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Presenter Biographies

Lisa Ancelet is Head of Reference Services at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Karen Bjork is the Digital Initiatives Coordinator at Portland State University. She's interested in institutional repositories, copyright and undergraduate research.

Laurie Bridges joined OSU Libraries in 2007 and has led the OSU Libraries mobile team since 2009. The mobile team has published two articles about developing mobile sites, one book chapter, and are currently working on a third article.

Rachel Bridgewater loves teaching students at Portland Community College - both in the classroom and one-on-one at the busy reference desk. Rachel is a frequent speaker on technology and information policy topics.

Anne-Marie Deitering is the Franklin McEdward Professor for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives at Oregon State University Libraries. She speaks and writes frequently on the intersections between information literacy, emerging technologies and student success. She blogs on these topics, and more, at http://info-fetishist.org

Dr. Claver Hategekimana is the Coordinator of Distance Education and Teaching and Learning Center at Wenatchee Valley College. Claver earned a doctorate degree in Human Computer Interaction with a concentration in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Iowa State University. His research interest includes web application and communication technologies that break through the barrier of time constraint, location, and representation of data in a meaningful format to the end user. Claver is also intrigued by solar energy and spends his free time designing solar kits to benefit those who live off-grid.

Cheryl Cuillier is an instructional librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries. She previously served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Libraries at the UA. Librarianship is a career change for her, having worked as a newspaper and magazine copy editor for a number of years in the Northwest. Cheryl has a B.A. in journalism and English from Pacific Lutheran University and a master's in library science from the University of Arizona.


Michele DeSilva is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at Central Oregon Community College.

Jason Dewland is a member of the University of Arizona Libraries’ Research Services Team and serves the UA’s College of Management. Jason previously worked as a business librarian at the University of Mississippi. Jason has a B.A. in political science from Boston College, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, and an M.L.S. from Wayne State. He served in the Peace Corps in the Ukraine and speaks Russian.

Lorin Flores is Information Literacy Coordinator/Reference & Instruction Librarian at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Stephen X. Flynn is Emerging Technologies Librarian at the College of Wooster, in Ohio, and creator of OpenCoverLetters.com.

David Isaak is the Digital Projects Librarian at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon. In 2011, he started the institutional repository program, which now contains over 10,000 research publications. Lately, he has been thinking a lot about library services to support e-science.

Jen Klaudinyi is a Reference and Instruction Librarian and Faculty Technology Specialist at Lane Community College, where she co-learns about information and technology with students and instructors. She firmly believes that "information wants to be free."


Sue Kunda is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Oregon State University. She's interested in institutional repositories, Open Access, copyright, fair use and undergraduate research.

Working at the UW Tacoma Library since 2010, Alison Lane has digitized and created metadata for many oral histories in the Tacoma Community History Project.

Ben Malczewski is an adult services librarian (who regrets the duplicity of this title) and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended the University of Toledo, the University of Edinburgh, and Wayne State University and his background is in literary criticism and film studies. Before entering librarianship he was an Americorps volunteer and social worker in the Pacific Northwest. His freelance writing appears frequently in Library Journal (amongst others) where he primarily covers media market analytics and projection, as well as emerging technologies. He also contributes a blog to the Public Library Association website called "The Talking Cure."

Barbara Oldham is a reference and instruction librarian at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, WA. She has been working in community colleges for the last 10 years. She has also been a K-5 librarian and a high school librarian. Her research has focused on student success, information literacy, and distance education. Barbara is also very interested in how the brain works in relation to teaching and learning. When she is not working she is busy burning fossil fuel on her motorcycle traveling an average of about 10,000 miles every summer.

Kimberly Pendell is interested in the connection of digital literacy and social justice, and how these issues connect with academic libraries and social work education.

Hannah Gascho Rempel joined OSU Libraries in 2007. Her research interests include graduate student needs and enhancing the online library environment. She has been a member of the OSU Libraries mobile team since 2009.


Hilary Robbeloth assisted with the Tacoma Community History Project as an MLIS student, clearing permissions for the oral histories and creating metadata.

Nicholas Schiller is an instruction librarian and a systems librarian. He's also an affiliated faculty member with the Washington State University Creative Media and Digital Culture program, teaching a course in information architecture and information literacy. He weasr many hats on the job, but they all seem to integrate emerging technology with information literacy instruction. His research areas include the pedagogy of video games, and using information architecture to teach information literacy.

Dale Vidmar is a full professor and the Information Literacy and Instruction Librarian at Southern Oregon University who continues to “ooh” and “ah” his way through life.

Kay Vyhnanek is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at Washington State University, a position she has held since 2005. She manages the WSU Library repository, the WSU Research Exchange. She leads the Library’s Scholarly Communication Team in the development of policies and practices related to the changing services evolving from the shift in scholarly communication techniques. Beyond the repository services that are provided the Library has recently begun supporting the Open Journal Systems with one journal being published and three more in the works.

Justin Wadland has worked at the UW Tacoma Library since 2003 and served as the project manager for digitizing the Tacoma Community History Project.

Evviva Weinraub Lajoie's team is responsible for all IT services within the library including mobile, and open source tools development. Her interests include mobile technologies, the future of digital publishing, UX, and open source development.

Amanda Whitmire is an oceanographer turned data librarian for OSU Libraries. She believes in open data, and text files make her happy.


Jackie Wirz is the science, data and information geek at the OHSU Library. She has a PhD in Biochemistry and believes in evolution, salted caramels and Jane Eyre.

Elizabeth Withers is a PhD student in Sociology at Portland State University interested in health disparities and the effects of education and digital literacy.


Lightning Talkers

By day, Emily Ford strives to improve the library community. At PSU she serves students & faculty of the College of Urban & Public Affairs. By night, she is a food snob. Her Twitter handle is femilyr.

Amy Hofer is the Distance Learning Librarian at Portland State University. By night she is a fiddler and square dance caller.

Uta Hussong-Christian is an Instruction & Science Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries. She loves reading on her mobile devices and from “old-fashioned” print books.

After many years of reading print books, Jane Nichols happily adopted e-reading on her e-reader, smart phone and tablet. Best features? Syncing across devices and being able to read any time, anywhere. Her Twitter handle is @janienickel.

Nate Pedersen is a Community Librarian with the Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon. He also moonlights as a freelance journalist. His Twitter handle is NateTommyGun, and his website is http://natepedersen.com

Kim Read is a faculty librarian at Clark College. She holds an MLS from Emporia State University and her BA is from Colorado College. Her interests include teaching, assessment, marketing, open access, open education resources, bacon, ice cream, writing and recording music, being outdoors, dancing, and reality TV cooking shows. For Kim’s CV please visit www.kimread.com

In 2003, Lorie Vik began working as an Adult Services Librarian at Eugene Public Library and in 2008 became EPL’s Virtual Services Librarian with the goal of better serving library patrons 24/7. Over the past four years, the Library has begun using LibGuides and allowing staff to have a direct role in creating web content. Lorie spent the first half of 2012 developing the Library’s (and City’s) new website. As a member of the Library’s technology group, Lorie has a role in other techie things yet still maintains direct contact with patrons both at the reference desk and virtually. She is currently Chair of the Oregon Digital Library Consortium.