Cate Kaufman

ForwardFocus founder 

Cate Kaufman received her Master’s of Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2009.  She has been the Library Services Director for Illinois Central College (East Peoria, Illinois) since 2008 and has prior experience as a public library director at Beardstown Houston Memorial Library in Beardstown, Illinois.  During her time at Illinois Central College she has realigned the library’s mission to be more in tune with the College’s strategic priorities. This realignment and reimagining of library services led to the 2014 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.  Cate was also recently recognized as a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work on ForwardFocus, a yearly national conference for community college librarians.  

Brittany Dudek 

ForwardFocus Founder 

Brittany began her role as the Library Coordinator for Colorado Community Colleges Online, in Denver CO, in 2014. Brittany is focusing on refining the electronic resource offerings and creating information literacy and research instructional aids, while providing virtual reference and instruction to students. Brittany is also embedded in the CCCOnline course design process, provides guidance on the open educational resource courses project (34 courses completed as of Spring 2017!) and is currently assisting in the creation of a Colorado Community College System Learning Object Repository.

Brittany serves as the Co—Chair for the Colorado Community Colleges Librarians Group, manages the social media for the Colorado Association of Libraries, and can’t get enough of conference planning by helping out as a member of the CAL Conference Planning Committee, and the Central Plains Network for Digital Asset Management Conference Planning Committee.

Previously, Brittany was the Electronic Resources Librarian for Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois. Brittany received her Masters of Library & Information Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her B.A. from Eastern Illinois University, and she was honored as a Library Journal 2014 Mover & Shaker. She very much enjoys exploring Colorado, and loves spending time cooking, climbing, skiing, and cycling.

Jessica Bastian 

ForwardFocus Coordinator 

Jessica Bastian is the Digital Services Librarian at Illinois Central College, located in Peoria, Illinois.  Jessica enjoys working with students, teaching research and information literacy skills, and encouraging digital fluency and curiosity.  Jessica received her Master’s of Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014.  In addition, she holds a Master’s of Science in Political Science from Illinois State University (2010), with an emphasis on global politics and culture. Jessica has been involved with ForwardFocus since 2014.