Speakers

Krista Ross

Krista is the Executive Director of the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO). SELCO is an 11-county regional system serving public, academic, school, and special libraries.  She has more than 24 years of experience in various areas of the library world, including positions as library clerk, reference librarian and library director.  Prior to joining the staff at SELCO, she served eleven years as system director in the Southwest Wisconsin Library System, providing services to 28 member public libraries in a large geographic area with diverse needs.  

Ross has been active in the wider Wisconsin library community; a member of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) since 1999, she has served on various committees, including the WLA Library Development and Legislation Committee.  She recently chaired the task force implementing the WLA Leadership Development Institute, and had the honor of serving as the 2014 WLA Board President.  She has also served on a number of workgroups and committees charged with studying the future of public library systems in Wisconsin.  She has been involved with the Public Library System Redesign project, serving as the facilitator for the delivery workgroup since 2016.  Krista has also been a mentor for the Bremer Rural Libraries and Literacy Institute (Wisconsin) and Wisconsin ILEAD.

Christine Hage

Christine Lind Hage has been a full-time public librarian for 45 years and has been responsible for five major library construction projects. Recognized as Michigan’s Librarian of the Year in 1997 she has published and presented widely on various public library subjects both nationally and internationally. 

Christine has been a frequent contributor to PUBLIB and is the author of THE PUBLIC LIBRARY START-UP GUIDE published in 2004 by ALA.  Within ALA Christine is a past president of the Public Library Association and a past president of United for Libraries. She also served as an ALA Councilor for 12+ years, and Chair of the Office of Information Technology’s America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Committee. 

She knew she would be a librarian since she was 8 years old and has never worked anywhere but a library.  She is currently the director of the Rochester Hills (MI) Public Library

 

Patrick "PC" Sweeney

Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney is co-author of Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding. He is the former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library and Executive Director of EveryLibrary California, a statewide initiative to support library propositions. He currently works as the Political Director for EveryLibrary, the nation’s first and only national Political Action Committee for Libraries, and is a lecturer on politics at the San Jose State University iSchool. He is a 2015 Library Journal Mover and Shaker recipient for his advocacy work in California and across the country. He can be found online as PC Sweeney.

Shannon Schultz

Shannon Schultz brings over 15 years’ experience to the library profession. Her library experience ranges from offering reference and instruction in academic science libraries to consulting and planning in public libraries. Shannon is currently the Public Library Administration Consultant on the Public Library Development Team, a part of the Division for Libraries and Technology at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. A self-proclaimed renaissance woman, Shannon’s work history includes such diverse jobs as clinical microbiologist, clinical laboratory manager, interior designer, and mixologist.

When not at work, Shannon enjoys kayaking, curling, sporting events, reading, and spending time with her humans and pets.

Jody Hoesly

Jody Hoesly brands herself as an “Information Engineer”, joining her 10 years of experience in the library profession with over 10 years of experience as a mechanical engineer.  In her current position as a Data Services Consultant, she designs and develops data resources to support libraries.  Prior to joining SCLS, Jody’s library career included working as an academic librarian for the UW-Madison College of Engineering and as a teacher-librarian for the New Glarus School District.

A resident of New Glarus, Jody serves as a trustee for the New Glarus Public Library and was recently elected to the Green County Board of Supervisors.  In her free time, she enjoys helping her husband on their farm, running with her dog, and visiting with her 4 children/2 grandchildren.