Debbie Abilock has been messing around and geeking out about evaluating information as a former school administrator, IT/library director, curriculum coordinator and teaching librarian. A popular speaker and prolific author, her latest book Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers (Libraries Unlimited 2012) is available to conference attendees at a discount.
Lighthouse Consulting Inc.
& Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL)
Stephen Abram, MLS is managing principal of Lighthouse Consulting Inc. He is executive diretcor of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. He has been with Gale Cengage Learning, SirsiDynix, the SirsiDynix Institute, ProQuest, Micromedia, IHS,and Thomson. He is an SLA Fellow and the past president of the Ontario Library Association, SLA and the Canadian Library Association. In June 2003 he was awarded SLA’s John Cotton Dana Award. He received the AIIP Roger Summit Award in 2009 and Outstanding Teacher Award from the U of Toronto iSchool in 2010. He is the author of Out Front with Stephen Abram and Stephen’s Lighthouse blog.
|Kudirat Abiola Adegoke
ICT Division, Abdullahi Fodiyo Library Complex
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Nigeria
My name is Kudirat Abiola Adegoke (Mrs.), the pioneer winner of the Young Library and Information Professionals (yLips) Award of the Nigerian Library Association. I obtained my B.L.S in 2007 with Second Class (Upper Division) as well as MLS degree in 2014 both from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. After my National Youth Service Corps in 2008, I joined the services of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, working as a Graduate Assistant in the University Library. I was promoted from Graduate Assistant to Assistant Lecturer in 2011, from Assistant Lecturer to Lecturer I in 2016 and currently, I am the Head, Information and Communication Technology of the University Library. I have been a paid up member of the NLA since 2006 and I joined the Internet Librarian, Nigerian Computer Society in 2016 and also registered with Internet Society in January 2017.
I served as an editorial member of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria NALISS Search Light from 2004 – 2006. I have attended numerous conferences, seminars and workshops that have kept me abreast of the current trends in Librarianship. Some of the training programmes I attended recently were Continuous Professional Development Training for Academic Librarians at University of Pretoria, South Africa from Feb-March, 2016, Elsevier Science Direct Users training (2013,2014) at UDUS; Research4Life Train the Trainers (ITOCA) (2010) at BUK; Transforming Nigerian Libraries into Effective 21st Century Information Unit with ICT (2009) in Lagos; Acquisition and Management of e-Library for Librarians in Public Tertiary Institutions (2014) at KADSU; etc.
Furthermore, I have organised many trainings and workshops on Information Literacy for Staff and Students of my institution. I love pulling researchers close to me to improve their digital literacy skills.
Director, Database Research Worldwide
Author, The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications & Opportunities for Librarians & Information Professionals
Amy Affelt is Director, Database Research Worldwide, at Compass Lexecon, a global economic consultancy, where she finds, analyzes, and transforms information and data into knowledge deliverables for PhD economists who testify as experts in litigation. She is a frequent writer and conference speaker on Big Data, Internet of Things, adding value to information, evaluating information integrity and quality, and marketing information services. She is the author of a book, “The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications and Opportunities for Librarians and Information Professionals” (Information Today, 2015), and is the Big Data columnist for EContent Magazine. She has a BA in history, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University. She is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association.
IT Project Manager
Francine Alt-Greene is currently a Project Manager for Hennepin County Libraries. Having worked for Hennepin County for over 30 years, she has worked in a number of positions; Shelver, Library Assistant, IT Specialist in Libraries and in general government as an IT Specialist, Developer, Business Analyst and Project Manager. In addition to a Masters in Library Science, she has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and has studied Business Analysis.
Technology Librarian/Library Webmaster
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Sean Anderson is the Technology Librarian/Library Webmaster at Texas A&M University–Commerce Libraries and focuses on incorporating technology in many forms—hardware, software, online resources, gizmos—into the library’s services. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa, as they tend their flower gardens.