Adam Chalmers is the System and Digital Technologies Librarian at the University of North Florida’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library. He started his library career working for the Brevard County Public Libraries in 2014 and developed an interest in improving library technology. While completing his master’s degree, he started working as a Library Coordinator for Access Services at the UNF library in 2017. Adam enjoys the challenges of troubleshooting library systems and implementing new technology to ensure a positive library user experience.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida and Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from the Florida State University.
I am the Electronic Services Librarian for Hunt Library at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. My responsibilities include developing and maintaining the library website and intranet, coordinating access to online resources, administering online library services, managing social media, and general technology support.
My library areas of interest are website development, library intranets, electronic resource access, online library services, institutional repositories, and emerging technologies. I write about these topics on my Library Technology Launchpad website.
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.
Jenny grew up in Clay County and received her undergraduate degree in English from Harding University in Searcy, AR. She received her MLS from Florida State University.She has experience as both a librarian and as a teacher at Harding University, Flagler College, the School District of Clay County, and Daegu International School in South Korea. She enjoys traveling anywhere she has the chance to go, reading, writing, taking pictures, and spending time with friends and family.
My journey as a school media specialist has led me on several different and challenging roles within our public school library services. I have also had the privilege to experience a management position within the Jacksonville Public Library System, as a Youth Services Librarian. My career began in the late 90’s as a classroom teacher specializing in Early Childhood Education in Pasco County, Florida. Within my first 5 years of teaching I had decided to return to the University of South Florida to ern my MLIS. I spent 14 years in Pasco and worked as a classroom teacher, team leader, school media specialist, Instructional Coach and District Trainer. There was much change happening in Pasco County, which I felt had/has dissolved the integrity of the Library/Media Services and is what led me to Hillsborough County. Hillsborough County still values and respects the work that we do as school media specialists. I was only in Hillsborough County for a little over 2 years before my family made the decision to relocated to the Saint Augustine area. The local school systems had no openings for school media specialists at that time. In a leap of faith, I applied to and secured a position as a Youth Services Librarian for the Jacksonville Public Library System. This was an amazing experience for me and provided me the inspiration and growth I needed professionally to return to the school system. I did in fact return to the school system for family reasons, but we always treasure my time there. Today, I am a school media specialist in a Title 1 school in St. John’s County. Our school was in dire need of a media center and information literacy breakthrough. Over the last two years, we have had much success in many areas. I look forward to our continued growth and student success!
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.
Tom Messner has served in academic libraries for almost three decades in public and private universities and colleges in Florida and Oklahoma. He currently serves as the Executive Dean of the Library and Learning Commons at Florida State College at Jacksonville, one of the largest higher education institutions in the nation. He has previously held Director positions at Barry University in Miami, Florida, and Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He began his career in higher education as a business librarian at the University of Tulsa, in Tulsa. Oklahoma. He received his MLIS degree from the University of Oklahoma.
He has served in several leadership positions in state and regional library professional organizations including Florida’s South East Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), the Members Council on Library Services (MCLS) which represents the forty public higher education institutions in Florida.
He is dedicated to helping academic libraries find ways to collaboratively fulfill the evolving needs of higher education to support student and faculty success.
As a Minnesota native, I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Computer Information Systems from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Currently, I work in the duPont-Ball Library at Stetson University. I obtained my MBA in May 2020 from Stetson University.
For nineteen years, I have been performing information literacy services, reference, instruction, supervision, collection management, and outreach. Currently, I serve as a reference, teaching, and outreach librarian at Stetson University. I supervised between 15-18 library assistants and help manage the library building as the Information Desk Librarian at Lynn University (Boca Raton).
I am a writer and content creator and have developed accessible, instructional and promotional content for public and academic libraries. In sixteen years at the Birmingham Public Library, I gained much experience working in a multi-location environment in a variety of capacities. I developed the ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with all levels of the organization. I served on the Public Relations Committee for twelve years with staff from across the entire system. I also served on the social media and Library 2.0 committee, a group dedicated to creating digital assets such as tutorials and videos for teaching, training, and promoting library resources and services. I built the Twitter account and helped with many integrated marketing campaigns, working closing with internal staff as well as outside partners throughout the city of Birmingham to promote the library’s services and to tell the library’s story.
I have been fortunate to lead the Friends of the Library; create programming; devellop strategic plans; manage outreach; and provide high-quality instruction, research, and reference.
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.
I started my work in public libraries with Alachua County Library District in 2004, and have worked at small and large branches, before working as a Reference Librarian in Adult Services at our Headquarters Branch. I started my current position as eBranch Manager in 2013, overseeing the library’s website, digital media, and social media with the help of two librarians. For the past couple years, I’ve been working on making accessibility improvements to our online services and always enjoy digging into all sorts of statistics and strategic planning.
The Technology Interest Group is for the discussion of technology in libraries, whether it is employed for patron services or library staff. We’ll discuss emerging trends and share information on the implementation of various technologies in libraries, and we’ll learn from each others’ successes and failures. Come join us!
Adam Chalmers is the System and Digital Technologies Librarian at the University of North Florida’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library. He started his library career working for the Brevard County Public Libraries in 2014 and developed an interest in improving library technology. Adam enjoys the challenges of troubleshooting library systems and implementing new technology to ensure a positive library user experience
My name is Caitlin and I am the Access Services Librarian at Flagler College, where I have worked full-time since 2014. My position encompasses a variety of things, including library research instruction, hiring and management of student employees, system administration of our Sierra ILS, graphic design and desktop publishing, outreach, and occasionally programming and displays. I act as a liaison to the behavioral sciences and art & design departments on our campus. I’m proficient in XHTML and CSS.
In my time away from the Proctor Library, I enjoy reading, writing, games, music, and spending time with my family.
I consider myself a visual storyteller and digital media specialist/enthusiast. My Bachelor’s degrees are in English (Writing), Fine Art, and Digital Media (3D Animation) though I’ve dabbled in web design, video production, and more. I just love the different ways humans communicate and express themselves and I love to experiment with different media myself. Before I found myself in the library world, I worked mainly in graphic design and marketing (designing logos and mascots). Working at a small, rural library, though, I tend to wear a lot of hats. So while my main focus right now is programming, grants, and community partnerships, I am also tasked with doing all the marketing/publicity for the library system and I also do a fair bit of outreach. If I’ve ever visited your library (while attending a NEFLIN workshop), I’ve probably taken examples of your brochures and fliers with me. I get a lot of great programming and design ideas that way! It’s also been great to meet so many talented and passionate people. One of my favorite things about NEFLIN are the Interest Groups. That’s probably why I agreed to facilitate the Makerspace Interest Group a few years ago. Currently, I’m the Public Libraries Interest Group facilitator. I look forward to the discussions we’ll have about the profession we all love!
For the last five years, I’ve worked at the Putnam County Library System as the Special Projects Coordinator. One of the first grant projects I worked on was a NEFLIN Innovation Grant in 2015 for a “mobile makerspace.” It also became my Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute project in 2015-2016 (Year 12). For several years, I took several robots, a 3D printer, and a red wagon all over Putnam County (and to several other counties) doing Technology Petting Zoos and STEAM workshops for children and teens. It was all to raise awareness of the importance of STE(A)M (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs in our libraries and schools. In years since, these programs and the makerspace itself has grown with around $100,000 in total grant money.
In 2018, I worked with Marlene Glennon, the PAL (Putnam, Alachua, Levy) Public Library Cooperative administrator, and Jenny Rodgers, my counterpart in Levy County Library System, to apply for an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant to bring even more “21st Century Skills” to the children and teens of the two, rural counties that make up the cooperative. With it, we were able to purchase student laptops, tablets, and even more robots and coding kits to conduct computer science/coding and robot building/programming workshops. We also used part of the funds to outfit the new “How To Center” (Palatka Library Makerspace). Finally the “mobile makerspace” had a permanent home! It also included an attached recording studio for oral history projects and podcasts. Of course, this was made possible by another NEFLIN Innovation Grant in 2018 called “Every Story Matters.” There are also satellites of the main library’s makerspace in all four library branches. We also applied for a Innovation Grant from the State Library to bring a Google Expeditions virtual reality kit to our two counties. Our VR Experiences last Summer in Putnam County included virtual trips to the International Space Station and the rest of the Solar System! In 2019, we were also awarded a second LSTA grant to continue the work of the first grant and to expand our current programming to include “Life Skills” or “adulting” classes. So, now we’re offering basic sewing, cursive writing, resume writing and interview skills, and more.
In early 2020, the How To Center grew once again to include the Frank V. Oliver Jr. Adult Literacy Center with private tutoring rooms. This is thanks in part to a local grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. Of course, most of the Frank V. Oliver, Jr. Fund for Putnam County will be used to bring back Adult Literacy Services to the Putnam County Library System after almost two decades. Tutors are being trained and adult learners are being recruited with services scheduled to start soon in three of the five library branches. Services/programs will also include ESOL, computer literacy, health literacy, and financial literacy.
The very first/original library building in Palatka had a fantastic inscription above the entrance. It read, “Knowledge is power.” The programs I work on and the work that so many of us do are all about empowering people. That’s why I love libraries. And that’s why I’m so glad I find myself working in them, along so many of you. It’s all about information and making sure everyone has access to information and the ability to use that information to make their lives better.