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2018 NLA/NSLA Joint Conference

October 4-6, 2018

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker 
333 S 13th St • Lincoln, NE


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Alan Aldrich is the Instructional Services Librarian at the University of South Dakota. He maintains an ongoing line of research focused on libraries as strategic organizations, communication within libraries, the human-technology interface, and the role of critical theory in both librarianship and teaching. His research is interdisciplinary in nature drawing upon anthropology, communication studies, information science, and sociology.

Emily Drabinski is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn. She sits on the editorial board of Radical Teacher, a journal of socialist, feminist, and anti-racist teaching practice and edits Gender & Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books. Drabinski is an elected American Library Association Councilor-at-Large and serves as secretary of the Long Island University Faculty Federation. Her website is

Justin Hoenke has worked in public libraries all over the United States and is currently the Executive Director of the Benson Memorial Library in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Before that, he was Coordinator of Tween/Teen Services at the Chattanooga Public Library in Chattanooga, TN where he created The 2nd Floor, a 14,000 square foot space for ages 0-18 that brought together learning, fun, creating, and public events. He is a member of the 2010 American Library Association Emerging Leaders class and was named a 2013 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. He blogs at

David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. He blogs at


Dr. Carol Leibiger is the Information Literacy Coordinator at the University of South Dakota, where she currently works as a member of the University Libraries faculty and the graduate faculty.  She has published scholarly articles in both library and literature journals, and she contributed several articles to The Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment.

Katie MacBride is a librarian and writer. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Shondaland, LitHub, and New York Magazine, among other publications. She is the Associate Editor of Anxy Magazine and a contributing editor for Book Riot. You can follow her on twitter at @msmacb and find her work at

Dr. Mary Kay Quinlan is the Associate Dean for the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is editor of the Oral History Association Newsletter, published three times a year by the national professional organization of oral historians. She is also a co-author of The Oral History Manual, Native American Veterans Oral History Manual and The People Who Made It Work: A Centennial Oral History of the Cushman Motor Works. She has also presented oral history workshops at numerous local, regional and national conferences.

David Rippe is the current Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED). A longtime advocate for both community and business growth, he previously worked as the Executive Director for the Hastings Economic Development Corporation, where advanced downtown revitalization efforts and helped lead the community's talent and workforce development initiatives. He has also served as an economic development consultant fro DED and fiscal analyst in the Legislative Fiscal Office for the state of Nebraska. 

Barbara Sommer has spent her career in the field of public history and has been an oral historian for the past 35 years. She has served as historical organization director and director or co-director for numerous oral history projects, has led oral history workshops, has taught oral history at the post-secondary level, and has presented at state, regional, and national, and international conferences. She is a long-time member of the Oral History Association where she has served in several volunteer capacities. She currently lives and works in Mendota Heights, MN.

Dan Weiss is currently the director of the Fanwood (NJ) Memorial Library. Since he accepted that position in 1997 he has dramatically taken a small suburban library into the 21st century with improvements in facilities, staffing and service. He has served locally, regionally and state wide on many civic and library related committees and boards. In his current position Dan gets to do it all, from overseeing web development, graphics design and renovations, to public relations and fund-raising, all while being the go-to-guy for overflowing toilets and salting the front walk.

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