About the Presenters: 

Laura Burt-nicholas  

Laura Burt-Nicholas is the Science Librarian at the College of DuPage.  In her work as the chair of the library’s Public Services Committee, she works to foster a sense of community among the students, faculty, staff, and community members who use the library. 

Bryan Clark 

Bryan Clark is the Technical Services Librarian at Illinois Central College where he oversees Technical Services and Archives.  Aside from his daily tasks, he also co-chairs the library's Instruction Committee, and is a member of both the college-wide Assessment Committee and college-wide Adjunct Faculty Committee.  He serves on the NILRC Information Literacy Committee and just finished serving on the CARLI Resource Sharing Committee.  He was recently appointed to the ACRL Status of Academic Librarians Standards and Guidelines Task Force.  He received his MLIS from the University of Illinois in 2007.

Maria Emerson 

Maria Emerson is the Public Service Librarian at Lewis University. Maria graduated in 2014 with her MLIS degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before that, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Studies from Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. Maria is interested in diversity in academic libraries, working with underrepresented populations, and the emerging trends and changes in academic libraries today.  


As the Director of Library Media Services, Rachel Fuller manages five school libraries serving students in grades k-12 at Rochester CUSD #3A. Ms. Fuller serves on the Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors and is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Book Award Reading Selection Committee.  In 2016, she received Rochester’s Licensed Support Professional of the Year award.   In her spare time, Rachel enjoys knitting and running.

Amy glass 

Amy Glass is a Reference Librarian at Illinois Central College, with much of her focus on information literacy instruction.  She is a member of ICC’s Assessment Committee, and recently was part of the college’s two year assessment of ICC’s general education goal for information literacy.  She is also the chair of NILRC’s Information Literacy Committee.  Her journey in information literacy assessment began with the selection of ICC as part of ACRL’s “Assessment in Action” program in 2013-14.

Elizabeth Nelson 

Elizabeth Nelson, Cataloging & Collection Development Librarian at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL, obtained her MLIS from Dominican University in 2007 and her MA from the University of Nebraska Kearney in 2014. Prior to her current position she spent seven years as a special librarian working on knowledge management and knowledge sharing projects, and also worked as a reference and instruction librarian. Elizabeth has written for Library Leadership & Management, Information Outlook, and College & Undergraduate Libraries and she reviews books and audiobooks for Library Journal, Booklist, and AudioFile.

sarah parlier 

Dr. Sarah A. Parlier is a composition professor in the English, Humanities, and Language Studies department at Illinois Central College and teaches developmental and transfer level composition and humanities courses for students in transfer and applied science degree programs.  Sarah also serves as the Co-Chair of the college’s Assessment of Student Learning Committee, a joint-advisory committee consisting of faculty, staff, and administration from across the college.  The Assessment Committee is responsible for facilitating, reviewing, and improving assessment processes at the course, program, co-curricular, and institutional level.  Sarah has coordinated three General Education assessment projects, assisted with the development of the college’s new program and co-curricular assessment processes, and been a faculty leader in two course level assessment initiatives. Sarah is also involved at the college as a faculty mentor, as Secretary for Faculty Forum, and as a faculty consultant in the college’s writing center. 

Derrick Willis 

Derrick Willis is an Associate Professor of Anthropology. He was trained at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. His area of expertise is in applied anthropology, specifically, Medical and Business Anthropology and the African Diaspora. He is the advisor of the student Anthropology club. He has presented papers at various professional conferences and community forums.

He recently chaired a panel of presenters at the Society for Applied Anthropologists in March of 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The other presenters on this panel were his students from his Methods class. He is constantly looking for ways to help his students apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to the real world in which they live.