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NLA 2018 Election Guide
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Polls open August 13-August 31, 2018


Nebraska Library Association Officers 
College and University Section Officers
Paraprofessional Section
Public Library and Trustee Section (PLTS) Officers
School, Children’s and Young People’s Section (SCYP) Officers
Intellectual Freedom (IF) Officers
New Members Round Table (NMRT) Officers
Technical Services Round Table (TSRT) Officers

If you wish to vote for a write-in candidate for any of the positions, please do so via the website contact form.

Nebraska Library Association - 2018 Election Guide


Meet the Candidates

NLA Offices for 2018 Election 

NLA President-Elect


Michael Straatmann

As a longtime member of NLA, my most recent service to the Association was as Interim Executive Director during 2017 after a year hiatus from being the permanent Executive Director since 2009. I am currently employed at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Libraries as the Access Services Coordinator and have been at the UNL Libraries for over 25 years.

I began my work with NLA as a volunteer in the PARA, NMRT, and C&U groups before moving into the Association’s administration.  I have overseen a good number of changes in the organization and was active in the transition from a paper-based group to an electronic one.  I have had the opportunity to work with many of the fantastic officers and volunteers from across the state for many years and throughout all of the NLA sections, roundtables and partners.   During my tenure as Director, I also served as Conference Coordinator and worked with many of you to bring conference to as many places across the state as possible.

I am excited about many of the changes that NLA continues to undergo in order to remain a vibrant and relevant partner with our communities, our state government, and our membership; even during periods of economic downturn and changing landscapes.  I believe that changes should be made with due consideration for all parties and that effective communication and partnership are the only real paths forward. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve NLA once again in a volunteer capacity and hope to apply my experience in the administration and organization of the Association in this regard.

Anneka Ramirez

Anneka earned her Master of Arts in Information Science & Learning Technologies with an emphasis in Library Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2015. She obtained a BA in American Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA in 2007. She is currently Patron Services Supervisor at the Norfolk Public Library. Previous positions held in Libraryland include Director at Scribner Public Library and Director at Three Rivers Library System. During her membership in the Nebraska Library Association she has volunteered at registration for annual conference, been co-chair of the AV/Tech committee for the 2016 conference, and served as NMRT chair. She currently serves as Diversity committee chair and NMRT past-chair.

She is passionate about lifting each other up and amplifying voices. Having lived and worked in cities and towns of all sizes in Nebraska she is aware of the differences and similarities that our libraries of all types face. She is running for NLA president-elect because the Nebraska library community has been integral in building her up as a librarian and would like to give back to the community.

NLA Secretary


Dixie Codner

I have been the Resource Center Supervisor at Central Community College on the Grand Island Campus for 4 years. Previous to that I worked part-time in CCC’s Hastings Campus library and was a director of a small public library.

I received my Master’s in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2014.  I currently serve on the board of the Central Plains Library System. I am married and have a daughter that lives in Montana.

I’m an avid reader and love to garden. I collect “pop-up” books.

I would consider it an honor to serve as NLA’s secretary. I’m sure it would be a learning experience and would give me an opportunity to give back to the library community.

Bailey Halbur

Bailey Halbur has been the Assistant Director at the Baright Public Library in Ralston for the past three years. Starting in the library world as a student worker at UNK and learning to love libraries from the wonderful staff there, Bailey went on to receive her MLS from the University of Missouri and spend the last five years working in libraries around the Omaha Metro area. Bailey served on the NLA/NSLA Conference Planning Committee for 2016 and is looking forward to expanding her experience and service as NLA secretary.


MPLA Representative


Evonne Edington

I grew up in South Dakota and have lived in many different places. I attended college at South Dakota State University where I received a Bachelor’s of Science with a history major. I spent eleven years in the United States Air Force as a weather forecaster. I was stationed near Seattle, Washington, Champaign, Illinois, Charleston, South Carolina, Cambridge England and Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska.

After leaving the Air Force, I went back to college and attended University of Nebraska at Omaha. There I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education with endorsements in history and K-12 school media. I worked at St. Bernadette Catholic School as the school librarian. Then I worded as the assistant director at the Offutt Air Force Base library. I started working for Omaha Public Library in 2001. I started as the Young Adult librarian at the Abrahams Branch. In October of 2005, I became an adult reference librarian at the W. Dale Clark Library. In November 2006, I moved to the Swanson Branch Library as the adult reference librarian. In December 2009, I became the manager of the Florence Branch Library. In September of 2012, I became the manager of the Willa Cather Branch Library. From February 2016 to October 2016, I managed A. V. Sorensen Branch Library along with Willa Cather Branch.

Chosen as Mountain Plains Library Association Board Choice Member for 2006. I have been a member of the Mountain Plains Library Association since 2006. I would like to be the MPLA representative to be more active in both organizations.

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 since 2011, and currently serves as chair of the Round Table for Intellectual Freedom for the Nebraska Library Association.

In 2015-16, he contributed two chapters to the Intellectual Freedom Handbook for the NLA. He is also a member of the Colleges and Universities Section and the Diversity Committee.

In his day job, he serves as the Library Director for Midland University. He and his wife, Elpidia, have two children, Esme, age 6, and Carlos, age 4.

College & University Section

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect

Katie Bishop

I am currently the Director of Research and Instruction Services and Humanities Librarian at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. While I have served as a research and instruction librarian for the past five years, in my previous positions I had the great fortune to wear many library “hats” including circulation, interlibrary loan, acquisitions, and even a small amount of cataloging and systems work. Having experience in these different roles has made me keenly aware of the importance of every library employee in fulfilling the fundamental academic library mission to support teaching and learning. I have an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois through their Leep Online Learning program, and an MA in American Studies from the University of Iowa. My BA is in English from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. I believe the College and University Section provides a welcoming community for both new and experienced academic librarians, and if elected, will work to advance C&U’s goals.


Jayne Germer

I am the Learning & e-Resources Librarian at Doane University in Crete, where I've been since 2007. I'm a member of NLA and its College & University Section as well as the Information Technology and Access Round Table. Also I am a member of ACRL, its College Libraries Section and Instruction Section, RUSA and its Collection Development and Evaluation Section, and the Library Instruction Round Table. I was selected recently to serve on the LIRT Web Advisory Committee. Before moving to Nebraska I served as the chair of Kansas Library Association's College and University Library Section and secretary of KLA's Library Instruction Round Table. Serving as chair of C&U and being involved in NLA leadership, I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to get to know more academic librarians in Nebraska and what profession development needs could be met at the state level.

Paraprofessional Section

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect


Elizabeth Coday

Elizabeth is currently the Library Assistant to Circulation at Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Cochrane-Woods Library. She has been with Cochrane-Woods Library since August of 2016. In May of 2016 Elizabeth received her Bachelors Degree of General Studies in Library Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Elizabeth is excited to be working in the library science field and interacting with her peers. She is constantly looking for new challenges and the experiences that comes with working in this ever evolving field.



Jacob Lee

Jacob Lee is currently the Senior Services Librarian at the W. Clarke Swanson Branch Library for the Omaha Public Library System. Previous to his current position, he worked as a Cataloging Specialist, Adult Services Library Specialist, an Interlibrary Loan Clerk, and a Technical Services Aide for the Omaha Public Library System. He has also worked as a Cataloging Assistant for the Freeman Lozier Library at Bellevue University. In 2017, he completed his Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the iSchool at the University of Missouri. In 2013, he attended the Nebraska Library Leadership Institute as a participant and was awarded a certificate of completion. He has a great interest in all aspects of adult services and technology, as well as collection management and technical services.

When he is not scheduling a plethora of educational programming for aging adults at OPL, he can be found desperately trying to complete his vinyl collection of Rock, Classical, and Jazz, as well as his collection of retro video games. He enjoys reading Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, listening to music, and playing the occasional video game.

Aimee Owen

Aimee Owen is a reference librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission. She previously worked as a reader’s advisor for the Commission’s Talking Book & Braille Service, and as a Library Specialist for Omaha Public Library. She received her MLS from the University of Missouri. She is a past Secretary/Treasurer of the Paraprofessional Section.





Public Library and Trustee Section

Chair - Special Election


Andrew Sherman

In the past eight years I have worked in libraries as a Technology Coordinator and Director. Building on my previous management experience, I am currently the leader of the Sidney Public Library; a rural library with a bookmobile servicing Cheyenne County, Nebraska. In recognition of my leadership potential in libraries and previous experience, I was selected for and completed the American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders and Nebraska Library Leadership Institute programs. I have also completed my MLIS degree through University of Nebraska – Omaha and the University of Missouri. This year I was named Community Leader of the Year by the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce for the work I’ve done engaging the library with the local community and my partnership in the construction and operation of a new makerspace in the library.

For over two decades in the commercial sector, I successfully planned, implemented and supported numerous technologies for the employees and customers of non-profit, Fortune 500, and privately held companies. It has run the gamut from inheriting the support of legacy systems to the creation of profitable new technologies and products. I have performed the roles of technician, programmer, trainer, engineer, salesman, and manager throughout my career. I have managed budgets and staff both large and small and participated in the creation, growth, merger and acquisition of businesses. I have received numerous promotions and recognition due to my hard work and solid execution.

I believe that the breadth of experience, knowledge and skills I possess will be a valuable asset to the PLTS Committee and the NLA.


Karen Frank

My name is Karen Frank and I have been the Director/Librarian of the Greenwood Public Library for 18 years. I have been a member of NLA for 16 years.

I am running for PLTS president because I want the smaller libraries to be more involved in NLA.

I was Membership Chair of NLA for 2 years. I then was on the Scholarship/Awards Committee for 3 years. I have been on the Southeast Library System Board and on the Southeast Library System Friends Board. When I first joined NLA, I was in the Paraprofessional section but then realized that the Public Library section could answer more of my questions so I switched. I run a Library in a town whose population is 580 people. We are open 21 hours a week and have check - outs of 275 - 245 items per month.


Vice-Chair/Chair Elect


Laura Marlane

Laura Marlane is the Executive Director of the Omaha Public Library, a twelve branch system serving the citizens of Omaha and Douglas County.  Laura has 32 years of experience working in academic, research, and public libraries, in a variety of capacities ranging from systems administrator to director.  Laura currently serves on the Nebraska Library Commission’s State Advisory Council on Libraries, and has served on the Rhode Island Library Association’s board for five years and its Conference Committee for twelve years.  She received her B.A. in English from Rhode Island College, and her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island. Sharing the joy of reading with others has been a life-long passion.


Jodene Glaesemann

I love public libraries. I believe in public libraries. And I know it is important to serve the profession.

I am a May 2004 graduate of the Missouri program. I have been a branch manager at Lincoln City Libraries since January 2005. In that time I have seen libraries go from books on cassette to streaming audio, 3-D printing, and teaching coding and robotics. The opportunities are vast for ways we can continue to serve the public when, where and how they need it.

Along the way, I was lucky to work with Charlene Maxey-Harris to found the NLA Diversity Committee. I served as conference treasurer. I've done my share of presentations at both the state and national level and spring meetings. I was active in NMRT. I was Dr. Pasco's first graduate assistant in the Missouri program. I taught the Public Services class through Southeast Community College as part of the Library Science Associates Degree program. And I served on the NLA Audit committee.

I look forward to serving this section. Let's get started!



Amy Hafer

Amy Hafer is the Director of Hastings Public Library and has been an active member of PLTS since 2012. She enjoys the comradery that grows among PLTS members when planning and hosting Spring Meetings and other learning and networking opportunities.  Being a part of an organization dedicated to supporting our careers as librarians is important to Amy.

Other things that Amy cares about are her 4 children, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs and husband.  She cares deeply about her church book club ladies and her slow progress on the notable book list (when compared to Pat Leach).  She cares deeply that public libraries defend intellectual freedoms and are inviting and welcoming places for children of all ages.


Frankie Hannan

My name is Frankie Hannan (Yes, I am a girl and it is my real name). I am Head of Adult Services at the Bellevue Public Library. My previous library positions were Library Director for Missouri Valley Public Library (Missouri Valley, IA) and Lead Technician for Thomas S. Power Library (Offutt AFB). The best part of my job is connecting with people, either through programming, sitting the reference desk/computer lab or helping at the circulation desk. My interest in running for the Secretary-Treasurer of the Public Library Trustee Section is to connect with the wonderful library professionals across Nebraska.


School, Childrens, and Young People's Section

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect


Joanne Neemann

My name is Joanne Neemann and I have worked at the Beatrice Public Library for four and a half years, two years  as the Youth Services Librarian. I worked in the Youth Services department in Sioux City, IA for five years before moving back to Southeast Nebraska.  I have a BS in Art from Peru State College and an MLIS with a concentration in Youth Services from Drexel University. Before starting my career I was a stay-at-home mom of two daughters, when they both went off to Kindergarten I taught preschool for 10 years then went into the Library world which I have always loved.   My husband Doug and I are originally from Fairbury so when the opportunity to move back and be closer to family occurred he decided to “retire” from his academic career as a Registrar and allow me time for my career. I recently found out this is called leap-frogging. Working with young people of all ages has been my life but nothing compares to the young people of Beatrice and the surrounding area!

I am active in our church and have been an Optimist member in Beatrice for two years.  Recently I joined MPLA and am serving on the Southeast Library Systems board. I would like to become more active in the professional Library associations and would enjoy serving on SCYP board.


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 - No Candidates Presented



Intellectual Freedom Round Table

Vice Chair/Chair Elect


Vicki Wood

I am the Youth Services Coordinator for Lincoln City Libraries.  I have worked as a youth librarian for all of my 30-year career. I have always been interested in intellectual freedom issues and have defended the right to read for children and teens through my work in book selection and during challenges at Lincoln City Libraries. If elected, I'd like to broaden the conversation of intellectual freedom concerns beyond censorship and book banning, to include challenges in the area of net neutrality, how author behavior influences attitudes toward author's work, "hate speech" (what is protected and what isn't), and what is happening on campuses related to academic freedom.



Todd Schlechte

Todd's interest in intellectual freedom started early in his public library career, and that in turn prompted his active involvement in the Round Table for Intellectual Freedom, whether it was serving as an officer, helping in the writing of the 2016 Nebraska Intellectual Freedom Manual, or presenting about intellectual freedom. In 2017 he co presented with Michael Elsener and Tim Lentz a total of six times about the new manual, helping IF win the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award from the American Library Association's national Intellectual Freedom Round Table.

He has also recently joined the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska's Board of Directors in an effort to deepen his knowledge of and contributions to intellectual freedom. He would like to continue his contributions to IF in the role of secretary.

New Members Round Table

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect 

Donna S. Kruse

I started in the Media Unit at the Fort Worth Public Library (TX) in 2001. Later promoted to managing the Genealogy, History and Archives Unit and eventually moved out to manage the systems busiest branch. Always a strong believer in professional development, I started volunteering with ALA’s Swap and Shop Annual Conference event during Library school up through its name change to PR X-Change. I met so many great people through that experience and they were all giving back to their profession. I maintain memberships with ALA, Public Library Association, NLA and Mountain Plains Library Association.
In 2017, I relocated to Nebraska to start as Director for the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City. I have been impressed by the State Library Commission services and my first Nebraska Library Association conference. When the opportunity presented itself to run for the Vice-Chair of the New Members Round Table, I thought the time was right to start giving back and sharing my enthusiasm for the profession and experience with those new to the field.
I look forward to learning the NLA way and helping the Association grow its membership.



Laura Treinen

I am currently the Collections Maintenance Supervisor for Love Libraries for six months now. Previously I was an adult reference specialist with the Omaha Public Library for three years. I got my undergraduate in British Literature from UNO and my MLIS from University of Missouri, Columbia.

I feel this position would provide an opportunity to grow and learn from others who have gone before me. I would also enjoy the chance to exchange ideas with like-minded peers. I'm still on the newer side of my librarian journey and would appreciate the chance to bring more to my library community.

I have attended numerous NLA conferences, and have been a member for a few years now, I feel like this is a natural step to become more involved in my professional community as a whole. Thank you for the consideration.



Technical Services Round Table

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect


Allison Badger

Allison Badger graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana with a BA in history (2001). In 2010, she was awarded an MLS from the University of North Texas. In between, she earned an MA in history from the University of Montana (2003) and worked as a historian for the Missoula-based Heritage Research Center. Currently, she is the Cataloging Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission, a position she has held since January 2016. Before moving to Nebraska, Allison worked at the Montana State Library, the Montana Historical Society and the Montana Office of Public Instruction. While living in Montana, Allison was an active participant in the Montana library community, as well as the Montana Library Association. Between 2011 and 2015, she served as the chair of the Technical Services Interest Group. Additionally, she volunteered as a cataloging mentor for the Montana Shared Catalog consortium and was on the consortium’s Content Management Committee as well. Since joining NLA, Allison has supported the work of the Diversity Committee and provided support to the committee's members.



Allison Reisig

Allison Reisig is the Technical Services Librarian at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, NE.  Her library interests include cataloging, linked data, and instruction. She lives in the Wyo-Braska area with her husband, two kids, and menagerie of animals.




Information Technology and Access Round Table

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect - No Candidates Presented

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