Preconference at D. H. Hill Library

Virtual Reality and Makerspaces

Main Conference

Speaker Bios

Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander is the Chief Information/Digital Officer for the Cleveland Museum of Art. Jane is a member of the museum’s executive team and is responsible for creating, ongoing iteration, and advocacy of a vision for innovation, technology implementation and digital strategies best applied to Cleveland Museum of Art's (CMA) mission. Jane overseas the strategy, concept, design and implementation of interactive experiences, backend applications and infrastructure design. In 2013, CMA completed Gallery One and the revolutionary ArtLens mobile app that transformed the museum into one of the most technologically advanced and engaging art destinations in the world. More recently, CMA launched ARTLENS Gallery, the next iteration of Gallery One. ARTLENS Gallery is a multi-faceted, innovative experience that allows visitors to look closer, dive deeper, and have fun discovering the museum's collection using award-winning digital technologies. Transitioning away from the touchscreen technology that Gallery One relied upon, the Exhibition interactives use barrier-free, gesture-sensing projections that respond seamlessly to body movement and facial recognition as you approach, immersing visitors in the experience.

Before moving to Cleveland, Jane developed and directed Columbia University’s acclaimed distance education program, as well as the development of university-wide resources for instructional technology and methodology. In Cleveland, Jane has worked on several high-profile projects, notably as the virtual Chief Technology Officer to the Great Lakes Science Center, as well as the technology design consultant to Frank Gehry's Peter B. Lewis Campus at Case Western Reserve University.

Jane is a native New Yorker, with a BS and MS in Applied Mathematics as well as a BA in Architecture from Columbia University. She has two daughters, Esme and Willa.

Michael Boyles

Michael Boyles is Manager of the Advanced Visualization Lab, a unit of the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University. Michael has 19 years of professional experience working with advanced visualization technologies. He has led the creation of dozens of novel interactive applications and the construction and deployment of more than 25 advanced displays and visualization facilities. Michael has helped to re-imagine the university support model for the application of advanced visual resources in research, teaching, and creative activities. Under his leadership and in collaboration with strategic partners, the Lab has lowered the barriers to entry surrounding visualization and enabled an increasingly diverse array of disciplines and users through geographically distributed systems and scalable and sustainable workflows. Two recent initiatives include the creation and deployment of 13 large-format, ultra-resolution displays (IQ- Walls) across 2 campuses (since 2009) and the Reality Labs – Indiana University’s first vr-enabled classroom(s). He holds a post-master’s Specialist degree in Library & Information Science from Indiana University Bloomington (2014) as well as an M.S. in Computer Science (2001) and double major B.S. (with distinction) in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (1998), both from Purdue University Indianapolis.

Mike Cuales

Mike Cuales has spent the majority of his career working with creatives, empowering faculty and producing engaging multimedia content for online education. In his current role as Creative Director at NC State University's Department of Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), he manages a diverse team of multimedia designers. In the past few years, Mike has focused his efforts on the exploration, production and application of interactive 360º VR video in higher education courses and University-wide initiatives. In 2017, after 15 years of service, Mike was honored with the University Award of Excellence for his outreach efforts, dedication to advancing the application of emerging technologies for education and relentless pursuit of innovative excellence.

Outside of the University, Mike has worked with many commercial entities as well as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Museum of Art, City of Raleigh Museum, Research Triangle Park, Duke Marine Lab and RTP STEM in the Park to explore applications for virtual reality in entertainment, marketing, STEaM outreach and community engagement. Over the past few years, Mike has introduced hundreds of newcomers to VR through workshops and conference presentations. He has hosted VR-based exhibits for thousands of attendees during events like BugFest, Ansel Adams Masterworks, NCMA Educators Expo and the RTP STEM Expo.

Mike began his creative journey on Long Island, NY and obtained a Masters of Industrial Design from NC State University after completing a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Mike has taught animation and digital imaging at NC State’s College of Design, pioneered a 360 VR video production course at Duke T.I.P. and has presented at UNC Cause, Liberact, HOW Design, Hopscotch Design, Art of Cool, RTP 180 and SXSWedu.

Jessica Elam-Handloff

Jessica Elam-Handloff is a PhD Candidate in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at NC State, and she is the Graduate Assistant for the D.H. Hill Library Makerspace, extending emerging technology access and literacies to students and faculty across campus.

Patrick Deaton

Patrick Deaton is the Associate Director for Learning Spaces and Capital Management at the North Carolina State University Libraries. He is responsible for overseeing the design, construction and furnishing of all NCSU Libraries facilities, including the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

Patrick received his architectural training at the University of Virginia and Princeton University. Prior to joining the NCSU Libraries in 2009, he was an architect in private practice and designed several major library and higher education projects. He retains his architectural registration and occasionally serves as a design consultant for public and academic libraries.

Patrick was a member of the 2013-2015 Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Program.

Lauren Di Monte

Lauren Di Monte is the Data and Research Impact Librarian at the University of Rochester. In this role she coordinates research data management services and leads initiatives that foster critical and creative engagements with data, data science, and new technologies. Previously, Lauren worked at North Carolina State University as an NCSU Libraries Fellow, where she led programs to increase diversity within STEM fields and helped developed the Libraries Makerspace program. In 2017 she was awarded The Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology. She also serves as a Co-PI on an NSF-funded project exploring the social facets of data science.

Craig Dykers

Craig Dykers’ interest in design as a promoter of social and physical well-being is supported by ongoing observation and development of an innovative design process. As one of the Founding Partners of Snøhetta, Craig has led many of the office’s prominent projects internationally, including the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NCSU, the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Oslo Opera, the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Ontario, Canada, the Expansion to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the new Times Square Reconstruction in New York City. Craig’s leadership has been integral in Snøhetta’s management of complex library and public space projects including the Calgary Public Library, in Alberta, Canada and Temple University Library, currently under construction, as well as the Far Rockaway and Westchester Branch Libraries in New York City.

Jason Evans Groth

Jason Evans Groth is the Learning Spaces and Services Digital Media Librarian at NCSU Libraries. He helps to support several audio and video production suites and other high-tech creative multimedia spaces, programs workshops for students and faculty, and endeavors to make successful multimedia assignments and research an attainable goal for campus. He earned his MIS/MLS from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, where he worked as a film archivist for the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, a graduate assistant for the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, and assisted in teaching several rock and roll history courses. He was previously project librarian for the Monroe County Public Library's "It's Your Money" program, an ALA grant project to promote financial literacy to 15-29 year olds, and from 2001-2009 he toured the world as a guitar player and with many bands and artists, including Magnolia Electric Co, Jens Lekman, and The Impossible Shapes.

Maryellen Fitzgibbon

Maryellen Fitzgibbon is a Senior Planner for Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Her portfolio focuses on program planning as well as developing space allocation goals and priorities for departments in the Division of Arts and Humanities, instructional space, and libraries.

Marian Fragola

As the Director of Program Planning and Outreach at the NCSU Libraries, Marian Fragola fosters community engagement through a suite of public programs that showcase the creativity, interdisciplinarity, diversity, and value of student and faculty work to the campus community and beyond. These programs build upon communities of practice on campus and strengthen connections between the university and the region.

Clifford V. Gayley, FAIA, LEED AP

Cliff Gayley is a Principal at William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. Over the past 29 years, he has served as a design leader for many of the firm’s best known projects, including buildings at Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Business School, and the University of Virginia. Cliff’s civic projects include three projects for the Boston Public Library – all of which have won AIA/ALA Library Building Awards – and the new main branch of the Cambridge Public Library. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for innovative design and leadership, Cliff has led projects receiving six of the firm’s twelve Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects, and both Harleston Parker Medals.

Carl Grant

Carl Grant is the Associate Dean of Knowledge Services and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Oklahoma (OU) Libraries. His efforts in utilizing technology to underscore the library’s positioning as the “intellectual crossroads of the university” have been a key part of the Galileo’s World exhibition, Innovation @ the Edge (featuring VR, 3D printing, Software Carpentry, Microcontrollers, etc.), the Digital Scholarship Lab and more. He has held senior executive positions in a number of library-automation companies. Carl has demonstrated his commitment to libraries, librarianship, and industry standards through participation in the CNI, ALA, ACRL, LITA and on the board of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), where he held offices as board member, treasurer, and chair. In recognition of his contribution to the library industry, Library Journal named Mr. Grant an “Industry Notable”. He holds a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Harriette Hemmasi

Harriette Hemmasi is the Joukowsky Family University Librarian at Brown University, where she has oversight for the library system and provides leadership in the delivery and integration of information resources and new technologies into the campus’ teaching, learning, and research environment. Since coming to Brown in the fall of 2005 Hemmasi’s primary objectives have been to translate the University’s goals and directions into actions for the Library and to establish the Library as an active partner contributing to the University’s academic success.

During her time at Brown, Hemmasi has explored and built expertise among her colleagues in both traditional and digital scholarly methods, in online teaching and learning, and in revitalizing the Library’s collections, services, and spaces to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.

Hemmasi came to Brown from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she served as Executive Associate Dean of Libraries. From 1998 to 2000 Hemmasi was the Interim Associate University Librarian for Technical and Automated Services at Rutgers University where she had previously served as music librarian.

Hemmasi received her master’s in library and information science from the University of California–Berkeley, a master’s in music from Indiana University (Bloomington), and a bachelor’s in music from Baylor University.

Tom Hickerson

Tom Hickerson is Vice Provost for Libraries and Cultural Resources and University Librarian at the University of Calgary. Libraries and Cultural Resources is a principal division of the University of Calgary, combining the university libraries, university art museums and the University of Calgary Press. He also serves as Executive Director of the University’s Research Data Centre.

Hickerson exercised principal responsibility for the programmatic design of the Taylor Family Digital Library and a high-density storage facility, a $205 million capital project of the University of Calgary. The Taylor Family Digital Library, which opened in September 2011, is designed as a unique convergence, incorporating a 21st century research and learning environment for exploring and creating knowledge; a museum housing and exhibiting a rich panoply of cultural and visual arts; and a publishing program devoted to disseminating high-quality academic literature via Open Access publication.

Tom came to the University of Calgary after an extensive career as an archivist, technology innovator and library administrator at Cornell University, most recently serving there as Associate University Librarian for Information Technologies and Special Collections. In 2001, he was named a Computerworld Honors Program Laureate in recognition of his contributions to the “use of information technologies for the benefit of society.”

He is a Fellow and former President of the Society of American Archivists and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council on Archives. He has served on the SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Steering Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. He has recently served as President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries.

Hickerson’s current research interests focus on creating a new model for academic libraries within the research ecosystem and on developing means for preserving and ensuring long-term accessibility for audiovisual records housed in libraries, archives and museums.

Brian Hopkins

Brian Hopkins is the Director of Applied Computing at Ennead Architects. Interested in computational design and rigorous geometric form making, he is in charge of the research and development of new technologies, processes and workflows that make our projects possible. Mr. Hopkins also develops the educational curriculum for advancing the knowledge and skills of Ennead’s staff. As the Director of Applied Computing, he manages and develops the design and technical standards used in the firm.

Mr. Hopkins is currently working on several ongoing projects at Ennead, including the Stanford University Denning House, Lingang Sci-Tech City in Shanghai, China and the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Christie Hurrell

Christie Hurrell is the Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications librarian at the University of Calgary. Her role involves advancing digital research initiatives and partnerships, working on open access and scholarly communication initiatives, and coordinating the launch of a new digital scholarship space at the University of Calgary called Lab NEXT.

Joan K. Lippincott

Joan K. Lippincott is the Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a joint program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE. Joan is a widely published author and frequent conference speaker. She is past chair of the ACRL New Publications committee, serves on the boards of portal, The Reference Librarian, the New Media Consortium, the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and on the advisory board of the Journal of Learning Spaces. She has served on the advisory boards of the Horizon Report, the EDUCAUSE ELI Seeking Evidence of Impact project, and the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards Review Task Force. She is one of the organizers of the Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conferences. Prior to joining CNI, Joan was a librarian at Cornell, Georgetown, and George Washington universities, and SUNY Brockport. Joan received her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Maryland, an M.L.S. from SUNY Geneseo, and an A.B. from Vassar College.

Joseph Lucia

Joseph Lucia is Dean of Libraries at Temple University. Prior to that, he served as University Librarian at Villanova University for eleven years. During his tenure at Villanova, Falvey Library won the 2013 ACRL Excellence Award in the University category. Before assuming his post at Villanova in 2002, Lucia served as Director for Library Technology & Access within Information Resources (a merged library & computing support organization) at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He served as a member of the Lyrasis Board of Trustees from 2009-2012, where he was founding President during 2009-2010 and he currently serves on the boards of the Hathi Trust and PALCI (an academic library consortium serving the mid-Atlantic region). While at Lehigh, Lucia taught creative writing in the English Department from 1995 through 2002. Lucia’s educational background includes a BA from McGill University in Montreal and graduate degrees in English and Information Science from the University of Toronto and Syracuse University respectively. In addition to his professional work, he is an active amateur musician with a current solo project called Sounds from Upstairs audible on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/jlucia.

Brian Mathews

Brian Mathews is the Associate Dean for Learning at the Virginia Tech Libraries. He oversees a wide array of commons areas, reading rooms, classrooms, studios, labs, and other specialized environments. He also guides learning engagement efforts including first-year experiences, general education integration, liaison outreach, instructional design services, and many other initiatives. Brian is a learning strategist developing campus-wide programs for digital literacy, active learning curation, and ePortfolios, and he is a stakeholder member of Virginia Tech’s Creativity & Innovation District. Brian has previously served as an assistant university librarian at the University of California Santa Barbara and as a user experience librarian and liaison to the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. He also worked at the George Washington University Libraries as an instructional services librarian.

Holly Menninger

An entomologist by training, Dr. Holly Menninger is a science communicator by passion and practice. She has worked at the intersection of science and society – in policy, natural resource management, and public engagement in science. In 2014, Holly was appointed the inaugural Director of Public Science for the College of Sciences at NC State. Her chief role is to connect the College’s researchers (including faculty, students, and staff) to public audiences. She’s worked to establish a culture of public engagement in the College – increasing opportunities and participation in outreach, expanding the network of informal science learning partners, improving researchers’ science communication skills, and facilitating higher quality “Broader Impacts” activities in research proposals.

Tim Mensa

Tim Mensa is a sophomore majoring in Communication Media Production, while also working part time as a Digital Media Advisor at DH Hill Library.

Liz Milewicz

Liz Milewicz heads the Digital Scholarship Services department in Duke University Libraries. Her team partners with researchers and students on digital research, teaching, and publishing projects (http://sites.duke.edu/digital) and provides training and consulting in digital approaches to scholarship. She helped to plan and launch a new space for research, called The Edge: The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology, and Collaboration (https://library.duke.edu/edge), where project teams pursue interdisciplinary, data-driven, and digitally reliant research. Before coming to Duke in 2011, Liz managed two NEH-funded digital humanities projects at Emory University (The Expanded Online Transatlantic Slave Trade Database, http://slavevoyages.org; and African Origins, http://african-origins.org) and worked with the Emory Libraries on a range of digital library initiatives.

Catherine Murray-Rust

Catherine Murray-Rust became Dean of Libraries at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. She was also Vice Provost with responsibility for the Institute’s ten year reaffirmation of accreditation and other academic effectiveness programs from 2012 to 2017. She currently devotes all her time and energy in leading the transformation of the Georgia Tech Library for the 21st Century.

She previously served as the Dean of Libraries at Colorado State University and Associate University Librarian at Oregon State University. She worked at Cornell University Libraries in a variety of positions, including reference librarian, training and implementation librarian in the Systems Office, and Associate University Librarian with responsibility for public services.

Murray-Rust’s educational background includes a charter in Librarianship from the Library Association of Great Britain, a graduate degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of London, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Mount Holyoke College.

She currently serves as Georgia Tech’s representative to the Association of Research Libraries. She previously was a an ALA Council member and president of the Library Administrative and Management. She has served on numerous boards of library consortia including the Research Libraries Group, Orbis Cascades, Greater Western Library Alliance, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, and Georgia’s Galileo and Regents Academic Committee on Libraries executive committees. She is treasurer of BioOne, a non-profit publishing initiative based in Washington DC.

Sonoe Nakasone

Sonoe Nakasone is Lead Librarian for Metadata Technologies within the Acquisitions & Discovery Department of NCSU Libraries. She has served on diversity committees at UNC and Triangle Research Library Network, and is currently Chair of the NCSU Libraries Diversity Committee. Sonoe is interested in working towards finding ways to create more inclusive resources, services, and spaces for library employees and patrons.

Miriam Neptune

Miriam Neptune is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Smith College, where she co-coordinates Smith Libraries’ Knowlegelab, a physical space for imagining library futures, and promoting innovative knowledge production. Miriam draws on her experience in video production and instructional media to create multi-modal “pop-up” exhibits, which invite visitors to contribute to topical conversations across disciplines. She recently curated Undesign the Redline (Sophia.smith.edu/undesign) – a customized interactive traveling exhibition and series of events on race, class, and place at the Knowledgelab, in partnership with the New York based design collaborative Designing the WE. Miriam holds an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University, and earned an MLS through the IMLS 21st Century Library fellowship at St. John's University.

Colin Nickels

Colin Nickels is an NCSU Libraries Fellow, and a graduate of UNC-CH with a Master of Science in Information Science with a focus on makerspaces, user research and databases. He works in the intersection of libraries, technologies, and users.

Mike Nutt

Mike Nutt is Director of Visualization Services in the Digital Library Initiatives department at the NCSU Libraries. He serves as co-chair of the Libraries' Visualization Services Team, which designs, builds, and improves the systems and services that support visualization-intensive research and learning. He is the editor-in-chief of the content program for the video wall installations in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, partnering with faculty and students to create new forms of scholarly communication and public engagement. He has a Master of Science in Information Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Susan K. Nutter

Susan Nutter is the Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at NC State University. Under her leadership, the NCSU Libraries was the first university library to win ACRL’s Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, and members of her staff have won nine Library Journal “Movers & Shakers” awards in the past eleven years, most of any library. In 2005, Susan received Library Journal’s “Librarian of the Year” award, and in 2016 she was named ACRL's Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. In addition, in 2016 the NCSU Libraries became the first academic research library in over a decade to be named a winner of the IMLS National Medal for Library Service, which was awarded at a White House ceremony with former First Lady Michelle Obama. Susan is currently overseeing the predesign/programming phase of a renovation to the the D. H. Hill Library that will bring the high-tech inspiration from the Hunt Library to D. H. Hill.

Payod Panda

Payod Panda Currently appointed as a Pentair Fellow at NCSU Libraries, Panda is a full-time PhD student at NC State University's College of Design. Panda’s past work has ranged from virtual reality and education to machine learning and data visualization. As a researcher, Panda is currently working with Dr. Derek Ham on enabling learning through creative making in immersive environments, and Panoform is one of the outcomes of these endeavors. As a Pentair Fellow he is leading several workshop sessions from NCSU Libraries' Visualization Workshop series.

Greg Raschke

Greg Raschke is the Associate Director for Collections and Scholarly Communication at the NCSU Libraries where he leads programs to build, manage, and preserve the Libraries’ extensive collections. His responsibilities include overseeing the special collections program and the development of digital collections. He has significant experience managing fundraising, annual giving, and naming opportunity campaigns. He leads the Libraries’ partnerships in developing sustainable channels for scholarly communication and enhancing digitally enabled research and scholarship. Raschke also leads efforts to support faculty and graduate students with emerging tools, programs, and services across the research lifecycle.

Renee Reaume

Renee Reaume is the Director of Metadata Services where she is leading the integration of the metadata unit into the Technology, Discovery, and Digital Services portfolio and is repositioning the unit to offer metadata as a service for scholars. She is a member of the core planning team implementing The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant received by the University of Calgary, “Academic Research and University Libraries: Creating a New Model for Collaboration”. Renee is the organizational change management lead for Calgary’s migration to a new library management system. In her previous role, Renee was the Director, Digital Media and Technology Services at the University of Calgary.

Sundi Richard

Sundi Richard is the Lead Instructional Designer at Davidson College. She is responsible for creating an innovative and supportive environment to promote student and faculty digital dexterity and advance the integration of new and emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and scholarship. Interested in empowering students to be active citizens in their online and offline worlds, Sundi works to explore digital identity, networking, and online interaction. She is part of an ongoing conversation in higher education about digital citizenship #digciz.

Adam Rogers

Adam Rogers is an innovative and user-focused librarian who works at the intersection of public services and new technologies. In his role as the Head of Making & Innovation Studio at the NCSU Libraries, he directs the library's Makerspace program, which includes spaces at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and the D.H. Hill Library, and makes 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting, and electronics prototyping tools accessible to all at NC State. He will provide leadership and direction for the new Innovation Studio planned to open in 2020 in D.H. Hill.

Pete Schreiner

Pete Schreiner is a North Carolina State University Libraries Fellow, working in the Access Services and Learning Spaces & Services departments. Pete is facilitating the Libraries’ virtual reality initiative by creating VR learning spaces and supporting emerging VR technologies. He further supports student success through the Libraries’ public facing service points and behind the scenes workflows. Prior to NCSU, he worked in Special Collections & Archives at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Before librarianship Pete ran a carpentry business, worked in media and design, and was a touring musician. He earned his MLS from Emporia State University in 2015.

David Silver

David Silver is an associate professor of Environmental Studies and Urban Agriculture at the University of San Francisco. For the last five years, he has been researching and writing a multimedia history of the farm at Black Mountain College. Together with USF librarians Debbie Benrubi and Carol Spector, David helped establish the USF Seed Library.

Bryan Sinclair

As Associate Dean at Georgia State University Library, Bryan Sinclair provides leadership for public facing functions of the library, including research support, campus outreach and instruction, research data services, access and media services, and student technology support. From 2013-2014, he served as project lead on CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment, a unique, technology-rich discovery space within the main University Library supporting digital scholarship, research data services, and visual research. Bryan's many interests are centered around expanding and exploring new roles for librarians.

Carli Spina

Carli Spina is the Head Librarian of Assessment and Outreach at the Boston College Libraries. She holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an MLIS from Simmons GSLIS, and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has served as the chair of both LITA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and ASCLA's Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group, as well as serving as a coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities. She frequently presents, teaches, and writes about Universal Design, accessibility, and technology in libraries.

Ed Summers

Ed Summers is a blind software engineer and an accessibility specialist. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and 25 years of professional experience as a software developer and a development manager. Ed’s personal mission is to enable people with disabilities to realize their full potential in the classroom and the 21st century knowledge economy. He fulfills that mission as a leader in the software industry and disability-related not-for-profit organizations.

Ed is a Distinguished Technical Leader and Senior Manager of Accessibility at SAS, the market leader in business analytics software and services that is used at more than 80,000 sites around the world. The SAS accessibility team enables people of all abilities to access the power of analytics. Ed also serves on the Duke Eye Center Advisory Board and he is the Chair of the North Carolina State Board of Education Advisory Council for the Governor Morehead School for the Blind.

Anu Vedantham

Dr. Anu Vedantham joined Harvard Library in 2016 as the Director of Learning and Teaching Services for the FAS Libraries. She directed the Weigle Information Commons at the Penn Libraries for nine years. Her research on global warming at the Environmental Defense Fund has been recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) as a significant contribution to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. At Stockton University, she directed the Southern Regional Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC), and served as Interim Associate Provost and Director of Instructional Technology. She served as Director of Grants and Community Initiatives at Stafford Township School District, and as Grants Program Officer at the Telecommunications Opportunities Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

She holds her doctorate in Higher Education Management from Penn's Graduate School of Education, her New Jersey Principal Certificate, her Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and her Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Keith Webster

Keith Webster was appointed Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon in July 2013, and to the additional role of Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives two years later. He is a Professor in the University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Policy.

Keith has served as a Dean of Libraries in major research universities in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Other senior roles include vice president and director of academic relations and strategy for John Wiley and Sons and Director of Information Policy at HM Treasury in London.

Keith serves on the Board of Directors of the National Information Standards Organization and on the Publications Board of the Association of Computing Machinery. He holds both Chartered and Honorary Fellowships of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Renee Wells

Renee Wells is the Director of the GLBT Center at North Carolina State University. She oversees the Center’s education, outreach, advocacy, programming, and student support services. A large part of her work involves developing and facilitating cultural competence workshops as part of the GLBT Advocate Program, a continuing education and engagement program for faculty and staff that focuses on common concerns related to the intersections of identity and skill- building around inclusive practices.

David Woodbury

David Woodbury is the Department Head, Learning Spaces & Services at the North Carolina State University Libraries. He manages technology-rich learning spaces at the libraries including makerspaces, digital media labs, virtual reality exploration spaces, and collaborative computing areas. He oversees the teaching and learning program and leads several key initiatives including an expansive student-focused workshop series and the NCSU Libraries’ technology lending offerings. He was a member of the Learning Space Toolkit development team (https://learningspacetoolkit.org), an IMLS- funded resource to assist planners with informal learning space design projects. He received his MSIS from the UNC- Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science.