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Will Richardson
is the author of the highly ranked and widely read edublog, Weblogged (www.weblogg-ed.com), and the author of the book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Formerly a teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, N.J., Will was recognized for his use of blogs in the classroom, and named a "trendsetter in education" by the New York Times. Richardson is now an independent presenter and owner of Connective Learning, LLC, where he promotes the implementation of Read/Write technologies in K-12 classrooms. He is also an advocate for school reform which encourages the integration of technology in learning. He was recently named to the National Advisory Board for the George Lucas Education Foundation. Along with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, he is co-owner of Powerful Learning Practice, a company that delivers job-embedded, year-long professional development to schools worldwide around the pedagogies of Web 2.0 tools.


Suzanne Williams
is a former elementary school librarian and the author of over two dozen books for children, including the picture book Library Lil, illustrated by Steven Kellogg. She grew up in Eugene, Oregon and went to college at the University of Oregon where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in library science. She and her husband moved to Renton, Washington (near Seattle), just after she finished college. She didn't start writing children's books until after she had been a librarian for ten years and had children of her own. Her husband, Mark, is principal trombonist for the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. They have two adult children, and a toy fox terrier named Toby. Website



Alane Ferguson was born in Cumberland, Maryland. She attended the University of Utah and Westminster College where she studied journalism.  Later, Alane became interested in writing for children, mostly, she says, to follow the example of her mother, successful author Gloria Skurzynski.  Alane and her mother co-authored the Mysteries in Our National Parks series for National Geographic.  Their novel, Wolf Stalker, was the first work of fiction National Geographic had published in, as of then, 109 year history.  Wolf Stalker was nominated for the 1998 Mystery Writer's of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award. Alane has been nominated for several awards including the Edgar award and the Children’s Crown Classic Award. Her books also appear frequently on numerous ALA notable lists. Most recently two of her young adult novels from the Forensic Mystery series (The Christopher Killer, 08-09, and Circle of Blood, 09-10) have been named SC Young Adult Book Award nominees. Website

Ann Martin
is the immediate past president of the American Association of School Librarians. She is the Educational Specialist, Library Information Services for Henrico County Schools in Virginia. During her service with ALA and AASL, Ann assisted ALA staff with NCLB verbiage seeking inclusion of school library media specialist into NCLB. She served to create an AASL Five Point Plan to Increase Election Participation, attended the United States Department of Education High School Leadership Summit, October 8, 2003, and served on the AASL Equity of Access Committee.


is the education consultant for school library/media and grant writing for the NWRESA in Wilkesboro, NC. She has over 20 years experience in providing staff development and consultative services to media specialists and teachers. Although she retired from full-time work in 2002, Karen continues to be as busy as ever.  After her retirement from full time work, she formed her own consulting firm, Beacon Consulting, through which she travels and does workshops throughout the U.S. She also teaches graduate classes in library science at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Karen is very active in professional organizations at the state and national level. She is past President of the North Carolina School Library Media Association (2005-2006) and has served as a member of the NCSLMA board in  Website