Enhancing Quality Staff in Changing Times

The 24th symposium for library paraprofessionals and support staff presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries

May 17, 2016
Continuing Education and Conference Center
St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities




2016 Program

Information on 2016 sessions will be announced soon. 2016 Speakers information can be found at the bottom of this page. Links to presentations and handouts will be added to each session description as they are received.

8:00-8:30am Registration



8:30-9:00am Welcome & Opening Session

Welcome: EQS Planning Committee
Opening Session: Lois Hendrickson, Christopher Herzberg & Mike Sutliff: "What Was This Device Used For?


9:00-9:15am Break


9:15-10:15am Sessions

A.  Copyright, "Compliance", and Communications: We're not the ©ops
Nancy Sims, University of Minnesota Libraries

Too often, in communications within libraries, and more so with library patrons, we fall into the trap of talking about "not violating" copyright. But copyright is a flexible and complex ecosystem, that contains rights around both creation -and- use, with an aim towards public benefit. If it's a "violation" of copyright to use a work in a way that infringes, is it also a "violation" of copyright to -not- avail ourselves of areas where the law clearly enables use? Let's get together to discuss how we can break out of the "copyright cops" mindset, to bring library copyright values in line with all the other wonderful ways libraries celebrate creation, use, and public benefit.

B. Fun stories and lessons learned from integrating artifacts into exhibits, teaching, and outreach
Lois Hendrickson, University of Minnesota Libraries

Artifacts are used to raise awareness of our collections. Learn about some of the Wangensteen Library's more interesting experiences using artifacts at the State Fair, a mini-medical school, freshman orientation, and in social media. We'll handle artifacts and talk about how the Wangensteen uses them in multiple venues.

C. Graphic Novels in Academic Libraries
Heidi Hammond, St. Catherine University


Graphic novels are no longer considered the junk food of the literary world. Increasingly, graphic novels are integrated into the curriculum and are considered legitimate literature. As such, they deserve a place in academic libraries. A short history of graphic novels as they evolved from comics, a description of their textual conventions, and issues surrounding their inclusion in libraries will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to share their favorite graphic novels.

D. How to Get the Book Published
Phuoc Tran, University of Minnesota Libraries

Learn the process of writing, publishing and marketing with the published author Tran Thi Minh Phuoc. Her first book, Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories (Tuttle), won the Creative Child Magazine 2015 Book of the Year Award and Moonbeam Children's Book Awards 2015 Gold Medal.

E. Become Financially Fit!
Dan A. Ament, The Ament Group / Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Series of personal finance related topics... providing an update on financial markets, helpful tips related to saving / investing (401k,403b,Roth,etc), consumer and student debt management, etc.


9:15-11:30am Session

F. Being an Ally in the work of Equity and Diversity
Anne Phibbs, University of Minnesota – Office for Equity and Diversity

If "Diversity is Everybody's Everyday Work," then where do I fit in? How can I be part of this work if I never thought these issues were "my issues"? This workshop introduces participants to the concept of being an ally. Participants explore how it's possible, and why it's necessary, to work toward access, inclusion, and support for marginalized and underrepresented students, faculty, staff, and community members, and for greater equity in all parts of our institution—even from our positions of privilege. Limit 20 participants.

10:15-10:30am Break


10:30-11:30am Sessions

G. SimplyE and Ebooks Minnesota: Where all the ebooks are above average...
Valerie Horton & Paul Swanson, Minitex

Learn about ebook developments in Minnesota, including Minitex's work with the New York Public Library's SimplyE app and Ebooks Minnesota. Ebooks Minnesota is an innovative, statewide ebook service providing access across the state from Minnesota's amazing and large group of independent publishers. SimplyE coordinates and improves the patron's experience reading ebooks.

H. Follow the Reader: Outreach through Readers' Advisory in an Academic Library
Becky Adamski, Danika Stegeman, Ashley Merrill, Amber Fick & Kaia Sievert, University of Minnesota Libraries

What does outreach through Readers' Advisory look like at a large university? Why is Readers' Advisory important for college students? Reading for pleasure is important beyond high school, yet it is not emphasized in higher education. By reaching out to students through reading for fun, library staff can help reduce library anxiety and encourage engagement with the library. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Access and Information Services staff will discuss their experiences promoting reading for pleasure. It all began with the From Our Collections exhibit, consisting of themed displays that grew into outreach projects. For example, we experimented with small pop-up libraries of fun reading materials in unexpected locations on campus. We also engaged with students online through a book matchmaking service and a summer reading challenge. We will share what we've learned, and inspire you to create a culture of outreach through fun reading at your library.

I. Diversity Salons: a simple and practical idea for incorporating diversity into everybody's everyday work
Kim Clarke, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Wanda Marsolek & Phuoc Tran, University of Minnesota Libraries

While an institution may not have a formal group charged with developing and implementing diversity programming, diversity programming can still happen, still be impactful, and still further the conversation around this important topic. At the University of Minnesota, library staff members have created a program called Diversity Salons that is low-barrier yet high impact. It's an opportunity for library staff to discuss more deeply a topic about diversity in an informal atmosphere. During this session we will focus on history of Diversity Salons, how we select topics and run the salons, participants, pros, cons and lessons learned.

J. Isn't That Spatial? Overview, Projects, and Possibilities in Geospatial Techniques
Ryan Mattke, University of Minnesota Libraries

This presentation will involve an overview of geospatial technology possibilities, geospatial projects that involve the University Libraries, and some demonstration of what is possible for the attendees in the area of geospatial techniques.

K. What makes an award winning picture book? What makes a book a Caldecott Winner?
Lisa Von Drasek, University of Minnesota Libraries

From the thousands of children's books published each year, how do professional reviewers and educators select and evaluate them for excellence? How do titles meet award criteria? We will examine award-winning new children's books, picture book, chapter books and young adult books to provide a framework for examination and judging content, production and relevancy to intended audience.

L. Conservatory Tour: Rare & Unusual Plants

It's not well known, but the University of Minnesota houses more plant species than anywhere else in the state. Many of these species are of economic importance, but there are also numerous rare and unusual plant species that are only on public display at the CBS Conservatory. If you like unusual plants, and not just the same old plants you find at big box stores, this is the place for you! We aren't a display conservatory, so we don't have rotating shows of flowers, but we do have species you aren't likely to see anywhere else. This is your opportunity to get a personal tour from the curator of the collection. Limit 20 participants.

11:30-12:45pm Lunch and Prize Drawing



12:45-1:45pm Sessions

M. Automotive Wellness Training
Jason Nelson, Nelson Auto World – University Service

Automotive wellness is often a source of stress. Auto expense is usually the second largest expense in a personal budget after housing. Stress factors typically include: discomfort with industry terminology, a lack of trust with the service provider, and financially unplanned expenses.
When you attend this session, you'll gain inside knowledge of the auto service industry and how this knowledge will help you make informed decisions. We will provide training for the major systems of your automobile and the maintenance requirements for each system. Material is presented with diagrams of each vehicle system. Questions and discussion are encouraged.

N. Researching Candidates and the 2016 Election
Kirsten Clark, University of Minnesota Libraries

The half-truths and downright bizarre political statements are already flying between candidates! This session will show how to examine current elected officials' records and to delve deeper into a candidate’s stance on the issues beyond the 30 second sound-bite you hear on the evening news. The resources covered will not only allow attendees to be more informed in their voting but also provide excellent arguing strategies for your next political conversation.
                                           

O. Building Umbra: Search African American History (umbrasearch.org)
Cecily Marcus & Sarah Carlson, University of Minnesota Libraries    

The urgency of representing African American history as fully as possible is the driver of Umbra: Search African American History (umbrasearch.org). Through radical partnerships, open data, and technology, Umbra is working against centuries of loss and erasure to expand the historical record for students, scholars, and the general public. Session will discuss building local and national partnerships, grant-writing to sustain and grow projects, and challenges and opportunities in the development of the search tool.


P. Art Libraries Illuminated: Three Key Local Art Libraries
Deborah Ultan Boudewyns, University of Minnesota Libraries; Jessica Shaykett, American Craft Council; Janice Lurie, Minneapolis Institute of Art


This session will illuminate how three significant art libraries in the Twin Cities support research in the arts with vast, deep, and complementary collections and programs. The Head Librarians from the American Craft Council, the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and the University of Minnesota present the colorful history of their libraries and how they continue to evolve and support both the public and academic communities.

Q. Dear Committee Members: A Reading and Q&A with author Julie Schumacher
Julie Schumacher, University of Minnesota Creative Writing Program

Julie Schumacher will read from her prize-winning novel, Dear Committee Members, and answer questions from the audience.

R. Raptor Center Tour (offering 1 of 2)

In order to take advantage of the rich St Paul campus location, we are offering walking tours of interesting locations near the Continuing Education Conference Center. Meet the EQS walking tour coordinator near the registration table for a walk to the Raptor Center and a scheduled tour. Rain or shine; please come prepared for the various weather conditions possible in Spring. Limit 10 participants per session.

1:45pm-2:00pm Break


2:00pm-3:00pm Sessions

S."Stressbusters on the Road" Wellness Workshop
Kris Bergstedt, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview


Experiential workshop on ways to bring a sense of wellness into one's life by connecting with the breath and the body through movement and mindful meditation.

U. Nature Heals
Jean Larson, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum


An introduction to the healing benefits of nature—plants to animals—from both clinical and public health viewpoints.

V. Yoga for the Office (offering 1 of 2)
Jen Tantzen, University of Minnesota Libraries


Between our desks, steering wheels, and mobile devices, we spend a lot of time hunched over and stressed out. Yoga can help with that, in both mind and body. This session will guide you through simple asanas (poses) that you can do at the office or at home to stretch out the body and soothe the mind. Limit 30 participants per session.

W. Sovereign Citizen Extremism: A Primer for Law Enforcement and Government Officials
Federal Bureau of Investigation

This session will equip attendees with the knowledge to recognize and identify sovereign citizen extremists who believe they are not subject to state, local, or federal laws to justify their criminal actions. Attendees will learn the fundamental principles of the sovereign citizen movement, including their ideological beliefs, pillars and doctrines. Identifying possible sovereign citizens through language identification and document recognition will be thoroughly covered. Common criminal tactics, focusing on fraud as it pertains to taxation and property, will be discussed, along with numerous examples of fraudulent documents often used by these individuals to further their criminal goals.

X. Minnesota Nice: GLBT History in the Heartland
Lisa Vecoli, University of Minnesota Libraries

Many notable "firsts" for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities have happened in Minnesota. From legislation and court cases to community organizations and same-sex marriage—learn about the times Minnesota has lead the nation/world!

Y. Bees, Bugs and Other Beasts: Gems of the Natural Resources Library's Rare Book Collection
Shannon Farrell & Amy Gmur, University of Minnesota Libraries


This session will provide an overview of the Natural Resources Library's rare book collection, one of the University of Minnesota's collections of distinction. You will learn about the history of the collection, the oldest and most valuable books, and how the collection is used for research and outreach. Many examples of texts in the collection will be showcased and placed on display, focusing on those with ornate illustrations. Limit 20 participants.

2:00-4:15pm Session

T. Longstitch Book Binding Tutorial
Laurie Jedamus, University of Minnesota Libraries


The attractive and adaptable longstitch book binding, named for the long stitches visible on the spine, is an ancient bookbinding method that dates back to the medieval era. In this hands-on seminar, participants will create blank books using a combination of longstitch and chain stitch. We will also talk about some of the many ways to customize a longstitch book. No previous experience is necessary, and all materials and tools will be provided. Limit 20 participants.

3:00pm-3:15pm Break


3:15pm-4:15pm Sessions

Z. Optimizing Your Library's Social Media Engagement
Rachel Hawkins, Ridgeview Medical Center, Health Library

This session will introduce and demonstrate new and fun tips, tricks, and tools for optimizing your engagement with library users through social media, thereby extending the life cycle of library news. Participants will see concrete examples from the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries that follow real stories through their life cycle from creation to initial sharing to reuse and repackaging, focusing on the outcomes at each step.

AB. Run/Hide/Fight: Public Response to Active Shooter Incidents
James Nystrom, University of Minnesota Police Department

This session looks at the non-law enforcement approach to an active shooter (intruder) incident. You will be able to describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and how you can maximize law enforcement response and survival of these critical incidents. You will be able to recognize potential workplace violence and the actions to prepare for and/or prevent these serious encounters.

AC. Yoga for the Office (offering 2 of 2)
Jen Tantzen, University of Minnesota Libraries

Between our desks, steering wheels, and mobile devices, we spend a lot of time hunched over and stressed out. Yoga can help with that, in both mind and body. This session will guide you through simple asanas (poses) that you can do at the office or at home to stretch out the body and soothe the mind. Limit 30 participants per session.

AD. Go, Grow... or Stay? The Imperative of Professional Development (Even if Just on a Shoestring)
Jerilyn Veldof, University of Minnesota Libraries


In the outside world employees come and go. But here in the library world we tend to stay put. Lifers abound. Development is optional. And this is weighing us down. Are we going to stand by and let ourselves drown in the upcoming Silver Tsunami and the rising tide of the Millennials and our jammed up Pipelines? Will we let an indifferent library, supervisor or situation stagnate our own development? Jerilyn will cover actionable, no or low-cost steps you can take to bring a renewed sense of energy and vibrancy to your work life.

AE. Sherlock Holmes in the 21st Century
Tim Johnson & Cheryll Fong, University of Minnesota Libraries


Presentation about new fandoms that have developed around the recent movies and television shows, how this impacts collection development for the Holmes Collections, and how this has also played out in the Holmes Collections participation in a "blockbuster" traveling exhibition that is scheduled to tour the United States for five years (now in year 3) with possible extensions to international venues for another two years.

AF. Raptor Center Tour (offering 2 of 2)

In order to take advantage of the rich St Paul campus location, we are offering walking tours of interesting locations near the Continuing Education Conference Center. Meet the EQS walking tour coordinator near the registration table for a walk to the Raptor Center and a scheduled tour. Rain or shine; please come prepared for the various weather conditions possible in Spring. Limit 10 participants per session.


2016 Speaker Bios


Opening Session:
Lois Hendrickson, Christopher Herzberg,
Mike Sutliff
University of Minnesota Libraries

Lois Hendrickson is the Curator of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, residing in the Health Sciences Libraries. Lois began her career in the University of Minnesota Archives, official home for the University's valuable historical documents, collections, data, photographs, publications and websites, from the founding of the University in 1851 to the present. Lois has given multiple presentations about the Wangensteen Library at the MN State Fair. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and MLS from the University of Denver.

Christopher Herzberg joined the Health Sciences Libraries as a Library Assistant in 2005, and currently has a range of responsibilities including preservation, metadata and digital projects, cataloging and binding, as well as working in the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. He has presented information about the Wangensteen Library at the MN State Fair with Curator Lois Hendrickson.

Mike Sutliff joined the University Libraries in 1998 and is currently working as the Director of Computer & Technology Support. His background includes staff and public computer support, software management, server administration, networking administrator, IT supervision, and IT leadership. He enjoys music and the relationship it shares with today's technology.


A. Nancy Sims, University of Minnesota Libraries
Nancy Sims is an attorney and librarian, who uses her "lawyerbrarian" status to help people understand a wide variety of public interest issues, and to advocate for policies and practices that support sustainable scholarship, democratic information access, and wide public cultural participation. She has worked in libraries for about 15 years, and has an MLS from Rutgers, and a JD from the University of Michigan.



B. Lois Hendrickson,, University of Minnesota Libraries
Lois Hendrickson is the Curator of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, residing in the Health Sciences Libraries. Lois began her career in the University of Minnesota Archives, official home for the University's valuable historical documents, collections, data, photographs, publications and websites, from the founding of the University in 1851 to the present. Lois has given multiple presentations about the Wangensteen Library at the MN State Fair. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and MLS from the University of Denver.



C. Heidi Hammond, St. Catherine University
Heidi Hammond is an Assistant Professor and the School Library Media Specialist Coordinator in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at the University of St. Catherine. An article entitled "Graphic Novels and Multimodal Literacy" based on research for her University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation was published in the October 2012 issue of Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature. She served on the 2011 Randolph Caldecott Award Committee and is co-author of the book Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: A Guide to the Illustrations.


D. Tran Thi Minh Phuoc, University of Minnesota Libraries
Tran Thi Minh Phuoc is Minnesota's first Vietnamese librarian and has been an active storyteller for over 20 years. Before coming to America, she spent 10 months in a Malaysian refugee camp. She moved from California to Minnesota in 1984, where she found life's most precious treasures: education and a safe environment. She and her husband are the proud parents of four children who grew up in a bilingual home. Her first book, Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories (Tuttle), won the Creative Child Magazine 2015 Book of the Year Award and Moonbeam Children's Book Awards 2015 Gold Medal.


E. Dan A. Ament, The Ament Group, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Planning, disciplined savings and prudent investment management are key tenets when striving for a successful financial future. Relying on more than two decades of experience, Dan and his team assist their clients in accomplishing these goals by prudently managing their financial affairs. Dan has been a financial contributor to NBC Affiliate KARE-11 for 15 years; providing weekly commentary related to the spectrum of personal finance topics. He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a BA in Finance, where he developed his interest in the financial services industry. Equal to his passion for serving clients, he values time with his wife and three children. His interests include coaching youth hockey, watching his children participate in various activities and enjoying the MN outdoors hunting, boating and fishing. His community service includes serving on the investment committee for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, working to support and promote NPH – USA an organization caring for abandoned and neglected children in nine Latin American countries and a past board member for the Orono Foundation for Education.


F. Anne Phibbs, University of Minnesota - Office for Equity and Diversity
Anne Phibbs is Director of Education in the Office for Equity and Diversity. She earned her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, and has taught Women's Studies, Gender Studies, and GLBTQ Studies courses at Metropolitan State University and the University of Minnesota.

G. Valerie Horton & Paul Swanson, Minitex
Valerie Horton has been director of Minitex, a multi-state library consortia, for three years operating under the UMN Libraries and the Office of Higher Education. Before that Valerie managed a statewide consortia in Colorado, was an academic library director, and head of IT systems at a state university. She has published two books for ALA, was an ALA/Fulbright International Fellow, and was co-editor of the Collaborative Librarianship for 8 years.

After receiving a History degree from the University of Minnesota, Paul Swanson joined Minitex in 1994 and worked as a student processing Interlibrary Loan requests. While working in that capacity he continued to go to school and received a Computer Science degree, eventually moving into Technology at Minitex. Over the years he has worked his way through all the different computer roles such as workstation support, web design and programming, Windows and Linux server administration, and database design.


H. Becky Adamski, Danika Stegeman, Ashley Merrill, Amber Fick, Kaia Sievert, University of Minnesota Libraries

Danika is the course reserve coordinator at Wilson Library on the U of M Twin Cities campus.

Ashley works in the Access and Information Services department at Wilson Library, where she is a supervisor for student workers. She is a member of the From Our Collections group and contributes to the bimonthly displays in Wilson Library, which center around a rotating theme to highlight materials at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Amber is a Library Assistant at the Wilson Library where she works on the From Our Collection display team and with course reserves. She is also a student in the MLIS program at St. Catherine University.

Kaia Sievert is a library assistant at Wilson Library (University of Minnesota Libraries). She works with collection maintenance, student worker supervision, and circulation and reference desk services, along with taking outreach projects involving recreational reading and instruction. She received her MLIS from St. Catherine University.




I. Kim Clarke, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Wanda Marsolek, Phuoc Tran, University of Minnesota Libraries

Kim Clarke has worked with the University Libraries since 1997. She is liaison to several social sciences departments, including Curriculum & Instruction, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, and Organizational Leadership and Professional Development. She's also the co-chair for the Libraries' Diversity Committee.

Lara Friedman-Shedlov is Description and Access Archivist for the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, a unit of the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She has served on the Libraries’ Diversity Outreach Collaborative since 2010. When she's not working she can usually be found dancing (she teaches and performs several traditional dance forms from England and Scotland) or performing feats of strength.

Wanda is the both the user experience and the information and virtual services coordinator of the St. Paul Campus Libraries. She is also a cribbage champion.

Tran Thi Minh Phuoc is Minnesota's first Vietnamese librarian and has been an active storyteller for over 20 years. Before coming to America, she spent 10 months in a Malaysian refugee camp. She moved from California to Minnesota in 1984, where she found life's most precious treasures: education and a safe environment. She and her husband are the proud parents of four children who grew up in a bilingual home. Her first book, Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories (Tuttle), won the Creative Child Magazine 2015 Book of the Year Award and Moonbeam Children's Book Awards 2015 Gold Medal.


J. Ryan Mattke, University of Minnesota Libraries
Ryan Mattke is Head of the John R. Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota, where he has worked for the past nine years. He holds a Masters degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Minnesota and, among other things, enjoys visualizing data in his spare time.

K. Lisa Von Drasek, University of Minnesota Libraries
Lisa Von Drasek is the curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries. The CLRC resides in the Elmer L. Andersen Library's Archives and Special Collections. Previously, Von Drasek was the Director of the Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education as well as the Children's Librarian for the lab school, pre-k through 8th grade. She has reviewed and written for many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Teaching pre-K -8, Booklist, Shelf Awareness, Washington Post Book World and blogs atwww.EarlyWord.com. Von Drasek has been a guest speaker at Book Expo America, ComicCon NY, American Library Association Annual Conference, Hamline University MFA program, Columbia University’s Publishing Program. She has served as a juror for the annual New York Times Best Illustrated Books, the Ezra Jack Keats Award Committee, the Newbery Committee, the American Library Association's Notable Children's Books. She has taught courses in Children's Literature, Storytelling and Children's Book Publishing.


M. Jason Nelson, Nelson Auto World - University Service
Jason has been working in the automotive repair field for 17 years. He has been a certified technician for 14 years. ASE certifications held are: Master Automotive Technician, L1 Advanced Engine Specialist & C1 Certified Service Consultant. Jason attended Universal Technical Institute where he graduated with a diploma in auto repair and several high distinctions. In 2012 Jason & Dan Nelson started Nelson Auto World, a full service automotive repair shop.


N. Kirsten Clark, University of Minnesota Libraries
Since joining the staff of the University of Minnesota Libraries in July 2007, Kirsten has served as Regional Depository Librarian with an emphasis on managing the federal and international government documents collections. Besides working with the faculty, staff and students at the University of Minnesota, the Regional Depository Librarian serves the states of Minnesota, South Dakota and Michigan, and works with over 70 selective depositories in public, academic, special and law libraries to support free access to government information. Since 2014 Kirsten has also held the position of Director, Access & Information Services.


O. Cecily Marcus and Sarah Carlson, University of Minnesota Libraries
Dr. Cecily Marcus is the director of Umbra: Search African American History. She is the curator of the Givens Collection of African American Literature, the Performing Arts Archives, and the Upper Midwest Literary Archives. As a CLIR Postdoctoral, also at the University of Minnesota, she worked as project director and content lead for Ethicshare.org. She received her PhD in cultural studies from the University of Minnesota and her BA from Cornell University.

Sarah Carlson is the project manager for Umbra: Search African American History.


P. Deborah Ultan Boudewyns, University of Minnesota Libraries; Jessica Shaykett, American Craft Council; Janice Lurie, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Deborah Ultan Boudewyns is the Arts, Architecture & Landscape Architecture Librarian at the University of Minnesota. As part of the University of Minnesota Libraries’ initiatives she has co-chaired the Open Access Policy Sub-committee, served on the Streaming Video Task Force, the Digital Arts & Humanities Group, and the Scholarly Communications Collaborative. She is the author of articles, book chapters, book reviews, and presentations on the digital humanities and the arts, scholarly communications and electronic publishing, collection development and art history. Her most recent research on the Japanese aesthetic in the Nordic countries is included in the exhibition catalog Japanomania. An art curator, she coordinates several exhibitions a year throughout the University Libraries and teaches a course on curatorial theory and practice for the Department of Art. An active member of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Deborah served on the ARLIS/NA Executive Board from 2006-2009. With a focus on arts librarianship, Deborah earned her MLIS from Syracuse University.

Jessica Shaykett has been the librarian/archivist at the American Craft Council (ACC) in Minneapolis, MN since October 2010. Before the ACC, she was Head of Technical Services at the Savannah College of Art and Design's Jen Library, and prior to that she worked at the Microsoft Archives in Seattle, Washington. Shaykett holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington.

Janice Lea Lurie began her 25 year art museum library career at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY as an Assistant Librarian/Archivist and then was later promoted to Head Librarian. For over the past 14 1/2 years she has been working as a Head Librarian at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where she has overseen several preservation and accessibility initiatives involving the documentary collections of Mia's Library and Archives. In November 2014 she earned her Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists.


Q. Julie Schumacher, University of Minnesota Creative Writing Program
Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University. Her short stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Ms., The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and in The Best American Short Stories and The O.Henry Awards annual anthologies. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She is the author, most recently, of Dear Committee Members, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her other books include a short story collection, An Explanation for Chaos, and five novels for younger readers: Grass Angel, The Chain Letter, The Book of One Hundred Truths, Black Box (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults) and The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls. She is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota.

S. Kris Bergstedt, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
Kris Bergstedt coleads the Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH) sponsored Tuesday noon Stressbusters and demonstrates Reiki in CSH class modules and at special and community events, along with providing experiential mindfulness workshop. She is a nationally certified massage therapist with an private practice. Kris works as an Integrative Therapy volunteer and wellness ambassador for the University of Minnesota Medical Center where she currently works as full-time administrative support for a pathology lab


T. Laurie Jedamus, University of Minnesota Libraries
Laurie Jedamus works in the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Collection Management & Preservation department, and is intrigued by both historical and contemporary bookbinding. She earned her Certificate in Book Arts from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in 2014, and is currently working on her Advanced Certificate.


U. Dr. Jean Larson
Jean M. Larson manages the Nature-Based Therapeutic (NBT) services at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and is the faculty lead at the Center for Spirituality and Healing in nature-based therapeutics. Dr. Larson also coordinates and provides consulting services, initiatives in community outreach and assists in NBT research.


V/AC. Jen Tantzen, University of Minnesota Libraries
Jen Tantzen has been with the University Libraries since 1996 when she started as a student and has been working with the libraries' web presence ever since, currently working in Wilson Library as a front end developer. In the summer of 2014, she took a month away from her desk for an intensive course to gain her yoga teaching certification and now moonlights as a yoga instructor at Green Tara Studio in Minneapolis.

X. Lisa Vecoli, University of Minnesota Libraries
Lisa Vecoli is the curator of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Her first involvement with the Tretter Collection was as a board member, solicited in the hope that her +4,000 book library might one day join the archive. Her goals are to preserve GLBT history, diversify the voices in the archive and add to her personal collection of Lesbian Pulp novels.

Y. Shannon Farrell & Amy Gmur, University of Minnesota Libraries

Shannon Farrell is the Natural Resources Librarian at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In this role, she works out of the Natural Resources Library (a small branch library) with the departments of Entomology, Forest Resources, and Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Before joining the UMN Libraries, she spent over ten years working on large-scale, data intensive research projects related to ecology, entomology and conservation biology.

Amy Gmur has worked at the University of Minnesota Libraries for over 15 years. In her current role, she provides collection support for all of the St. Paul campus libraries. She works closely with the Natural Resources Librarian on outreach and books and serials management.


Z. Rachel Hawkins, Ridgeview Medical Center, Health Library
Rachel Hawkins is a Health Information Specialist at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN, where she works with clinical staff to provide information for health care providers and patients and manages the library's collection. She previously worked in the University of Minnesota's Health Sciences Libraries where she assisted with communications and supervised student workers. She received her MLIS in 2013 from San Jose State University.

AB. James Nystrom, University of Minnesota Police Department
Sgt. Nystrom has been with the University of Minnesota Police Department and is a 28-year veteran of law enforcement. He currently supervises the UMPD Community Investigations Division. Sgt. Nystrom is a certified Active Shooter Response instructor for law enforcement and has been involved in teaching personal safety to officers and the public for more than 20 years.

AD. Jerilyn Veldof, University of Minnesota Libraries
Jerilyn Veldof's current position focuses on organization development for the University of Minnesota Libraries. She has also served as Director of Coordinated Educational Services, Director of Undergraduate Initiatives, Coordinator of User Education, and Distance Learning Instruction Librarian at the U of MN Libraries. She began her professional library career at the University of Arizona and earned a Masters in Library Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelors from Ithaca College. Jerilyn has given nearly 100 workshops and presentations, written more than a dozen articles and book chapters, published a book with the American Library Association and self-published a book on the Kindle platform.

AE. Tim Johnson and Cheryll Fong, University of Minnesota Libraries

Tim is one of the curators in the Archives and Special Collections Department and responsible for the University Libraries' main rare book collection and dozens of special collections. Half of his time is spent as curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections, the largest gathering of such material in the world. Tim began his career as an instructional services librarian and has also served as a library director, director of archives, medical librarian, assistant and associate professor. In addition to his curatorial responsibilities, he is an adjunct faculty member in the MLIS program at St. Catherine University, where he teaches a graduate level course in preservation management.

Cheryll is the Assistant Curator for Special Collections & Rare Books, the Sherlock Holmes Collections and Interim Curator for the Northwest Architectural Archives. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a concentration in academic libraries. She served as interim curator for the E.W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes collections. Her special projects have included: surveying the WWI Pamphlet collection and an in-depth analysis of the 17th Century Stuart Tract collection.