Enhancing Quality Staff in Changing Times

The 25th symposium for library paraprofessionals and support staff presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries

May 23, 2017

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

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2017 Program

8:00-8:30am Registration

8:30-9:00am Welcome & Opening Session (135)

                                                                                            Welcome: EQS Planning Committee

For the Individual & Common Good: How Social Welfare Agencies Used Comics to Create Better Citizens
Social Welfare History Archives archivist, Linnea Anderson, will discuss examples of educational comics from the Comics Project, a collaboration between the National Social Welfare Assembly and National Comics Publications that lasted from 1949 to 1967.

9:00-9:15am Break

9:15-10:15am Sessions

A. Community Solar Gardens (155)

Community Solar is taking Minnesota by storm this summer. Come hear about how your neighbors (homeowners and renters alike) are turning to 100% clean energy without the need for owning or maintaining any of the equipment! It’s solar for everyone and it’s changing the game!

B. Teaching in the Archives: Using historical documents to engage students with the past (135 AC) (LIMIT 20)

Explore materials from the Social Welfare History Archives to get ideas on how to use historical documents in the classroom - and just for fun! The workshop will include a chance to explore documents from the archives. It will provide a brief framework of ways to teach with historical sources to engage students with the past, challenge their thinking, and promote information literacy and research competencies.

D. Free Tools to Help Manage Big, Messy Projects (166)

Have a big, messy project in work or in life?  This workshop will showcase a variety of free online tools to help you organize and segment your work into manageable, achievable

pieces.  Participants will see real world examples of how the Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities team manages its large projects and will have the opportunity to try out an array of project management platforms.  

E. History Detective: Finding your Nefarious or Interesting Ancestors (156)

Be your own history detective and find out if you are related to royalty or maybe even a notorious gangster.  Learn how to start your research, keep everything you find in order and discover some unique places to look for interesting family stories.

F. Online Identity- Do's and Don'ts (Magrath Library 81, LIMIT 14)

Whether you’re meeting someone for the first time or they need to find your contact information again, most people start with a general web search. What will they find? Is it what you want them to see? Managing your professional identity goes beyond making sure embarrassing Facebook photos are private. In this session, we’ll be discussing building and maintaining personal and professional online identities while protecting your privacy.

9:15-11:30am Session

C. 3D Printing - Printer Selection, Care, Feeding, Experience, Wisdom, and stuff (135 BD, 2 Hour Session)

Robert (Ski) Cudinski and Todd Ferwerda will be presenting the three "Ds" of 3D printers: Delightful, Dreadful, and... Challenging.

Topics will include:

- General Introduction to hardware, software, technologies and trends
- Evaluating printers for purchase; what matters, what doesn't
- Setup; hardware and software
- Operations; care and feeding of a 3D printer
- Gotchas; things you didn't expect to be important
- Resources; places to go for further information, downloadable things, etc.
- Lots of Q&A
At least two printers will be present and printing throughout.

10:15-10:30am Break

10:30-11:30am Sessions

G. Advanced Care Planning: What is it - Why it matters - How to begin (155)
If you became seriously ill or suffered an accident that left you unable to make medical decisions on your own, who would speak for you? Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process that helps you think about, talk about, and write down your desires and values for future healthcare treatment decisions. This session outlines the goals of Advance Care Planning, gives useful tips on how to begin the conversation with loved ones and your physician, and reviews the Health Care Directive  - a written plan outlining your healthcare wishes if a time comes when you cannot speak for yourself.

H. Libraries as organic 3rd spaces: Meeting the community where it's at with civic technology (135AC)
Local governments are increasingly seeing the value of civic technology and open data to bring communities together to solve problems and create breakthrough solutions to public service challenges. As established third spaces, libraries bring together individuals from across our many and diverse communities every day, creating a comfortable, familiar place to “meet the community where it’s at,”  during hackathons, codeathons, open data and service design jams. During this session we’ll discuss civic technology and how open data forms the foundation for the burgeoning civic tech movement, how local governments and organizations are seizing the opportunity civic tech presents to create genuine connections to community and co-produce solutions to sticky public sector challenges, how libraries serve as community third spaces and what it means from an operational standpoint for a library to serve as the locus of community creativity experiences.

I. Identity Theft Trends & Myths About Your Liability (166)
Con-artists don’t care how hard you worked, they steal billions from people like you 
every year.  Today, people age 50 and older control over 70% of the nation’s wealth and the scammers know it.  They’re using the telephone, U.S. mail, email, the internet and they may even show up on your doorstep trying to get your money.  For some, aging-related issues like memory loss can lead to vulnerability and new technology has made it easier for criminals to get access to personal information and your savings.  Understanding the latest trends and tactics in fraud can help us all protect our own savings, as well as people who are more vulnerable.

This presentation is based on analysis of undercover FBI recordings of con-artists in action.  AARP partnered with the FBI on a national level for the purpose of educating people about financial crime because the best defense is to prevent it in the first place.  Consumer fraud, scams, identity theft, cyber security, credit card theft and financial theft within the family can be covered depending on the interests of the audience.

J. Two Efforts at Reaching Patrons Experiencing Homelessness (156)
This session will describe two efforts at outreach to patrons experiencing homelessness at Hennepin County Library: Coffee and Conversations at Minneapolis Central Library and Homeless Shelter Collections. Coffee and Conversations is monthly event held in the atrium of Minneapolis Central Library an hour before the library opens. During Coffee and Conversations patrons waiting to enter the library, many of whom are experiencing homelessness, are offered coffee and are invited to take part in a conversation or an activity. Chris will discuss the history of the program, how it is planned, and what activities have been tried. Kyle will discuss the following aspects of the Hennepin County Library Homeless Shelter Collections: 1) The history of the collections; 2) Description of the shelters being served; 3) Process of partnering with interested shelters; 4) Ordering books; 5) Maintenance and evaluation of collections; and 6) Outreach and community engagement with people in shelters.

K. Graphic design made easy with Canva (Magrath Library 81, LIMIT 14)
Creating posters and signs for displays can be difficult especially if you don't have access to design software. This workshop will introduce attendees to Canva, a free online graphic design platform. Learn the basics of working with Canva and a few design tips along the way.

L. Tour of Biological Sciences Conservatory Greenhouse (LIMIT 10, 1/2)

11:30-12:45pm Lunch and Prize Drawing

12:45-1:45pm Sessions

M. Ex Libris: Bookplates and Other Marks of Possession (155)
The James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota holds a collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts that range in date from approximately 1200 - 1800; many of these items bear witness to their previous owners through a variety of bookplates, inscriptions, shelf marks, and bindings.  This session will present a wide selection of the marks of ownership which add to our understanding of how and by whom books were used, read, regarded and circulated.

N. History Day Minnesota: How Goldy Gopher and Mooster History Bring the Past to Life! (135AC) (Session Materials)
Last year, over 27,000 middle and high school students in Minnesota participated in National History Day.  What is it?  What is the libraries role?  Join us as we explore the past, present, and future of a program where students make history their own, while at the same time learning critical thinking, reading, and research skills that will help prepare them for college, careers, and citizenship.  We’ll also showcase actual student projects and highlight opportunities for YOU to get involved in this unique partnership that brings together the Minnesota History Center, the University of Minnesota, Minitex, and dozens of K-12 schools throughout the state.

O. Dogs don't like to be hugged . . . and other things you should know (135BD)
As much as we love living with dogs, sometimes their behavior can seem unpredictable or perplexing--the sleeping dog that snarls when you pet it or the dog that urinates when you come home. In truth, these behaviors aren't really unusual. They simply demonstrate some of the many ways dogs communicate differently than humans do.

P. Digitizing African American History: Hidden Collections at U of M (166)
This session will detail the process and unique findings of the "Digitizing African American Archival Materials Across University of Minnesota" grant funded project, a part of the Umbra Search African American History program. This project was designed to make hundreds of thousands of materials from the University of Minnesota's Archives and Special Collections accessible to users via UMedia, Digital Public Libraries of America, and Umbrasearch.org. The presentation will cover the workflow for digitizing and describing the mass of materials, as well as share some of the project's exciting archival discoveries.

Q. Inventive Instruction: accessible and usable tools you can use in your instruction practice (156)
Sick of PowerPoint and Google Slides? Learn about some new tools and techniques that you can use to help build exciting instruction or presentations.

R. Behind the Scenes @ Goldstein Museum of Design (LIMIT 25)
Timing is everything for this backstage experience! Because Goldstein Museum of Design's Gallery 241 will be closed for the installation of Inside Her Clothes (opening 6/2), we're inviting you to explore two normally off limits collection storerooms and win valuable prizes in our Research Center playing "GMD Collection Scavenger Hunt." GMD's collection of 34,000 designed objects is housed in McNeal Hall and the focus of an ongoing digitization initiative available online in a searchable database.

1:45-2:00pm Break

2:00-3:00pm Sessions

S. Reboot! Develop Yourself and Grow Your Career (155)
Are you itching to up your game? To gain expertise or mastery in a new area? To deepen the knowledge and skills you already have?  To keep growing your career?  If “yes”, this is 
the workshop for you!

During this workshop we’ll explore these questions and break down your options. You’ll follow a 6-step process to go from an inkling of an idea to a workable personal development strategy that you can start implementing immediately. 

T. Deep Dive Into Digital Content: Minnesota Reflections Primary Source Sets (135AC)
Join us as we demonstrate a new digital resource for historical research, Minnesota Reflections Primary Source Sets. We will showcase and discuss how and why we created the Primary Source Sets and their related teaching guides supplying educators and researchers with discussion questions and classroom activities to inspire critical inquiry.

U. Going virtual: the potential of virtual/augmented reality to change how we work and live (135BD)
Virtual and augmented reality have been in the news a lot lately with promises that they will change everything from how healthcare is delivered to how we buy houses and interact with each other.  This session will attempt to separate hype from reality by talking about where we are now, what is coming and how we have been experimenting with virtual reality in the UMN Libraries.

V. Google Search – Advanced Search Tricks, Limits & Teaching Tips (166)
Everyone uses Google for Search, at least occasionally, and so do our students and patrons.  However, Google Search offers far more options – and some serious deficits – that people often overlook.  Whatever your job, whatever your interests or needs, we can all learn ways to improve our search, understand Google’s wizard behind the curtain and better understand some of the better options that exist for searchers today! This workshop will be highly participative and designed for active learning. Everyone can master search today!

W. Bind a Star Book! (LIMIT 20) (Instructions)
Make your own copy of a star book, a beautiful but easy-to-construct book that can be used for photo display, scrapbooking, or just plain decoration!  In this hands-on seminar, you’ll see examples of how these lovely little books can be customized and then create your own star book. No previous experience is necessary, and all materials and tools will be provided.

X. Bees, Bugs and Other Beasts: Gems of the Natural Resources Library's Rare Book Collection (LIMIT 20)
This tour 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.

3:00-3:15pm Break

3:15-4:15pm Sessions

Y. Intro to Tai Chi (155, LIMIT 20)

Relieve stress, gain flexibility, and improve balance with this soft style exercise. Warm-ups, breath work and Tai-Chi postures will be taught. No experience necessary, wear comfortable clothes.

Z. Sushi - making (135AC, LIMIT 20)
This introduction to sushi class will cover the fundamentals for a lifetime of sushi exploration, introducing you to the skills you will need to make sushi at home. You will learn how to select the perfect fish for your sushi menu, In addition to a discussion on “sushi vocabulary”, techniques cover cultivating the perfect sushi rice, the making of a variety of rolls and other priceless techniques. You will also be sampling sushi!

AA. The Nuts and Bolts of Insect Illustration (135BD)
Professor Ralph W. Holzenthal discusess contemporary insect illustration techniques and processes involved in rendering natural representations of our insect friends. Discover the art and science of capturing nature’s beauty with Dr. Holzenthal.

AB. The Immigrant Stories Project and Its Tools for Community Outreach (166)
This session discusses a community-engaged digital humanities project, Immigrant Stories, and how libraries can adapt its tools and best practices. Immigrant Stories, run by the University of Minnesota's Immigration History Research Center (IHRC), helps recent immigrants and refugees create digital stories. Digital stories are brief videos with images, text, and audio about a personal experience. The IHRC shares and preserves these digital stories for future generations through the IHRC Archives, the Minnesota Digital Library, and the Digital Public Library of America.

The IHRC developed a free story-making website [http://immigrantstories.umn.edu] and training materials to help anyone make a digital story, regardless of technical ability or access to specialized technology. The presenter will explain how the IHRC has partnered with libraries and community groups to run public programs using these tools.

AC.  Stitch a Book: Traditional Japanese Bookbinding (156, LIMIT 20) (Handout 1, 2)
Try your hand at Japanese stab bookbinding, a bookbinding style that dates from the 1600s and can still be found in libraries today! In this hands-on seminar, participants will create a blank book bound with a Kangxi binding. Instructions will also be provided for hemp leaf and tortoiseshell variations. No previous experience is necessary and all materials and tools will be provided.

AD. Tour of Biological Sciences Conservatory Greenhouse (LIMIT 10, 2/2)

2017 Speaker Bios

Keynote: Linnea Anderson
Linnea Anderson is the Archivist of the Social Welfare History Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.  Linnea has worked at the Social Welfare History Archives since 2002, when she was hired as the assistant archivist.  Previously, she worked at the Columbia University Archives in New York, as assistant archivist and then assistant director.  She helped to plan and establish the first formal archives at the nearly 250-year-old institution. While living in New York, she was also a consultant to archives and historical societies for the New York State Documentary Heritage Program. Prior to becoming an archivist, Linnea was a museum educator at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York, NY where, among other responsibilities, she developed and presented student workshops in New York Harbor on board a 19th century historic ship.  She has an MA in History and Certificate in Archival Management from the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of History and Archival Management Program, as well as a BA in History and BA in Theatre from St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

A. Jana Swick Maltby
Jana Swick Maltby is pretty much your average Minnesota mom. She began working in the Community Solar industry full time this fall. Jana's presentation will be informal, informative, enjoyable and hopefully a bit inspirational.

B. Linnea Anderson
Linnea Anderson is the Archivist of the Social Welfare History Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.  Linnea has worked at the Social Welfare History Archives since 2002, when she was hired as the assistant archivist.  Previously, she worked at the Columbia University Archives in New York, as assistant archivist and then assistant director.  She helped to plan and establish the first formal archives at the nearly 250-year-old institution. While living in New York, she was also a consultant to archives and historical societies for the New York State Documentary Heritage Program. Prior to becoming an archivist, Linnea was a museum educator at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York, NY where, among other responsibilities, she developed and presented student workshops in New York Harbor on board a 19th century historic ship.  She has an MA in History and Certificate in Archival Management from the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of History and Archival Management Program, as well as a BA in History and BA in Theatre from St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

C. Robert (Ski) Cudinski and Todd Ferwanda
Robert (Ski) Cudinski and Todd Ferwerda have worked together for years doing network and data security, and played together for years with 3D printers. Counted together they have 4 kids, and about twice that number of 3D printers, with more on the way.  Ski is an early adapter of cool technologies, and an enthusiastic supporter of long-shot Kickstarters, which is where most of his 3D brood came from. His experience across multiple 3D technologies includes evaluating options, buying components, building kits, tuning software and hardware for performance, and dealing with technical support when things go wrong. He also keeps up on 3D technology trends. Todd’s role is 'lab rat'.  He adjusts troubled printers, designs useful (and silly) printable things, and publishes some on Thingiverse.

D. Benjamin Wiggins
Benjamin Wiggins is the Program Director of Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) for the University Libraries at the University of Minnesota and among his responsibilities in this role is tidying up big, messy digital projects. Benjamin holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (summa cum laude, 2007) and a Ph.D. in American Studies (2013) from the University of Minnesota. He has published in The American Historian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Natural Hazards Observer, and Television and New Media as well as volumes from Intellect, the University of Chicago Press, and Johns Hopkins University Press.  Previously, Benjamin served as the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also taught in the Department of History and the Department of History & Sociology of Science. 

E. Lynne Beck
Lynne Beck is the subject expert for history and genealogy resources at the University of Minnesota. She has spent many years helping people explore their family history.

F. Caitlin Bakker and Kristen Mastel
Caitlin Bakker is the Research Services Liaison at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries. Her focus is on developing and providing research support services for faculty in the Academic Health Center, including systematic reviews, data management, scholarly communication, and research impact assessment.

Kristen Mastel is an outreach and instruction librarian at the University of Minnesota. She received her Masters of Library Science from Indiana University, and her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota- Morris. Her research areas of interest include instruction, information literacy, outreach and instructional design. Kristen is a Past President of the Minnesota Library Association. She also is a Director of the United States Agricultural Information Network.

G. Helen Nelson
Helen Nelson is employed by the Twin Cities Medical Society, specifically working on their Honoring Choices public health initiative. Helen gives Advance Care Planning presentations and is a certified Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Facilitator. She is also responsible for  developing marketing and social media campaigns and materials, coordinating volunteers, and planning training sessions and events.

H. Bill Bushey, Sharon Kennedy, Michele McGraw
Bill Bushey, Software Engineer at Granicus & Co-Organizer at Open Twin Cities
Sharon Kennedy, IT Management Consultant at City of St. Paul & Co-Organizer at Open Twin Cities
Michele McGraw, Information Services Manager at Hennepin County Library

I. Jay Haapala
Jay Haapala is Associate State Director of Community Outreach with AARP Minnesota and leads the state’s Fraud Watch Network which serves to educate consumers about fraud, scams and identity theft.  He and AARP Fraud Fighter volunteers have met with over 350 community groups across the state, law enforcement officials and fraud investigators, learning how people are being targeted by financial crime right here in Minnesota.  He has worked and served in the Minnesota nonprofit sector for 18 years building volunteer programs, and now is doing the same to build a network of fraud fighter volunteers with AARP.

J. Kyle Orcholski and Chris Ruiz
Kyle Orcholski is the Fiction & Media librarian for Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central. A Wisconsinite by birth, he is reconciling the fact his son will say “gray duck” instead of goose.

Chris Ruiz works at Minneapolis Central Library and has been helping put on Coffee and Conversations for two years.

K. Becky Adamski
Becky Adamski is a Library Assistant for the Access and Information Services 
unit in Wilson Library. She was a recipient of the Academic Innovator Award in 2016 from the Academic & Research Libraries Division of the Minnesota Library Association.

M. Margaret Borg
Margaret Borg has been the Assistant Curator of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota since 2009. She received her MLIS from Dominican University in 2006 and has completed coursework at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in "Printed Books to 1800: Description & Analysis" and "Introduction to Illuminated Manuscripts."

N. Lynn Skupeko and Phil Dudas
Lynn Skupeko has 25 years of experience providing reference and information services to the University of Minnesota community. She has been actively involved with the History Day program since 2006. She acts as the libraries coordinator for History Day visits to Wilson Library and is also involved in other History Day related initiatives and events sponsored by the libraries.  She was the co-recipient of the Media Specialist of Merit award presented by the Minnesota History Day Program in 2014.

As Information Services Manager at the University of Minnesota, Phil Dudas’ responsibilities primarily include managing staff within the Access and Information Services department at Wilson Library.  User experience, reference, outreach, and assessment are specific areas of public service he is passionate about, and on any given day his work involves virtual reference services, pop-up libraries, space planning, web usability testing, and of course History Day programming.  Phil completed his undergraduate coursework at the University of Minnesota and his Masters of Library and Information Science through Dominican University.  Phil has been active within the Minnesota Library Association and is currently Chair-Elect of the Academic and Research Libraries Division.

O. Cheryl Grefrer
Cheryl Gfrerer MA, KPA-CTP, is the owner of Giffy dog. Specializing in rescue dogs, Giffy dog provides coaching and unique classes intended to help dogs and people form strong bonds with one another and build confidence through training together.

P. Dorothy J. Berry
Dorothy J. Berry is a graduate of Indiana University, with a Masters in 
Ethnomusicology and a Masters in Library and Information Science. She has worked at numerous African American heritage repositories including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Ozarks Afro-American Museum, the Archives of African American Music and Culture, as well as the Black Film Center/Archive. She is currently working as Umbra Search Metadata and Digitization Lead on the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded "Digitizing African American Archival Materials Across University of Minnesota" project.

Q. Lindsay Matts-Benson
Lindsay Matts-Benson is an Instructional Designer for the University of Minnesota Libraries. Lindsay designs both online and in-person instruction for the Libraries. She is passionate about ridding the world of bad fonts and gradient backgrounds, one presentation at a time.

R. Dr. Jean McElvain and Lin Nelson-Mayson
Dr. Jean McElvain is Associate Curator for the Goldstein Museum of Design. She has an extensive academic background in costume design, apparel, and architecture.

Director of the Goldstein Museum of Design since 2005, Lin Nelson-Mayson has worked with museums across the country for over 35 years. She is the former chair of the Minnesota Association of Museums and Association of Midwest Museums.

S. Jerilyn Veldof
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 in both online and print formats.

T. Greta Bahneman and Jennifer Hootman
Greta Bahnemann is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library. She manages the metadata training, corrections, and enhancements for Minnesota Reflections, MDL’s primary project. She also oversees the Minnesota Digital Library’s geospatial metadata standards project. Together Greta and Jennifer serve as co-leads on the Primary Source Set project. Greta holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture/University of Delaware and a MLIS from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Jennifer Hootman is a Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) Program Associate at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She helps manage DASH program logistics, marketing, outreach, instructional content, event planning, web design, and collaborates with faculty and students on digital projects. Jennifer holds a MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a MA in history from Illinois State University.

U. Jonathan Koffel
Jonathan Koffel is the Emerging Technology and Innovation Strategist for the UMN Libraries.  He has a degree in Classics from Carleton College and wanted to be a rare book librarian, but ended up working as a liaison to Pharmacy (University of Iowa) and Medicine (UMN) before taking on his current role.

V. Nancy Herther
Nancy Herther has been with the University Libraries since the 1980s and currently works as a liaison for these departments at the UMN:  American Indian Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Anthropology & Sociology.  She also teaches workshops on finding research funding and graduate orientation.  She is an officer in the UMN's Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society and on the board of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information. She's been searching databases since the 1200 baud era and loves sharing tips and ideas for better searching!

W/AC. Laurie Jedamus
Laurie Jedamus works in the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Collection Management & Preservation department. She completed her Core Certificate in Book Arts from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in 2015, and is currently working on her Advanced Certificate. For the last year, she‘s also been the studio monitor for MCBA’s bookbinding open studio.

X. Shannon Farrell
Shannon Farrell is the subject librarian for the Departments of Entomology, Forest Resources, and Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology at the Natural Resources Library on the St. Paul campus. She provides assistance with accessing databases, finding and evaluating resources, and helping with any kind of library-related research. Her particular interests include: open access policies, library assessment, gaming and education, and data management.

Y. Kurt Swanson
Kurt Swanson is a certified teacher of Yang-style T'ai-Chi Ch'uan and Qigong. He has studied T'ai-Chi under Masters Ray Hayward and Paul Abdella since 2006. He teaches in various community and fitness centers in the Twin Cities area, and at the Mindful Motion T'ai-Chi Academy in Minneapolis.

Z. Nils Westdal
Nils Westdal has worked for Coastal Seafoods in Minneapolis for 17 years. He works in many areas, including wholesale, retail, and classes.

AA. Dr. Ralph Holzenthal
Dr. Holzenthal is a professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. He teaches insect illustration and is an award-winning scientist. His specific area of expertise is in the systematics and taxonomy of Neotropical caddisflies. His research involves field work, descriptive and alpha taxonomy, and revisionary and phylogenetic studies. He is also interested in general systematic theory and methodology, historical biogeography, conservation, and museum management and administration.

AB. Saengmany Ratsabout
Saengmany Ratsabout is Program Coordinator for the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. He holds an Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies and a Master of Liberal Studies. He is a member of a team leading a digital storytelling project called Immigrant Stories and Digital Archive. Saengmany has over 15 years of experience working with immigrant and refugee communities. He is a firm advocate of “collaborative community engagement” and community-based programming.