Speakers2023-04-12T07:28:28-04:00

Featured Speakers

Jonathan Friedman, Ph.D.

Director, Free Expression and Education Programs, PEN America
The Evolving Movement to Ban Books and Censor Education
Keynote Session | Monday

Lessa Kananiʻopua Pelayo-Lozada

President, American Library Association
MLA Business Session
Business Session | Tuesday

Tommi Laitio

Bloomberg Public Innovation Fellow, Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins
Learning Grounds for Conviviality
Keynote Session | Monday

Jenn Artura

Global Marketing Executive, Founder of Jenn Artura Consulting & CEO of BE WELL + CONNECT
The Intersection of Wellness and Leadership
Breakout Session | Tuesday

Michael J. Bobbitt

Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council
Riding the Tsunami of Change
Keynote Session | Tuesday

Dr. Maria McCauley

Director of Libraries, Cambridge, MA and President, Public Library Association
MLA Business Session
Business Session | Tuesday

David Ferriero

Former United States National Archivist
The Role of the National Archives in Today’s Democracy
Breakout Session | Monday

Phoebe Acheson2023-03-07T12:08:57-05:00

Phoebe Acheson

she/her/hers
Head of Adult Services, Falmouth Public Library

Phoebe came to the Falmouth Public Library in January 2022 and happily began learning about the town through the Postcards from Falmouth project. She has worked in academic, public, and special libraries and has a longstanding interest in digital projects.

Metadata and Community-Building in Digital Projects: It’s More Smooth Sailing than it Seems!

William Adamczyk2023-03-06T15:01:35-05:00

William Adamczyk

Library Director, Milton Public Library and Legislative Committee Co-chair, MLA

Feeling the Pain: Libraries' Ongoing Struggles with eBook Restrictions

Maureen Amyot2023-04-13T08:24:02-04:00

Maureen Amyot

Director, Westborough Public Library

Maureen is the Director of the Westborough Public Library, in Westborough, MA. She combines decades of library experience with enthusiasm, energy, and passion for the role of libraries as connectors. Her focus is to bring people and organizations together with positivity, and believes that public libraries and the librarians and paralibrarians who work in them are the heart of thriving communities. Maureen is excited to share the Westborough Library program: Party with a Purpose, a library open house to showcase library services for the whole town.

Dynamic Duos: Librarian-Paralibrarian Teamwork

Alison Armstrong2023-03-07T12:11:00-05:00

Alison Armstrong

she/her/hers
Head of Research and Information Services, Framingham Public Library

Alison graduated from Simmons University in 2018 and joined the staff of the Framingham Public Library in the summer of 2021. Originally a resident of Framingham, she is thrilled to be able to help her childhood library continue to support her hometown community.

Metadata and Community-Building in Digital Projects: It’s More Smooth Sailing than it Seems!

Jenn Artura2023-03-14T13:00:23-04:00

Jenn Artura

Global Marketing Executive, Founder of Jenn Artura Consulting & CEO of BE WELL + CONNECT

As an event professional, I had one of the world’s most exciting and exhilarating jobs. I traveled all over the world, experiencing new cultures, meeting people, and getting to build unique events that impact how people feel. Often friends, family, and coworkers were envious of this seemingly glamorous lifestyle.

Like me, you may love your job and the work you do. But, waking up post-pandemic, it seems the world has changed. We have all changed, and so has the value we put on our time. The lines of work and life seem to have blended, and we want more. Hence Quiet Quitting and the Great Resignation have become routine, and as the economy, elections, inflation, and social injustices consume us, it feels like it never ends.

Many are tired, exhausted, burnt out, sick, overworked, or stressed. Many have suffered from anxiety, depression, and chronic stress for years. Many continue to suffer in silence, fearful about asking for help or sharing how they feel and scared of putting themselves at risk at work.

As leaders, we get the work done, fulfill the requirements, manage crises, navigate the unknown, and hit deadlines with fewer people, time, and money. At the same time, supporting, inspiring, caring about our people, and caring for ourselves are hard. Our jobs are more complex than ever, and our stress levels are rising as a nation.

The Intersection of Wellness and Leadership: Why Mental Wellness is a critical factor in Leadership

Heather Backman2023-03-07T12:12:37-05:00

Heather Backman

she/her/hers
Assistant Director of Library Services, Weymouth Public Libraries

Over the last decade, Heather has worked in programming, community outreach, adult services, and administration in public libraries in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She is currently the Assistant Director of Library Services for the Weymouth Public Libraries.

Uncharted Waters: Designing Programming for New Demographics

Ruth Balser2023-03-07T12:21:48-05:00

Ruth Balser

State Rep. Ruth B. Balser, 12 Middlesex District

Ruth Balser has served as a State Representative since 1999. Following her graduation from the University of Rochester, she was awarded a PhD in clinical psychology from New York University. Before serving in the legislature, she worked for many years as a psychologist. In fact, she is the first psychologist to ever serve in the Massachusetts legislature. Rep. Balser sponsored H 4120, An Act to Modernize Library access to eBooks and digital audiobooks. Twitter @RepRuthBalser

Feeling the Pain: Libraries' Ongoing Struggles with eBook Restrictions

Alexandra Bernson2023-03-07T12:21:20-05:00

Alexandra Bernson

she/her/hers
Head Law Librarian, Brockton Law Library, Trial Court Law Libraries

Alexandra Bernson is the Head Law Librarian at the Brockton Law Library, one of fifteen Trial Court Law Libraries in Massachusetts. Before Brockton, she worked at the State Library of Massachusetts, located in the State House, and specialized in Massachusetts history, legislative law, and legislative history research. She went to Brown University for her undergraduate degree and graduated with her MLIS from Simmons in 2016.

Providing Legal Reference via Zoom
Access to Justice and MA Legal Information Resources

Brigid Black2023-03-09T12:29:36-05:00

Brigid Black

she/her/hers
Generalist Librarian, Somerville Public Library

For the past five years, Brigid has been a public librarian working in adult services. She currently works as a Generalist at the Somerville Public Library.

Launching a Library Comic Con

Nora Blake2023-03-06T15:01:01-05:00

Nora Blake

she/her/hers
Director of Library Services, Ipswich Public Library and Past President, Massachusetts Library Association
Nora has been working in the library field for more than 25 years, working as a cataloger, trainer, and library network manager. Most recently Nora has been a public library director, spending more than 6 years as the director of the Emily Williston Memorial Library in Easthampton, and now is the director of the public library in Ipswich.

Sunday Night Trivia Challenge

Michael Bobbitt2023-03-08T15:43:18-05:00

Michael J. Bobbitt

he/him/his
Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council

Michael J. Bobbitt is an award-winning theater director, choreographer, and playwright who has dedicated his professional career to arts leadership. He began his tenure as Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council in February 2021 and is the highest-ranking cultural official in Massachusetts. Bobbitt serves on the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Board of Directors, the National Assembly of State Arts Agency’s (NASAA) Board of Directors, and was selected for artEquity’s BIPOC Leadership Circle. @masscultural

Riding the Tsunami of Change: Why Libraries Must Challenge the Status Quo and Reimagine Their Role in Communities

Noelle Boc2023-03-06T16:22:49-05:00

Noelle Boc

Director, Peabody Institute Library, Danvers

Noelle has worked at the New York Public Library, the King School in Cambridge, and the Tewksbury Public Library, mainly working with children. She was assistant director in Tewksbury before advancing to become the Director of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers in 2021.

First Time Director: It's Not Just You

 

Sarah Breen2023-03-07T12:24:29-05:00

Sarah Breen

Reference Supervisor, Needham Public Library and Assistant Treasurer, MLA

MLA Business Session

 

Isabella Burtscher2023-03-07T12:52:23-05:00

Isabella Burtscher

she/her/hers
Social Work Intern, Boston Public Library

Isabella is a first-year graduate student at Simmons University School of Social Work. She is in the process of completing her first year field placement as a social work intern at the Boston Public Library. Through her internship, Isabella has a dual role working with staff and patrons to support patrons’ social service needs.

Library Social Work: Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Roles

Suzie Canale2023-03-07T12:51:25-05:00

Suzie Canale

she/her/hers
Adult Services Librarian/Programmer, Westwood Public Library

Suzie Canale is an adult services librarian at the Westwood Public Library in Westwood, MA. She has worked in a public library setting for nine years in a variety of different roles including children's librarian, programmer, and technical services librarian. Throughout her career she has created, organized, and performed several programs for a variety of patron interests including storytimes, adult crafting, and the unique gardening series/collection, "The Living Library." Her horticultural education was accrued during a previous 20 year profession within the wholesale flower industry in Boston, MA that included the identification and care of cut flowers as well as many other botanical species. Professional education includes a BS in Business Marketing and Management as well as a Masters in Library Science from Simmons University. Instagram: @westwoodplma, Facebook: Westwood MA Public Library

The Living Library: It's Alive!

Stephanie Capuzzo2023-03-07T12:50:56-05:00

Suzie Canale

she/her/hers
Holbrook Public Library

Library Programming for Neurodiverse Youth

Robert Carter2023-03-09T11:49:37-05:00

Robert Carter

he/him/his
Head of Children's Services, Acton Memorial Library

Robert has worked as a children's and teen librarian, and as the manager of 2 different makerspaces. He wishes he had learned how to play D&D much earlier in life.

Dungeons & Librarians & Dragons

Clayton Cheever2023-03-06T16:28:32-05:00

Clayton Cheever

he/him/his
Director, Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood

Library Director, dad, bicyclist, vegan, and lover of justice, community, and the great outdoors.

Safe Spaces, Inclusive Programs
Access to Justice and MA Legal Information Resources

Casey Chwiecko2023-03-07T13:43:00-05:00

Casey Chwiecko

she/her/hers
Head of Youth Services, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield

Casey’s been working at the Beebe Library since late 2014. A couple years in, as the YA librarian, her teen advisory board broached the topic of a library comic-con and shortly after, stars aligned. The BeebeCon is now about to have its fifth year.

Launching a Library Comic Con

Maria Cotto2023-03-07T13:51:25-05:00

Maria Cotto

she/her/hers
Bilingual Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library

Maria Cotto is the Bilingual Children’s Librarian at the Pawtucket Public Library in Rhode Island. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island as a Prism Scholar and BS in Spanish from Rhode Island College. She has been working at the Pawtucket Public Library for ten years focusing on programming and collection development for the Latino population including children’s, teens, and adults, both in print and electronic materials. Maria also developed the collection for families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities. In 2019, Maria received the Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo “Librarian of the Year” from Reforma: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking for both her work with the RI Latino Books Award and in advocating and promoting services to children with autism and other special needs. She has been a Reforma Northeast Chapter member and Reforma Northeast Chapter State Representative since 2006. Maria is also a member of Cornucopia of Rhode Island (CORI): A Library Community of Color since 2006, member of the 2015 ALA Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee, and member of the 2021 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award.

How to Start Your Own Sensory Friendly Inclusive Group and Make a Difference in Your State

Michael Colford2023-03-07T13:44:53-05:00

Michael Colford

he/him/his
Director of Library Services, Boston Public Library

Learning Grounds for Conviviality

Carey Conkey-Finn2023-03-07T13:46:21-05:00

Carey Conkey-Finn

she/her/hers
Teen Services Supervisor, Watertown Free Public Library

Carey Conkey-Finn is the Teen Services Supervisor for the Watertown Free Public Library. In 2021, she coordinated the development of the Library's first zine collection and organized the inaugural Watertown Zine Fest.

Why Would a Public Library Host a Zine Fest?

Danielle Cook2023-03-07T13:48:13-05:00

Danielle Cook

she/her/hers
Adult Services Librarian, Hopkinton Public Library

Roll for Initiative: Building RPG Collections & Programming at the Library

Elizabeth Cormier2023-03-07T13:49:36-05:00

Elizabeth Cormier


Library Assistant, Parker Memorial Library, Dracut

Reader's Theater

Maty Cropley2023-03-07T13:54:59-05:00

Maty Maty

they/them/theirs
Teen Outreach Librarian, Boston Public Library

Maty currently works as a teen outreach librarian at the Boston Public Library. Their mum was a children's librarian and early educator, and she was their example for going into librarianship. Before becoming a librarian, they worked in restaurants, retail, and as a day laborer, and then as a graphic designer, window dresser, tailor's assistant, and high-end retail website admin. These jobs were valuable experience for them working in the Library. What other profession can you put all this experience to work in?

Bridging the Gap: Youth Outreach through School Library Deposit Collections

Dina Delic2023-03-07T13:56:50-05:00

Dina Delic

she/her/hers
Youth Services Librarian, Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood

Dina Delic is a youth services librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, MA. She has experience working with youth of all ages, from newborns to teens. In her free time, she likes to roller skate and crochet sweaters.

Bridging the Gap: Youth Outreach through School Library Deposit Collections

Kim DeWall2023-03-07T13:58:17-05:00

Kim DeWall

she/her/hers
Head of Technical Services, Falmouth Public Library

Eager to update and explore new approaches to local history collections, Kim was the manager of the grant that launched the "Postcards from Falmouth" project. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Digital Commonwealth and the Outreach Officer for New England Technical Services Librarians.

Metadata and Community-Building in Digital Projects: It’s More Smooth Sailing than it Seems!

Gerry Deyermond2023-03-06T16:30:27-05:00

Gerry Deyermond

she/her/hers
Assistant Head of Circulation, Memorial Hall Library, Andover; Chair, Career Development Committee, Paralibrarian Section, MLA

Gerry has been the Assistant Head of Circulation at Memorial Hall Library in Andover for more than 24 years. Gerry's passion is outreach and she has started a new program visiting independent/assisted living facilities, created a dementia collection, and streamlined the home delivery services.

Dynamic Duos: Librarian-Paralibrarian Teamwork
Paraganza! Paralibrarian Annual Meeting and Awards

Erin Driscoll2023-03-07T13:59:52-05:00

Erin Driscoll

she/her/hers
Adult Services Librarian, Wilmington Memorial Library

Erin Driscoll is the Adult Services Librarian at the Wilmington Memorial Library. She tried on many careers before joining WML in 2018 - including bartender, law clerk, and business analyst - but being a librarian is her favorite by far.

Reading Rivals: How To Create a Reading Challenge That Inspires Your Patrons

Claire Drone-Silvers2023-03-07T14:01:15-05:00

Claire Drone-Silvers

she/her/hers
Rare Books and Manuscripts Specialist, Boston Public Library

Uncharted Waters: Designing Programming for New Demographics

Michelle Eberle2023-03-06T16:34:02-05:00

Michelle Eberle

she/her/hers
Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

Library Social Work: Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Roles

Christi Farrar2023-03-08T13:15:10-05:00

Christi Farrar

she/her/hers
Consultant, Massachusetts Library System
Christi Farrar is a Consultant at the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), where she provides guidance and continuing education to library staff all over the state. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons University, as well as a master’s in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona. In her “spare” time she teaches Children’s Literature in the Library Media Studies program at Salem State University and is the chair of her town’s Accessibility Commission.

Safe Spaces, Inclusive Programs

David Ferriero2023-03-08T10:47:11-05:00

David Ferriero

he/him/his
Former United States National Archivist

Nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, David S. Ferriero served as the 10th Archivist of the United States, from November 13, 2009, to April 30, 2022. He transformed the structure of NARA in keeping with the principles of Open Government and to further the agency’s mission, meet the needs of its customers, and find innovative ways to approach the agency’s work. Mr. Ferriero served both as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL) and in top positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC. His Massachusetts roots go deep. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from Northeastern University and a master’s degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science. Mr. Ferriero served as a Navy hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War.

The Role of the National Archives in Today’s Democracy: A Conversation with the Former Archivist of the United States

Michelle Filluel2023-03-07T14:03:24-05:00

Michelle Filluel

she/her/hers
Assistant Director Reading Public Library and Vice President, MLA

Dynamic Duos: Librarian-Paralibrarian Teamwork
MLA Business Session

Andrea Fiorillo2022-04-22T06:27:16-04:00

Andrea Fiorillo

she/her/hers
Co-Chair, MLA Intellectual Freedom/Social Responsibility Committee and Head of Research and Reader Services, Reading Public Library

Sex is a Funny Word: Handling Local Challenges to Materials and Programs
Disasterology: Dispatches from The Frontlines of The Climate Crisis
Vendor Collection Development Failure and Recovery: A Conversation with Midwest Tape

Kate Flewelling2023-03-07T14:07:19-05:00

Kate Flewelling

she/her/hers
Director, Library Services, Boston University Medical Campus

Kate Flewelling (she/her/hers) is the Director of Library Services, Alumni Medical Library, Boston University Medical Campus. In this position, she provides leadership and strategic planning to support the educational, clinical, research, and administrative needs of the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and School of Public Health. Kate holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to joining BU in 2021, she held positions of increasing responsibility at the National Library of Medicine, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Upstate Medical University, and the Network of the National Library of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. Honors include National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship, NLM Biomedical Informatics Fellowship, Academy of Health Information Professionals– Distinguished Level and Distinguished Alumni Award, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Everyone at the Table: Engaging All Library Staff

 

Allie Fry2023-03-07T14:08:56-05:00

Allie Fry

she/her/hers
Programming Librarian, Watertown Free Public Library

Allie Fry joined the Watertown Free Public Library staff in 2022. Drawing on her previous experience with zine making and community organizing, she coordinated the second annual Watertown Zine Fest.

Why Would a Public Library Host a Zine Fest?

Jonathan Friedman2023-03-07T12:04:31-05:00

Jonathan Friedman, Ph.D.

he/him/his
Director, Free Expression and Education Programs, PEN America

Jonathan Friedman, Ph.D., is the director of free expression and education programs at the literary and human rights nonprofit PEN America. An interdisciplinary scholar, he oversees research, advocacy, and public education related to the freedom to read, learn, and teach in schools, colleges, and universities. @jonfreadom

The Evolving Movement to Ban Books and Censor Education

Jeremy Goldstein2023-03-07T12:20:52-05:00

Jeremy Goldstein

he/him/his
Data Curation Librarian, Minuteman Library Network
Jeremy Goldstein is the Data Curation Librarian for the Minuteman Library Network. He supports acquisitions, serials, and various reporting tools of MLN's ILS and develops custom data applications to meet the needs of member libraries. You can find many examples of his work on Github.

Mapping Your Patrons

Nicole Goolishian2023-03-07T14:10:59-05:00

Nicole Goolishian

she/her/hers
Assistant Library Director, Tewksbury Public Library

Nicole Goolishian is the Assistant Library Director at Tewksbury Public Library, where she coordinates marketing and social media efforts. Nicole joined TPL in the fall of 2021 following seven years of behind- the-scenes work in technical services departments in NH and MA libraries.

Reading Rivals: How To Create a Reading Challenge That Inspires Your Patrons

Hermayne Gordon2023-03-07T14:12:25-05:00

Hermayne Gordon

she/her/hers
Director, Woburn Public Library

Hermayne worked at the Rowley Public Library for almost ten years in Youth Services before joining the staff at the Woburn Public Library., Woburn has been her home for more than 30 years; it is where she and her husband raised their sons. She was appointed Library Director in September 2021 from Acting Director, and previous to that Interim Assistant Director.

First Time Director: It's Not Just You

Sally Gore2023-03-07T14:14:06-05:00

Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS

she/her/hers
Manager, Research and Scholarly Communication Services, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Chan Medical School

Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS, is the manager of Research and Scholarly Communication Services for the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her department leads all scholarly communication endeavors for the Library, including providing bibliometrics analysis, tracking research impact, ensuring funder-based public access compliance, promoting open science initiatives, and managing eScholarship@UMassChan, the University's institutional repository. @mandosally (Twitter)

Getting to AHA! Using Creative Freedom to Build Justice Through Empathy

Erin Harris2023-03-07T14:15:50-05:00

Erin Harris

she/her/hers
Access to Justice Coordinator, Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court

Erin grew up in Andover and got a BA from Connecticut College and her JD from Suffolk University Law School. She worked as as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County DA's office, then in private practice, before joining the Massachusetts Trial Court earlier this year as the Access to Justice Coordinator. She has extensive experience in Criminal Defense, Restraining Order Defense, Clerk Magistrate Hearings, Business Litigation, Family Law, and Personal Injury Law. www.linkedin.com/in/erinjharris/

Access to Justice and MA Legal Information Resources

Robert Hayes2023-03-07T14:18:27-05:00

Robert Hayes

he/him/his
Community Outreach Librarian and Head of Technical Services, Tewksbury Public Library
Robert Hayes has worked as the Community Outreach Librarian and Head of Technical Services at the Tewksbury Public Library for the past 12 years. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the MLA Program Planners Section, Chair of the Northeast Program Planners Group, and Chair of the MVLC Tech Services User Group. Outside the library profession, Robert was elected to his town’s School Committee, and served as President of his town’s Education Foundation, Community Access TV Station, and Friends of the Library. He now manages his town’s Farmers Market and serves as editor of a popular not-for-profit hyperlocal news website. Twitter: hayesin01887

Reading Rivals: How To Create a Reading Challenge That Inspires Your Patrons

Kim Hewitt2023-03-08T10:48:35-05:00

Kim Hewitt

Director, Needham Free Public Library and President, Massachusetts Library Association

Opening Session
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
MLA Business Session
First Time Director: It's Not Just You

Emma Henson2023-03-07T14:17:36-05:00

Emma Henson

she/they
Social Work Intern, Cambridge Public Library

Emma is a Library Social Work intern at Cambridge Public Library. Emma is currently in their final year of graduate school, where she is earning her Masters of Social Work degree, at Lesley University. At the library, Emma works directly with patrons, connecting them with local resources throughout the city, as well as community partnership projects. Emma has been working in the field of human services for almost a decade and has transferred many of their skills from prior experiences, such as working in an inpatient psych hospital and working for a LGBTQIA+ non-profit. http://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-henson-566007201/

Library Social Work: Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Roles

Tyler Hixson2023-03-07T14:21:13-05:00

Tyler Hixson

he/him/his
Assistant Director, Flint Memorial Library, North Reading

Tyler is the assistant director at the Flint Memorial Library in North Reading, MA. Prior to that, he spent five years working as a YA librarian in various branches of the Brooklyn Public Library in NYC, where he discovered and nurtured his passion for working with teenagers. His first D&D character was a human monk named Kesbah the Rock.

Make a Charisma Check: D&D, Building Social Skills for Teens, and Building Leadership Skills for You

Sarah Jackson2023-03-07T14:23:06-05:00

Sarah Jackson

she/her/hers
Director, Chelsea Public Library

Sarah Gay Jackson, avid consumer of all things Star Wars since age 3, new wave post punk listener, e-Bike adopter, amateur wind sport enthusiast and paddle boarder; Super Aunt and activist.

Access to Justice and MA Legal Information Resources

Meena Jain2023-03-07T14:26:26-05:00

Meena Jain

she/her/hers
Director, Ashland Public Library and Chair, Program Planners Section, MLA

Meena has been librarian for almost 20 years and loves programming. She likes to find out what the community wants/needs and then add what they didn't even know they were missing. Sometimes it's like throwing jello at a tree, but it's fun and rewarding to her. Meena is also the chair of the MLA Program Planners Section and Director of the Ashland Public Library (a sweet library in an awesome community!).

You Can Fix It: Deploying a Culture of Community Repair Through Your Library
Managing Programming from the Top Down

Tara Jankowski2023-03-07T14:28:01-05:00

Tara Jankowski

she/her/hers
Reference Librarian, Worcester Public Library

Who Let the Dogs In? Using Therapy Dogs to Help Your Patrons De-stress

Jonathan Krones2023-04-07T10:44:07-04:00

Jonathan Krones

Assistant Professor of the Practice at the Boston College Engineering Department

Jonathan Krones received his Ph.D. from an interdisciplinary program in Engineering Systems at MIT and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies before starting at Boston College. Jonathan's research is in the field of industrial ecology, focusing on municipal and industrial solid waste systems. Current projects include the development of new methods for quantifying waste streams as well as a critical examination of the role of quantification in sustainable materials and waste management. Before his Ph.D., Jonathan worked in energy, sustainability, and climate policy at local, state, and federal levels. He holds an S.B. in materials science and engineering from MIT and a M.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University.

You Can Fix It: Deploying a Culture of Community Repair Through Your Library

Tommi Laitio2023-03-07T11:24:43-05:00

Tommi Laitio

he/him/his
Bloomberg Public Innovation Fellow, Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins

Tommi Laitio, an inaugural Bloomberg Public Innovation Fellow, brings more than a decade of public service and city hall expertise to his work and research focused on forging new paths for driving better results for residents worldwide through well-being. Laitio joined Helsinki’s city government in 2012 as Director of Youth Affairs and was later elected as the first Executive Director of Culture and Leisure to merge seven departments and deliver 20 million resident experiences with a team of 1,800 professionals and a budget of $270M USD. The department has won international and national awards for innovations in youth employment, public libraries, citizen engagement, cultural access, covid-19 response, and increasing physical activity. Before joining the city, he ran the media and youth program for the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam, worked on sustainable lifestyles and democratic innovation at think tank Demos Helsinki and as a journalist for Finland’s leading daily newspaper. An alumnus of the University of Helsinki and Aalto University, Laitio holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and an Executive MBA. Laitio has served as a member of the board of the University of Helsinki, Finland’s UNESCO Commission, and as the Chair of the Board for the Finnish Institute in London. Laitio is currently conducting research on the topic of Partnerships for Parks and Libraries, which includes case studies in the following cities: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Fortaleza, Brazil; Los Angeles, CA; Mecklenburg County, NC; and Philadelphia, PA. His research explores the idea of conviviality and seeks to identify institutional and relational practices that recognize friction as a natural state of affairs. @tommilaitio

Learning Grounds for Conviviality

Joanne Lamothe2023-03-06T16:23:48-05:00

Joanne Lamothe

she/her/hers
Past President, Massachusetts Library Association

Joanne Lamothe is the Director of the Sandwich Public Library. This year she managed to retain her sanity through COVID, a move to a temporary facility, and a major renovation of the Sandwich Public Library. She began her library career after a stint in banking with a part-time position in Technical Services at the Duxbury Free Library, where she typed millions of Library of Congress catalog cards. She moved up through the ranks, eventually being appointed Director during the construction of the new library. Following Duxbury, she became the Director of the Weymouth Public Libraries. She has served as the President of the New England Library Association and the Old Colony Library Network. Joanne holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island. She is also the administrator of the Glass Town Cultural District in Sandwich.

MLA Business Session

Alissa Lauzon2023-03-07T14:35:58-05:00

Alissa Lauzon

she/her/hers
Head of Youth Services, Cary Memorial Library (Lexington)

Library Programming for Neurodiverse Youth

Anna Lee2023-03-07T14:37:28-05:00

Anna Lee

she/her/hers
Technical Services Assistant, Falmouth Public Library

Anna worked in communications before coming to FPL to support the "Postcards from Falmouth" project.

Metadata and Community-Building in Digital Projects: It’s More Smooth Sailing than it Seems!

Kelly Linehan2023-03-07T14:41:29-05:00

Kelly Linehan

she/her/hers
Library Director, Waltham Public Library

Kelly has been the library Director at the Waltham Public Library since 2014, leading a highly successful team of well known professionals. Kelly is a well respected consultant in library strategic planning, and has served as an advisor on library director searches in Massachusetts and has worked in administration while raising two young daughters.

Bring Your Baby to Work: Parenting and Career Advancement and “Roundtable” Discussion
Is the Boss OK?

Claire Lobdell2023-03-07T14:43:12-05:00

Claire Lobdell

she/her/hers
Library Freedom Project and Online Learning Librarian and Archivist, Greenfield Community College

Claire Lobdell is a member of the Library Freedom Project, a surveillance resistance and digital privacy organization. She is also the distance education librarian and archivist at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA.

Privacy and Reproductive Rights: What You Need to Know

 

Chris Look2023-03-07T14:44:51-05:00

Chris Look

he/him/his
Circulation Assistant, Edgartown Public Library

Chris Look, a chef for most of his life, dove deep into a library job after one too many late nights in the kitchen. His natural love of gaming and storytelling has led to him running a teen focused D&D group at his library for the past 3 years. His passion for cooking never faded, and his current fixations include graphic novel cookbooks and making the best meatloaf in the universe.

Roll for Initiative: Building RPG Collections & Programming at the Library

Kimberly Lynn2023-03-07T14:46:08-05:00

Kimberly Lynn

she/her/hers
Assistant Director for Personnel and Borrower Services, Memorial Hall Library, Andover

Roll for Initiative: Building RPG Collections & Programming at the Library

Roy MacKenzie2023-03-09T13:26:12-05:00

Roy MacKenzie

he/him/his
Reference Supervisor, Public Library of Brookline

Is the Boss OK?

Tegan Mannino2023-03-09T13:28:06-05:00

Tegan Mannino

they/them/theirs
Technology and Technical Services Librarian, Clapp Memorial Library, Belchertown
Tegan is a technology librarian, game tester, LARP-writer, and all around nerd who has come to accept that collecting table top role playing games is a hobby separate from getting to actually play ALL of them. They can be found at the Clapp Memorial Library in Belchertown, and often on the listservs helping with tech questions.

Roll for Initiative: Building RPG Collections & Programming at the Library

Danielle Masterson2023-03-09T13:28:32-05:00

Danielle Masterson

she/her/hers
Assistant Library Director, Wilmington Memorial Library
Danielle Masterson is the Assistant Library Director at Wilmington Memorial Library. Having served as a youth services librarian since 2015, Danielle enjoys working with all ages in her new role. She is a former journalist and teacher who has found her true professional love as a librarian.

@msdaniellemasterson (Instagram)

Reading Rivals: How To Create a Reading Challenge That Inspires Your Patrons

Marie Mathieu2023-03-09T13:29:15-05:00

Marie Mathieu

she/her/hers
Library Social Worker, Cambridge Public Library
Marie Mathieu is a clinical social worker who has spent her 15-year career working in various systems. As the first library social worker for Cambridge Public Library, she prioritizes equity, accessibility, and community partnerships in all of her work.

Library Social Work: Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Roles

Tina McAndrew2023-03-07T14:55:23-05:00

Tina McAndrew

Director, Randall Library, Stow and Secretary, Massachusetts Library Association

MLA Business Session

Dr. Maria McCauley2023-03-06T16:13:38-05:00

Dr. Maria McCauley

she/her/hers
Director of Libraries, City of Cambridge and President, Public Library Association

Maria McCauley is Director of Libraries for the City of Cambridge where she oversees administration, finance, facilities and operations across seven libraries. She leads a team of 150 talented staff members and works closely with three boards and across the City to achieve an inclusive, ambitious vision of library services for all. Under her leadership, the Cambridge Public Library has increased its budget from $9M to $17M, expanded its branch hours by 65 hours per week, opened the award-winning Valente Branch library, launched a STEAM at the Library program including the first free public $1.8M maker space in Cambridge, gone fine free, led a kindergarten card campaign which resulted in an opt-out instead of opt-in process, resulting in approximately 95% of 5 year old’s having library cards, started a social work program, and prioritized the library’s antiracism, equity and inclusion efforts. She serves on the City of Cambridge’s Family Policy Council and Birth-to-Third Grade initiative. 

Maria began her library career 23 years ago at the Cambridge Public Library in Circulation and Reference Services. Before returning to Cambridge, she served as the Director of Libraries in Santa Monica, Director of Libraries for the City of Somerville, and held several library positions at Northeastern University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from Simmons. She is President of the Public Library Association, a major division of the American Library Association (ALA). She served on the American Library Association’s Executive Board and is on the Board of Advisors of Beacon Press. 

Maria has two super great kids, Micah Woo and Grace Mihi and super-scientist spouse, Micah John, and resides in Somerville with cats, toys and books. 

MLA Business Session

Anna McGrath2023-03-07T14:48:31-05:00

Anna McGrath

she/her/hers
Chair, Paralibrarian Section
Paraganza! Paralibrarian Annual Meeting and Awards
 

Elizabeth McKinstry2023-03-09T13:29:43-05:00

Elizabeth McKinstry

she/her/hers
Training and Programming Librarian, Springfield City Library
Urban public reference librarian; always starting special projects.

Rearranging Religion to Decolonize Dewey

Zoey Mills2023-04-10T13:25:21-04:00

Zoey Mills

she/they
Head of Information Services, Acton Memorial Library
Zoey Mills is the Community Engagement Librarian at the Acton Memorial LIbrary. Prior to joining Acton's vibrant community, Mills was the Adult Programming & Community Outreach Librarian at a library just outside of Philadelphia, PA, and earned her Master's in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. When not at the library, she enjoys spending time outdoors by hiking or kayaking. Indoors, she’s usually playing D&D or reading.

Arbo-READ-um: Anchoring the Community through a Community Read Event
Dungeons & Librarians & Dragons

Susan L. Moran2023-04-21T18:12:25-04:00

Susan L. Moran

State Senator, Plymouth & Barnstable District
Senator Moran represents the Plymouth & Barnstable District, made up of Bourne, Falmouth, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth, and Sandwich. She is Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Advanced Information Technology, the Internet and Cybersecurity & the Joint Committee on Public Health, and a sitting member of the Joint Committees on Cannabis Policy, Financial Services, Municipalities and Regional Government, Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, and Transportation. 

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

Kathi Mirza2023-03-09T13:31:45-05:00

Kathi Mirza

Environmental Analyst IV/MassDEP
Kathi Mirza is an Environmental Analyst for MassDEP, leading a team of seven Municipal Assistance Coordinators who provide technical assistance and grant support to municipalities across the Commonwealth in support of reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, and regional collaboration. MassDEP’s grants support local repair and reuse events, library of things, tool lending libraries, and municipal swap shops. Kathi is also part of the team working to implement the state’s Reduce and Reuse Action Plan. Since 1998, Kathi has worked in MassDEP’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, and she holds a bachelor’s degree from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

You Can Fix It: Deploying a Culture of Community Repair Through Your Library

Taylor Morris2023-03-09T13:32:49-05:00

Taylor Morris

she/her/hers
Library Social Worker, Boston Public Library
Taylor joined the Boston Public Library as their first full-time social worker in May 2022. She is responsible for developing and implementing the social worker program across the library system through a blend of patron and staff support. With patrons, she seeks to build relationships and connect people to resources that support their psychosocial needs. Additionally, she works closely with library staff to provide guidance on serving marginalized populations and continuing to make the library a safe and welcoming place for all. Across her work, she prioritizes a strengths-based approach and focuses on "meeting people where they are." She is grateful to do this work alongside two first year MSW students from the Simmons School of Social Work.

Library Social Work: Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Roles

Christine Muir2023-03-09T13:33:47-05:00

Christine Muir

Director, Parker Memorial Library

Reader's Theater

Lessa Kananiʻopua Pelayo-Lozada2023-03-06T16:11:45-05:00

Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada

she/her/hers
President, American Library Association

Lessa Kananiʻopua Pelayo-Lozada is the 2022-23 President of the American Library Association and Adult Services Assistant Manager at the Palos Verdes Library District in Southern California. She was the 2019-2022 Executive Director and 2016-2017 President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). In 2022, she received the American Library Association Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award and was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in the advocacy category. Much of her work focuses on advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries and librarianship.

MLA Business Session

Lily Pearl2023-03-09T13:35:11-05:00

Lily Pearl

she/her/hers
Program and Education Manager, OUT MetroWest
As an Adult Advisor and alum of OUT MetroWest, Lily has been a part of OUT MetroWest in multiple forms. Since her days as president of her high school’s GSA, she has worked to educate people about the LGBTQ+ community. She advocated for policy changes in her high school’s curriculum and handling of bullying. She has worked with different organizations to support LGBTQ+ families and youth of marginalized identities.

Safe Spaces, Inclusive Programs

Betsy Perry2023-03-09T13:35:24-05:00

Betsy Perry

she/her/hers
Library Consultant
I have worked in public libraries for over 20 years doing everything from tech services to being a children’s librarian and, most recently, a director. I’m passionate about supporting staff in all roles in the library.

Managing Programming from the Top Down

Katherine Polley2023-03-09T13:35:44-05:00

Katherine Polley

Web Services Librarian, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Kate Polley recently began her library career as the Web Services Librarian at UMass Dartmouth. With a background in computer science, she enjoys working with a variety of library technologies.

Building an Effective Library Website

Steve Potash2023-03-09T13:36:13-05:00

Steve Potash

Founder and CEO of OverDrive, Inc.
Steve Potash founded OverDrive in 1986. Under Steve's leadership, OverDrive has become the leading digital platform for ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media for libraries, schools, colleges, universities, government agencies, and corporate learning centers worldwide.

@OverDriveSteve (Twitter)

Feeling the Pain: Libraries' Ongoing Struggles with eBook Restrictions

Andrea Puglisi2023-03-07T14:50:26-05:00

Andrea Puglisi

Privacy Advocate, Library Freedom Project & Digital Initiatives/Technology Librarian, Westfield State University

Andrea’s career in public and academic libraries has focused on the relationship between people and their use of technology and educating communities on the skills needed to safely navigate the digital landscape. As Digital Initiatives/Technology Librarian at Westfield State University, Andrea also brings an understanding of the impact of monetized digital information systems on learning, discourse and polarization.

Online Abuse Self-Defense with PEN America and the Library Freedom Project

Shelley Quezada2023-03-09T13:36:56-05:00

Shelley Quezada

she/her/hers
Consultant to the Unserved, MBLC

Annual Business Breakfast, Featuring ALA and PLA Presidents

Maddi Ranieri2023-03-09T13:37:15-05:00

Maddi Ranieri

she/her/hers
Youth Services Librarian, Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library

Library Programming for Neurodiverse Youth

Liz Reed2023-03-09T13:38:20-05:00

Liz Reed

she/her/hers
Adult and Information Services Department Head, Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood
Librarian extraordinaire whose special powers include knitting, leadership, teamwork, speaking Cat, taking names, and kicking a**.

Access to Justice and MA Legal Information Resources

Maria Rios2023-03-09T13:38:55-05:00

Maria Rios

she/they
Privacy Advocate, Library Freedom Project & Humanities Research Services Librarian, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts
Maria, in her role as Humanities Research Services Librarian, weaves anti-oppressive praxis throughout her engagement with the teaching and learning community at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. As a privacy advocate through Library Freedom Project, their privacy specialties and interests center community empowerment, mental health support, anti-surveillance, and trauma informed/aware care.

Online Abuse Self-Defense with PEN America and the Library Freedom Project

Bernadette Rivard2023-03-07T14:52:52-05:00

Bernadette Rivard


Director, Bellingham Public Library and Treasurer Massachusetts Library Association

MLA Business Session

Lenora Robinson2023-03-09T13:39:12-05:00

Lenora Robinson

she/her/hers
Project Archivist, Deaf Catholic Archives/College of the Holy Cross

Silent Waters

Tatjana Saccio2023-03-09T13:41:43-05:00

Tatjana Saccio

she/her/hers
Reference Librarian, Nevins Library
Tatjana has been a Reference Librarian at Nevins Library for over fifteen years and has earned her certification in Consumer Health Information Services. She has a special interest in promoting library services to combat the issue of loneliness in our communities.

Bringing TEDx to the Library

Lydia Sampson2023-03-09T13:46:31-05:00

Lydia Sampson

she/her/hers
Assistant Director, Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood
Lydia Sampson is the Assistant Director and Head of Technical Services at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood.

Facebook

Tackling "Things" in Tech Services

Lynne Soukup2023-04-13T08:24:54-04:00

Lynne Soukup

Assistant Director, Westborough Public Library

Lynne is the Assistant Director of the Westborough Public Library, and joined the team over 15 years ago, working in Administration. Previously, Lynne worked for the YMCA National Resource Office, focused on programs to strengthen the community by empowering young people, and improving the health and well-being of people of all ages. As a Paralibrarian at the Westborough Library, Lynne’s career path took her from Technical Services, to Technology, and Adult Services, and to the job of Assistant Director working to build a strong library – community relationship. In partnership with Maureen Amyot, she is happy to share their amazing project: Party with a Purpose.

Dynamic Duos: Librarian-Paralibrarian Teamwork

Sara Slymon2023-03-09T13:46:51-05:00

Sara Slymon

she/her/hers
Library Director, Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy

Is the Boss OK?

Abby Stambach2023-03-09T13:47:53-05:00

Abby Stambach

she/her/hers
Head of Archives and Distinctive Collections/College of the Holy Cross


Silent Waters

Lauren Stara2023-03-09T13:48:09-05:00

Lauren Stara

she/her/hers
Library Building Specialist, MBLC
Lauren Stara is a registered architect and a librarian, specializing in library building design. Her past library experience includes everything from front desk clerk to director. As a Library Building Specialist for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Lauren administers grant funds and provides technical assistance and advice from initial planning through construction of public library projects. She writes, consults, and speaks on library design, service design, and future trends in libraries is the, and is coauthor of Responding to Rapid Change in Libraries: A User Experience Approach (2020).

Healthy and Inclusive Library Buildings

Alea Stokes2023-03-09T13:48:45-05:00

Alea Stokes

she/her/hers
Research Services Librarian, Boston Public Library
Alea is a passionate librarian who has worked in school libraries and public libraries for the past five years. She loves to create unique programs for patrons. When not dreaming up elaborate events, Alea enjoys researching foodways and collecting graphic novels.

Uncharted Waters: Designing Programming for New Demographics

Patty Sullivan2023-03-09T13:49:03-05:00

Patty Sullivan

she/her/hers
Program Director, Dementia Friendly Massachusetts
After 25 years of working as an education advocate and policy expert in Washington, D.C. Sullivan began the transition into the field of aging as the Managing Director of the Arlington Neighborhood Village, a start-up county-wide village in Arlington, VA. During that time, she also served on the Arlington County Council on Aging and earned a MS in Aging Services from UMass Boston. Currently, she serves as the Program Director for Dementia Friendly Massachusetts, an initiative of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is a state-wide, a grassroots movement comprised of organizations, individuals, and municipalities growing dementia-friendly communities to become more inclusive and supportive of those living with dementia, their families, and their care partners.

Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community: The Critical Role of Libraries

Sarah Sullivan2023-03-07T14:51:26-05:00

Sarah Sullivan

she/her/hers
Assistant Director, Nevins Library, Methuen

Sarah has held several different roles at the Nevins Library over the past 10 years, and is currently the Assistant Director, overseeing programming for adults. She has volunteered on several different committees with MLA and ALA and reviews books for Library Journal.

Bringing TEDx to the Library

Matthew Sylvain2023-03-09T13:49:19-05:00

Matthew Sylvain

Systems & Digital Services Librarian, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Matt Sylvain has been a librarian at UMass Dartmouth since 2005 and has experience with both information literacy instruction and library systems. He currently leads the Library Systems and Digital Services division.

Building an Effective Library Website

Meg Thacher2023-03-19T09:45:28-04:00

Meg Thacher

Senior Laboratory Instructor, Astronomy Department, Smith College

Meg Thacher teaches astronomy at Smith College. She is the author of Sky Gazing (Storey, 2020), the winner of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F prize for hands-on children’s science books. She has written 30 articles for children’s nonfiction magazines, as well as two books for the educational/library market (TERRESTRIAL PLANETS and SOLAR FARMS). She is a member of the American Astronomical Society’s Eclipse Task Force and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Eclipse 2023-2024: What Libraries and Librarians Need to Know

Caroline Tighe2023-03-09T13:49:34-05:00

Caroline Tighe

she/her/hers
Circulation Librarian/Adult Services Librarian
Caroline Tighe has been an employee of the Westwood Public Library for the past ten years and has filled a variety of roles which continuously expands throughout many departments. As her primary function is spent within the circulation department, she is also the library's "Marketing Agent" who extends her creative skillset to produce most of the adult services promotional event materials. Caroline is a natural born lover of all things that grow and has collaborated with Suzie Canale to offer the public botanical inspired crafts, programs and lectures. The most recent project has been the development of "The Living Library" initiative.

The Living Library: It's Alive!

Kate Tigue2023-03-09T13:49:48-05:00

Kate Tigue

she/her/hers
Head of Youth Services, Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood
Kate Tigue is the Head of Youth Services at the Morrill Memorial Library. When she’s not at the library, she can be found watching movies with her family, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, reading (of course), or snuggling with Bullseye Cheddar, her spoiled orange tabby cat.

Safe Spaces, Inclusive Programs

Karen Tobin2023-03-09T13:50:19-05:00

Karen Tobin

she/her/hers
Assistant Director, Goodnow Library, Sudbury
Karen Tobin is Assistant Director of the Goodnow Library in Sudbury, and has worked in public libraries since 1974. She also serves on the Dementia Friendly Sudbury Action Team, is a Dementia Friends Champion, and welcomes the opportunity to serve one of our many underserved populations.

Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community: The Critical Role of Libraries

Heath Umbreit2023-03-07T14:56:46-05:00

Heath Umbreit

they/them
Adult Services Librarian, Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood
Heath Umbreit, MLIS, is the Adult Services Librarian at Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood. Heath uses they/them pronouns, and identifies as trans/nonbinary and genderfluid. In their work, they intentionally center the values of equity, access, and social justice.

Trans Identities: Myths and Misinformation

Matthew Vasquez Jaquith2023-03-09T13:51:04-05:00

Matthew Vasquez Jaquith

he/him/his
Technical Services Supervisor, Springfield City Library
Matthew Jaquith has enjoyed working at the Springfield City Library since 2007. Currently, he works as their Supervisor of Technical Services.

 

Rearranging Religion to Decolonize Dewey

Victorya Vilk2023-03-09T13:51:34-05:00

Viktorya Vilk

she/her/hers
Director, Digital Safety and Free Expression, PEN America
Viktorya Vilk is the director for digital safety and free expression at PEN America. She created and runs the organization’s Online Abuse Defense Program, which equips writers and journalists with self-defense resources and training, partners with media organizations and publishers to strengthen protections for writers and journalists, and conducts research and advocacy to hold technology companies accountable for online harms. Her work has been featured on PBS Newshour, The New York Times, Slate, and Harvard Business Review, and she regularly speaks about digital safety and press freedom. She has over a decade of experience working in nonprofits to expand access to the arts and defend creative and press freedom.

@VilkViktorya (Twitter)

Online Abuse Self-Defense with PEN America and the Library Freedom Project

Lisa Villa2023-03-09T13:51:56-05:00

Lisa Villa

she/her/hers
Digital Scholarship Librarian, College of the Holy Cross

Silent Waters

Ashley Waring2023-03-09T13:53:00-05:00

Ashley Waring

she/her/hers
Children's Librarian, Reading Public Library


Library Programming for Neurodiverse Youth

Desiree Zicko2023-03-09T13:53:25-05:00

Desiree Zicko

she/her/hers
Communications Specialist, Reading Public Library


Dynamic Duos: Librarian-Paralibrarian Teamwork

Juliya Ziskina2023-04-11T10:08:41-04:00

Juliya Ziskina

Policy Fellow for Library Futures
Juliya Ziskina is a practicing attorney in New York and a Policy Fellow with the eBook Study Group, a coalition promoting equitable terms and fair pricing for library eBooks. She also works closely with, and was previously a Policy Fellow with Library Futures, where she co-authored the eBooks Policy Paper that formed the basis of the Massachusetts eBooks bill, and has been involved in discussions about the bill.

 

Feeling the Pain: Libraries' Ongoing Struggles with eBook Restrictions