Celia grew up in Stratham, NH, where her first job was at the Wiggin Memorial Library. Later jobs strayed from the library world and included feeding the fish at a pet shop, leatherwork instructor (aka “leather lady”) at a summer camp, teaching health to high school freshmen and driving a school bus. Eventually, this varied resume led to library school. After graduating from SI in 1999 she moved to Chicago where she job-hopped, working at the Chicago Public Library, for a global consulting firm, and at various academic institutions as a reference and instruction librarian. In 2009 she returned to Ann Arbor to work at the Kresge Business Administration Library at the Ross (no relation, unfortunately) School of Business. She also teaches an online Business Reference 101 course for the American Library Association’s RUSA division. Her book, Making Sense of Business Reference from ALA Editions, should hit the shelves in mid-2012. In her spare time, Celia hangs out with her husband, Jack (also an SI alum), and their two daughters, Josie and Harriet. She also tries to find time to run, browse the interwebs, watch TV and maintain her chia pet collection (but hardly ever simultaneously).
Justin Joque is a Spatial and Numeric Data Librarian at the University of Michigan. He helps users find, manipulate, and analyze diverse types of data. He also teaches workshops on GIS software and other data-related software and skills. He received his Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.
Jan Dohner is a librarian, researcher and author of non-fiction. She is currently working as a Library Media Specialist at Maltby Intermediate and Scranton Middle Schools in Brighton, where she also serves as the English Language Arts coordinator. She is the author of The Encyclopedia of Historic and Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds (Yale), Livestock Guardians; Using Dogs, Donkeys and Llamas to Protect Your Herd (Storey), and various articles.Dohner attended Purdue University and San Jose State University, where she obtained her MLS. She enjoys reading science fiction, raising dogs and her own wool on her small farm outside of Chelsea, and knitting.
Suzanne Chapman is the head of the University of Michigan Library’s User Experience (UX) Department. The UX Department contributes to the library’s primary (regular and mobile) interfaces including Mirlyn, the Library Website, Digital Collections, the HathiTrust Digital Library. The UX Department focuses on interface design, user research, usability, web analytics, and accessibility. http://www.lib.umich.edu/users/suzchap
Derek is managing user research, design, and evaluation initiatives for Cengage Learning, whose products span K-12 schools, academic institutions, public libraries, working professionals, and international regions. He has never been so challenged or so excited! Derek developed software applications at Compuware in Detroit for five years and designed multimedia applications for Ricoh in California and Japan for four years. He has BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University, with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction. He currently lives in Farmington Hills with three amazing children: Josh, Alex, and Courtney.
I earned my MLIS from Wayne State University in 2001 and a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology from Michigan State University in 2006. I have worked 12 years as a Library Media Specialist for Brighton Area Schools in elementary and secondary; currently working at Brighton High School. I enjoy all aspects of this position. It is exciting to work with students as they achieve their academic goals. I thrive on collaborating with teachers to enhance their instruction to include inquiry based learning and technology integration. I always hope to provide easy access to information and great resources, technology support, and a welcoming approach to students and staff. The best news – I’ll be a new grandma in June!
Jen has been a spatial and numeric data librarian at the University since 2005. Prior to that, she served as Public Services Librarian at Grinnell College, working on implementing digital initiatives from electronic course reserves to a campus-wide strategy for integrating GIS into the curriculum.
Before she joined the library world, Jen managed Barnes & Noble stores for 10 years.