Keynote Speakers

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Executive Director Indiana Library Federation

Lucinda Nord is the Executive Director, Indiana Library Federation and an adjunct Professor in the Public Policy department at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN.  This follows an extensive non-profit career with the United Way, covering many different roles.

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Architect RATIO Architects

Kevin’s specialized focus is the programming and design of academic libraries and learning centers and public libraries throughout the country. He has a national portfolio and is a strong advocate for the library as the technology hub for campuses and a thriving student destination for collaborative learning, research and socialization.

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Dean, Library and Information Sciences North Carolina Central University

Dr. Gant Joined the NCCU SLIS in the Fall of 2016, after serving on the faculty of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign since 2007. Dr. Gant was the founding director for the UIUC Center for Digital Inclusion and has worked as a policy researcher for over 20 years. He has an extensive history of grantsman-ship in addition to his extensive record of mentoring, teaching and service.

All Speakers

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Sedley Abercrombie Past President North Carolina School Library Media Association

Sedley Abercrombie is the past president for the North Carolina School Library Media Association.  She is also the lead library media coordinator for Davidson County Schools, serving as an instructional coach and district level support for 32 school libraries.  

Clark Adams Instructor/English Communication Randolph Community College

Clark Adams is a full-time faculty member at Randolph Community College where he has taught English and Communication since 2004.  Prior to 2004, he taught English and Humanities at Davidson County Community College and served as Director of the Writing Center.  Adams received his Associate in Arts degree from Davidson County Community College, Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Adams’ grandfather, who taught in NC public high schools for 39 years, and Adams’ father, who is currently in his 52nd year in education, spending the past 48 of those years in the NC Community College System, sparked Adams’ interest in archives and the history of educational institutions.   Adams has spent the past 14 years researching North Carolina Community College history.  In 2005, Adams led an effort along with Debbie Luck, Dean of Library Services at Randolph Community...

Susan Adams Regional Youth Services Manager Wake County Public Libraries

 Susan has been a Youth Services Librarian and a Storyteller for over 30 years. In her early days she thought she might choose to be a lawyer, but then decided there was far too little humor in that profession. An acting class revealed her theatricality, and a storytelling class showed her the pathways to the words she needed. Susan has spent her career developing the imaginative energies of young people. She has encouraged their laughter and learning by using the twined skills of librarianship and storytelling. Her library career has taken her to Washington, DC, Asheville, NC and Raleigh.

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Erin Allsop College Archivist Central Piedmont Community College

I am the College Archivist for Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Masters Degree in Library Science and Archival Management from CUNY Queens College; Bachelor's Degree in History and Archival Students from CUNY Brookyln College. I serve as the secretary for the Society of NC Archivists (SNCA) and have served as the archivist for other institutions including the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Brooklyn College, and the American Irish Historical Society. During graduate school, I was a fellow for the Citi Center for Culture (Citi Bank Archives) as well as the Queens Public Library, where I worked on a group project involving community documentation and exhibition creation. 

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Sarah Arnold Content Strategy Librarian UNC-Chapel Hill
Stephen Ashley Teen Engagement Coordinator Chapel Hill Public Library

Stephen Ashley is the Teen Engagement Coordinator at the Chapel Hill Public Library and a former school librarian. When not librarian-ing, you can find him reading, record collecting, writing silly stories, and/or spiraling anxiously. He likes people, places, and things.

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Shannon Bailey Reference Librarian Chapel Hill Public Library

Shannon Bailey is the Reference Librarian for the Town of Chapel Hill.  She serves on the library’s Training Team and Programming Team, and explores new and innovative ways to meet user needs.  Current interests include community partnerships, libraries as social change agents, and design thinking.    

Genevieve Baillie Adult Services and Branch Supervisor Wilson County Public Library

Genevieve has 15+ years of experience in public and academic libraries and is currently working at the same library where she attended storytime as a child, where she gets to play with fiction, organize programs, and look after five great branches.  She has a degree in chemistry, but after seeing her skill in a laboratory, the world breathed a sigh of relief when she went for her MLS.  She knits pineapples, collects vintage Robin Hood-themed items, and has been known to dress as a robot.

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Kimberley Balcos Assistant Director for Resource Services Central Piedmont Community College

Currently serving as the Assistant Director of Resource Services for CPCC Library Services, working with Acquisitions, Cataloging, Online Access and Systems.  Earned my Master of Arts in Library and Information Science degree from the University of Missouri--Columbia after transferring from the program at Dominican University, which at the time had an on-site requirement I could not fulfill after moving to MO from MN.  I started my library career as a School Media Specialist for Minneapolis Public Schools in 1989, and have been working in community colleges since 2002.   I am an officially acknowledged graduate research assistant in "Privacy Rights: Cases Lost and Causes Won Before the Supreme Court" by Alice Fleetwood Bartee, Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. 

Cara Barker Research & Instruction Librarian Western Carolina University
Tamika Barnes Department Head Georgia State University Library
Dawn Behrend
Joshua Berkov Collection Management Librarian North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Josh is the Collection Management Librarian for the NC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, previously the Coordinator of Collections and User Services at the Pitt Community College Library.  He spends his days classifying incoming volumes; selecting and ordering large-print titles, described video DVDs, and Braille materials; administering the Library’s InterLibrary Loan program and playing with his two cats Tyson and Felix..

Beth Bernhardt Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications UNC Greensboro
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Rita Bhattacharyya Adult Services Manager Wake County Public Library

Rita Bhattacharyya works as an Adult Services Manager in the Wake County Public Library system. She has worked in the system for 11 years, starting out as a youth services librarian before making the change to adult services. Rita received her Master's in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. 

Brown Biggers
Amanda Binder Social Sciences and History Librarian UNC Charlotte
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Lynne Bisko Outreach Librarian Elon University

Lynne is the Outreach Librarian at Elon University's Carol Grotnes Belk Library, where she is responsible for the design, implementation, marketing, and assessment of programs to promote library resources and services. She was a co-leader for the first five years of the Elon in New York City summer program, and a co-leader for two years for a winter term course to Greece.