2018 Session Leaders:

Read about our 2018 session leaders:


Laura Burt-Nicholas

Laura Burt-Nicholas is the science librarian at the College of DuPage library where she works with faculty at the intersection between science literacy and information literacy to teach students how to find and assess scientific information. 

Jeff Ellair

Jeff Ellair is Senior Academic Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus.  A frequent presenter at Wisconsin library conferences, his professional interests include information literacy, user research and library services assessment.  Jeff earned his MILS from the University of Michigan and a BA from Hillsdale College.  Prior to his current position, he was an assistant librarian at Quincy University.

Kona Jones

Kona Jones is the Director of Online Learning and Faculty Academy Coordinator at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL. She is responsible for the assessment of online courses and initiatives, providing instructional design and pedagogical support to faculty, development of faculty and student technology training materials, and overseeing faculty professional development. She serves as a technology resource for the College as well as an adjunct instructor of statistics. Her particular passion is student retention in online courses and more specifically on assessing how different initiatives can improve student retention. She has a M.S. degree in Quantitative and Cognitive Psychology, Undergraduate degrees in Biology, Psychology, & History, and is ABD in Curriculum & Instruction.

Beth Kirkpatrick

Beth Kirkpatrick, Biology professor. Has taught majors' introductory Biology for 18 years at College of DuPage. Beth and Laura Burt-Nicholas are presenting together. 

Colleen Sanders

Colleen Sanders is a Reference Librarian at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, OR, where her foci are instruction, assessment, and equity. Through various instructional modes - one-shots, embedded, and an online credit-bearing research course - she blends information literacy outcomes with dispositions like skepticism, perseverance, and academic belonging. Her favorite instructional tools include backward design, flipped classrooms, and active learning strategies. Her long-term instructional projects are creating meaningful assessments, putting theory to work in the classroom, and supplanting lecture-based instruction with activity-based inquiry.

Christopher younkin

Christopher Younkin works in the Teaching & Learning department of The Ohio State University Libraries providing library orientation and instruction for undergraduates (mostly first-year students). He holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University (2015), a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing from Miami University (2013), and a Bachelors of English from The Ohio State University (2010). Major research interests include Information Literacy Instruction, Game-Based Learning, and student motivation.