2017 Session Leaders:
Read About our 2017 Session Leaders:
Bryan Clark and Amy Glass are librarians at the East Peoria campus of Illinois Central College. Recent collaborative projects include: co-chairing the NILRC Information Literacy Committee (2016-2017), presenting at ForwardFocus (2016), and serving on the college-wide Assessment of Student Learning committee since 2015, among other ventures. They recently completed an assessment of library instruction practices and they will focus on assessment of library services and resources in the coming semesters. Amy and Bryan both received their graduate degrees in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.
Anne has been the Senior Director of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) since July 2016. During her first year, she has started a strategic planning initiative, traveled the state to conduct listening sessions, established the "Open Illinois/OER" initiative, reconstituted the New Directors' Institute, instituted a Directors' webinar series, and is ushering the I-Share Next project to completion.
Prior to that, she served as the Director of the Illinois State Library under Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White for 11 years. During her tenure as Director, the State Library received many competitive grant awards, including most recently a $523,000 award to help libraries serve individuals on the autism spectrum. She led the ILEAD USA Program, a leadership and technology skills continuing education program, adopted by 12 other state libraries. Also under her coordination, Illinois was selected as a Service Hub for the Digital Public Library of America.
Chelsea Delnero is the Outreach and OER Librarian at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She earned her BA in English from Keene State College and her MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Her professional interests include library marketing and outreach, open pedagogy, educational technology, and access and affordability of higher education. She is a New England native and lives in Western Massachusetts with her fiancé and their adorable cat, Owen.
Brittany Dudek is the Library Coordinator at Colorado Community Colleges Online, where she co-chairs the CCCOnline OER Taskforce which identifies, creates, and redefines processes and procedures for OER courses. Brittany is also embedded in the centralized course design process to assist in the curation of OER content for CCOnline’s 34 OER courses, which span nearly all subjects.
Along with 12 higher educational professionals, Brittany provided input resulting in the creation of State Bill 17-258 “Using Open Educational Resources In Higher Education” and now serves on the Colorado Open Educational Resource Council which will research and report on OER use in Colorado, and make recommendations for future adoption.
Julie Freelove is a full-time faculty member and Business Department Chair at McHenry County College (MCC). Her higher education teaching experience spans over 20 years, with 17 years at MCC. Julie is the co-chair for MCC's Textbook Ad Hoc committee, which began in April 2016. This committee consists of administrators, faculty, staff, and students who are working to make MCC an example of excellence in innovative instructional materials which improve the student experience and reduce textbook costs.
Lauren Kosrow is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Triton College, a community college located in River Grove, IL.
Barry Lamb has been the Director of Instructional Technology Services at Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) for 10 years. Currently in the Department of Academic Innovation and eLearning, Barry’s responsibilities include supporting instructors in their use of instructional technologies, contributing to department workshops and the college’s professional development offerings, assisting with instructional media projects that support LLCC courses, and offering support for faculty and students using the Blackboard Learning Management System.
Barry enjoys the challenge of keeping up with the ever-changing field of instructional technology and applying this knowledge to support LLCC’s students and faculty in meeting their teaching and learning goals.
Elizabeth Nelson is the Cataloging & Collection Development Librarian and Library Department Chair at McHenry County College (MCC). She has worked in public, corporate, and academic libraries, including nine years at MCC. Elizabeth is a member of MCC’s Texbook Ad Hoc committee.
Rebecca Parton has worked at Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) for 23 years and is currently the Dean of Academic Innovation and eLearning. She began her career at LLCC working in the college’s library providing support to the college’s satellite campuses. In her current position, Rebecca oversees the college’s online education program, faculty professional development and training, and the college’s instructional design and technology services.
Dr. Sherrill Weaver, online resources librarian in the Oakton Library from 2002-2017, begins a dual faculty appointment in Oakton's English and Library Departments in Fall 2017. Sherrill has been the library’s liaison to three divisions: Languages, Humanities, & the Arts; Mathematics & Technologies; and Science & Health Careers. She recently presented workshops for faculty on finding and evaluating OER that included a guide to available OER for Environmental Studies Concentration courses. As co-chair of the ILCCO-NILRC Joint OER Committee, she led a discussion at the NILRC Allerton October 2016 Conference, “OER: Search vs Collection,” to explore approaches to promoting OER use to faculty. Sherrill holds a masters degree in English from Northern Michigan University, masters and specialists degrees in Library and Information Science from Indiana University, and an Ed.D in Adult and Continuing Education from National-Louis University. The Oakton Library contributes to CARLI's membership in the Open Textbook Network.
Amanda Wiesenhofer has worked at the Lincoln Land Community College Library since 2005, where she now serves as the Electronic Resources and Library Systems Administrator. She holds a BA in History from Illinois Wesleyan University and a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Amanda is chairperson of the NILRC Website Committee and will be joining CARLI’s Commercial Products Committee this year. As part of her duties, she assists LLCC faculty, students, and staff with copyright issues and Open Educational Resources. Amanda often partners with her colleagues in the Academic Innovation and eLearning Department to provide workshops on copyright-related issues and OER. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her dogs, cat, and family, and enjoys reading, knitting, music, and helping animals in need.