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Internet@Schools West 2010 October 25 – 26, 2010
Monterey, CA
In conjunction with
Internet Librarian
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Elisabeth Abarbanel, School Librarian, Brentwood School, East Campus
Elisabeth Abarbanel holds her MLS from University of California, Los Angeles and was a librarian at public libraries and elementary school libraries before settling in at Brentwood School in Los Angeles as a middle and upper school librarian. She enjoys meeting with librarians from all types of libraries, and has recently co-authored a chapter about integrating technology in the school library experience in Independent School Libraries: Perspectives on Excellence.

Sessions by Elisabeth Abarbanel
10-26-2010   1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   S203: Crowdsourcing Your Library Challenges
Brooke Ahrens, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Notre Dame High School

Brooke Carey Ahrens is Google Certified Teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator at a private bay area high school. She holds an MLIS and MA in Education from SJSU. Before focusing on Youth Librarianship in SJSU SLIS program, she worked as an English and Social Studies teacher for 11 years.

Sessions by Brooke Ahrens
10-26-2010   11:30 AM – 12:15 PM   S202: Mind your P's and Qs- Etiquette for the Digital Age
Anne Arriaga, Head Librarian, Moreau Catholic High School

Anne received her BA from Bowdoin College and her MLIS from San Jose State University. Soon after being accepted into San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science, she began working at Moreau Catholic high school as a library assistant and became co-librarian two years later. During her final summer as a graduate student, she served as the Exploratorium's Learning Commons and Teacher Institute intern where she supported a cohort of math and science teachers from around the country. At Moreau Catholic, Anne helped to implement the 23 Things, developed the Live from MCHS program, founded the MCHS Library 24 Hr. Read-a-thon, and serves as curriculum consultant to faculty members - connecting teachers to relevant information, professionals in their field, and professional development opportunities. Additionally, Anne partners with teachers to provide in-class instruction on a variety of topics that pertain to information and digital literacy and collaborates with faculty to build subject assignment-specific LibGuides.

Sessions by Anne Arriaga
10-25-2010   11:15 AM – 12:00 PM   S102: Marketing Strategies for Your Library- Create a Brand and Control Your Image
Mary Ann Bell, Professor of Library Science/, Sam Houston State University

Mary Ann Bell, BA, MLS, Ed.D. is a Professor in the Department of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, where she teaches classes related to technology and librarianship. She is the author of Internet and Personal Computer Fads, Haworth Press, 2004 and Cybersins and Digital Good Deeds: A Book About Technology and Ethics, Haworth Press, 2006. Her most recent book, School Librarians and the Technology Department: A Practical Guide to Succesful Collaboration, came out in May 2013. She has also written numerous journal publications and presented conference presentations on the topics of information ethics and creative teaching with technology. She is active in Texas Library Association, American Library Association, and Texas Computer Education Association. She received her BA from Baylor University, her MLS from Sam Houston State University, and her EdD from Baylor University. She enjoys nature photography, hiking, reading and trying out new devices and resources to keep up with technology.

Sessions by Mary Ann Bell
10-25-2010   4:15 PM – 5:00 PM   S106: What Do Kids Really Know About Technology?
Tasha Bergson-Michleson, Instructional and Programming Librarian, Castilleja School

Since 1995, Tasha has been exploring what makes for successful information literacy instruction in corporate, non-profit, subscription, and school libraries, and through aferschool programs and summer camps. Most recently, Tasha was the Search Educator at Google, where she wrote lesson plans, the Power Searching MOOCs, and - most importantly - collaborated with other librarians around the world. Tasha looks forward to advancing these conversations and collaborations with her peers in her new role as Instructional and Programming Librarian for Castilleja School. 

Sessions by Tasha Bergson-Michleson
10-25-2010   2:15 PM – 3:00 PM   S104: Kids Doing Research Right
Andrew Carlos, STEM & Web Services Librarian, California State University, East Bay

Andrew is one of the STEM and Web Services Librarians at California State University, East Bay. He is the liaison for the Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science and Psychology departments, as well as an instructor for LIBY 1210: Introduction to Information Literacy. His interests including emerging technology, makerspaces, user interface design and mobile technology. He previously worked for The Harker School, a private K-12 school in San Jose as the Electronic Resources Librarian. This will be his third time presenting at Internet Librarian. 

Sessions by Andrew Carlos
10-26-2010   11:30 AM – 12:15 PM   S202: Mind your P's and Qs- Etiquette for the Digital Age
Carol Deviney, Librarian/Media Specialist, Chapa Middle School

Carol Deviney has a Masters degree in Library Science and is currently a middle school librarian in Kyle, Texas. Not only has she been a school librarian for middle and high schools, she has also been in academic and special libraries, giving her a unique perspective on the research needs of students. She has presented at many conferences at the state and national level with an emphasis on library instruction and collaboration with the classroom teacher.

Sessions by Carol Deviney
10-26-2010   3:30 PM – 4:15 PM   S204: The Collaboration Puzzle: No Piece Left Behind
Polly-Alida Farrington, Consultant & Trainer, PA Farrington Associates

Polly-Alida Farrington, is a consultant and the owner of PA Farrington Associates, with more than 15 years’ experience providing technology-related training, web project development, and consulting services to libraries, library systems, and schools. A former academic librarian, she has 17 years experience in reference, government documents, interlibrary loan, and technology. She has a keen interest in how libraries & schools are using technology and adapting to change, and loves helping people explore emerging technologies and assess how technology can help deliver better services to customers.  She and Kyle M.L. Jones are the co-authors of Library Technology Reports, April 2011 (47:3), Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System and Learning from Libraries that Use WordPress: Content-Management System Case Studies and Best Practices (2012, ALA Editions). When not in front of a computer, she can be found in her garden trying to help things grow Her website is

Sessions by Polly-Alida Farrington
10-25-2010   10:15 AM – 11:00 AM   S101: WordPress Websites: They're Not Just for Blogging!
Michelle Fromme, Head Librarian, Wildwood Middle and Upper School

Michelle Simon Fromme is Head Librarian at Wildwood Middle and Upper School in Los Angeles, California. She earned her Master's degree in Information and Library Studies, with a specialization in Archival Studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles. She enjoys using her background in archival studies to introduce students to a multitude of primary sources and loves watching their faces as history comes alive. Currently she is promoting the use of online tools to encourage students, teachers and librarians to collaborate and participate in making the library both a physical and virtual space for teaching and learning. She treasures creating safe, inviting, comfortable, and inspiring information-filled spaces for her community.

Sessions by Michelle Fromme
10-26-2010   1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   S203: Crowdsourcing Your Library Challenges
Susan Geiger, Librarian, Moreau Catholic High School AISL, BAYNET, BASIL Past President

Susan Geiger has been the librarian at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California for 28 years. Susan has been involved with schools, technology and the Internet since creating her school's first website in the mid nineties with a group of students. Moreau Catholic initiated a one to one laptop program in 2007. The library has been an intregal part of this transition and provides just-in-time tech support to faculty, students and staff. A ubiquitous computing environment  has created an opportunity for Susan and her staff to take on some non-traditional roles as infomation prosfessionals within the school community and redefine the role of the library.

Sessions by Susan Geiger
10-25-2010   11:15 AM – 12:00 PM   S102: Marketing Strategies for Your Library- Create a Brand and Control Your Image
Buffy J. Hamilton, Librarian, Creekview High School

Buffy J. Hamilton is a high school librarian and teacher at The Unquiet Library in Canton, Georgia, with nineteen years of experience as an educator as a high school English teacher, technology integration specialist, and librarian.   She is passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for students and teachers. A 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Buffy's  interests include social media, participatory learning and culture, ethnographic studies, digital composition, personal learning environments, poetry, and social scholarship.  

Blog | Twitter | Portfolio

Sessions by Buffy J. Hamilton
10-25-2010   10:15 AM – 11:00 AM   S101: WordPress Websites: They're Not Just for Blogging!
10-26-2010   1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   S203: Crowdsourcing Your Library Challenges
David Hoffman, Co-Chair for the Internet@Schools Track, Information Today, Inc.

Sessions by David Hoffman
Kay Hones, Librarian/computer teacher, Stevenson School, San Francisco Unified School District

 I am a National Board Certified Librarian,  working full time developing literacy programs with technology integration in Stevenson School Library. Along with K-12 teaching expertise; I have presented regional, national & international workshops. I am 2008 National School Boards Association’s “20 to Watch” emerging leader. I participated in the Yahoo! Teachers of Merit program & was lead blogger on official blog.  Last two summers I participated in the PBWorks Summer Camp. I mentor National Board candidates at Stanford & San Francisco & teach on-line NB courses at National University.

Sessions by Kay Hones
10-25-2010   1:15 PM – 2:00 PM   S103: "Cryptic Love Letters"-Digital Primary Sources
Brian Hulsey, Electronic Resources/Serials Coordinator, Columbus State University

Brian currently holds a position in Electronic Resources at the Simon Schwob Memorial Library of Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. He presents at the state, regional, and national level on a myriad of topics ranging from accessible services to innovative technologies. All the while enthusiastically continuing to explore and learn new technologies in hopes to promote and excite others with a contagious dedication for clear and inspiring library service.

His professional interest include equal access to information, intellectual freedom, digital and technology based services, 21st century literacies, and making libraries a key component in the ever changing climate of information and communication. Outside of libraryland he is a triathlete, cycling enthusiast, Pilates instructor, and coffee shop frequenter.

Sessions by Brian Hulsey
10-26-2010   1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   S203: Crowdsourcing Your Library Challenges
Kathleen A Johnson, Librarian, Seattle Academy

Kathleen has presented at several conferences in the Library and Technology fields. She provided the keynote speech for Mosaic Day - part of the Seattle Children's International Festival. She has been a Librarian for 33 years, worked in high tech for three years where she set up a digital engineering library for a cryptography firm. Kathleen was also a software applications trainer for 5 years. Overseas she collaborated with a colleague to set-up a national cultural archives for the country of Burkina Faso. Her wiki on 21st Century Learning won the 2008 Golden Can award for best education 2.0 wiki on Wetpaint.

The conference powerpoint can be found on Slideshare by searching for "Diigo - Your Outboard Brain" or by searching on her user name SIMKathy.

Sessions by Kathleen A Johnson
10-26-2010   4:30 PM – 5:15 PM   S205: Diigo-Your Outboard Brain
Kyle M.L. Jones, Ph.D. Student, LIS & Edu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kyle M. L. Jones, MLIS, is a Ph.D. student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies. Originally from Byron, IL, Kyle received his BA in with honors from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL in the spring of 2007 and his Masters degree with honors at Dominican University in River Forest, IL in their Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2009. He defines his research as being in the e-learning informatics branch of the social informatics literature. Currently, he is investigating the student privacy conceptions and concerns related to learning analytics technologies.

Sessions by Kyle M.L. Jones
10-25-2010   10:15 AM – 11:00 AM   S101: WordPress Websites: They're Not Just for Blogging!
Patricia Martin, CEO, Litlamp Communications & Author, Renaissance Generation: The Rise of the Cultural Consumer and What It Means to Your Business

Patricia Martin, a noted expert on commerce and culture, is author of the book Renaissance Generation: The Rise of the Cultural Consumer and What it Means to Your Business. She pioneered the point of view that the convergence of art, technology and learning are remaking the American consumer. As CEO of LitLamp Communications, she helps knowledge-economy leaders successfully position, package and pitch their ambitious ideas in a changing culture. Martin conjured a sponsorship strategy for the Asian tour of the New York Philharmonic, spearheaded a viral Information Privacy initiative funded by George Soros, and launched Animal Planet. Before founding the firm in 1995, Martin created the first-of-its-kind sponsorship marketing division for the ALA.

Sessions by Patricia Martin
10-25-2010   8:45 AM – 9:45 AM   Adding Value to Your Community
Mike Ridley, Librarian, University of Guelph

Until January 2012 Michael Ridley was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). Currently, on sabbatical, he is writing a “book-like-thing” on literacy, completing a graduate degree in higher education, editing Access (the magazine of the Ontario Library Association), teaching, and consulting with a number of professional organizations.

Ridley has been a professional librarian since 1979 working at a variety of positions at the University of Guelph, the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University, and the University of Waterloo. In 1995 he returned to the University of Guelph as the Chief Librarian and in 2004 was named the CIO.

Ridley has served as the President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, President of the Ontario Library Association, and Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. I have been a member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN),and the Canadian University Council of CIOs (CUCCIO). Currently he is serving on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION).

In 2007 Ridley was named “Academic Librarian of the Year” by the Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA), a division of the Ontario Library Association (OLA). In 2008 he was awarded the newly renamed Larry Moore OLA Distinguished Service Award from the Ontario Library Association. In 2010 I was honoured to be awarded the Miles Blackwell Award for Outstanding Academic Librarian by the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (a division of the Canadian Library Association).

In 2013 Ridley was presented with the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), University of Toronto.

Sessions by Mike Ridley
10-26-2010   9:00 AM – 9:45 AM   Adding Value: CIO Insights
Donna Scheeder, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Congressional Research Service, Library Of Congress

Donna Scheeder is currently the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Previously she served as Director, Law Library Services, at the Law Library of the Library of Congress from 2004 to 2010. Prior to her service in the Law Library, Ms. Scheeder held a number of positions with increasing responsibilities at the Congressional Research Service.

 She is a former President and Treasurer of SLA. She is also a SLA fellow and a recipient of the John Cotton Dana award given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of special librarianship. Ms. Scheeder is the current President-elect and a  member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and has been a member of the Standing Committee on Libraries and Research Services for Parliaments for 8 years. She is a member of the Advisory Board for both the Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences.

Sessions by Donna Scheeder
10-26-2010   9:00 AM – 9:45 AM   Adding Value: CIO Insights
Andrew Shuping, Interlibrary Loan Librarian & Public Services Librarian, Mercer University

Andrew Shuping is currently the Interlibrary Loan & Public Services Librarian at Jack Tarver Library, Mercer University, Macon, GA. He has been involved in libraries for over nine years in various capacities ranging from Emerging Technologies to Interlibrary Loan to Reference/Instruction and more. He is also an artist, a user experience practitioner, open access advocate, emerging technologies advocate, and an advocate for thinking past the rules in the modern world.  Andrew can be found at and goes by the user name ashuping where ever he can, such as on Twitter: @ashuping.

Sessions by Andrew Shuping
10-26-2010   1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   S203: Crowdsourcing Your Library Challenges
Sue Smith, Library Director, The Harker School

Sue Smith is the director of The Harker School's three campus libraries and school archives. She is a member of ALA, YALSA, AASL, ACRL and Bay Area Independent School Library associations. She is frequent presenter on electronic information discovery and collaborative teaching at local and regional conferences including CAIS, BAISL and the Harker Tech Institute. This is her second appearance as a presenter at Internet@Schools.

Sessions by Sue Smith
10-25-2010   3:15 PM – 4:00 PM   S105: Rebuilding Context: Reinventing Electronic Information Discovery
Lisa Thibodeaux, Curriculum Coordinator, Secondary English-Language Arts, Plano Independent School District
Lisa Thibodeaux is the Secondary Curriculum Coordinator for English-Language Arts for the Plano Independent School District and an Adjunct Professor in the College of Education at the University of North Texas. She is a National Board Certified teacher and regularly presents at national and state conferences including ASCD, NCTE, and TLA, and TCTELA. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on secondary reading instruction and is currently a doctoral candidate with study specialties in curriculum development, English studies, and grading practices.

Sessions by Lisa Thibodeaux
10-26-2010   3:30 PM – 4:15 PM   S204: The Collaboration Puzzle: No Piece Left Behind
Chris Tonjes, Director, Information Technology, District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL)

I am the CIO/IT Director for the DC Public Library.  While relatively new to the library world, I have had a richly peripatetic career taking me from upstate New York, to Little Rock, Arkansas, then Tokyo, Japan, and finally Washington, DC. I have worked with almost every type of enterprise technology used for the past 20 years, often acting as an implementation analyst or project manager. Even after after many years in IT, I am still fascinated by technology and love trying new programs and experimenting with gadgets, particularly wireless and mobile ones. In my spare time I pursue a number of interests. I love movies and watch them obsessively.

Sessions by Chris Tonjes
10-26-2010   9:00 AM – 9:45 AM   Adding Value: CIO Insights
Lauri Vaughan, Upper School Campus Librarian, The Harker School

Lauri Vaughan is the Upper School Campus Librarian at The Harker School in San Jose, CA. Harker is a private college preparatory K-12 school in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Lauri also serves as the current vice president of the Bay Area Independent School Librarian (BAISL) association. She has presented to California Association of Independent School conferences as well Internet@Schools in Monterey, California. She is a member of ALA, AASL, and YALSA and writes book reviews for Voice of Youth Advocates, (VOYA).

Sessions by Lauri Vaughan
10-25-2010   3:15 PM – 4:00 PM   S105: Rebuilding Context: Reinventing Electronic Information Discovery
Nancy Watson, Instructional Technology Specialist, Plano Independent School District
Nancy Watson has been an early childhood teacher, holds a Masters degree in Library Science, and is currently an Instructional Technology Specialist in Plano ISD. She enjoys training teachers to enhance their instructional methods with technology. A former middle school librarian, she works closely with Curriculum Coordinators to encourage the active participation of librarians in the curriculum writing process.

Sessions by Nancy Watson
10-26-2010   3:30 PM – 4:15 PM   S204: The Collaboration Puzzle: No Piece Left Behind
Nancy Willard, Director, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D. is the director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. She has degrees in special education and law. She taught “at risk” children, practiced computer law, and was an educational technology consultant before focusing her professional attention, since 1995, on issues of youth risk online and effective management of student Internet use. Nancy is author of two books. Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Cruelty, Threats, and Distress (Research Press) and Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, Helping Young People Use the Internet Safety and Responsibly (Jossey Bass). Nancy’s focus is on applying research insight into youth risk and effective research-based risk prevention approaches to these new concerns.

Sessions by Nancy Willard
10-26-2010   10:30 AM – 11:15 AM   S201: Cyber Savvy-Providing Effective Internet Safety Education

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