Commissioner, Chicago Public Library
Brian Bannon is the Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library and in this capacity responsible for leading the city's 80 libraries that serve the 2.6 million residents of Chicago. Prior to this role, Brian held a variety of Leadership positions within the San Francisco Public Library, Seattle Public Library and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2009, Brian was honored as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was a Public Library Association Fellow at the Wharton Business School. Brian is very active in work related to information access, public technology, and the digital divide. He earned his B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University and a M.L.S. from the University of Washington.
Global Library Motivator, Library Bureau of Innovation
Erik Boekesteijn works in the Science and Innovation Department at DOK, the library concept centre. His work includes marketing, promotion and innovation. Together with Jaap he works on many DOK Studio productions. They are also hired as a team by other libraries for a period of time to reorganize their library. Erik is also one of the founders of the UGame Ulearn project. Erik has a degree in English and is specialized in the area of interpreter/translator. Erik has written some articles for CIL and MLS that were well received. Erik has been doing video tours looking for best practise in libraries in many countires, among which Ireland, Jamaica, and the USA. The last tour is now published as a book with DVD by ITI under the title ShanchieTour, a library road trip across America. Currently the LBI (library Bureau of Investigation) is touring Australia in search for new stories to inspire librarians all over the world. Their videos can also be watched on www.shanachietour.com
Deputy City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library
Jill Bourne joined the San Francisco Public Library in 2006 as Deputy City Librarian, where she shares oversight of public services at the system's Main Library and 27 branch libraries, as well as a citywide capital building program. In this role, she leads the implementation of programs and services that highlight and enhance the relevance of public libraries in the communities they serve - expanding operating hours, fostering partnerships, increasing public technology, offering innovative literary and arts programming. Jill also heads the development of SFPL's Green Stacks environmental public education strategy, featuring capital, programmatic, and outreach elements that maximize the public library's role in building and strengthening sustainable communities. She was named as a Library Journal
"Mover and Shaker" in 2009 and a "Top Innovator" by the Urban Libraries Council in 2010. Jill holds a bachelor's degree in English from New York University and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.
Prior to joining SFPL, Jill held various positions at the Seattle Public Library including: children's librarian, collection development librarian, manager of the Children's and Literacy, ESL, and World Languages departments, assistant head of the Central Library, head of the Central Library, and acting director of public services. Before that, she was a teaching assistant, a box-office manager, a cocktail waitress, and a tour guide at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ms Kim Bui-Burton
Community Services and Library Director, City of Monterey
Kim Bui-Burton oversees the City of Monterey's Conference Center, Harbor & Marina, Library, Museums, Parking, Recreation and Sports Center. As the Director for California's first public library, housing the California History Room archives, Kim is the City's lead representative for local, regional and national heritage tourism efforts. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State University, and the first Vietnamese-American Library Director in the country, Kim was recognized as one of 40 Outstanding Alumni for SJSU. She is a Board member of the Literacy Campaign for Monterey County, of the Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Library System Administrative Council, the Historic Monterey Steering Committee, the California Preservation Project Steering Committee, and the SJSU-SLIS International Advisory Council.
Dr. Frank Cervone
Director of Information Technology, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lecturer, San Jose State University
H. Frank Cervone is the director of information technology and college information security officer for the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also is a lecturer at the San Jose State University iSchool where he teaches courses related to assessment, evaluation, and research methods.
His prior experience includes more than 20 years of leadership in libraries and information agencies developing systems and services that have helped advance teaching, learning, and research in higher education environments. Currently, he is the ALA representative to the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Knowledge Management standing committee, a member of the NISO Altmetrics working group, and vice-chair of the LITA Bylaws and Organzation committee.
He has a MSEd with a specialization in Online Teaching and Learning from California State University, an MA with a specialization in Information Technology Management in Information Agencies from DePaul University, as well as a Ph.D. in Management from Northcentral University.
Director, eProduct Management, Springer
Dr. Ken Haycock
Research Professor of Management and Organization, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Senior Partner, Ken Haycock & Associates Inc.
Ken Haycock directs the new graduate programs in Library and Information Management at the USC Marshall School of Business. He also supervises doctoral students at the Queensland University of Technology and was formerly professor and director at both San Jose and British Columbia. A past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education and the Canadian Library Association, and former member of the Executive Board of ALA, his research focuses on advocacy and influence and leader development. Dr. Haycock has been honored by several national and international associations for his work.
Professor of Practice, Aspen Institute Felow, Information School, University of Washington, former Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Susan Hildreth was appointed in August 2016 as the inaugural Gates-funded Professor of Practice at the University of Washington Information School in Seattle, WA. She recently stepped down as the Executive Director of the Peninsula Library System, Pacific Library Partnership and the Califa Group. She also serves as an Aspen Fellow in the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program in support of the Dialogue on the Future of Public Libraries. Susan served as the director of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed post. She served a 4-year term from January 2011 – January 2015.
Hildreth is the former city librarian of Seattle where she managed the Seattle Public Library, which includes the world-renowned Central Library and 26 new and expanded branches. The Library operated on a $50 million budget, had approximately 650 staff members, served more than 14 million visitors, and circulated nearly 12 million books and materials in 2010.
Hildreth was the former state librarian of California, where she managed a $70 million budget supporting library and research services for the state government and funding and consultation for California libraries.
Before her 2004 appointment by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hildreth was city librarian of San Francisco, overseeing an annual operating budget of more than $58 million and a $130 million building program. She also served in leadership positions at the Sacramento Public Library, the Placer County Library, the Benicia Public Library and the Yolo County Library. She began her career in New Jersey.
Susan is the Treasurer of the American Library Association serving from 2016-2019. She also was president of the Public Library Association and served on its board of directors. She was an elected member of the council that governs the American Library Association. She is a longtime member of the California Library Association and served as its president and treasurer.
Hildreth graduated cum laude from Syracuse University and holds a master's degree in library science from the State University of New York at Albany and a master's degree in business from Rutgers University.
Susan was raised and educated on the east coast and moved to California in 1980. She raised her two daughters in Davis and lived in the Sacramento and Bay Area region for almost 30 years. She recently resided in Walnut Creek, CA, and is glad to return to Seattle for her professorship.
Mary Ann Mavrinac
Neilly Dean, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Mary Ann Mavrinac is the Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester. Prior this she was the Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and the Head of The D. B. Weldon Library, Western University. In 2010 Mary Ann was the President of the Ontario Library Association. With many people and many teams, she led the UTM Library from vision through to occupancy for a new academic library, the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, which opened in 2006.
Executive Vice President, Research Solutions, Cengage
Frank Menchaca is executive vice president of publishing. Frank began his career with Thomson Gale in 1994 and was most recently publisher and vice president, history, social science, science and Spanish. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility since joining Thomson Gale, including vice president and publisher of four Thomson Gale imprints: Charles Scribner's Sons, Macmillan Reference USA, Schirmer Reference and Twayne Publishers, all while continuing the company's Spanish publishing initiative.
Prior to joining Thomson Gale, Frank was acquisitions editor in the subject areas of literature, history, science, current events and music for The Millbrook Press. He also was associate editor with the Weekly Reader Corporation and literary editor with George Braziller Publishers, and held positions with Chelsea House Publishers and John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
In addition to being a publishing executive, Frank is an accomplished and published author and translator. He has written and published poetry, criticisms, reviews and video scripts. He won the Thomas Wolfe Awards for Poetry in 1982 and 1983.
Frank earned his M.A. in English literature, with honors, from Yale University, and a B.A. in English and Spanish literature, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University.
California Academy of Sciences
Rebecca Morin is the Head Librarian at the California Academy of Sciences, where she oversees the Research Division Library and Archives programs. Becky is an active member of the Biodiversity Heritage Library consortium, the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers, and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. She is Principal Investigator of an IMLS National Leadership Grant project titled "Connecting Content: A Collaboration to Link Field Notes to Specimens and Published Literature."
Prior to joining the California Academy of Sciences in 2007, Becky worked in Reference in the Science & Engineering Division of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centreat the University of British Columbia. She received her M.L.I.S. and her M.S. in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia and her B.A. in Music from Wellesley College.
Mr. Lee Rainie
Director, Internet, Science and Technology Research, Pew Research Center, Author of the book "Networked: The New Social Operating System"
Lee Rainie is the Director of Internet, Science and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, a non-profit, non-partisan "fact tank." His project was described by the American Sociological Association as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity” and the ASA awarded him its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues award” in 2014.
The project has issued more than 600 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the impact of mobile connectivity and social media on their lives.
Lee also now oversees the Center's sustained study of the intersection of science and society. All of its reports and datasets are available online for free at: http://www.pewinternet.org.
Lee is a co-author of Networking: The New Social Operating System, a book about the social impact of the internet and mobile technology. He is also co-author of four books about the future of the internet, which are based on Center surveys.
Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of the newsweekly magazine U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.
Mr Ken Roberts
Consultant, Ken Roberts Library Consulting, Former Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library
Ken Roberts was the Chief Librarian of the Hamilton Public Library in Canada, retiring in 2012. He recently received the Canadian Library Association's Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award, the Ontario Public Library Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and was named to McMaster University's Alumnae Gallery. He is also the recipient, along with Ken Haycock, of the 2015 Ontario Library Association's Larry Moore Award for Distinguished Service. Ken is a member of the Royal Society of Canada's Expert Panel on the Future of Canada's Libraries and Archives.Ken has a strong IT background and was seconded to unify the IT systems of six amalgamating municipalities in Ontario.
Jaap Van de Geer
Delft Public Library
Dr. David Weinberger
Co-Director Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Harvard University, & Author, Too Big To Know; Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, & Co-Author,Cluetrain Manifesto
David Weinberger, Ph.D., is co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His twisty career began as a philosophy professor for six years, and then took a sharp turn when his many years as a freelance journalist and humor writer led him to a job in a high tech start-up as a marketing writer. That put him in a position to observe the early rise of the World Wide Web. He went on to become a Marketing VP and strategic marketing consultant to companies working at the heart of the Net revolution.
In 1999 he was a co-author of the seminal work in Internet business, "The Cluetrain Manifesto", and then wrote "Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web," a work that brought his philosophical training to bear on the question of the Net's significance. In 2004, he became a Fellow at the Berkman Center where he wrote "Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder," a book about the profound changes in how we understand the organization of the things in our world; it is dedicated to librarians. This led to his position at the Library Innovation Lab where he works with technologists and developers, including on a networked platform for the Harvard Library. His latest book, "Too Big to Know," looks at the networking of knowledge. Dr. Weinberger has written many times for Harvard Business Review and Wired, and his work has appeared in journals as diverse as Scientific American, The Atlantic.com, Science, The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Salon, Smithsonian, USAToday, and TV Guide. He blogs for CNN.com has been an advisor to three presidential campaigns. He was a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department 209-2011. He lives in Brookline with his wife and children.
Web Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh
Jeff Wisniewski received his MLS from the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. He is the Web Services & Communications Librarian for the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, where he maintains the Library System's public website, staff intranet, coordinates technical support for Pitt's University-wide ETD program, project manages new technology initiatives, and coordinates all internal and external communication efforts. . He has served as a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, has published in such journals as IRSQ, Online Searcher, and Computers in Libraries. He has taught numerous technology workshops, and is a frequent presenter at web and Internet conferences.