Contributors

Editors

Kevin KingKevin King
Creator and Editor-in-Chief
Kevin King is the Head of Patron Services/Information Technology at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library where he has worked since 1998. Before becoming a department head, Kevin led Teen Services at KPL, where he helped build a nationally recognized program. Kevin has presented all over the country on many topics including teen services, innovation, graphic novels, and programming. Last year he presented at the 2012 PLA Conference on concerts in the library without trashing single hotel room. As a member of ALA, YALSA, PLA and the Michigan Library Association, Kevin has served on various committees and has won a couple of awards. In his spare time Kevin obsesses over the Detroit Tigers, listens to music, and does his best to be a kick ass dad to Abigail and Rachael.  You can follow him on Twitter @kzookev.
brommerShawn Brommer
Assistant and Assignment Editor
Shawn currently coordinates youth and outreach services for 53 public libraries in South Central Wisconsin.  She has worked in public libraries since 1989 and in that time has retrieved thousands of back issues of (paper!) periodicals, shelved miles of books, conducted hundreds of youth programs and has written dozens of grants totaling over $1,000,000.  She has served on and chaired national committees, such as, respectively, the Caldecott Award and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committees, and has proudly chaired children’s book award committees for the Wisconsin and New York Library Associations and the South Asia National Outreach Consortium.  She is especially committed to creating welcoming environments for library patrons and staff and to helping colleagues thrive and succeed.
feddernDonna Feddern
Blog Master and Assistant Editor
With over 14 years of experience working in public libraries, Donna Feddern has done everything from teen programming to cataloging. She has been working at the Escondido Public Library for the past 10 years, starting as the Automation Systems Librarian then working as the Senior Librarian of Teen and Media Services. For the past few years she has been the Digital Services Manager, in charge of the Technical Services department and the library’s online presence. Her recent projects have included a major website redesign and the LibraryYOU project.Prior to working in Escondido, Donna has worked on reference desks for the Free Library of Philadelphia, the King County Library System, and the Seattle Public Library. She also worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation traveling to libraries in Oklahoma and New Mexico to provide computer training to library staff.Donna’s professional interests include library management, online marketing, and the user experience.

kelly bennettKelly Bennett
Photo Editor and Contributor

Kelly Bennett has worked in libraries for nearly half of her life. She is the Head of Circulation at Ferndale Public Library, where she also purchases music, curates a local music collection and runs a monthly rock concert series, First Stop Friday. She has presented on her music programming at the Michigan Library Association annual conference and at Public Library Association’s national conference. Follow her @stomper4x4 and check out her blog http://780s.blogspot.com/ for more information about her concert series and music collection.
McGlynnMegan Hartline
Assistant Editor

Megan Hartline (@wrybrarian on Twitter) is Head of Access and Public Services at Auraria Library. In addition to the usual library background, she holds a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and is passionate about building community by connecting people with resources.

Contributors

churchMatt Church
Matt Church is the Associate Director at the Baldwin Public Library
(@baldwinlib in Birmingham, MI). He’s all about libraries, Tom Waits, coffee, trekking and family adventures.
dobrez2Cindy Dobrez
Cindy Dobrez is the middle school librarian for West Ottawa Public Schools traveling between two separate schools serving 1800 students with raging hormones. She has an MLS from Indiana University ’84 and a Masters in Middle School Teaching from Western Michigan University ’90. She began her library career in the 4th grade and never looked back. She has worked in university and public libraries but has spent the past 25 years in public middle school libraries. Cindy is old enough to know what it means to “file above the rod,” and young enough at heart to keep up with the teens that she works with daily. Most days.Cindy has chaired a number of award committees for ALA/YALSA and the LA Times. Currently she co-authors the Bookends Blog for Booklist Online with Lynn Rutan, including Nonfiction Monday posts that feature Common Core Connections. She’s a founding member of a West Michigan group called Books, Beer and Boats.
evadEva Davis
Eva Davis is the Director of the Canton Public Library in Canton, Michigan–not Canton, Ohio, or Canton, Massachusetts, or Canton, Mississippi. (It is an easy mistake to make.) Eva honed her supervisory and management skills working in customer service, research, and publishing before heading to graduate school at the University of Michigan School of Information. She became a librarian in 1998. She was an intern and then the teen services librarian at the Plymouth (MI) District Library before moving to the Ann Arbor (MI) District Library, where she was Head of the Youth Department at the Downtown library, Head of Youth Services for the system, Head of Branch Services, and finally Associate Director for Public Services. Eva has held her dream job as the Director of the award-winning Canton Public Library since 2008. She received the Michigan Library Association’s Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Teen Services in 2003, and is a graduate of both Leadership Ann Arbor and Leadership Canton, where she learned that she is moderately Affiliative according to MAFF, her color is “Green” on the Four Color Personality Test, and her Myers-Briggs Type is INTJ (although she has worked diligently and consistently on improving her Sensing, so she now leans ISTJ). Follow @CantonLibrary and @EvaDavisCPL on Twitter.
Toby GreenwaltToby Greenwalt
Toby Greenwalt is the Virtual Services Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, where he works to make his corner of the web more human. He is obsessed with pop culture, weird noises, and the way ideas bounce off one another. He writes “The Wired Library” column for Public Libraries magazine, posts infrequently to theanalogdivide.com, and talks too much on Twitter and Tumblr.
harrisMonica Harris
Monica Harris graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with her MLIS in 2004, and was named an Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2010. She is currently working as the Customer Service Manager at the Oak Park Public Library in Oak Park, Illinois, where she supervises the library’s circulation staff and curates Idea Box, OPPL’s participatory community space. Idea Box recently won the 2012 DEMCO Library Innovative Award. She also serves on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels award committee and the LACONI Circulation Services Section Advisory Board. You can follow Monica on Twitter at @showlola
hibnerHolly Hibner
Adult Services Coordinator at the Plymouth District Library with a mild obsession for collection quality. Ok, maybe not so mild.Find me on Twitter at @hhibner and over at Awful Library Books (http://awfullibrarybooks.net)!
Mary KellyMary Kelly
I am the Youth Services Librarian for Lyon Township Public Library, A small, but scrappy library located in the southwestern corner of Oakland County, Michigan. I also co founded the Awful Library Books blog with Holly Hibner. I am a nerd for collection quality, hard data and customer service.
semiferoAngela Semifero
Angela Semifero serves as Director of Marshall District Library, a relatively small library in Western Michigan where she has worked since 2006. She has worked in public libraries since high school, and she has a special love of working with small and rural populations. A regular presenter at conferences and workshops, she has been a trainer for several Michigan organizations and has taught as adjunct faculty through Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science. Angela has served on a number of committees for MLA and Library of Michigan as well as national committees such as the Amelia Bloomer Project.   When Angela is not thinking about libraries, she is probably thinking about unicorns, musicals, her spouse, or Pretty Little Liars. Follow @somedayangeline

Amanda StruckmeyerAmanda Struckmeyer

Amanda Struckmeyer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an MLS in 2005.  In 2008, she served on the Newbery Award Committee, and in 2010, she co-authored DIY Programming and Book Displays: How to Stretch Your Programming Without Stretching Your Budget and Staff, available through ABC-Clio.  She is currently the Head of Youth Services at the Middleton (WI) Public Library.  Outside of the library, you can find Amanda enjoying the outdoors, playing her banjo, knitting, and making messes in the kitchen.

vernolaAndrea Vernola

Andrea Vernola is the Children’s Programming Librarian at Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library, where she coordinates children’s programs for five locations, presents storytimes, literacy events, and innovative school age programming. She also serves on library-wide committees like the Digital Action and Innovation Teams. Prior to landing the perfect job at KPL, Andrea earned her MLIS from University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin in 2007 and worked for 5 years at Woodstock (IL) Public Library. At WPL, Andrea did a little bit of everything including adult programming and ILL. In 2010, Andrea was a participant in Synergy: the Illinois Library Leadership Institute and in 2013 she was a recipient of the Penguin Young Readers Group Award. Andrea is a member of ALA and ALSC and currently serving on the ALSC Children and Technology Committee. She is definitely an Enneagram 7. When Andrea’s not working, she is making every moment count with her family and enjoying the Mitten state. You can follow Andrea on Twitter at @librarianandi.
Leah WhiteLeah White
Leah White is a Reader Services Librarian at the Northbrook Public Library and a 2012 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She is a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee and the co-chair of the Reference Librarians Association Continuing Education planning committee. Leah graduated from Dominican University with her Master of Library and Information Science in 2008. She loves comic books, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and other geeky goodness, and you can find her on Twitter: @leahlibrarian or check out her website: leahwhite.weebly.com

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