April 18, 2008 | University of Connecticut | Bishop Center | Storrs, CT [directions]


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Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander is Director of Research at NITLE (http://nitle.org/index.php/nitle/nitle), a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to advancing learning through the effective use of digital technology. Bryan researches and develops programs on the advanced uses of information technology in liberal arts contexts. His primary research interests concern mobile and wireless computing, digital gaming, and social software. Other interests include digital writing, copyright and intellectual property, information literacy, project management, information design, and interdisciplinary collaboration. He maintains and contributes to a series of weblogs, including Liberal Education Today (http://b2e.nitle.org/), a merging of the MANE IT Network blog and NITLE 1.0's Tech News, and Smartmobs (http://www.smartmobs.com/). Committed to exploring computer-mediated pedagogy, he researches and writes on the critical uses of computers and teaching in terms of the interdisciplinary liberal arts and the contemporary development of cyberculture.

Bryan holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and taught English and information technology studies as faculty at Centenary College of Louisiana.

Bryan lives up in the Green Mountains of Vermont with his beloved family, many animals, and a great many trees. There he bakes, lifts weights, carries wood, and thinks about movies.

Nick Baker

Nick Baker graduated with a history degree from Carleton College in Minnesota and promptly put his liberal arts education to work as the Bugler at Canterbury Park.  He later moved to Austin, Texas to escape the cold and work as a database programmer and webmaster for a series of internet startups.  Looking for more meaningful work, he went to library school and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2005 with a specialization in Archives and Records Management.  Since then he has been the Reference and Web Services Librarian at Williams College, a small liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts.  He is the creator of March of the Librarians and won an InfoTubey award for his work on The L-Team.  More recently, he was interviewed in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the future of libraries and published an article in Computers in Libraries on using OpenSearch Plugins to connect library resources with users.

Julie DeCesare

Julie DeCesare, Digital Media Reference Librarian and Film Studies Bibliographer, joined the staff at Boston College's O'Neill Library in August 2005 and is the supervisor of the Media Center. Prior to BC, she spent several years as Technical Coordinator for Brown University Libraries' Media Services Department. She has an M.L.S. from Simmons College, and a B.A. In Comparative Literature, with a concentration in Film Studies, from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst.

Brinley Franklin
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Brinley Franklin is Vice Provost for Libraries at the University of Connecticut. He has led the UConn Libraries since 1999. Brinley is currently the Vice President/President of the Boston Library Consortium and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries. He earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a master’s degrees in library science from the University of Maryland at College Park and holds a master’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University with a concentration in information systems management.  Brinley is also a former President of Nelinet and served as Treasurer of the ACRL-New England Chapter.

Debra H. Mandel

Debra Mandel is the Head of Northeastern University Libraries' Digital Media Design Studio.  Since 1990 she has worked at Northeastern University Libraries, first as the Media Center's Operations Administrator and then as its Head. ( In 2007 the Media Center's name was changed to Digital Media Design Studio.)  Debra is the Libraries' collection manager for Cinema Studies and Music and also manages assistive technology services for persons with disabilities.  Prior to Northeastern she worked as a media librarian at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Lesley University, Quincy College and Noble & Greenough School.   Debra received her MLS at Simmons College, a CAGS from Boston University in Instructional Technology and a BS in Journalism from Boston University.

Brian Mathews

Brian Mathews is the User Experience Librarian at Georgia Tech. His position involves assessment and communication responsibilities, as well as advocacy for user-centered services. Brian has previously served as a reference and instruction librarian at Georgia Tech and the George Washington University. He earned an MLIS from the University of South Florida in 2001.

Brian is currently writing a book "Engage your users: social marketing for academic libraries" for ALA Editions and is working on a Spec Kit for the Association of Research Libraries titled "Promoting the Library". He has contributed to over 20 publications and 25 presentations on topics including: assessment, marketing, social software, leadership, and user-center libraries.

If you'd like more information about Brian, please visit his web site, http://www.brianmathews.com/, or his blog, the Ubiquitous Librarian, http://theubiquitouslibrarian.typepad.com/

Ian McDermott

Ian McDermott, Visual Literacy Instruction Fellow, Yale University Library. Prior to his current position he served as the 2007 Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship at Yale's Arts Library and worked as the Research Coordinator for the Andy Warhol Museum's Education Department in Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.

James G. Neal

Jim Neal is currently the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of twenty-five libraries. His responsibilities include the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, the Copyright Advisory Office, and the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research. He participates on key academic, technology, budget and policy groups at the University. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York. At Columbia, he has focused on the development of the digital library, special collections, global resources, instructional technology, library facility construction and renovation, electronic scholarship, and fundraising programs.

Jim has served on the Council and Executive Board of the American Library Association, on the Board and as President of the Association of Research Libraries, on the Board and as Chair of the Research Libraries Group (RLG), and as Chair of OCLC's Research Library Advisory Council and Chair of the RLG Program Committee of the OCLC Board. He is on the Board and incoming Chair of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and on the Board of the Freedom to Read Foundation. He has also served on numerous international, national, and state professional committees, and is an active member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).

More information about Jim Neal may be found on his web site, http://www.columbia.edu/~jneal

Danuta Nitecki

Danuta A. Nitecki, an Associate University Librarian, Yale University Library since 1996, has held administrative and reader service positions at three other academic research libraries since 1972. Her professional activities include presentations, teaching and publications on such topics as user-based evaluation of library services and use of images in teaching.  She has been principle investigator for two grants to explore innovative uses for images in undergraduate learning, as well as building partnerships that led to the introduction of the Collaborative Learning Center this past fall at the Bass Library at Yale.  Her Ph.D. dissertation [U of Maryland] about evaluating library service quality received two national awards; she also holds Master of Science degrees in library and information science [Drexel] and communications [U of Tennessee].

Steven Park

Steven Park earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Connecticut where he teaches history and manages the Learning Resource Center in Homer Babbidge Library.

Barbara Rockenbach

Barbara Rockenbach, Director of Undergraduate & Library Research Education, Yale University Library since 2007. Before this position she worked at JSTOR, ARTstor and in the Arts Library at Yale. She has an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Art History from Hunter College.