Presenter Biographies:  


Blake Walter

Blake Walter has been working in Chicago area libraries since 1989 when he was the circulation supervisor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He completed his Masters in Library and Information Science at Rosary College (now Dominican University) in 1993, and continued to work at Trinity as the Head Cataloger. He spent two years working in the Hyde Park area in Chicago as the Head of Technical Services/Systems Librarian at the JKM Library. He spent twelve years working at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard first as the Library Director and then in the dual role of Library Director and Vice President for Academic Administration. In 2014, he assumed his current position as Associate Dean of Learning Resources and Library Director at the College of DuPage.


Erica Eynouf is a Reference Librarian and the Electronic Resource Manager, and has worked at STCC since 2011. Erica also teaches an Honors Colloquium on the History of Information. She holds a B.A. in Critical Social Theory and Gender Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Additionally, Erica studied German Language, Literature, and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin for seven years.  Her hobbies include, knitting, cooking, and martial arts. She has a black belt in Shuri-Ryu Karate and Filipino Stick Fighting.


Hannah Buckland is the Director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College, located in Cass Lake, MN.  In this role, she manages all aspects of a joint-use library, coordinating library services for students, college employees, and the greater Leech Lake Reservation community.  In addition, she serves on the Bemidji Public Library Board and is an appointed member of the Minnesota Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, a group responsible for developing an action plan to improve broadband access and adoption across the state.  Originally from a combination of Wisconsin and Indiana, Hannah received her BA from Knox College and her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to moving north, she held the position of Technical Services Librarian and Coordinator of Copyright & Fair Use at Eureka College.

* Panelist will be available for Q & A during the virtual conference. 

 Breakout Session Leaders: 

Alyce Scott has an M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently a lecturer for the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. She has worked in a variety of library settings, including developing an Electronic Reserves program for Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield. Most recently she served as the Coordinator of the Digital Imaging Program at the Illinois State Library. At the Illinois State Library Ms. Scott was part of the team that developed the Illinois Digital Archives; oversaw the digitization of materials from the ISL collection, including copyright compliance; reviewed and monitored Library Services and Technology Act digital imaging grants awarded annually by ISL; and provided state-wide training in the use of CONTENTdm software for digital collections.

Dubravka Juraga has a Ph.D. in Comparative literature and an MSIS in Information Science. After a successful career as a literary scholar, writer and translator, she has transitioned into the field of information science and librarianship in order to merge her passion for books with the more recently discovered passion for new technologies, the internet and information studies. Currently, she is the Triton College Library Chairperson in River Grove, IL.

Dr. Jennifer Swartout* is Dean of English, Humanities and Language Studies at Illinois Central College.  A longtime community college English instructor, she has taught composition and developmental writing since 1998 and student success courses since 2011.  Jennifer believes that affective skills – such as emotional intelligence and problem-solving – are as critical for students as cognitive and academic skills.  She relishes any opportunity to help students reach their goals by creating relationships with key college staff, such as (but certainly not limited to) librarians.

Karen Becker* is currently Director of the Harold and Jean Miner Memorial Library at Kankakee Community College where she oversees the day to day operations of the library.  During her tenure at Kankakee Community College she has overseen several projects, including the expansion of library services to the college’s satellite centers, a restructuring of staff and implementation of video streaming content.  She has taught information literacy and reference/information sources at both Kankakee Community College and Olivet Nazarene University.  She is active with Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges (NILRC) where she has served on the executive board as president and currently recording secretary.  Prior to coming to Kankakee Community College she was library consultant for the Heritage Trail Library System and circulation manager at St. Louis County Library.

Kimberly Shotick* is the eLearning Librarian and Head of Reference at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago. Shotick’s research interests include online learning and community informatics. She holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her MA from NEIU. She recently presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries conference, along with other NEIU librarians, on creating a suite of sustainable information literacy tutorials.

Melvin Whitehead is a Public Services Librarian at Joliet Junior College. He received his Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan, where he was a Rackham Merit Fellow. He was a participant in the University of Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups (2012) and in ACRL’s Assessment in Action (AiA) Program. For his participation in AiA, he conducted an assessment project examining the impact of library instruction and Libguides on student learning. The process taught him about study design, communicating with stakeholders, instilling a culture of assessment within the library, and creating partnerships with colleagues across campus to best meet the needs of various student populations. During his tenure at JJC, Melvin has been an active member of the college’s Student Learning Committee and Learning Technology Advisory Team. Melvin’s professional interests include library instruction methods, assessment, library outreach, and diversity and inclusion.

Michelle Nielsen Ott* is the Outreach and Reference Librarian at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL.  Michelle focuses on events and programs for the library, creating relationships with students, faculty and staff, and collection development. She is active in campus sustainability and ICC’s chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.  Michelle is also an instructor for Illinois Central College’s Library Technical Assistant program.  She is currently chair of the LLAMA/PRMS Education & Training Committee and Secretary/Treasurer of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries.

Randi Sutter* is as an Information Services Librarian at Heartland Community College, serving a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. Randi specializes in innovation and collaboration. She values faculty as partners, students as lifelong learners, and colleagues as team members striving to provide active, well-timed research instruction. At Heartland, Randi spearheaded assessment of information literacy skills, one-on-one research appointments, and the popular embedded librarian program. Randi loves crowd-sourcing solutions, humor in the workplace, and, most of all, providing exceptional services to library users.

Rebecca (Becky) Hodson (MS ’13) is the Visiting Career Services Coordinator at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  She serves students pursuing their MSLIS by coordinating Practicum opportunities and advising on career exploration & pre-professional employment.  She previously worked as a Public Services Librarian at Kishwaukee College, and was a Spanish GED instructor at the same community college.  She is passionate about serving the public through innovative instruction, programs, and outreach.

Stephanie King* is the Public Services Librarian at Illinois Valley Community College. She earned her Master’s degree through the University of Wisconsin’s library distance program and presented at this year’s CARLI Instruction Showcase. Recently, she developed an online library orientation to help IVCC’s distance students learn more about the library. She has also begun introducing new technology in the classroom by incorporating free tools, such as, into her library instruction sessions.

* Presenters will also be leading sessions at the virtual conference.  

Virtual Session Leaders:

The following presenters are leading breakout session during the virtual conference only.  Please view the virtual day schedule for the full line-up. 

Kent Seaver has 17 years of experience in the field of Learning Resources. He is presently the Director of Learning Resources at North Lake College in Irving, Texas. While at North Lake, Kent has spearheaded the District effort to create a comprehensive pre-assessment model to allow for new to college success, as well as STEM-based partnerships between the Library and Career Services. Kent has written articles on Learning Resources and prior learning for the Library Innovations, NACADA and The League for Innovation.

Samantha Schmehl Hines received her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2003. In 2004 she was hired as the Social Science Librarian by the Mansfield Library at The University of Montana-Missoula and is currently Head Librarian for the Missoula College campus library of The University of Montana. She writes and presents widely on issues of online library services, information literacy instruction, and library middle management, and is the author of Productivity for Librarians (2010, Chandos), and Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Science Professionals (2014, IGI-Global).