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Internet@Schools at Internet Librarian October 17 – 18, 2011
Monterey, CA
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Speaker List
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, Librarian, Moreau Catholic High School

Anne Arriaga received her BA in psychology from Bowdoin College in 2003 and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. As a project manager at Stanford Hospital, she worked closely with the Stanford Health Library. After moving to the East Bay, Anne began working at Moreau Catholic High School as a library assistant and helped to implement the 23 Things at Moreau during the school year 2008-2009.

Marketing Strategies for Your Library

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, Associate Professor of Library Science/Department Chair, Sam Houston State University

Mary Ann Bell, BA, MLS, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor and Department Chair 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.  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, Texas Computer Education Association, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, and Delta Kappa Gamma. 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, Founder/Research Skills Trainer, To The Point Research

Founder of To The Point Research, Tasha is an independent consultant and research skills trainer with a mission to decrease frustration and increase access among researchers of all ages. She has 15 years of professional research experience in academic, non-profit, and corporate settings. With a Bachelor's in Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Master's from Harvard University in Chinese Sign Language, Tasha went onto earn her Master's in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She has recently started publishing in traditional and online settings, including her new Search Me! blog. This year, Tasha is a visiting scholar at Google, developing search and research education materials.

Sessions by Tasha Bergson-Michleson
10-25-2010   2:15 PM – 3:00 PM   S104: Kids Doing Research Right
Andrew Carlos, Library Clerk, The Harker School
Andrew is in his second year at SJSU SLIS, and comes from UCLA with a BA in Sociology and a BS in Mathematics. He currently works for The Harker School, a private K-12 school in San Jose as one of their Library Clerks. The focus of his classes at SLIS have been upon technology, with special emphasis on emerging technologies.

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 former academic librarian with 17 years experience in reference, government documents, ILL and technology. Since 1996, as principal of PA Farrington Associates she's provided technology related training, web project development and consulting services to libraries, library systems and schools. 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. Polly is the co-author of a forthcoming ALA Library Technology Report on WordPress for Libraries. When not in front of a computer, she can be found in her garden trying to help things grow. You can visit Polly's website at:

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 26 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 Hamilton is a librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. Hamilton, who earned her Ed.S. in Instructional Technology and School Library Media at the University of Georgia in 2005, has seventeen years of experience as an educator with the Cherokee County School District. Her professional interests include applications of Web 2.0 tools in library programs and instruction, participatory librarianship, social media, connectivism, and helping her patrons create professional learning networks.


Crowdsourcing Session:

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, Internet@Schools Program Co-Chair, 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, Reference Associate, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

Brian Hulsey is a Reference Associate for the Chattahoochee Valley Library System. Brian focuses his work on bridging the gap between technology and public services. He is committed to making technology useful and accessible, in and outside the library. Brian is currently working on his MLS.

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 attained his MLIS from Dominican University in River Forest, IL, worked as the Library IT Specialist at the A.C. Buehler Library at Elmhurst College, and then as a Knowledge and Learning Services Librarian at Darien Library in Darien, CT. He has over 4 years of WordPress experience at the author, editor, instructional, theme developer, and system admin levels. He successfully implemented WordPress Multi User at Elmhurst College to host and support hundreds of First Year Seminar student blogs and developed an innovative learning management system out of WordPress Multi User for Dr. Michael Stephens’ library and information science students. Kyle is the co-author of a forthcoming ALA Library Technology Report on WordPress for Libraries and is currently a Ph.D student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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, CIO & Chief Librarian, University of Guelph

Michael Ridley was named the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 2004 and has been the Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) since 1995.

The Chief Information Officer (CIO), as the enterprise information architect, is responsible for the overall strategy and policy administration of the University’s information technology, information services and information resources. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President (Academic), this position is accountable for providing the vision, leadership and advocacy for the development and use of information systems (IS), information resources (IR) and information technology (IT) to further the academic mission and to support the administrative requirements of the University. The CIO will facilitate innovation and integrated solutions in support of teaching, learning, research, service and administration in an environment of strategic directions, collaboration and shared responsibility.

The CIO has overall responsibility and accountability for the administration of the both Library (as Chief Librarian) and Computing and Communications Services (CCS).

Ridley holds degrees from the University of Guelph (BA), the University of New Brunswick (MA) and the University of Toronto (MLS). Previously he held positions at the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, and the University of Guelph.

Ridley has served as President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, President of the Ontario Library Association, member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO)..

In 2007 he 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 Distinquished Service Award from the Ontario Library Association.

In 2010 he was 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).

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 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, Learning Commons/Emerging Technologies/Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Mercer University

Andrew Shuping is the Learning Commons/Emerging Technologies/Interlibrary Librarian at Jack Tarver Library, Mercer University Macon, GA. Yes it is a big long title, but it only begins to cover what he can do.  He has been involved in libraries for over 7 years and is active in bringing new technologies into the libraries. Andrew can be found at

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 an Upper School campus librarian at the Harker School in San Jose, CA. She is a member of ALA, YALSA, AASL and the Bay Area Independent School Library associations and a reviewer for VOYA. She has presented on information literacy in electronic environments at BAISL, CAIS and the Harker Tech Institute. This is her second appearance as a presenter at Internet@Schools.

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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