Keynote Speakers

Preconference: Advocacy Bootcamp

James (Jamie) LaRue is Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges (Libraries Unlimited, 2007). He is a former public library administrator, academic librarian, newspaper columnist and TV author interview host. An experienced speaker, he has provided hundreds of keynotes, workshops, and webinars for trustees, communities, and librarians on such topics as effective library advocacy, digital publishing challenges, patron privacy, policy formation, and civic engagement..

Keynote: Community Build Libraries

Criag Anderson is the director of the Boundary County Library in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. We serve a community of 11,000 and strive to provide programs and services for people of all ages. From our mighty Book, Audio, and DVD Collection to Science Presentations, and Story Time, we are the hub. History of the West in words, pictures and song? You can find it here! NERF Wars and a life sized Grizzly Bear? Come on down. Or if you want to learn to design and make pretty much ANYTHING, our full service Fab Lab is the place to be.
As for me, I am "Bonners Ferry - born and raised" and I learned to love our library at a very early age. When BCL could be found inhabiting an old bank building in town, I remember making my way though an ancient steel vault to reach the world of Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak on the other side. By the mid seventies, we visited the library in its new building (which it shared with our local museum). No matter where it "lived," the library served as a sanctuary for those who loved to read and learn.
Moving southward for college, I found an old Carnegie library in Moscow, Idaho, and still it felt like home. Graduation brought me back to Bonners Ferry High School where, as a 23-year-old newlywed, I taught English for kids in need of help. A 32 year lifetime of parenthood and teaching finally brought me back to where I began - Boundary County Library. Outgoing director and amazing community resource, Sandra Ashworth left BCL in a strong standing. Its facility and awesome staff were poised to open Idaho's first library-based FabLab. Lucky me- I applied for and was selected to follow in Sandy's footsteps. And... so far so good. People ask two things: " Why did you leave the high school?" and " How can you fill Sandy's shoes?" I answer : "It was time..." and "No one can fill Sandy's shoes. I will have to make my own shoes and try to fill them."

Mary Karol Taylor was an English teacher for 10 years before she became the librarian at South Jr. High in Boise. This is her 9th year as school librarian. Mary Karol was part of the original leadership team at South Jr. High that created Reading Time—a school-wide reading program that is currently in its 11th year. In collaboration with two of her librarian friends, Mary Karol founded the Boise Bookmarks, a city-wide readers’ and reviewers club. This club has grown to 20+ active teen members and four librarians and is currently serving as one of YALSA’s Teen’s Top Ten selection groups. Last year a few refugee students came into the South Library looking for books about soccer and wishing they could play on a real soccer team. In an effort to help her students have a chance to play soccer, Mary Karol founded Nations United Soccer, a refugee soccer team. Nations United has now grown to two soccer teams and will grow to three teams this spring. She is currently working on establishing an after school reading practice program for Nations United players and other refugee students at South Jr. High.

Mary Aagard started as the head of Access Services at Boise State University, Albertsons Library in January 2012. She manages circulation, course reserves, stacks maintenance, item holds and deliveries, and building safety and security. She is a liaison to the Communication Department.

Gretchen Caserotti is the Library Director at Meridian Library District in the fast-growing suburb of Boise, ID. Formerly Assistant Director for Public Services at Darien Library, she developed a reputation for innovative and technology-driven projects and was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010. She began her career as a children’slibrarian at New York Public Library where she applied her talents for singing and storytelling to her passion for community and literacy.

Session Presenters

A Teachers’ Aide in a Boise State University stats class who had a visually impaired student in his class. Donovan realized how hard it was to describe to the student what normal distribution curves looks like, for different models, so Donovan connected with the Albertson's Library to start 3D printing distribution curves for the student.

Laura has worked in public libraries for over 14 years in Ohio and Idaho. She is the Youth Services Manager at the Meridian Library District. She enjoys seeking new ways to engage children and families with literacy and learning while exploring new ideas for kits.

Seth Ashley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Boise State University.

Robin Barone is an educator, writer, and traveler who has visited over 60 countries and lived abroad. Robin serves as an adjunct instructor at NYU and has authored successful white papers. Prior to founding Diplomat Books, Ms. Barone worked in finance where she was known for her ability to formulate win-win solutions. Ms. Barone earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.S. from NYU, and M.B.A. from INSEAD. Her leadership style is described as curious, collaborative, and considerate. When she is not writing or traveling, she can be found skiing, rowing, or playing tennis.

Amanda is a program specialist at the Meridian Library.

Shirley Biladeau, Program Supervisor, at the Idaho Commission for Libraries. Serves as coordinator for the Library Leadership Advisory Committee, a collaborative effort between ICfL and ILA focusing on the development of leaders at all levels throughout the Idaho library community.

Patrick has worked as a Public Library Consultant and State Data Coordinator at the Idaho Commission for Libraries since October 2014. Prior to that, he was the director of the Richfield Public Library in Richfield, UT. He believes that libraries and librarians play an important role by providing gateways to knowledge and culture.

Jessica and Annie are both librarians in Moscow. Members of the ILA's Social Justice Committee, Jessica and Annie champion human rights and believe that, as librarians, we have an obligation to represent marginalized communities through library programming and collection development.

When I was seven years old, a doctor told my parents that my allergies were so severe that they needed to get rid of our dog and all my books. My parents declined on both counts; I now have four dogs and have been a librarian since 2003. My allergies are still bad, but a life without books and dogs is unimaginable. I am the Public Services Supervisor at Marshall Public Library and I graduated in 2011 with an MLS from Emporia State University where I was selected by faculty to join the international library honor society Beta Phi Mu.

DeAnn Campbell is the director of The Children's Library and Young Adult Department at The Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho. She has three children and loves children’s, middle grade, and Young Adult literature. She was raised on a small family farm in southern Idaho. She spent her childhood roaming the mountains around her house and reading books. As an adult, she spends her time mostly the same way.

Christine Chang is the Project Manager for BSU's Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives. She is the coordinator for the Treasure Valley Teen Engineering and Science Café Network.

Tami Chapman, Danielle Milton and Sheree West are business and career development librarians for the Spokane County Library District. They work with job seekers to utilize resources available through the library to create resumes, cover letters, and develop interview skills. They regularly work with library members one on one in the library, or in a classroom setting within the library and at local alternative high schools.

Skye Corey is the Youth Services Librarian at MLD, and loves using the training she received during her MA and MLIS to build relationships with youth.

Melissa Davlin is a producer and host of Idaho Public Television.

Erin Downey is the District Consulting Librarian for the Boise School District, where she coordinates professional development and support for 45 school libraries serving more than 26,000 students. She is the current vice-president of the Idaho Library Association, a LiLAC member, and a member of the inaugural Lilead Fellowship, a leadership cohort formed to equip, empower, and enable school district library supervisors to initiate systemic change in their districts. Find her on twitter @ehdowney or at

Ritchie Eppink is the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho. Eppink earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Virginia and his JD from from the University of Idaho.s.

Liza Evans is the Adult/Teen Programming Specialist at the Idaho Falls Public Library. She has been with the Library for 5 years, and works to promote life long learning among the Library's patrons.

Cheryl Foster, Senior Planner, Workforce Planning and Policy, Idaho Department of Labor, is leading the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Idaho Plan, which focuses on a multi-agency consortium providing a One-Stop solution to workforce development and employment for the residents of the State of Idaho.

Annie Gaines is the Emerging Technology & Engagement Librarian at the University of Idaho Library

About the Presenter

Ann Glusker is a Research and Data Coordinator at the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, based at the University of Washington. Before that she was a Reference and Consumer Health Librarian at The Seattle Public Library. She has also worked as a medical librarian at Group Health, and as an epidemiologist at Public Health – Seattle & King County, answering data requests from many sources. Ann is on the Evidence Summaries team for the journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, and is chair of the American Library Association’s RUSA/RSS Health and Medical Reference Committee.

Bruce Godfrey is the GIS librarian at the University of Idaho (UI). He previously served as its GIS specialist from 1999 to 2013. He holds an MLS from the University of North Texas, an MS from UI, and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Nick is the Tech Library Supervisor for the Meridian Library District at the new technology library, unBound. By taking unBound from an idea to opening in 8 months Nick was honored to be named to Library Journal's 2016 Mover & Shaker list. At unBound Nick has worked to create a space where everyone in the community has free access to emerging technology, design software and business work space. Nick enjoys playing around with any new technology he can get his hands on and spending time with his two sons.

About the Presenter

Tammy Hawley-House reigns as Maker Goddess. Both have extensive experience working in libraries, the education field, and library professional organizations.

Barbra got hooked on developing culture kits at the Meridian Library District because of a Japanese family who attended Preschool Storytime. This mom helped guide the authenticity of the first culture kit. Barbra has seen diversity increase at libraries through her 11 years as a Children’s Program Specialist.

Jenniffer and Liza work together at the Idaho Falls Public Library offering excellent programming to adults and teens to encourage life-long learning among our patrons!

"Brian currently holds the position of South Whatcom Manager with the Whatcom County Library System in Washington state. He has presented at the state, regional, and national level on topics ranging from accessible services to innovative technologies. His professional interests include equal access to information, intellectual freedom, digital and technology based services, 21st-century literacies, and making libraries a key component in the ever changing climate of information and communication. Outside of libraryland, he is a husband, dad to two amazing dogs, and coffee shop frequenter."

Ben Hunter is the Associate Dean at the University of Idaho Library. Ben is also a former ILA President (2010-2011), past chair of ALA’s Chapter Relations Committee (2015-2016), an ALA Emerging Leader (2011), a Library Journal Mover & Shaker (2013), and a doctoral candidate at Simmons College in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions program. Ben is in the third year of his first term as ALA Chapter Councilor for ILA and is excited to not only bring ALA news to Idaho, but also to advocate for the issues that matter to Idaho’s library users and librarians.

Greg Kunz has worked for the Division of Welfare for over 30 years, 15 of those years as the Deputy Administrator managing automation design; technology implementations; data systems; finance strategies; and contract-based technology services. Most recently he played a key role in the implementation of Idaho’s Insurance Marketplace by creating strategies to transition data from the Federal Marketplace to Idaho’s Marketplace. He is currently working on the Migration of the Idaho Child Support system from the Idaho mainframe and finding business solutions that solve problems for the family. He enjoys visualizing complex relationships and workflows and playing with his grandkids.

Alex Johnatakis started at unBound two weeks before it opened to the public. At unBound, Alex coordinates programs and works to create processes that fit unBound's unusual needs. In her spare time, she likes to play video games and go camping with her two kids.

Lynn Johnson, District Library Media Specialist for the Mountain View School District and Grangeville Elementary Middle School building librarian, is a 2017 - 2018 Lilead Fellow. She hails from the north central Idaho area and works with 3 other building librarians. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Idaho, a Masters of Educational Technology from Boise State University and received her Library Endorsement education through the University of Montana and Montana Western.

I have an Associate's degree in Sociology and [will have by the time of the conference] a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. My experience comes largely from working at summer camp in McCall, ID running youth leadership programs. While at Boise State University, I got involved in various programs through the makerspace in the Albertsons Library that ignited my passion for libraries and the maker movement. Since then, I have worked towards establishing connections between makers in the Treasure Valley.

My name is Ryan Keenan and I am Youth Services and Outreach Coordinator for the Garden City Public Library. I am trained as a certified elementary education teacher and have a literacy endorsement. I have worked for the Boise School District as an Assistant Behavior Interventionist and have a background working with children with special needs. In 2014 I began my work at the Garden City Public Library as the Bells for Books Assistant and moved into Youth Services. I have worked all of the Youth Services positions at the library (Youth Services Assistant I, Youth Services Assistant II, and Youth Services and Outreach Coordinator). I have a passion for reading, writing, and education.

Jeremy Kenyon is a research librarian at the University of Idaho. He has been the natural resources librarian for the past seven years. He received his MLS from Indiana University.

Kelsey Keyes is a Reference & Instruction Librarian/Assistant professor at Boise State University.

Jenaleigh Kiebert, Digital Librarian & Layce Johnson, Processing Archivist

Peter L. Kraus is an Assoc. Librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. He has served as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Library & Museum Services, Utah State Library, Utah Humanities Council, the Seed Grant Committee of the University of Utah Foundation and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Kraus as also served as Chair of the Community & Government Relations Committee for the Faculty Senate at the University of Utah and has advised the Utah Academic Library Consortium on legislative issues.

Luke Malek has served as a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2012 representing District 4 in the A seat (Kootenai). Malek earned his bachelor's degree from the College of Idaho and his JD from the University of Idaho.

Bill Manny is the Community Engagement Editor of the Idaho Statesman.

Fiona May is the Youth Services Supervisor at Caldwell Public library; she provides programs for kids and teens, in addition to other things.

Lisa McGrath’s practice focuses on solving legal problems related to social media, the Internet, marketing, advertising, E-commerce, mobile apps, privacy, and technology. Throughout her practice, she has counseled clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and advertising agencies to hospitals and state and local governments. She also speaks frequently on social media law as it relates to the financial, healthcare, government, advertising, and other private and public sectors. Lisa received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, and her B.A. in political science cum laude from the Honors College at Boise State University.

Scott McIntosh is the Managing Editor of the Idaho Press Tribune.

Jim McNall is the Risk Management Specialist for ICRMP. He is responsible for loss control training and consulting. Jim spends most of his time meeting with ICRMP members and conducting training related to personnel management, governance, and a wide variety of other local government operations.

Ivar Nelson is currently a Trustee on the Board of the Latah County Library District. He is a former Director of the University of Idaho Press. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, and a Foreign Service Officer in Africa and to the United Nations. He has published books and magazines (including Palouse Journal), directed the Eastern Washington University Press, and written Mining Town with Pat Hart. He co-founded Bookpeople of Moscow and is Treasurer of the Kenworthy Theater in Moscow. He is a co-researcher on the “CCC in Idaho” project creating an open access, online digital portal at the University of Idaho library, and on the board of Palouse Pathways supporting secondary school students planning their future.

A recent Oregon transplant to Boise, I am in my 21st year in public education, 11th as teacher/librarian. I established a Battle of the Books program at individual schools and for an entire district in the Portland metro area, and served on the Oregon BOB Steering Committee for two years. I am now in the second year of the program at my current school and growing into other Boise School District sites. I hope to form a team of like-minded IBOBers to make this a statewide program in Idaho at the elementary and junior high levels.

I'm a librarian.

George Prentice is the News Editor of the Boise Weekly.

University of Idaho First Year Team: Diane Prorak, Kimberly Foster, Robert Perret and Sarah VanGundy, all Reference and Instruction Librarians at the U of Idaho Library.

Elizabeth Ramsey is a Research & Instruction Librarian/Assistant Professor with Albertsons Library at Boise State University. She is the liaison for programs in the School of Public Service as well as for the Center for Global Education. In addition, she has responsibilities in outreach for the library. Her research is focused primarily on issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education

"Carol Robinson is the District Librarian for Joint School District #171 in Orofino, Idaho. In 2015/16 she represented the smallest district in the Lilead Fellows Program with a mere 1,000 students; her district is located in north, central Idaho. Carol and the shop teacher and his students collaborated on an Idaho STEM action grant project entitled “Library Signs Galore”. Students used tools like a 3D printer, plastic engraver and wood circular saw to create professional looking signs for the school library. "

Deborah Lee Rose is an internationally published, award-winning author of children's books including the alphabet and counting classics Into the A, B, Sea and The Twelve Days of Kindergarten. Jimmy the Joey, about a koala rescue, is a RIF/Macy’s Multicultural Collection title and Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Students K-12. Deborah helped create and directed communications for the ALA/AASL honored STEM website She was also Director of Communications for Lindsay Wildlife Experience, which includes the first wildlife hospital in the U.S. Visit

Jenny Lynne Semenza is the Associate University Librarian for Research & Learning Services. A tenured faculty member she has been working at the Oboler Library for the past 20 some years in varying public services capacities. She has served on many University committees including Faculty Senate, General Education Requirements Committee, Curriculum Council, Budget Council, and University Web Development. Her service has also included committees at the library such as Space Planning, Database Assessment, and Events/Public Relations. Her current research interests include knowledge management, effective learning spaces, and innovative library practices.

Staci Shaw has a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. She taught in the classroom for fifteen years, worked as an instructional coach for teachers, and worked one-on-one with students with learning disabilities. Staci has been at the Commission since 2008, and enjoys coordinating early literacy and summer reading programs, facilitating training, and helping Idaho libraries serve their communities. Her passion is to get as many books as possible into the hands of children.

Coming Soon

The SPLAT Team is a group of volunteers collaborating to help libraries move forward and achieve their potential.

Kevin Tomlinson is the area field consultant for south central and southwest Idaho at the Idaho Commission for Libraries

Amy Vecchione is the President of the Idaho Library Association and an Associate Professor at Albertsons Library Boise State University. She cares about you and your success.r

Jane Veltkamp is a raptor biologist and rehabilitator, wildlife educator, trained nurse, and master falconer. She has lifetime care of Beauty the bald eagle and led the engineering team who made Beauty’s prosthetic beak. Jane is founding director of Birds of Prey Northwest, in Idaho, which educates the public about raptor conservation, including through live raptor programs, and provides medical treatment and rehabilitation to thousands of injured birds of prey. She is the eagle expert for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Native American Aviary. Visit

Ashlyn Velte is the Archivist at the University of Idaho Library’s Special Collections and Archives

As a Library Consultant at the Idaho Commission for Libraries I have worked on a variety of projects with teens and adults. In addition to managing the Talking Book Service, my current projects focus on increasing adult programming and making programs in Idaho's libraries.

Mackie is Community Librarian at the Meridian Library. She has been in this position for the past year and a half, although it's actually her third time working at MLD. Before that she worked in outreach at the Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City, OR. She lives with two cats, and hopefully one day, a dog.

Lori Wolff is the Administrator for the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, Welfare Division. She directs Self Reliance Programs, including SNAP, Medicaid eligibility, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Community Programs, and Child Support. In her 12 years at DHW she has led the design of new service delivery and business modernization efforts in policy, automation, and operations. Her leadership was instrumental in the low cost and highly successful replacement of Idaho’s legacy eligibility system and implementation of Idaho’s Insurance Marketplace with unprecedented service integration. She continues to champion Program Integration and Business Modernization in Idaho and in several national forums.

Taryn Yates is the Grant Manager/Planner at the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund, the state’s child abuse prevention agency. Taryn moved to Boise 11 years ago after receiving her Masters in Social Work from George Mason University. She started out as a community organizer working with low-income families regarding access to affordable health care. She then went on to work as the Public Policy Director for the Idaho Women’s Network where lobbied for child care licensing, equal pay, anti-shackling legislation, and other issues. She later segued into health-related non-profits as the Policy and Program Director for the National MS Society and the Executive Director at the National Hemophilia Foundation. Taryn has always embraced her calling as an advocate for vulnerable populations and is dedicated to supporting efforts to improve the lives of children in Idaho. Taryn is married with two young sons which keep her grounded in the mission and in tune with the experiences of parents.

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