Speakers

Esther Brandon is the digital literacy specialist for undergraduate and graduate programs at Brandeis University. She is an enthusiastic seeker of new instructional technologies and focused on best teaching practices. Esther has a BA in anthropology and international & global studies and a Masters of Arts in teaching from Brandeis University.

photo by Kelly Gorham

 Mary Anne Hansen is a professor and research services librarian at the Montana State University (MSU) Library. She is subject librarian to Education, Health & Human Development, Nursing, and Psychology. She also coordinates the MSU Library’s annual Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute (TCLI), a role she has held since 1997. Mary Anne earned her MLS through the University of Arizona’s distance program in Library & Information Science. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education with a Counseling emphasis, and an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages, both from Montana State University. Her research interests include health information, American Indian education, mentoring, information literacy, and the digital divide. A native of Bozeman, MT, Mary Anne is married to a jazz musician, with whom she loves to spend time outdoors with their two red labs.

Laura Hibbler is the associate university librarian for research and instruction at Brandeis University. She also serves as the library liaison to the university’s departments of history and African and African American studies. Laura has a BA in history from Yale University and an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Hayley Johnson is the head of government documents at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her research interests include collaborative partnerships in academia, information literacy, civic engagement, and social justice. She has previously published on the use of social media during the Standing Rock protests and has received grant funding to pursue research into the linked histories of Japanese American and American Indian military service during World War II. With her research partner, Sarah Simms, she has been unearthing the civilian internment of Japanese men during World War II in Louisiana culminating in a forthcoming book on the topic titled Beneath Heavy Pines: Louisiana, Camp Livingston, and Japanese Enemy Alien Internment.  Outside of her own research, Hayley continues to promote the use of government information as an essential tool in the research process.  

Martha Kapelewski is working on her MLIS and Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections at the School of Library and Information Science of the University of Southern Mississippi. She has a master’s in philosophy and is currently ABD towards her doctorate in philosophy. Ms. Kapelewski has received numerous academic awards, including two fellowships and two Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Fellowships from the University at Albany and the H.W. Wilson Scholarship from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her academic interests include the study of Iberian incunabula and the philosophy of Francisco Suarez. Originally from Puerto Rico, she works as an information services librarian in a public library in Georgia.

Meredith Mann is a librarian for manuscripts, archives, and rare books at The New York Public Library, where she focuses on collections tied to literature, publishing, journalism, and environmental activism. She received her master’s in library science from Pratt Institute and master’s in teaching from the University of Virginia. Meredith serves on the review committees for the Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Young Lions Fiction Award.

Gary Marks holds BA degrees in history and political science and an MA in public policy and international affairs, all from William Paterson University, and earned his MLIS from Rutgers University. He recently became ABD status as a PhD candidate in public policy, law, and administration at Walden University, with a research focus on information literacy policy. Gary currently serves as the reference & outreach librarian at the David and Lorraine Cheng Library, forging partnerships around campus and throughout the community to promote the value and resources of the library. Gary also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Political Science, teaching courses on American government, state government, and law in everyday life. He is currently the legislative representative on the NJLA College and University Section and ACRL-NJ Executive Board, and social media coordinator for the ACRL Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section.

Samantha Rijkers is the citizenship project manager at the New-York Historical Society, where she develops and manages the naturalization preparation classes for green card holders. She previously worked as a museum educator at the New-York Historical Society and the Tenement Museum. Samantha holds an MA in history of women and gender from New York University.

Jennifer Schantz is the Barbara G. and Lawrence A. Fleischman Executive Director for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She previously was the executive vice president & chief operating officer, general counsel and acting museum director at the New-York Historical Society. While at New-York Historical, Schantz launched and oversaw the New-York Historical Society’s Citizenship Project.

Sarah Simms is the undergraduate & student success librarian at LSU. She and her research partner, Hayley Johnson, have been working to uncover the history of Japanese alien internment at Camp Livingston in central Louisiana during World War II. With Johnson, she has written articles, spoken at TEDxLSU, and written a manuscript on the subject. This history has led them both to be advocates for social justice–especially in libraries and the classroom–and for the inclusion of historically excluded voices in the historical conversation.  When not researching this history, Simms teaches information literacy at Louisiana State University and collaborates with faculty to embed the concepts of understanding information and its use in various aspects of the curriculum across campus.

Alicia Vaandering is the student success librarian at the University of Rhode Island, where she supports the learning and research of students, with an emphasis on undergraduate first-year, international, first generation, and transfer students. Her research interests include the history of public libraries, library collaborations with academic services, and the use of dialogic pedagogy in information literacy instruction. Alicia is an active member of ACRL, and she serves as the secretary for the ACRL- IS Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox Committee. She completed her MLIS. and MA in history at the University of Rhode Island.

Kristina Williams is the journalism and government information librarian at Columbia University, where she provides research support and outreach to the Department of Political Science and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, including collection development, reference, and instruction. She has designed and hosted several workshops on researching campaign issues and political candidates. She curates the State Elections Web Archive as a part of the The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Web Collecting Program. Her research interests include the political economy of information systems.

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