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Carson Block
Library IT Consultant, Carson Block Consulting Inc.
Brief: Carson Block has lead & loved library technology efforts for more than 20 years.  He's been called a "Geek who speaks English" and occasionally compared to Ferris Bueller and Calvin (and Hobbes).  Carson is dead serious about the essential and positive community impacts of libraries, and evangelizes libraries to SXSW Interactive and other tech communities.  Carson is the author of Managing Library Technology: A LITA Guide (Rowman & Littlefield).

Less Brief: Carson Block has been a library technologist for 20 years – as a library worker, IT Director and now a Library Technology Consultant.  He has been called “a geek who speaks English” and enjoys acting as a bridge between the worlds of librarians and hard-core technologists. He has a passion to de-mystify technology for the uninitiated, and to help IT professionals understand and support the goals of libraries.

As a consultant, Carson is often brought in to help solve complex institutional issues and help align the library's public service mission with its technology efforts to serve the needs of patrons and staff.

Carson’s work includes technology strategic planning; technology visioning and future-proofing; library service design; facilities master planning; library technology architectural programming and budgeting for new library construction and remodeling projects; facilities master planning; analysis of IT structure and staffing; IT position recruiting, digital cultural heritage projects and more.

Carson is a humorous, energetic and engaging facilitator, and a frequent speaker and webinar presenter for library events and beyond – including bringing messages of library advocacy to South by Southwest Interactive. 

Carson is a Director-At-Large for the American Library Association’s Association of Special and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and is a past Chair of ASCLA’s Library Consultant’s Interest Group.  He is also a member of the Future of Libraries advisory group to ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy, and a member of the former  21st Century Libraries Committee of the ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP).  Carson is also Past President of the Colorado Division of the Public Library Association.  

Carson is the author of Managing Library Technology: A LITA Guide (Rowman & Littlefield 2017).

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.
Corinne Hill
Library Director, Chattanooga Public Library, & Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year
Brendan Howley
Co-Founder, Icebox Logic
Helen B Josephine
Head of the Terman Engineering Library, Stanford University Libraries, Terman Engineering Library
Helen B. Josephine, Head of the Terman Engineering Library, Stanford University Libraries. Helen Josephine is the Head Librarian at the Terman Engineering Library at Stanford University. In this role she is the subject liaison to the faculty and students in the School of Engineering departments of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Electrical Engineering, and Management Science and Engineering. She also works collaboratively with other School of Engineering departments to develop innovative information services. Helen is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and received her Master in Library Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brad Jung
EVP, Sales & Marketing, Lab Sensor Solutions
David Lee King
Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, and Publisher, davidleeking.com
David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2008. His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. David maintains a blog at http://www.davidleeking.com.
Peter Morville
President, Semantic Studios
Peter is a pioneer of information architecture and user experience. He is best known for being an author of the “polar bear book” on information architecture. His latest book Planning for Everything is about the design of paths and goals. Peter has been helping people to plan since 1994. Clients include AT&T, eBay, Harvard, the Library of Congress, Microsoft, and the National Cancer Institute. Peter lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Knowsy.
Brian Pichman
Director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project
Brian is the Director of Strategic Innovation at the Evolve Project. Much of Evolve’s work includes building innovative works geared towards interaction and collaboration and helping libraries bridge the digital divide, break away from traditional library views and become trendsetters. Brian is dedicated to bringing libraries into the future using cost-effective measures and strategies. He often presents on innovative technology and loves collaborating with both libraries and companies. In his work with start-up companies around the world, he promotes libraries and encourages people to work closer with libraries when developing new ideas and concepts.
Mr. Lee Rainie
Director, Internet and Technology Research, Pew Research Center, Author of the book "Networked: The New Social Operating System"
Lee Rainie is the Director of Internet 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 750 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the impact of mobile connectivity and social media on their lives.

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 five 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.

Mike Ridley
Librarian & Instructor, University of Guelph
Until January 2012 Michael Ridley was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). Currently he is seconded to the First Year Seminar Program at Guelph where he teaches multidisciplinary courses to first year undergraduates.
Ridley has been a professional librarian since 1979 working at a variety of positions at the University of Guelph, the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University, and the University of Waterloo. In 1995 he returned to the University of Guelph as the Chief Librarian and in 2004 was named the CIO. Ridley has served as the President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, President of the Ontario Library Association, and Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries.
Ridley has been a member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), the Canadian University Council of CIOs (CUCCIO), the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) and the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph. In 2007 Ridley was named “Academic Librarian of the Year” by the Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA), a division of the Ontario Library Association (OLA). In 2008 he was awarded the newly renamed Larry Moore OLA Distinguished Service Award from the Ontario Library Association. In 2010 I was honoured to be awarded the Miles Blackwell Award for Outstanding Academic Librarian by the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (a division of the Canadian Library Association). In 2013 Ridley was presented with the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), University of Toronto.
He blogs at www.MichaelRidley.ca and tweets @mridley.
Donna Scheeder
Library Strategies International, Past President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Donna Scheeder is the Past President of IFLA - the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. She retired from her position of Deputy Chief Information Officr at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress earlier this year. She is a fellow of SLA, a Past-President, and a member of the SLA Hall of Fame. 
Susan Senese
Director, Information and Instructional Technology Services, University of Toronto Mississauga
Iam the Director of Information and Instructional Technology Services at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  The Uof T Mississauga is one campus ocation of our tri-campus university.   Areas of responsibility include the campus network operations, research computing support, client services, classroom technology, storage and infrastructure services, web design and application development, digital signage, video conferencing, lecture capture and web casting.  Previously, I held the position of Associate Librarian, Research and Information Technologyh Services, UofT Mississauga Library where I was responsible for public and staff computing in the Library, library application development and support, emerging technologies, digital signage, scholarly communication, digital research services with an emphasis on digital humanities, special archival collections, the library website and project management leadership.  I also spent nineteen years with ExxonMobil Canada in various roles from business librarian, corporate archivist, electronic documents management analyst and b2b internet services manager.
Nina Simon
Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Author, The Participatory Museum, & Blogger, Museum 2.0
Nina Simon has been described as a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her community-centered approach to design. She is the author of the Museum 2.0 blog and the book The Participatory Museum (2010). Nina is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH), where she led an institutional turnaround based on creative risk-taking, grassroots participation, and community partnership. 
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