2014 Keynote Speakers


Check Out  the Keynote Speakers For This Year’s Conference




Barbara Jones - Global Reach, Local Touch
Thursday, October 23, 8:30am

Barbara M. Jones is the Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, at the American Library Association in Chicago. Prior to that appointment, she spent her entire career in academic and research libraries, serving as Director in four of them:  Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY); University of Northern Iowa; Union College (New York); and Wesleyan University (CT). 
She received her MLS from Columbia University; her Archives Certification from New York University; and her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Minnesota. She has written two books on librarianship, the latest being Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Academic Library: Scenarios From the Front Lines (2009). She currently serves as a Consultant for IFLA’s FAIFE Committee (Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression).  She teaches about the freedom to read overseas for the U.S. State Department and for FAIFE.  She has taught in Canada, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.  (Her most recent trip took her to Ukraine before the uprising.)


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Barbara Fister - The Mystery of It All: Why We Enjoy Crime Fiction
Thursday, October 23, 7:00pm

Barbara Fister has coordinated instruction at the Gustavus Adolphus College library in St. Peter, Minnesota, for over 25 years, but is still learning how to help students (and faculty) learn. She has studied students’ research processes, examined the relationship between writing and research, and teaches an upper division course on how information works.

She has written widely on open access to scholarship and is interested in the future of publishing of all kinds. Popular literacy practices and the ways reading communities form online is the subject of her upcoming sabbatical research. She also is a writer of fiction, having published three mysteries. She is on the board of the non-profit organization, Sisters in Crime, and coordinates a project to monitor gender patterns in reviews and awards within the crime genre.

You can follow Barbara’s generalist tendencies on Twitter (@bfister) and through Library Journal’s Peer to Peer Review or the Library Babel Fish blog at Inside Higher Ed.



Laura Damon-Moore & Erinn Batykefer - Libraries as Incubators for the Arts
Friday, October 24, 8:30am

Laura Damon-Morre is an Iowa native and excited about presenting at ILA! Laura received her master’s degree from the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies in 2012. She is currently the Assistant Director for the Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, WI. Laura is a member of ALA’s America’s Libraries in the 21st Century Committee and serves on the Educator Advisory Panel for Filament Games. Her library interests include programming, particularly for children and young adults; community outreach and engagement; and the development and support of strong library + arts partnerships and projects.

Erinn Batykefer earned her MFA in Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 and her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012; she currently works as an Assistant Librarian at Madison Public Library. Her first poetry collection, Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press 2009) won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Prize. Erinn focused on public librarianship during her MLIS  and is particularly interested in ebooks and electronic access, social media marketing, community programming and engagement, and library makerspaces.




Thomas Maltman - Lore and Locality: The Stories and Places That Made Little Wolves, and My Experience as the All Iowa Reads Selection in 2014 
Friday, October 24, 12:15pm

Thomas Maltman’s essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His first novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.” He’s taught for four years at Normandale Community College and lives in the Twin Cities area. Little Wolves is his second novel.