Decades of academic library experience; focused on management/leadership, reference, information literacy instruction, and assessment. Presented papers at Computers in Libraries, American Library Association, Florida Library Association, and Florida Reading Council. At Eastern Florida State College, in addition to participating on many collegewide and library committees, I collaborated on the design and construction supervision of the new library and other campus buildings; served as the college’s Tenure and Professional Development Council Chair; and most recently facilitated the development of the college’s Copyright policies and procedures, including co-presenting a workshop on Copyright Law in Education to faculty and staff.
I am currently the manager of a community library within the Volusia County Library system, with a focus on garnering greater community involvement and outreach to capture the family and new adult audience. I received my BA from UNC-Chapel Hill in communication studies and my MLIS from USF. I was a graduate from the year 16 SSLLI class.
Prior to beginning my career at the library I worked as a recreation and resort activities coordinator and a trainer for one of the Orlando theme parks, and I have carries those experiences over to use in library world.
I love programming for elementary ages through adults, creating partnerships in the community, and developing staff so that they can meet their professional goals.
I am currently piloting a series of online programming (to transition to in-person when we are able) for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities set to debut in October.
Bachelor’s Degree- English 1996
Master’s Degree – Education 2005
Foreign Language Instruction and Faculty Supervision – over 35 years
ESOL Instruction – Oxford Seminar Certification, cumulative 5 years classroom instruction, Levels 1-4 Cambridge Ventures Curriculum and Conversation Group Facilitation
Teacher Professional Development Expertise – Curriculum Design and Delivery, Instructional Strategies including: Total Physical Response, Whole Child Educational Experience, Understanding by Design, Philosophical Inquiry for Children, Parallel Parent/Child Instruction, Family Education, Differentiated Instruction, Brain Based Learning, Arts and Technology Integration, Modeling/Coaching, Assessment Design and Analysis, Institutional Goal and Program Alignment
Shannon Dew is the Director of Online Library Services at the Florida State College at Jacksonville. Her previous positions include; Associate Dean, Adjunct Faculty Librarian and Professor at FSCJ, Educational Media Specialist with the St. Johns County School District, and Senior Librarian and Branch Manager with the Jacksonville Public Library. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona in Information Resources and Library Sciences. In her role, she participates in strategic planning of the Library and Learning Commons and has oversight of the Online Library Services which can include; management of the library web presence, database resources, and OER collaboration.
I am the Director of Library Services at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, where I have worked for 10 years. I have my master’s degree in library and information science from the University of South Carolina, and an education doctorate in higher education leadership from Walden University. Previously, I served on the NEFLIN Board of Directors. My experiences in my job, as well as on the NEFLIN board, have helped me hone my skills in strategic planning, budgeting, and outcomes assessment. I also have experience working with various types of academic libraries, myself being the long-time director of the library at a for-profit, health sciences university. My research has focused on academic leadership topics including organizational learning, employee engagement, and innovation.
My name is Sarah Capps. I am the branch manager of a full-service library in the Volusia County Public Library system. I spent my undergraduate years as a UNC-Chapel Hill Tarheel, and received my MLIS from the University of South Florida. I have worked professionally in libraries for the past 9 years. I firmly believe that my experiences as a resort activities coordinator and a camp counselor provide as much value as my degrees. In my free time you can find me gaming, crafting, or spending time with family.
Alison is the manager of the Jacksonville Public Library’s E-Services department, which provides computer and technology instruction to all ages. She was previously the manager of the library’s Acquisitions department, handling the receipt and processing of materials for the library’s 21 branches. Alison has also held managerial positions at branch libraries, where she honed her programming skills on big events like comic-cons; ongoing events like a speaker series, board game nights, and a coffee-shop-based book club; and one-off programs including Friend Speed Dating, telescope nights, and poetry festivals. Her first professional job was as a reference and instruction librarian at Florida State College at Jacksonville, and she still works there as an on-call librarian.
Beth has worked in a number of library settings as an Educator, Media Specialist, Youth Services Manager, and Branch Librarian. She currently serves as a Library Cataloger for the Nassau County Public Library System and as the librarian for her parish library.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Ohio University and a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University. I have been a librarian for twenty-four years and has worked in academic or public libraries for twenty-nine years. I’ve been the director of the Proctor Library for six years, and a member of the Proctor Library staff for twenty-three years. I am currently responsible for managing and supervising all library staff (professional librarians, support staff and student library assistants), preparing and executing the annual budget of the library, approving orders of print and electronic materials and equipment in support of the College’s academic curriculum, and providing the leadership, vision and strategic direction of the Proctor Library.
Prior to my arrival at Flagler College, I began my career in libraries as a student assistant at the Alden Library at Ohio University in 1991. Upon his graduation from that institution, I was named the head of distance learning at the Batesville Memorial Public Library in Indiana in 1994. While working at this public library, I was promoted to assistant director in 1998. Over my career at Flagler College, I’ve earned the Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service twice, first in 2009 and again in 2018. I have also served as a member of the board of directors of NEFLIN (Northeast Florida Library and Information Network) from 2006-2012 and was named president of the board in 2011.
I’ve worked in libraries in some capacity since 2004. I am an active member of both the Graphic Novel and Comics Roundtable and Information Freedom Roundtable of the American Library Association. I have been supervising in public libraries for four years, typically small branches. I have experience in Academic libraries as well, and frequently present to community groups and library workers.
If you have a question about Graphic Novels and I don’t know the answer, I would love to help you find it.
Entering my 33rd year of dedicated service in the field of Library Science as of October 1, 2019. Committed to making a difference in my local community through my professional and private life.
Jennifer Parker is the Branch Manager of the Green Cove Springs Library, a small urban facility in North Florida. She has been developing and implementing programs for children, teens and adults since 1988. Since the 1990’s, Jennifer has served as an event planner for several educational, non-profit organizations. She has been an active lecturer on art appreciation, a weaving instructor/demonstrator, and a teacher of origami for more than 20 years. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.
Patrick Reakes is the Senior Associate Dean, Scholarly Resources and Services for the University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries. His previous roles at UF include Associate Dean, Chair of the Humanities & Social Sciences Library, Chair of Departmental Libraries and Head of the Neuharth Journalism Library. Prior to coming to UF he was a law librarian and adjunct instructor at Florida Coastal School of Law and visiting Business Librarian at Florida State University. He holds an MLIS from Florida State University and a B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Florida.
Patrick was chosen as a fellow in the selective Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Library Leadership Fellows Program and is a graduate of both the Harvard University Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries (LIAL) program and the General Motors Dealership Management Academy. His research interests focus on historic newspaper digitization and preservation and he currently serves as the principle investigator for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) National Digital Newspaper Program project, the largest single grant ever awarded to the University of Florida Libraries.
Susan Ryan holds the first Stetson University endowed dean position – the Betty Drees Johnson Dean of the duPont-Ball Library & Learning Technologies. She administers a staff of seven faculty librarians and 14 support staff. She is responsible for all areas of library administration, including library strategic planning, budgets, development, and marketing. She serves on the Cabinets of both the Stetson President and Provost.
Ryan’s most recent publications and presentations have focused on innovation and emerging learning technologies. The library has won two innovation awards for 3D printing curricular collaborations with teaching faculty and has recently expanded its Innovation Lab.
During the last few years, Ryan has increasingly focused her attention on the University archives and special collections. She serves as curator for the large Senator Max Cleland and Congressman Clay Shaw collections (which include tens of thousands of photographs and thousands of pieces of memorabilia), as well as for a number of smaller special collections. Ryan established the University’s large digital archives which stores electronic copies of University publications, photographs, and memorabilia.
Christine Yip is the Access Services and Collections Manager at Marston Science Library at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. She leads a unit of 9 staff members and over 15 student employees in providing patron services and collection access in an academic library serving 1.5 million visitors per year. She has 15 years of academic library experience and specializes in workflow development, team-building, and project management. Christine has hired and trained over 150 employees in a variety of project initiatives including processing over 200,000 items for offsite storage and successfully launching a circulating tool library. She holds an M.A. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Florida.