Speakers

Madeline Jarvis

Madeline Jarvis is the Programming Manager at the Marion (IA) Public Library.  She is a co-author of All Ages Welcome: Recruiting and Retaining Younger Generations for Library Boards, Friends Groups, and Foundations. Madeline earned her BA in Sustainable Community Development from Northland College (in Ashland, WI) and MLIS from the University of Iowa. She is passionate about identifying and eliminating barriers to resources for her patrons; helping the library serve as a catalyst for community development; and finding the perfect slice of pizza.

Anne Phibbs

Anne brings over 25 years’ experience helping organizations advance their diversity, equity & inclusion goals. She is adept at assessing an organization’s strengths and challenges and tailoring her approach to its context, culture, and goals.

With extensive experience in training, teaching, curriculum development, and training of trainers, Anne has delivered hundreds of workshops and classes for thousands of participants in corporate, government, higher education, non-profit, healthcare, small business and faith community settings.

Anne built a successful diversity and inclusion leadership program at the University of Minnesota, with a focus on emotional intelligence (EI), and she is an EI Practitioner certified in the EQ-i2.0 and EQ360 methods. As Director of Education at the University of Minnesota, she was responsible for developing and implementing their successful Certificate Program, a series of 10 workshops designed to increase capacity for diversity and inclusion work across every part of the institution.

Anne earned her PhD in Philosophy and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith is the Projects Coordinator for the DPI Division for Libraries and Technology.  Bruce’s primary role is coordinating the implementation of the Public Library System Redesign Project (PLSR) recommendation and collaborating with members of the Division to enhance the management and coordination of projects across the library team, including those associated with the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) program. Previous to his position at DPI, Bruce led WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services) consulting project work with libraries and library systems throughout the state. With his prior 16 years coordinating the South Central Library System Delivery Service, Bruce brings a broad range of experience supporting services and projects for systems and libraries across Wisconsin.

Becky Spratford

Becky Spratford is a Readers' Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. Becky is also a 5 term Trustee for the La Grange Public Library and currently serves on the Reaching Across Illinois Library System Board. ​Becky is also known for her work with horror readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition [ALA Editions, 2012] and is currently hard at work on the 3rd Edition. She is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and currently serves as the Association’s Secretary and organizer of their annual Librarians’ Day. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll or visit her critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All.

Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West is a library technologist from Randolph Vermont. She is a nationally known speaker, writer, and educator on the issues facing today's libraries. Her blog focusing on libraries and politics, Librarian.net, is one of the earliest and longest running librarian websites. She writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine and is the author of the book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide. She has taught "Tools for Community Advocacy" for the University of Hawaii's Library School and was on the Advisory Board to the Wikimedia Foundation. As a librarian without a library, for the past fifteen years she has spent most of her time working with her local community as a hands-on technology educator.

Tess Wilson

Tess Wilson is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. She currently serves as the YALSAblog Member Manager, presents workshops as a privacy advocate with the Library Freedom Project, and is a co-author of the book All Ages Welcome: Recruiting and Retaining Younger Generations for Library Boards, Friends Groups, and Foundations. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University and her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.