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Military Libraries Workshop 2013: Speakers


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  • John Digilio is the National Manager of Research Services for Reed Smith, LLP. He has over 15 years of large law firm library and legal information vendor experience. He is very active in the law and law library communities. John has written for numerous regional and national publications as well as taught college and graduate courses in such topics as business ethics, e-commerce, fair employment practices, research methodology and business law. As an SLA member, John is a two-time Dana Award recipient. He is a Past-Chair of SLA’s Legal Division, a Past-President of the Pittsburgh Chapter, and currently serves as SLA Treasurer.

    John earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University and his Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He is founder of two popular industry blogs: On Firmer Ground, a blog by and for law firm librarians from around the world, and iBraryGuy.com.

  • Eric Edwards serves as the Director, Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), of the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM). The AMRDEC comprises approximately 3200 military and civilian professional, scientific and support personnel and executes a program budget of approximately $2.9 billion annually. Mr. Edwards manages the Aviation and Missile RDEC, plans, and executes technical research and engineering programs and demonstrations, e.g., research, exploratory development, Advance Concept Technology Demonstrations, and field support engineering functions of the Center. He provides support to both missile and aviation commodities in such areas as product assurance; software engineering; system engineering; production, test, and evaluation management; and business management. As the top civilian authority and scientific and engineering expert on research and development for aviation and missiles in the Command, Mr. Edwards exercises direct line authority over all activities to assure adequacy of budgeting, planning, conduct, and effectiveness of projects and a balanced and competent technical capability. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama, and M. S. in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
  • Tim Edwards is currently, Command Librarian for the U.S. Army Materiel Command, at Redstone Arsenal, AL. Before assuming this position in 2005, he held various librarian, supervisory librarian, and division chief positions at the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), and its predecessor the Foreign Science and Technology Center (FSTC) in Charlottesville, VA during the years 1990-2005. Tim earned his B.A. at Cumberland College, his M.Div at Southern Seminary his M.A. at Univ. of Virginia and his MSLS at Catholic Univ. of America.
  • Marjorie M.K. Hlava is president, chairman, and founder of Access Innovations, Inc. She is the founding chair of the new SLA Taxonomy Division established in August 2009. She has published more than two hundred articles and books on information science topics. She was a member of the Z39.19 2005 Controlled Vocabulary and the Z39.84 Dublin Core standard development teams. She serves on the Content Board for NISO and is a member of NKOS. Her research areas include furthering the productivity of content creation and the governance layer for information access through automated indexing, thesaurus development, taxonomy creation, natural language processing, machine translations, and machine aided indexing. She has given countless presentations domestically and internationally, including keynote addresses. In addition, she has given workshops and lectures on thesaurus development, taxonomy creation, natural language processing, machine translations, machine aided indexing, and other knowledge organization systems (KOS) topics.
  • Deb Hunt is Library Director at the Mechanics’ Institute, a vibrant intellectual and cultural center serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area. The Institute serves its members with a large general-interest circulating and research library, the oldest chess club in the United States, and an active program of literary and cultural events. Formerly, Deb was Principal of Information Edge, which specializes in enterprise, document and digital asset management, knowledge services, research and analysis, and library design and automation. Deb is also SLA’s 2013 President. She has authored numerous articles, presented at many conferences, and has received 5 professional awards. She is also the co-author of The Librarian’s Skillbook: 51 essential Career Skills for Information Professionals.
  • Jane Killian currently serves at the Defense Forensic Science Center, originally known as the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. In 2012 she was tasked with building a virtual library. She previously worked as a Supervisory Librarian in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Laboratory Library. Jane began employment in the FBI as the Public Services Librarian for the FBI’s Academy Library and began its bibliographic instructional program. As a University of Virginia adjunct instructor, Jane has taught domestic and international executive and upper management law enforcement personnel. Before federal service Jane was a librarian at Berry College Memorial Library in Rome, Georgia. She received her MSLIS from the University of Kentucky.
  • Mangala Krishnamurthy is an Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at Eric & Sarah Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Mangala has liaison responsibilities in College of Nursing and collection management responsibilities in Nursing and Mathematics. She serves as University of Alabama Libraries’ liaison to international students and scholars on campus. Mangala is a member of SLA/Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics (PAM) Division since 2002. She has served as chair of PAM division’s International Relations Committee and of Awards committee. Mangala is an active member of Alabama Chapter, Special Libraries Association and she has served as the president and held other leadership roles at the Chapter level since 2002. As an information professional working in a science and engineering library at the University of Alabama Libraries, Mangala enjoys her interaction with researchers and students. Mangala earned her BSc (Botany, Zoology, and Chemistry) at the U niversity of Mysore, India, her B.Lib.Sc at the University of Mysore, India and her MLIS – The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.
  • Janice LaChance, SLA’s Chief Executive Officer since 2003, is a popular speaker at SLA functions. Before joining SLA she was a management consultant to nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic planning and culture change. In 1997 Janice was appointed Director of the Office of Personnel Management by President Clinton. Prior to becoming Director, Janice held several senior executive positions at OPM.

    Ms Lachance earned a BA degree from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York and a JD from Tulane University School of Law. Janice is a leader in her profession, an expert in governance, and a dedicated community volunteer.

  • Steven L. MacCall, PhD , is interim director and associate professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. He holds PhD and MS degrees in Information Science from the University of North Texas and an undergraduate business degree from Rice University. He is currently actively involved in research involving digital publishing standards development, digital archiving, and investigating the emergence of professional communication practices supported by social media tools, such as Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks. His publications may be found in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, and Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Dr. MacCall is the son of a Chaplain who served for 30 years in the US Navy.
  • Jeff Luzius currently serves as library director at Air University’s Fairchild Research Information Center on Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL. Previous positions include library director at Gadsden State Community College, Head of ILL & Document Delivery at Auburn University, and Access Services Librarian at Troy University. He earned his BS from Troy University, MLS from Florida State University, and MEd & EdD from Auburn University. Jeff is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama’s School of Library & Information Studies.
  • Gretchen McCord worked as an academic librarian for six years before beginning law school. She then practiced copyright, privacy, and trademark law in major firms for over eight years before beginning her own practice in the areas of copyright and privacy law. In addition to providing legal services, she conducts a variety of workshops and webinars, specializing in assisting libraries, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in transitioning into the digital world. Gretchen has been involved in library association leadership positions, including serving President of the Texas Library Association in 2005-2006. She writes and speaks extensively on copyright and privacy issues. She is the author of Copyright in Cyberspace: Questions and Answers for Librarians. Gretchen has lived in the Austin, Texas area since 1998 and cannot imagine living elsewhere.
  • Greta Marlatt is the Outreach and Academic Support Manager for the Naval Postgraduate School’s Dudley Knox Library and the Content Manager for the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). She has over 30 years of experience working in libraries in various capacities.

    She is a member of both the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and the American Library Association (ALA), has had held several leadership positions in both organizations and has served on several government and private sector advisory groups. She is currently a member of the Homeland Security Affairs journal Editorial Review Board.

    Ms. Marlatt has published several articles and is the author of a number of bibliographies and help guides for topics relating to Intelligence, Special Operations, Homeland Security, Mine Warfare, Lone Wolf Terrorism, Suicide Terrorism and more. She has given numerous presentations on topics related to conducting research in the homeland security and military arenas.

    Ms. Marlatt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Arizona State University, a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from California State University, San Bernardino.

  • Gail Nicula has been a member of SLA since 1975, a member of the Military Libraries Division since 1984, and is currently the DOD Director for MLD. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Old Dominion University (ODU). She received a Ph.D. in 2001, with a focus on public administration management. She was the Chief, Library Division, of the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia, from June 1991-January 2013, and is now JFSC Librarian Emerita. Gail is an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Business and Public Administration at ODU.
  • Marcy Phelps. As the founder and president Phelps Research, Marcy Phelps connects her clients to the information they need to assess market and product potential, minimize risk, and improve long-term planning. Marcy founded the company in 2000. She has a master’s degree in library and information services from the University of Denver. She frequently speaks on a variety of topics, from business and networking skills to finding and evaluating information on the Web. Marcy is the author of Research on Main Street: Using the Web to Find Local Business and Market Information (CyberAge Books, 2011).
  • Cynthia Shipley received a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University and worked in Youth Services for Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library before entering federal service as a School Library Media Specialist for Department of Defense of Dependents Schools in Japan and Italy. She also served as Librarian at the MCCS Quantico Family Library within the Alfred M. Gray Research Center; Reference Librarian at AFNORTH combined Army/NATO Library, Brunssum, The Netherlands; Library Director, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan and Deputy Director of Lifelong Learning – Libraries at Marine Corps Bases Camp Butler, Okinawa. She assumed the duties as Library Program Director for the USMC MCCS Libraries in June 2009.

    Under her direction the Camp Foster Library, Okinawa, Japan was awarded DOD Premier Library Status in 2004 and Camp Butler Library System was awarded the Library of Congress 2006 Federal Library of the Year (Large Library). She served as Membership Chairman for Federal and Armed Forces Library Round Table (FAFLRT) from 1996 -1998 and Armed Services Director for FAFLRT from 2005 – 2007. She serves on the DoD Joint Library Forum and is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Consortium of Naval Libraries. Her professional organizations include the American Library Association, Federal and Armed Forces Librarians Roundtable, Library Leadership and Management Association, Special Library Association and the Military Libraries Division


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