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Jason GriffeyJason Griffey portrait

Head of Library Information Technology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Jason will discuss mobile and personal digital devices. He is an active blogger and author of two books, the most recent of which is Mobile Technologies & Libraries. His latest article is entitled Gadgets & Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library. Pattern Recognition, his personal and professional blog, has been active since 2003. He is a columnist for the ALA TechSource blog and writes for American Libraries at Perpetual Beta, a gadget, technology, and tips and tricks blog for libraries and higher education that focuses on the use of multimedia, incorporating audio and video.

Griffey was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers for 2009, and has served on the faculty for the Academic Library 2.0 preconference at the Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences sponsored by Information Today. Griffey is very involved with the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association. He is administrator and author for LITABlog, a past chair of the LITA Interest Group BIGWIG, an organizer of the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase, the 2008-2010 Chair for the LITA Program Planning Committee, and Director at Large for the LITA Board for 2010-2012.


Dr. Steven J. BellSteven Bell portrait

Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA

Dr Bell writes and speaks frequently on topics such as information retrieval, library and learning technologies, and academic librarianship. As an adjunct professor at the Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology, Dr. Bell teaches courses on online searching, academic librarianship, and business information resources. He created Steven Bell’s Keeping Up Web Site and The Kept-Up Academic Librarian to promote current awareness skills and resources and help academic librarians keep up with the latest developments in higher education.

He also blogs at ACRLog and Designing Better Libraries, which promotes design thinking and user experience skills for librarians. He is co-author of the book Academic Librarianship by Design, an in-depth discussion of blended librarianship and how it integrates with design thinking that provides examples and profiles of blended librarianship in practice.


Kerry FiskeKerry Fiske portrait

Adult Services Librarian, Scottsdale Public Library

Kerry Fiske is an Adult Services librarian with the Scottsdale Public Library System in Arizona. She has an avid interest in merchandising library materials, partly due to the fact that her previous career was in marketing and advertising. Kerry was a graphic designer for many years prior to becoming a librarian. Since earning her M.L.S., she has worked in public, community college and medical libraries. Kerry holds a B.A. from Scripps College and an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona.


Ellen Hampton FilgoEllen Filgo portrait

e-Learning Librarian, Baylor University

Ellen Hampton Filgo is the e-Learning Librarian at Baylor University. In addition to providing reference and instructional services to students and faculty at Baylor, Filgo also designs and creates online instructional materials. She is interested in investigating ways that new generations of students are using the Internet and how that can be connected with the online resources the library provides; in researching how libraries can be represented in learning management systems; in utilizing the instructional uses of Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites; and in working with libraries to use and adapt Web 2.0 tools to help facilitate easier access to online resources. Filgo is interested in new media and educational technology and is a member of the New Media Consortium's Campus Leaders Advisory Board for Baylor University. Filgo received her BA in comparative literature from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1997 and her MSLS from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2007.


Linda Stevens and Grace LillevigLinda Stevens and Grace Lillevig portrait

Linda Stevens - Coordinator of Marketing and Programming, Harris County Public Library
Grace Lillevig - eBranch Librarian, HCPL

Currently, the Coordinator or Marketing and Programming at Harris County (Texas) Public Library, Linda Stevens has been a librarian for 18 years and has had a wide variety of responsibilities, from reference to branch management to media collection development. In her current position, Linda coordinates programming, printing, fundraising, marketing and grant program management for Harris County Public Library. Her Master’s of Science in Library Science is from the University of North Texas.

Grace Lillevig has been a librarian for 17 years and has done everything from reference to collection development. As the eBranch Librarian for HCPL, Grace manages, develops and maintains content of the library web site for Harris County Public Library. Her Master’s of Science in Library Science is from Catholic University of America.

Linda and Grace have collaborated on a number of projects including iHCPL: A Learning Experience, HCPL's 23 Things program, and it's continuation iHCPL: The Next Generation; "Creating Library Staff 2.0: Learning + Fun = iHCPL" in Texas Library Journal Winter 2009; the article in the Texas Library Journal Summer 2010 and TLA webinar Innovating Community Conversations through Online Tools; 2011 HCPL Treasure Hunt cross training program; HCPL's Book Hunters service, begun in November 2010.


Rachel Vacek and Anita RileyRachel Vacek and Anita Riley portraits

Rachel Vacek - Head of Web Services, University of Houston Libraries
Anita Riley - Digital & Web Projects Fellow, University of Houston Libraries

Rachel Vacek is Head of Web Services at the University of Houston Libraries and manages the Libraries' virtual presence and many other web-based services. She presents regularly at local and national conferences and is very active within LITA and ACRL. She's also proud to be a 2007 ALA Emerging Leader.

Anita Riley is the Digital & Web Projects Fellow at the University of Houston Libraries, where she frequently leads training sessions on technology-related topics. Prior to accepting this position, she has worked at a number of public and academic libraries.


Debbie Montgomery, Tahmoures Elyasi, Iryna ShevchukDebbie Montgomery, Tahmoures Elyasi, and Iryna Shevchuk portraits

Debbie Montgomery - Head of Cataloging, University of Texas at Dallas, McDermott Library
Tahmoures Elyasi - Software Specialist, University of Texas at Dallas, McDermott Library
Iryna Shevchuk - Web Services Librarian, University of Texas at Dallas, McDermott Library

As the Head of Cataloging at the University of Texas at Dallas, McDermott Library, Debbie Montgomery, M.L.S., manages the workflow of 3 professional and 5 cataloging assistants in cataloging and access of library resources in all formats using Voyager cataloging software.

Tahmoures Elyasi is the library's Software Specialist and is tasked with implementing new software initiatives through all stages of analysis, test and production.

Iryna Shevchuk, M.L.S. has been a Web Services Librarian at the McDermott Library, UT Dallas for almost three years. She is responsible for designing and maintaining the library’s virtual presence on the web. Her department provides innovative digital library services for UT Dallas community.


Heather ScalfHeather Scalf portrait

Interim Coordinator, Access Services, University of Texas at Arlington

Heather has been doing training since she was a young Lieutenant in the US Army in 1984. She has done both technical training and general employee development training in the years since, in the military, in retail distribution centers and in libraries. She is the Interim Coordinator, Access Services at the University of Texas at Arlington.


Kristen Davis, Jennifer Anderson, and Zachary AllredKristen Davis, Jennifer Anderson, and Zachary Allred portraits

Kristen Davis - Information Literacy Coordinator, Mary Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Jennifer Anderson - Cataloging Librarian, Mary Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Zachary Allred - Government Documents Librarian, Mary Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Zack Allred, Jennifer Anderson, and Kristen Davis work together at the Mary Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Zach is the Government Documents Librarian. Jennifer is a catalog librarian and is working towards a master’s degree in communication. Kristen is the Information Literacy Coordinator. All three have reference, instrucrtion, collection development, and departmental liaison duties.


J B Hill, Linda Wen, and John SiegelJB Hill, Linda Wen, and John Siegel portrait

J B Hill - Director of Public Services, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Linda Wen - Head of Information Technology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
John Siegel - Library Instruction Coordinator, University of Arkansas at Little Rock



Benjamen A. BizzleBenjamen A. Bizzle portrait

Director of Technology, Crowley Ridge Regional Library
As Director of Technology for the Crowley Ridge Regional Library, Mr. Bizzle utilizes over 20 years of technology experience to meet the challenges facing libraries in the 21st century. With an emphasis on virtualizing resources and extending the library’s reach beyond the library itself, he has developed a number of cost effective ways to enhance the patron experience and increase community awareness of the value of public libraries.


Katie DunnebackKatie Dunneback portrait

Consultant, East Central Library Services, Bettendor, IA
Katie Dunneback is the Consultant with East Central Library Services in Bettendorf, IA. She is one of the project managers for the WILBOR Overdrive consortium of over 100 Iowa libraries. In addition to her library work, she is also a published author under a pseudonym and the Romance Community Manager for an online social network/bookstore. Katie has presented on ebook topics at the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference and the Library Journal/School Library Ebook Summit.


Robert Watkins

Chief Operating Officer, Amigos Library Services
Robert has overall responsibility for Amigos Member Discount Services, Continuing Education Services, Support Services, the Amigos Imaging and Preservation Service, Trans-Amigos Express/TExpress courier service, and membership recruitment. Robert has served Amigos for over 20 years in many capacities, including Director of Amigos Database Services.


Christine Peterson

Continuing Education Librarian, Amigos Library Services
Christine Peterson, Continuing Education Libraries at Amigos provides training, support and consulting services for member libraries in the areas of Internet and technology.