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NLA 2016 Elections
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Polls are open on Aug 22-Sept 3


NLA Officers
College & University Section
Paraprofessional Section
Public Library & Trustee Section
School, Childrens, and Young People's Section
Special & Institutional Section
Information Technology and Access Round Table
Intellectual Freedom Round Table
Technical Services Round Table

Candidate Bios 

Nebraska Library Association

Special Election: NLA President

Angela Kroeger

Angela Kroeger started at the Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1995--earlier if you count a couple of semesters as a student worker. After a year in Circulation and another year in Reference, she made her way to Cataloging, where she happily served for 16 years. In summer 2013, she transferred into Archives and Special Collections, still at the Criss Library. In May 2015, she completed her Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri. She joined the Nebraska Library Association late in 2006 and served as Chair of the Paraprofessional Section in 2009-2010 and Chair of the Technical Services Round Table in 2012-2013. After the NLA President-Elect stepped down, Angela was appointed in January 2016 to fill that office for the remainder of the term. She very much wishes to continue serving NLA and hopes to be elected properly to the office of NLA President.

Emily Dust Nimsakont

Emily Dust Nimsakont is the Head of Cataloging & Resource Management at UNL’s Schmid Law Library, a position she has held since June of 2015. Prior to that, she worked as the Cataloging Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission for almost seven years. She earned her master’s degree in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also holds a master’s degree in museum studies from UNL and a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Emily has been an active member of the Nebraska Library Association and the Nebraska library community. She worked as NLA’s webmaster from 2008 to 2010. In addition, she has been an officer for both the New Members Round Table and the Technical Services Round Table. She also served on the 2011 NLA/NSLA Conference Planning Committee. She is currently serving as a board member for the Southeast Library System, and she teaches cataloging classes as an adjunct instructor for both UNO and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Vice President/President-Elect

Andrew Cano

My name is Andrew and I recently moved full-time to Nebraska, although I have been visiting for several years as my wife is a proud Lincoln native. Prior to adopting the Cornhusker State as my own, I lived in Florida, South Carolina, Ohio, and Texas over a period of 15 years. For the last 10 of these years, I have worked in a variety of libraries. I started out as a work-study student in a small theological library before taking on a paraprofessional role at a large metropolitan public library. While I loved working at this library, I soon found that my calling was to academia and, over the last 6 years, worked at two proprietary institutions, a mid-sized community college, and am excited to be the current Virtual Learning Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During this time, I also earned multiple degrees, including a MS in Library and Information Science and a MS in Higher Education from Drexel University. I did manage to find the time to carve out for a few hobbies, especially marathon running and hiking, both of which I enjoy doing very much with my wife; that is, when I’m not playing doting uncle to 9 total nieces and nephews.

Throughout my career, I have been very active at my organizations as well as local community. I have served on a variety of committees, with my proudest achievement being serving over 600 employees of the Columbus Metropolitan Library as president of the employee association. Despite being a new member of NLA, I hope to help advance our mission through dedicated service in a leadership role, as no state can stake a claim to “the good life” without being home to vibrant libraries serving various constituencies.  Regardless of what roles I am entrusted with, however, I plan on being a very active NLA member and look forward with collaborating with the rest of its membership.

Jean Hurst

I have worked at the La Vista Public Library since 1979. I first started at the library as a library clerk and now have the title Computer/ Reference Services Librarian. I have seen many changes in our library since I first started and just as many changes with NLA. I feel it is very important to be involved with all aspects of library services. In the past I have served on several committees including ITART serving one year as chair, NLAQ on the editorial committee filling the position as Business Manager for 6 years and PTLS as Vice Chair to fulfill a position that was vacated due to illness. I have also work on NLA/NLSA Conference committee during the 2014 year and 2012 year. Not only do I feel it is very important to support the library I work in and I also feel it is very important to show my support for NLA.

NLA Secretary

Laura England Biggs

Laura England-Biggs is the Youth Services Librarian at Keene Memorial Library. She also works as the liaison to Nebraska for the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Information Science and Learning Technologies. Laura currently serves as the Secretary for the Three Rivers Library System Board.




Amy Wenzl

Amy Wenzl is currently a youth services librarian for Omaha Public Library. She has previously worked as the community engagement coordinator and as a youth services assistant at Sump Memorial Library in Papillion. Amy recieved her MLS from the University of Missouri in 2014. She has been an active member of NLA, serving as the chair of the NLA Communications Committee for the past three years.


College & University Section

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect

Holli Duggan

I am the Continuing Education Coordinator at the Nebraska Library Commission. Previously, I worked at Concordia, UNL, and UNK. I received an MA from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2011 and an MA in learning technologies from UNL (2014). I'm currently working on an Ed.D. through UNL's Educational Studies program (focusing on online instruction and learning). I have served as Secretary of the C&U section since 2013.



Sherrie Dux-Ideus

My name is Sherrie Dux-Ideus.  I am the Resource Center Supervisor at Central Community College, Hastings, Nebraska.  I have worked for Central Community College for thirteen years, and I am a lifetime member of the American Library Association.  In addition, I am a member of ACRL.  I have completed a Master's Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas.  I have more than twenty-five years of library experience working in public libraries, special libraries, and academic libraries.  I am married and have a grown daughter living in Tennessee.

Paraprofessional Section

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect

Janet Greser

Janet has been a Para member for several years. I do Tech Support for the Library. I have 2 girls, and 3 grandkids.






Rebeca Varga

Rebeca has worked at the Tekamah Library for 9 months. In those 9 months she has attended 6 workshops with CE credit toward her certification. She looks forward to continuing with the certification program and attending more informative workshops. In the past, she has been the Secretary for the steering committee for the Homeschool group which her children attended. And while working at Mutual of Omaha, she conducted several team and committee meetings and was treasurer on two committees.

Rebeca is married to Mark Varga, she has four children and three grandchildren. Her youngest child will be a freshman this next school year. She enjoys scrapbooking and creating art. She loves working with children that attend the story hour at the library.


Jacob Lee

Jacob Cody Lee is currently the Technical Services assistant at the Freeman/Lozier Library at Bellevue University. Previous to his current position, he worked as an Adult Library Specialist, an Interlibrary Loan Clerk, and a Technical Services Aide for the Omaha Public Library System. He is also currently pursuing his Master’s degree in library and information science at the iSchool at University of Missouri. In 2015, he was awarded a graduate assistantship in the Nebraska-Missouri (NEMO) Graduate Program, which is through the University of Nebraska in Omaha. In 2013, he attended the Nebraska Library Leadership Institute as a participant and was awarded a certificate of completion. In 2006, he graduated with honors from Morningside College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education; focusing on vocal instruction, choral directorship, and elementary music education. During his time at Morningside College, he held the position of Fraternal Education Officer and Choir Master in the male music fraternity of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, as well as one of the Founders and President of the Morningside Games Club. In high school he performed as an Iowa All-State Choir member all four years, which led to a desire to educate others in the joy of music. After his undergraduate degree, his other love of reading, libraries, and people led him to the field of library science. He has a great interest in all aspects of technical services, as well as technology and system services.

When he is not studying, he can be found desperately trying to complete his classic vinyl music collection of classic rock and jazz, as well as his collection of classic retro video games of his youth. He enjoys reading Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, listening to music, and playing the occasional video game. In the next five years, he hopes to join his love of music and libraries in becoming a music librarian. If not music librarianship, he hopes to continue his work in technical services.

Martha Ruff

My name is Martha Ruff and I have worked at the Bellevue Public Library for almost seven years; first as a circulation clerk and now as the circulation manager.  

Prior to joining the staff I kept myself busy with volunteer work and committees for my church and the elementary school my daughters attended. 

I have served as the president of the school board, as a member on the church finance committee, and ran the fundraising program for the church and school for five years.  I have also been a co-chair for the banking committee at my daughter’s high school. 

I have been married almost 24 years, and together we have two daughters. Our oldest is a sophomore at UNL and our youngest is a sophomore at Mercy High School in Omaha. 

I also worked for the University of Nebraska Medical Center for fifteen years. The last position I held was the communications manager.   

My favorite past times are reading, gardening and continuing to volunteer as much as my time allows.

Public Library and Trustee Section

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect

Becky Baker

Becky Baker has worked at the Seward Memorial Library for 35 years and has been the Library Director since 1987. Over the years she has served on the Board of the Southeast Library System in various capacities. She has also served as the PLTS Vice-Chair/Chair Elect and NLA Vice-President/President Elect. She is currently the President of the SELS Friends. Baker has presented at various regional and statewide events on a variety of topics during her tenure and she enjoys learning about new ways to provide the best service possible to patrons. She looks forward to being able to serve NLA members once again.

Jody Crocker

Hello Everyone! I am Jody Crocker and currently the Library Director for the McCook Public Library in McCook. Before this endeavor, I was the Juvenile Services Librarian here at the library. I served on the Republican Valley Library System Board and then was elected to President. I am currently serving on the Central Plains Library System Board and just finished my tenure as president of the Board. During my years at the library, I have traveled the state and presented my version of “Make and Takes” for many librarians (always thinking outside the box).

I have three grown children and am very fortunate to have 6 grandchildren that live in McCook and I get to spoil them every day. They range in ages from 7 months to 13 years. I also help with the management of the McCook City Pool during the summer.


Amy Hafer

Amy Hafer has been the Director of the Hastings Public Library since January 2009. A native Nebraskan, she spent ten years in Denver, Colorado where she obtained her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver in 2002. Her passion for libraries originates from a love of early literacy and creating young readers. She is also interested in the changing role of public libraries and their unique position to influence the quality of life in a community.

She is currently leading her library and community through a $5.5million transformation renovation of their 1963 library facility expected to be completed in the fall of 2017. When completed the library will be 33,000 square feet of innovation, enlightenment and opportunity.

Sharon Kastanek

In Roald Dahl's book Matilda he writes, "The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives...." and that's a bit how it's been for me this past year. I'm Sharon Kastanek and jumped into the library world a little over a year ago as the Director of the Dvoracek Memorial Library in Wilber, Nebraska after 25 years in the insurance industry. Prior to becoming the Director in May of 2015 my library experience goes back to being a library aid at the Crete High School library for Mrs. Harding. Little did I know how much of that training would be used so many years later. Currently I am working on completing my Library Certification and constantly learning from the fabulous librarians in Nebraska. After attending the NLA Conference in the fall of 2015 my notebook was full of ideas, hints, new projects and a growing network of mentors in the area. I look at the position of PLTS Secretary/Treasurer as another opportunity to learn, grow, and give back to the library community that has welcomed me into its book shelves.

School, Childrens, and Young People's Section

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect

Jill Annis

All of my life I have been surrounded by education as both of my parents are teachers.  I began my career teaching 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students and later became an elementary librarian when I saw how much fun my mom was having in the library.  I taught at Peter Sarpy Elementary for four years and found my calling for the middle school level during my student teaching practicum at Mickle Middle School.  I accepted the job at Elkhorn Ridge Middle School and was there for four years, and then an opportunity came up to join the core team and help open Elkhorn's fourth middle school during the 2014-2015 school year.  This is my second year at Elkhorn Grandview Middle School and have enjoyed the experience of opening a new building.  In my free time, my hobbies include reading, scrapbooking, and spending time with my husband and two kids.  This is my third year as the YA Golden Sower Readers' Contact and the Golden Sower Committee.  I like to attend NSLA/NLA Conference every year and have presented the "Best New Teen Books" of 2014 and 2015 with Sally Snyder.

Brenda Schwarz

My name is Brenda Schwarz and I have worked at the Lexington Public Library in Lexington, Nebraska since 2008. My current title is Youth Services Librarian. I am responsible for the story time programming that we have at the library as well as summer reading and all other special programming that we bring to the library for children. I am a community partner with the afterschool enrichment program that the grade school and the middle school provide for youth. I have written several grants for the library to help purchase children’s computers, educational learning manipulatives and special programming. I love working with children and youth of all ages and enjoy seeing the fulfillment that they receive from the books and activities that are provided through our programs. When I am not working with children, I help patrons who come into the library with different requests. I enjoy learning all the new trends and changes that come with serving my community. During my free time, I like to volunteer at the local movie theater that is run by volunteers, work at my church with the children’s program and volunteer 1 week during the summer at Royal Family Kids Camp which is a camp specifically for foster children.

Special and Institutional Section

Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Scott Childers

After taking over as Executive Director of the Southeast Library System, Scott has promised to get more involved with the S&I section as soon as he finished being the NLA Internet Site Coordinator. This year is his last year in that post, and now it is time to fulfill that promise, and what better way to get involved than run for office?

Scott is a former NLA President, as well as a former NMRT & ITART Chair. He's a native Nebraskan and has held the position of Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Nebraska - Lincoln and the Director of Kilgore Memorial Library in York, NE in the past.

Tom Schmitz

Tom currently serves as the director of the Lincoln Regional Center Resource Center and supervisor of its multiple libraries. He has enjoyed great success in updating, automating and seeing that the libraries become an important part of the Center’s mission for wellness and recovery of its patients.

Tom has been a member of the S&I section for many, many years. He has served as Chair and Vice-Chair numerous times and has received the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the section. Tom would like to see the S&I section continue to grow and remain an important and supportive part of the Nebraska Library Association.

Information Technology and Access Round Table

Special Election: Chair

Scott Childers

ITART has hit some rocky times lately, but I think that we can get ITART back up and running full speed again.  I plan on going back to basics, making the round table a place to get higher level discussions about technology and its effects on librarianship. 

I'm a former NLA President, as well as a former NMRT & ITART Chair. I'm a native Nebraskan and have held the position of Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Nebraska - Lincoln and the Director of Kilgore Memorial Library in York, NE before taking my current role as Executive Director of the Southeast Library System.

Intellectual Freedom Round Table

Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Andrew Cano

My name is Andrew Cano and I am proud to have recently adopted Nebraska as my home state, especially since my wife is a native and proud Nebraskan (is there any other kind?). Prior to this decision, states that could claim me were (in chronological order): Florida (born and raised in Miami), South Carolina, Ohio, Florida (again!), and Texas. While I have enjoyed getting to know these different areas, I do hope to be a Nebraskan for many years to come, especially as my primary professional goal is to earn tenure in my current role as a faculty librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, where I function as Virtual Learning Librarian.

Immediately prior to this position, I was working as an Analyst assigned to the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, where I also moonlighted as an adjunct reference librarian in the college’s library during the Spring and Summer semesters. While I was disappointed to have had to leave full-time library work, this position actually provided me with the majority of skills needed to succeed in my current role and, in fact, made me appreciate the work that libraries do more than had I pursued a linear path. This path started at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, where I worked as Literacy Liaison (Library Assistant rank) before shifting to academic library roles at proprietary colleges in Florida and Texas. Besides the work I was actually paid for, I also served on various committees both within these organizations and the local communities.

As far as my education goes, I earned a BA in International Relations at Florida International University (Miami, FL) and a B.Philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus, OH) before shifting my education online and earning both a MS in Library and Information Science and a MS in Higher Education from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA, where I have never set foot). I also decided to earn an AA in General Academics online while working at McLennan Community College (partly, to experience the “product” I was “selling” and partly to fill in some knowledge gaps) before attempting a PhD in Higher Education at Texas A&M University-College Station (I lasted 1 ½ semesters before realizing it just wasn’t the right time). These educational experiences have really helped me appreciate our mission as educators and, combined with my professional experiences, have made me an advocate for intellectual freedom and inquiry.

Finally, I am excited to be a new NLA member and hope to use my skills to advance its important mission.

Tim Lentz

Tim Lentz received his Master’s of Arts degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri in 2013, and his Bachelor’s of Arts in Speech Communication from Hastings College in 1999. He completed certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the Boston Language Institute in 2001, and taught English in Japan from 2005 to 2007. He is a member of the Mountain Plains Library Association and the Nebraska Library Association, and is contributing a chapter of the Intellectual Freedom Handbook for the NLA. He is currently employed as a Library Acquisitions Associate at the University of Nebraska. He and his wife, Elpidia, have two children, Esme, age four, and Carlos, age two.


Julie Pinnell

Julie Pinnell is the Library Director at Doane University. She wants everyone to love their library and celebrate their freedom to read!






Wally Seiler

I would consider it a privilege to serve as secretary of the Nebraska Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Roundtable. Although I am not a librarian, I appreciate very much the role of libraries in a democracy and the importance of fending off assaults on their mission and integrity. In an effort to assist libraries defend intellectual freedom in the past, I have served in a variety of ways: as a member of the Alliance, Nebraska, Public Library board, off and on, for twenty-five years; as a Commissioner of the Nebraska Library Commission for six years (two of which I served as chairman); as the chairman of the Nebraska Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Roundtable for two years; and as a current member of the Alliance City Council where I have tried very hard to support the local library. I have received the Nebraska Library Association's Trustee of the Year Award and was honored by the American Library Association as one of the outstanding library advocates. I would sincerely appreciate your vote.

Technical Services Round Table

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect

Euem C. Osmera

Euem C. Osmera, MLS, is the Digital Tangible Media Cataloger at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska. She joined the McGoogan Library in 2007. Previously Euem was the Head of Technical Services at the Largo Public Library, Largo, Florida, 2002-2007. Before Largo, Euem was the Head of Technical Services at the New Port Richey Public Library, New Port Richey, Florida, 2001-2002. Euem is an active member of the Nebraska Library Association, TSRT Secretary; American Library Association, ALCTS CaMMS Recruitment and Mentoring member; ICON, Junior Board Member; Midcontinental Medical Library Association, Bylaw Committee member; UNMC HLC NCA accreditation administration team; McGoogan Vice-Chair faculty group; McGoogan Events Planning Committee, past Chair and current member and the Omaha Public Library Friends Board member, Friends Annual Planning Committee, 2016-2017. Euem graduated from the University of South Florida, 2001 with an MLS. She attended the Nebraska Library Leadership Institute, 2013; Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute (Florida), 2007. Euem is interested in Linked Data, Bibliographic Framework, Electronic Resources, and Preservation and Reformatting.

Harriet Wintermute

Currently the Web Coordinator and Communications Officer for the NLA Technical Services Round Table, Harriet Wintermute is a Catalog and Metadata Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Earlier this year, she participated in the ALA Emerging Leaders where her team developed procedures and recommendations for the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table to deposit their organizational documents into the ALA Institutional Repository. Harriet is a current member of the Fundraising Committee for the ALA Division Association of Library Collections and Technical Services.

Before moving to NE, she worked at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University while completing a Post Master's Certificate in Digital Archives and Records Management from San Jose State University. Harriet has also worked at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign library, where she graduated with a MLIS and a Graduate Certificate in Special Collections. In her free time, she squeezes in as much knitting, reading, and binge watching as she can. She is in need of a cat guardian for her yarn hoard.


Billie Cotterman

Billie Cotterman has been the Technical Services Librarian at Hastings College since August 2012. During her four years at the college, she has also taught computer tools courses, first year seminars, and J-Term classical studies courses. She received her MA in classics from the University of Iowa in 2010 and her MA in library science from the University of Iowa in 2012.




Kristine Woods

Originally from Southern California, I have lived Bellevue, Nebraska for 14 years. I have five children and a son-in-love and my husband Tom works as a civilian at Offutt AFB. In high school, I was in many clubs and served as president of the Mustang Readers Library Club senior year. I also worked part time at a bookstore and various food service positions and attended the University of Colorado (Blvd ... AKA Pasadena City College). When that was not working well, I joined the US Air Force to work on Telephone Systems. My rich uncle (Sam) showed me the world and helped me be a lifelong learner with an AS in Electronic Systems Technology, Bachelors in HRM from Faulkner University in Montgomery AL, and a Master’s degree in EDAH from OU while stationed in Germany. After retiring, and a year off, I started at the circ desk and have now been working part time in tech services for over seven years at the Bellevue Public Library. I have a basic cataloging and librarian certificate from the NLC. As an Emporia 2012 SLIM PhD cohort member, I started my dissertation proposal fall 2015.


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