MarieArana_hrBolivarCover_hrMarie ARANA

Marie Arana was born in Lima, Peru. She is the author of the memoir American Chica, a finalist for the National Book Award; two novels, Cellophane and Lima Nights; and The Writing Life, a collection from her well-known column for The Washington Post. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Lima, Peru.

Steven_BellSteven J. BELL

Steven J. Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He is serving as the president of ACRL for 2012-13. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, library leadership, higher education, design thinking and user experience. Steven is a co-founder of the Blended Librarian’s Online Learning Community on the Learning Times Network and enjoys delivering virtual presentations. He was the founding blogger of ACRLog, ACRL’s official Weblog, and currently writes at Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. He authors weekly columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, “From the Bell Tower” and “Leading From the Library”. He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design”. At the 2012 ALA Virtual Conference he presented on the library user experience. For additional information about Steven J. Bell or links to his projects, point your browser to

Todd BolTodd BOL

Todd Bol built a model of a one-room school house with free books in it as a memorial tribute to his mother, a former teacher who loved reading. That first Little Free Library in Hudson, Wisconsin led to his building dozens more and creating an enterprise with exceptional growth in its first three years. He now leads a tiny staff and an international network of thousands of Little Free Library stewards whose passionate commitment offers an energetic resource to libraries and readers of all kinds. He and co-founder Rick Brooks were named ALA “Movers & Shakers” earlier this year.

Peter_BrantleyPeter BRANTLEY

Peter is the Director of Scholarly Communications at the not-for-profit startup, Previously, Peter was the Director of the BookServer Project at the Internet Archive, where he developed new business models in distributing digital books, and fostered the publication, distribution, and access to digital content based on open formats and standards.  He is also the convener of the Books in Browsers conference, a summit for software developers and UX designers creating new forms of storytelling. He is a contributing editor to Publishers Weekly, and previously served on the board of the International Digital Publishing Forum, the standards-setting body for digital books.

susan_brazerSusan BRAZER

Susan is the science librarian at SU, and is currently serving as Chair of the Research & Instructional Services Department. Outside of work her interests including knitting, canning, chatting about the latest in organic gardening at the farmer’s market, and cooking up a delicious storm. On campus Susan has been participating in online learning since 1999, by being virtually present in online classes as the “resident librarian”, as well as through teaching a GenEd course for our sibling school, UMUC for the past six years. She is also a familiar presence in f2f classes via Information Literacy instruction sessions held in the library on top of several team-teaching opportunities where Susan was present in the classroom for each and every class session held over the full semester. In her thirteen years here, she has had the chance to see amazing changes in the classroom, and is still happily working with her fellow faculty members on new and exciting future opportunities!

Rick BrooksRick BROOKS

Rick Brooks, a nonprofit leader and outreach program manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 23 years, teaches in the field of facilitating health and social change. He specializes in youth and community development, health promotion and social marketing, and has worked with community-based, statewide, national and international organizations.

Emily K. ChanEmily K. CHAN

Emily K. Chan is an academic liaison librarian at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, a joint academic/public library serving the San José State University and City of San José communities. She liaises with the following departments: Biological Sciences; Biomedical, Chemical, and Materials Engineering; Chemistry; and Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging. Her undergraduate degree is in Biological Sciences from Grinnell College, and her library degree was obtained at San José State University. Her areas of focus include products and services that can provide data and statistics to improve upon existing library services.

Diamond-Ortiz photoAnastasia DIAMOND-ORTIZ

Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz is the Knowledge Manager at Cleveland Public Library. She is pleased to have been involved in many innovative projects at Cleveland Public Library, including the planning and execution of TechCentral. In her current role she is exploring how public libraries can communicate value and delight users through the use of data visualization and GIS.

Chitra DivakaruniChitra Banerjee DIVAKARUNIOleander Girl

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet and teacher. Her themes include women, immigration, the South Asian experience, history, myth, magical realism and diversity.

She writes for adults and children. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Russian and Japanese. Two novels, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into films. Her short stories, Arranged Marriage, won an American Book Award. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

cheryl-gormanCheryl GORMAN

Cheryl Gorman is the Vice-President National Programs at the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and a Harwood Certified Mentor Coach. Cheryl and her team create and deliver training and tools for the Harwood practice and work closely with the Institute’s national and community partners to implement community change strategies. Prior to joining Harwood, Cheryl had her own consulting practice working with a variety of organizations, including the national HR Council of the Nonprofit Sector, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, United Way Centraide Canada and United Way Worldwide. She has held senior leadership positions at the regional and national level, such as executive director of TalentWorks and senior research associate with The Conference Board of Canada.

Nate_HillNate HILL

Nate Hill is Assistant Director of the Chattanooga Public Library, a recipient of a 2012 Mover and Shaker award from the Library Journal, and part of the Gates Foundation’s International Network of Emerging Library Innovators.



Meghan_HodgeMegan HODGE

Megan Hodge earned her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2010 and is currently an assistant branch manager for the Chesterfield County Public Library. She is also the Leadership Director for the ALA New Members Round Table and the chair of the Virginia Library Association’s New Members Round Table (VLA NMRT). In 2011, she was an ALA Emerging Leader and co-founded the VLA NMRT. Her professional interests are library human resources, young adult services, and instructional design.

Olivia HogeOlivia HOGE

Olivia Hoge is the manager of the Cleveland Public Library Lorain Branch. She has worked in TechCentral and its predecessor the Computer Learning Connection where she first began connecting library patrons to computers and technology. In her current role as branch manager she is looking to find ways the library can fill the diverse needs of the neighborhood and community..

brad_hooperBrad HOOPER

Brad Hooper is the Adult Books Editor at Booklist, the review journal published by the American Library Association. Before coming to Booklist, Brad was a reference librarian in the History Department at Cleveland Public Library. He has given many review-writing workshops to public librarians across the county, the result of which was his most recent book, Writing Reviews for Readers’ Advisory (ALA Editions). He is a frequent speaker and interviewer on library and publisher panels and programs. He is currently serving on the inaugural selection committee of the newly established Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, to be awarded annually by ALA and the Carnegie Foundation.

Hannah LEE

Hannah K. Lee is an Assistant Librarian in the Student Multimedia Design Center at the University of Delaware Library. The Center is one of the largest multimedia creation facilities in an academic research library in the nation. Her responsibilities include assisting students in creating multimedia content, collaborating with faculty across departments on multimedia literacy instruction, and staff and student worker training, among others. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Education, an M.A. in English with a specialization in Writing Studies, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

sarah_loudenslagerSarah LOUDENSLAGER

Sarah Loudenslager received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.  She joined the faculty at Salisbury University in July 2012 as a Research/Instructional Librarian at Blackwell Library and serves as Library Liaison to all departments within the Perdue School of Business.  Sarah enjoys reading Seth Godin, Italian food, inspirational art, social media, exercising, shopping, the beach, and spending time with her Golden Retriever.


CJ Lynce is the Manager of TechCentral at the Cleveland Public Library. As part of CPL’s newest technology centric department, CJ helps to bring learning and creative opportunities involving computers and technology to the Cleveland metropolitan community. With over 14 years in libraries, CJ has previously held positions with the Twinsburg Public Library and the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System, and has been involved with the Ohio Library Community, serving as a previous coordinator of the Ohio Library Council’s Information Technology Division.

Scott_NicholsonScott NICHOLSON

Dr. Scott Nicholson is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and the Director of the Because Play Matters game lab.  His areas of interest include meaningful gamification and the creation of transformative games for informal learning and training.  During the 2011-2012 academic year, he was a visiting professor at MIT in Comparative Media Studies and the GAMBIT game lab.  Dr. Nicholson is a published board game designer, wrote the book Everyone Plays at the Library, and was an academic reference librarian. His research blog is at

Ashley_Parker_GravesAshley PARKER-GRAVES

Ashley completed her undergraduate work at Henderson State University and her MLS at Texas Woman’s University.  Prior to her library career Ashley held positions as a high school social studies teacher and as a corporate trainer. Ashley is in her 5th year as the Director of the Mid-Arkansas Regional Library / Malvern-Hot Spring County Library. She lives in Magnet Cove, AR with her husband, nephew, and her two dogs Novella and Faraday.  Ashley is active on local committees, civic organizations, and boards. Ashley enjoys working to promote libraries and working within professional organizations.  She is currently serving her second term as Chair of the Public Relations Committee of the Arkansas Libraries Association and previously held the position of Chair for the Public Libraries Division for two years.  Ashley has served for three years member-at-large of the Arkansas Teen Book Award Committee.  She also serves on the national level as part of the YALSA Books for Teens Jury and the Highsmith Innovation Award Jury.

Ashley can be found on Twitter at @ashleykparker.  She blogs at  Her website is

Kylie_PepplerKylie PEPPLER

Kylie Peppler is an Assistant Professor in the Learning Sciences Program at Indiana University. An artist by training, she engages in research that focuses on the intersection of arts, media, new technologies, and informal learning. Peppler’s involvement in the study and development of the media-rich programming environment Scratch resulted in the book, The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities. Peppler has collaborated with Leah Buechley and Yasmin Kafai to study e-textiles and to create new programming tools and an online community (LilyPond) for LilyPad Arduino designers. Her current work on creativity, systems thinking, and media arts in youth communities is supported by the National Science Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Amy_PriceAmy PRICE

Amy Price serves as the librarian at Oakstone Academy where she has implemented two LSTA grants that have provided her patrons with 140 iPads. Oakstone Academy serves 600 students with autism and their typically developing peers, ages 12 months to 22 years in four buildings. With a passion for providing information access to patrons with diverse needs, Amy took data to confirm the effectiveness of iPad use. Finding interactive e-books and communication apps provided patrons with access that could not be achieved through other means, she continues to work closely with teaching and technology staff to face the challenges of administering iPads district-wide. Amy received her MLIS degree from Kent State University.

Eura Ryan SzuwalskiEura RYAN SZUWALSKI

Eura Ryan Szuwalski is the Electronic Services and Instruction Librarian at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, a part of the Washington State Library. Eura maintains the library’s website content, is responsible for training patrons and third-party representatives on the use of the library’s digital equipment and downloadable audio books from the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, and assists with assistive technology troubleshooting. In addition to her training work, Eura travels around the state providing outreach to assisted living communities, libraries and other organizations that work with Washington state residents who are unable to read or hold standard print reading material due to a visual, physical or an organic mental disability. She holds a BA from Knox College (Galesburg, IL) in Classics, a MA from the University of Kansas in Classical Studies and a MLIS from Emporia State University (Portland Campus).

Bridgette_SandersBridgette SANDERS

Bridgette Sanders is the Social Sciences Librarian at J. Murrey Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  She has been an active librarian for over 25 years.  Her research interests include library spaces, diversity, mentoring, and African american history.  She promotes the use of technology in teaching and research in the social sciences.


Carolyn_SchwartzCarolyn M. SCHWARTZ

Carolyn M. Schwartz is the Head of Access Services at Ely Library of Westfield State University.  She is also in charge of library programming and coordinates the university’s Campus Author Series, which has appeared on C-SPAN2’s BookTV program.  Carolyn works to develop collaborative and creative relationships between the library and a diverse selection of campus departments to offer engaging learning experiences that go beyond conventional lectures.

Carolyn has a Master of Arts degree from Smith College in Ethnomusicology and received her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University.  She is a regular nonfiction reviewer for both Library Journal and The Information Society.

Donna_SeamanDonna SEAMAN

Donna Seaman is a senior editor for Booklist, a freelance reviewer for the Chicago Tribune and other venues, and a recipient of the Writer Magazine’s Writers Who Make a Difference Award, the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism, and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. Seaman’s author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books, and she is currently serving as a selection committee member for the new Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for the best adult fiction and nonfiction books of the year.

Deena SmithDeena SMITH

Deena Smith has served as the Federal Judicial Center’s librarian since 2010. Located in Washington DC, the FJC is the research and education agency of the US courts. As the staff librarian, Deena is responsible for managing acquisitions, serials, interlibrary loan, cataloging and circulation. She also provides orientation and advanced training so her patrons can take full advantage of subscription databases and effectively utilize tablets, mobile devices and apps. Her current projects include a content management system migration and expanding /applying the agency’s taxonomy to publications. Previously, Deena worked for the Prince George’s County Law Library, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, and the University of Maryland Libraries. She possesses degrees from North Carolina Central University and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Holly SmithHolly SMITH

Holly Smith is currently the African American Materials Specialist for the Southern Historical Collection at UNC Chapel Hill. In this position Ms. Smith works to expand and facilitate better access to African American related archival materials, including updating online guides, curating exhibitions, and public programming. Ms. Smith holds a B.A. in History and Black Studies from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in History from Yale University, and an M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College.

SullivanMaureen SULLIVAN

Maureen Sullivan is the 2012-2013 ALA President and an organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has more than twenty five years of experience as a consultant on organization development, strategic planning, leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, organization and work redesign, establishment of staff development and learning programs for today’s workplace, creating a work environment that supports diversity, revision of position classification and compensation systems, and the identification and development of competencies. Her experience includes twelve years as the human resources administrator in the libraries at the University of Maryland (1977-1980) and at Yale University (1983-1991). She has had a long association with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and was instrumental in the design and delivery of several of ARL’s management training programs.

Suzy_Szasz_PalmerSuzy SZASZ PALMER

Suzy Szasz Palmer has been Dean of the Library at Longwood University (VA) since 2011. She has also held senior management positions at the Library of Virginia and the University of Louisville. Suzy began her library career in 1979 as a reference and instruction librarian at Cornell University and held a variety of positions there through 2002. Suzy has spoken regionally, nationally, and internationally on a wide range of topics related to librarianship – outreach in special collections, the ethics of reference service, the future of the book, scholarly communications, print versus electronic resources, assessment of services, and the role of professional development.

Suzy earned her A.B., summa cum laude, political philosophy, and her MLS from Syracuse University.

Judy_WalkerJudy WALKER

Professor Judy Walker, the Education/Psychology Librarian, has been at the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Atkins Library for over 25 years. As Education Librarian Ms Walker promotes the use of technology in teaching and research to students, teachers, and faculty. She has played an active role in the formation of the Library’s Information Commons over the past 15 years. Recently Ms. Walker was named the 2013 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian.

New_ImageLaura WILSON

Laura Wilson is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Ely Library of Westfield State University.  She is the current Chair of the Ely Library Diversity Committee.  She also assists in planning, coordinating and implementing library programming.

Laura earned a MSLIS from Simmons College and a Master of Arts in French from Boston College.  She is a member of the New Members Round Table Membership, Promotion, Diversity and Recruitment Committee, as well as the Secretary for the ACRL Instruction for Diverse Populations Committee.

chris_woodallChris WOODALL

Chris Woodall, a native Texan, received his M.L.S. from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and his B.A. in music from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Before joining Salisbury University as the new technology librarian, Chris was a circulation supervisor at Indiana University. In his spare time, Chris likes to listen to classical music and read about the latest developments in consumer technologies.

Robert_WolvenRobert WOLVEN

Robert Wolven is Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development at Columbia University Libraries.  He is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to digital content, metadata, and technical services in libraries, and has served on planning and advisory groups for the Library of Congress, Digital Library Federation, the HathiTrust and OCLC among others.  He is co-chair of the American Library Association’s Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries and a member of the HathiTrust Board of Governors.