Heidi Coley is the English Writing Specialist for Spanish Speakers at Western Oregon University's Writing Center. She develops writing workshops for all subject areas.

Alan Cordle is currently Faculty Chair at Portland Community College Library. He received his MLS at the Historically Black North Carolina Central University, which he attended on a minority presence grant. In 2004 he founded the watchdog website Foetry.com, resulting in cover stories for The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Los Angeles Times. His recent travels have included a trip to South Africa for an intensive study of race relations and a visit to Cambodia to witness the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge.

Anne-Marie Deitering is the Franklin McEdward Professor for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives at Oregon State University Libraries. She speaks and writes frequently about the intersections between technology, information literacy and student engagement. She blogs on these topics at info-fetishist.org.

Corey Davis is Technical Services Librarian at Royal Roads University, where he is responsible for a number of library systems and monograph acquisitions. His recent research interests includes student use of ebooks and the particular challenges of managing and providing access to ebook collection with existing library technology. Before coming to Royal Roads, he worked at Langara College in Vancouver, and the BC Open University. He graduated from the School of Library and Archival Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2003.

Tiah Edmunson-Morton is the Reference and Instruction Coordinator at the Oregon State University Archives. In addition to her reference and instruction work, she is the project manager for the Archives' Flickr and Flickr Commons accounts, selects archival items for digital collections, and coordinates digitization projects with other units. Before her obsession with social software tools, she focused her attention on user studies and usability, serving on the OSU Valley Libraries’ Usability Team for two years and the Northwest Digital Archives’ Usability Group for three years (two years as the group’s chair). She is currently the past-president of the Northwest Archivists and assistant editor of Easy Access. She holds her MLIS from San José State University, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from Miami University, and became a Certified Archivist in 2007.

Karen Estlund is the Digital Collections Coordinator at the University of Oregon Libraries, where she manages digital collection areas from metadata to systems to preservation to collection development. In 2010, she chaired the Orbis Cascade Alliance Digital Services Team investigating multiple venues for consortial support of digital projects. Prior to University of Oregon, Karen worked at the University of Utah where she was a technology instruction librarian, head of digital technologies, and coordinated the institutional repository.

Antony Falco began his career at Public Citizen, a Ralph Nader-founded civil advocacy organization, working for the Litigation Group preparing briefs for the Supreme Court. After several successful business ventures, he turned his attention to Open Source Software, and founded Basho Technologies, which develops Riak, a new kind of database that makes it easy to distribute critical information globally.

Jessica Hastings is a Research Analyst at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, one of the largest independent communications agencies in the world. She received her Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.

Anna Johnson is a Faculty Librarian and Instructor at Mt Hood Community College, where she teaches several one-credit courses and coordinates the (very busy) library instruction program. This term, Anna is using Prezi as a teaching tool to help Mental Health & Human Services students visualize the scope of the PsycARTICLES database.

Tricia Juettemeyer
is Library Director at the Art Institute of Portland. Presenting to students, faculty, and staff, is but one of the many ways she spends her days. She is always thinking about how she can more effectively reach students, particularly those visually inclined designers-in-training, and has found Prezi useful as a way to create engagement with the not-necessarily-super-exciting library overview.

Sharon Lawler, a native Oregonian, is a Research Analyst at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, one of the largest independent communication agencies in the world. She received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston, MA.

Robert Monge is the Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Western Oregon University and designs both classroom and online library instruction sessions for a variety of subject areas.

Andy Peterson has been the Head of Library IT at Western Washington University Libraries for 11 years. She worked as a cataloger, director, reference and instruction librarian before discovering that IT was the most fun you could have in libraries. In addition to managing IT at Western Libraries, she also manages Viking Village, the social networking site for Western Washington University and the topic of her presentation.

Cindy Romaine
is the principal of Romainiacs Intelligent Research, a consultancy focused on information intense projects—research, information flow, needs assessment, and authoritative sourcing—related to business needs. Cindy’s experience includes 16 years at Nike, Inc., where she was responsible for the strategic global collections for a world-class design community. Cindy actively contributes to our professional community and has served as president of the Oregon chapter of SLA two times, on the Board of Directors for the international organization, is the recipient the Center of Excellence award from SLA, as the chair of the Innovation Laboratory, and as the chair the PR committee. Cindy is currently the President of SLA and focused on directing us to be Future Ready in 2011.

Richard Sapon-White is currently head of cataloging at Oregon State University Libraries. He started his professional career over 20 years ago as a science cataloger at Virginia Tech where he did original cataloging by filling out paper forms and passing these to a paraprofessional using an M320 OCLC terminal. An active member of both ALA and OLA, he has served on numerous committees of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and the Association of College and Research Libraries. He is also active on the International Relations Round Tables of both the ALA and OLA, including serving as coordinator of the Horner Exchange program with China this past year. A member of Beta Phi Mu, the library science honor society, Mr. Sapon-White has a master’s in library science from Southern Connecticut State University, a second master’s degree in public health from the UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Toronto. In 2005 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach subject analysis and metadata courses at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. His professional interests include subject analysis, academic librarianship, and international librarianship.

Nicholas Schiller is a member of the Washington State University library faculty. He works with systems, library instruction, and is the liaison to the Computer Science, Engineering, and Digital Technology & Culture programs. Outside the library, he teaches in the Digital Technology & Culture program. His research areas include video games and learning, new methods of fostering information literacy, and how digital media are changing our relationship with information.

Greg Williams has spent his career managing, implementing, and developing technology in the public sector. Greg has worked in the university, state government, and public library fields as a technology project manager, database analyst, programmer, webmaster, and development team leader. Since earning his MLIS in 2006, Greg has worked as a librarian at the West Linn Public Library, where he continues to focus on the creation, utilization, and management of technology in public library operations and services. Greg's current interests include learning Python, exploring the potential of next-generation web standards (HTML5 and CSS3), and following the development of the upcoming EPUB3 standard.