Keynote Speakers

Shahid ButtarShahid Buttar leads EFF’s grassroots and student outreach efforts. He’s a constitutional lawyer focused on the intersection of community organizing and policy reform as a lever to shift legal norms, with roots in communities across the country resisting mass surveillance.

From 2009 to 2015, he led the Bill of Rights Defense Committee as Executive Director. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, where he grew immersed in the movement to stop the war in Iraq, Shahid worked for a decade in Washington, D.C.

Outside of work, Shahid DJ’s and produces electronic music, writes poetry & prose, kicks rhymes, organizes guerilla poetry insurgencies, plays capoeira, speaks truth to power on Truthout, occasionally elucidates legal scholarship, and documents counter-cultural activism for the Burning Man Journal. Follow him on Twitter @sheeyahshee.
Alan S. InouyeAlan S. Inouye is Director of Public Policy for the American Library Association (ALA). In this role, Alan leads ALA’s technology policy portfolio ranging from telecommunications to copyright and licensing, to advance the ability of libraries to contribute to the economic, educational, cultural, and social well-being of America’s communities. Prior to ALA, he served for three years as the Coordinator of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee in the Executive Office of the President. From 1997 to 2004, Alan was a study director at the National Academy of Sciences, focusing on technology policy that included an 18 month study of the Library of Congress culminating in the report LC21: A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress. Early in his career, Alan worked as a software engineer and manager in Silicon Valley. Alan completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. Alan tweets @AlanSInouye.
Jim NealJim Neal is University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University. He served as the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University during 2001–2014, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of 22 libraries. His responsibilities included the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, the Copyright Advisory Office, and the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York.
Neal is President of the American Library Association. He has served on the Council and Executive Board, and was ALA Treasurer during 2010–13. He is a member of the OCLC Board of Trustees. He has served on the Board and as President of the Association of Research Libraries, on the Board and as Chair of the Research Libraries Group (RLG), on the Board and as Chair of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and on the Board of the Digital Preservation Network. He is on the Board and serves as Treasurer of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and on the Board and serves as Treasurer of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). He has also participated on numerous international, national, and state professional committees, and is an active member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). He is a member of the Library Advisory Board of the University of the People.
He was selected the 1997 Academic Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries and was the 2007 recipient of ALA’s Hugh Atkinson Memorial Award and the 2009 ALA Melvil Dewey Medal Award. In 2010, he received the honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. In 2015, he received the ALA Joseph W. Lippincott Award for “distinguished service to the profession of librarianship”, and the Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award. And in 2016, he was awarded the Scroll of Appreciation by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Follow him on Twitter @jamesneal.
Marnie WebbMarnie Webb works with the team at Caravan Studios to develop solutions that help us mobilize resources to address our most pressing social issues. She is particularly interested in the ways that libraries, as spaces, our central to bringing community members, information, and creativity together. And in the way that librarians can function as trusted community members for a wide variety of information, not just that found in books. She’s been lucky enough to visit libraries all over the world and never fails to be blown away by the work they are doing. Marnie tweets @webb.


Sarah BaylissSarah Bayliss is an associate editor of news and features for School Library Journal.
John BrackenJohn Bracken joined Knight Foundation in June 2010. He is vice president of the Technology Innovation Program, which funds projects that improve the creation, sharing and use of information essential to communities. He supervises the Knight News Challenge and the Knight Prototype Fund.
Bracken has 15 years of experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy and innovation, having previously worked at the Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council.
Bracken earned a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
Dr. Monica BulgerDr. Monica Bulger leads the Enabling Connected Learning initiative at the Data & Society Research Institute where she studies issues of student data privacy, equity, and media literacy. She co-authors the bi-weekly Student Data Privacy, Equity and Digital Literacy newsletter in collaboration with the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Monica has contributed policy research to UNICEF, EU Kids Online, the U.S. Department of Justice, and European Commission. She holds a PhD in Education with an emphasis in cognitive science and social dimensions of technology. Monica tweets @literacyonline.
Monica CabarcasMonica Cabarcas is a veteran educator with sixteen years of experience as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and librarian. She is currently works at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Virginia as library media specialist. Monica earned her Master of Science in Education in library sciences at Old Dominion University and also has an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction for reading education from the University of Virginia. Monica is a licensed secondary English teacher, K–12 Reading Specialist, and K–12 Library Media Specialist. She is a new reviewer for School Library Journal and is excited to serve as the Director-Elect for the Shenandoah Region of the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL). Monica is interested in the changing landscape of education and is passionate about expanding the vision and services of the school library. Monica blogs about her experiences at: Adventures of an Emerging Librarian. Follow her on twitter @EdCoach4Change.
Robyn CaplanRobyn Caplan is a Researcher at Data & Society, and a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information Studies under the supervision of Professor Philip Napoli. Her most recent research explores how the concept of the ‘public interest’ in media policy has been reconfigured through algorithmic and data-driven technologies currently underpinning news media production, consumption, and distribution. Previously she was a Fellow at the GovLab at NYU, as well as at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, and a 2015 Milton Wolf Emerging Scholar for the Center for Global Communication Studies at UPenn, Annenberg. Robyn received her MA from NYU in Media, Culture and Communication, and her B.Sc from the University of Toronto. Robyn tweets @robyncaplan.
Sienna CittadinoSienna Cittadino is a Teen Librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Branch, a position that allows her to create and support robust, accessible public services that encourage people to trust in their own agency and skills.
Matt CookMatt Cook began his career at OU Libraries as a student employee before moving on to a full-time/supervisory position. After finishing his MA in Philosophy (of mind), Matt continued developing and deploying academic technologies related to mindfulness meditation and campus wayfinding. With the opening of the Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center, Matt moved into the position of Emerging Technologies Librarian, and then Emerging Technologies Coordinator, where his focus has been developing public-facing virtual reality workstations and as well as public Makerspaces. Matt’s research interests center on spatial cognition and the impact of engineered learning environments on the scholarly process, and he has published and presented on this (and related topics) in the US and abroad.
Berenice CreecyBerenice Creecy is an adaptive and forward-thinking Regional Librarian at Multnomah County Library where she serves four library branches and their diverse communities. Her current focuses include collection management, instructional design and delivery and project management. As a bilingual staff member, she is dedicated to identifying and developing library opportunities for the Spanish-speaking community.
Trixie DantisTrixie Dantis is Teen Services Supervisor at Arlington Heights Memorial Library. She’s worked at AHML since 2012 and has over ten years’ experience working with young adults. In Teen Services, she’s focused on STEM initiatives and services for English language learners (ELLs). She co-chairs Illinois Library Association’s Diversity Committee and served as Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2016-2017 Board Fellow. She received her MLIS from Dominican University and BA in English from UIC. Trixie tweets @trixupmysleeve.
Ryan DarrowRyan Darrow is the Public Technology Supervisor at the Nashville Public Library. He received his MLIS from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2014. He was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2017.
Frankie de VeraFrankie de Vera was recently promoted to “STEAM librarian” on San José Public Library’s Maker[Space]Ship. On board the mobile workshop, she has planned, presented, and developed innovative STEAM programs for all ages. Growing up a trans-queer woman of color on the east side of San José, she feels that she lacked exposure to science and technology throughout her elementary school education, and lacked encouragement to pursue a career in science or technology. These experiences led her to become a strong social justice advocate, she believes exposing San Josée’s underserved populations to STEAM-related concepts and tools will continue to have a positive impact on their lives and their communities. From once-overlooked communities, she strongly believes that educators have the opportunity to inspire makers, thinkers, artists, innovators, and leaders that will reshape our local and global communities for the better.
Shelley DiazShelley Diaz is the Reviews manager and SLJTeen Editor for School Library Journal. @sdiaz101
Matt EnisMatt Enis is the senior editor of technology for Library Journal. @matthewenis.
Chancey FleetChancey Fleet is the Assistive Technology Coordinator at NYPL’s Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library and a member of Library Journal‘s 2017 class of Movers & Shakers. A lifelong user of accessible technology, Chancey designs programs that connect library patrons to tech-based tools that support information literacy, creativity and independence. Chancey is passionate about teaching people how to use nonvisual techniques to access experiences that they believe to be “too visual”. With her colleagues on a 2016 NYPL Innovation Grant for the Dimensions project, she is developing training that community stakeholders can use to design and produce high-quality tactile graphics and 3D models. In her spare time, she’s learning about physical computing and origami, exploring Brooklyn via tandem bike, and probably getting hooked on a few too many podcasts. Follow her @ChanceyFleet.
Carlos GaleanaCarlos Galeana is a technology teacher at Multnomah County Library. Through group classes and individualized one-on-one sessions, he has helped patrons and staff members reach their goals. Carlos was recently named a Mover & Shaker in the category of Digital Developers in the March 2017 issue of Library Journal.
Kathy IshizukaKathy Ishizuka is the Executive Editor of School Library Journal. @kishizuka.
Lynette JohnsonLynette Johnson is a Community Memory Coordinator for Historypin, a global social enterprise that supports connecting communities through local history. She is a lead coordinator for “Our Story,” a collaboration between Historypin and the Digital Library Project of America, where she is responsible for helping rural library partners in southeastern Louisiana conduct and evaluate community-building storytelling programs centered on local history. Lynette previously worked as a journalist and digital media specialist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Journal News in New York and the Los Angeles Times.
Jason KucsmaJason Kucsma is deputy director at Toledo Lucas County Public Library where he leads a team of public service administrators providing essential programs and services to a growing community of library customers. He geeks out on strategic planning, management tools, and information access advocacy. Before TLCPL, he was the executive director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council. Before he became a librarian, he published a progressive politics and culture magazine (Clamor) and ran a nonprofit organization aimed at bolstering independent media across the country (Allied Media Projects). Jason tweets @j450nk.
Nefertiti MatosNefertiti Matos has been an Assistive Technology Instructor for the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in NYC for three years. In this capacity, Nefertiti provides individual coaching and facilitates group workshops on a range of devices and tech topics in both English and Spanish. She is committed to raising public consciousness regarding the challenges face by the disabled community, and passionate about helping others maximize their potential. On her downtime, Nefertiti can be found at a local open mic or wrist-deep in clay or walking barefoot on grass. Nefertiti tweets @NefMatOli.
Rebecca MillerRebecca T. Miller is the editorial director for Library Journal and School Library Journal. @MillerRT.
Kiera ParrottKiera Parrott is the Reviews Director for Library Journal and School Library Journal. @libraryvoice
Lisa PeetLisa Peet is the associate editor of news for Library Journal. @lisapeet1.
Grif PetersonGrif Peterson serves as the learning lead for Peer 2 Peer University. This means that he works to ensure that they’re developing equitable and empowering learning experiences in cities and towns around the world. In the past, he’s worked as a research assistant at the Learning Initiative at the MIT Media Lab and as the academic affairs officer at the University of Central Asia. He is currently a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He joined P2PU in March, 2015 and tweets @grifpeterson.
Adam RogersAdam Rogers is an innovative and user-focused librarian who works at the intersection of public services and new technologies. In his role as Emerging Technology Services Librarian, 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 North Carolina State. Follow him on Twitter @adrogersam.
Meredith SchwartzMeredith Schwartz is the executive editor for Library Journal. @Kalendaries.
Wenwen ShiWenwen Shi was an NTEN/Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellow at the San Francisco Public Library. She planned and organized the first Digital Inclusion Week in the city, along with library staff members and more than 20 partner organizations. Wenwen tweets @wenwen_shi.
Rebecca StavickRebecca Stavick is the Executive Director of Do Space, the nation’s first technology library. Since opening in 2015, Do Space has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in the 2016 American Libraries Design Showcase. Stavick joined the Do Space project during its earliest stages to lead the development of programs, services, and operations. She actively manages Do Space relationships, direction, and strategy, bringing technology industry leadership and five years of public library sector experience to her role.
Prior to developing the Do Space project, Stavick earned a Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from San José State University. While serving as Nebraska’s first Code for America Brigade Captain in 2012, she co-founded Open Nebraska, a local organization focused on open data advocacy and civic application development. Stavick is a 2016 “40 Under 40” Omaha Business Executives award recipient. Follow @DoSpaceOmaha and @RebeccaStavick.
Ilana StonebreakerIlana Stonebraker is Business Information Specialist, Assistant Professor of Library Science at Purdue University. She was a 2017 Library Journal Movers & Shaker.
Luke SwarthoutLuke Swarthout is Director of Policy for NYPL Digital. Previously, he served as the Director of Adult Education Services at the New York Public Library where he worked with adult programming, technology training, broadband access and adoption and literacy initiatives. Prior to joining NYPL, Mr. Swarthout worked as Senior Education Adviser to Senator Edward Kennedy and Senator Tom Harkin handling issues of higher education access, college affordability, student loan debt, and school quality. He served as Higher Education Advocate for U.S. PIRG lobbying in Washington, DC on behalf of college students for a more open and affordable higher education system. Mr. Swarthout attended New York City public schools.
Sandy Tharp-TheeNational Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) Sandy Tharp-Thee, a 2017 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, has received State and National attention for her creation of community programs and outreach as a Tribal Librarian in Oklahoma. As a Digital Inclusion Corps Member with NDIA, she continues working with underserved communities that they may have what has become a “real” need in today’s world–access to technology, training and information. Oklahoma Department of Libraries is her host.
Erica ThorsenErica Thorsen just completed her sixteenth year as a school librarian. After obtaining her Master of Library Science from Queens College in Flushing, New York, Erica began her career in school librarianship. Erica has worked at both elementary and secondary levels in New York, Michigan and Virginia. She is currently a librarian at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, VA. To further her passion for bringing new and emerging technologies to the school community, Erica completed an eTeacher certificate from the University of Virginia. In Creative Library Marketing and Publicity: Best Practices, Erica has written a chapter describing how she “flipped” the Albemarle High School Library and how shifts in space and practice increased students’ use and engagement. Erica continues to explore emerging trends in education and librarianship and how those shifts can be powerful in improving library services to her school community. Follow her on Twitter @ethorsenahs.
Bonnie TijerinaBonnie Tijerina was a Fellow and now Researcher at Data & Society. There she focuses on library support in big data research and online privacy education in libraries. Bonnie has worked in electronic resource management and leadership positions in libraries for over 10 years, most recently as the Head of Electronic Resources and Serials at Harvard University. Bonnie has written and presented on new roles for librarians and the ways libraries can support their communities in the digital world. She is founder and President of ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries) conference and organization. She is co-founder of Designing for Digital, a meeting of UX and design professionals from tech, media, academia, and libraries. She tweets @bonlth.
Nicole UmayamNicole Umayam, is a language advocate and archivist interested in Indigenous information management. Since 2012, she’s had the privilege of working with tribal communities in Oklahoma on various language revitalization and community archives programs. As a Digital Inclusion Corps Member with NDIA, working with Arizona Tribes for Digital Inclusion she has worked on a Hotspot program and more. Arizona State Library is her host.
Kelvin WatsonKelvin Watson is the Director of the Broward County Public Library system and Immediate Past President of the Black Caucus of ALA. Prior to Broward County, he was COO, Senior VP for the Queens Library.
Kelvin was named the 2016 inaugural winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession, which recognized him as a public librarian who demonstrates leadership in anticipating emerging trends in services, products and technologies that will enhance the library’s position in its community. Kelvin has also served as a Commissioned Officer in the Active US Army and Army Reserves. He has a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Military Science from Lincoln University (MO). He also has his Masters Library Science from North Carolina Central University. Follow him on twitter @kelwat103