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Christine Bannan Keynote speaker

Christine Bannan is policy counsel at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute in Washington, DC. where she works on platform accountability and privacy issues. She advocates for policies at the federal and state level to promote an Internet that is open and free, working to ensure that every community has equitable access to digital technology and its benefits.
Before her work at the Open Technology Institute, she was consumer protection counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), where she advocated for stronger privacy regulations before the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Election Commission, and other government agencies. Her prior work experiences include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, U.S. Copyright Office, and the Wikimedia Foundation. She is an Internet Law and Policy Foundry Fellow and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Bannan earned her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and B.A. in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross.

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Annalise Berdini

Annalise Berdini is the Digital Archivist at Princeton University, where she manages Special Collections’ Digital Curation program. She has previously worked at UC San Diego and on the PACSCL/CLIR Hidden Collections project. She received her BA in English Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey and her MSLIS with concentrations in Archives and Digital Libraries from Drexel University.

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Alex Carruthers

Alex Carruthers is the Manager, Learning and Community Engagement at Toronto Public Library. Her portfolio brings user education, online and blended learning and community engagement together to support the lifelong learning, professional development, and civic engagement of Torontonians. She holds an MA and MLIS from the University of Alberta.

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Dr. Sandra Hirsh

Dr. Sandy Hirsh is Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Professional and Global Education at San José State University (SJSU). She previously served as Professor and Director of the SJSU School of Information for ten years. She is currently serving as President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and has served previously as President of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). She co-founded and co-chairs the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series. Her work on blockchain use cases in libraries was funded by an IMLS grant and the findings were published as book 3, “Blockchain”, in the ALA Library Futures Series. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and a MLIS degree from the University of Michigan.

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Curriculum Vitae

Valencia Johnson

Valencia Johnson is the Archivist for Student Life at Princeton University. In addition to being a certified archivist, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and History from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Baylor University. She engages with student organizations on managing and preserving their records, in analog and born-digital formats.

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Sam Northern

Sam Northern is a National Board-Certified school librarian. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Kentucky University in 2021. Sam serves as past president of the Kentucky Association of School Librarians. In 2014 Sam was selected for the Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad Program, where he spent four weeks in China studying its history, culture, and education system. Since then, Sam has voyaged to Antarctica as a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, worked aboard a research vessel on the Atlantic Ocean as a Teacher at Sea with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and traveled to Bahrain as a Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce TEACH Fellow. From January to April 2018, Sam resided in Finland as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program to research best practices for inquiry-based learning and to create a PBL website. As an NEA Global Learning Fellow, Sam will visit Peru in 2022 for an international field study experience. A five-time winner of the Kentucky Education Association’s Diversity Lesson Plan Contest, Sam draws on his experiences to encourage students to celebrate the splendid dimensions of our world. Sam believes that students’ exploration of authentic topics through advanced technologies nurtures a global perspective and community-mindedness.

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Katy Rawdon

Katy Rawdon is the Coordinator of Technical Services for the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has worked previously at the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American College of Physicians, and the Beinecke Library at Yale University. She received her BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from Smith College and her MLS from Simmons College.

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Preston Tobery

Preston Tobery is the Coordinator of Maker Technologies for the University of Maryland libraries, beginning his career at UMD in 2013 and quickly became known as the go-to person for emerging and developing technology. He is responsible for the planning and oversight of the John & Stella Graves Makerspace located in the McKeldin library, as well as serving as the maker technology advisor for the branch libraries on campus. He is also one of the founding members of the campus’ Maker Space Initiative (MSI) which brings together all spaces on campus for collaboration and planning. Preston is an expert in many “maker” technologies including 3D printing, 3D modeling, virtual and augmented reality. He specializes in teaching these technologies and aiding the user to bring their ideas to reality, and cross-campus collaboration to bring these technologies into the classroom. Preston has a passion for creating assistive devices for both humans and animals and is currently working on his first patent. Preston also serves as a mentor for several Gemstone honors college teams on campus and has assisted with the new First-Year Innovation & Research Experience at UMD in 2018. Preston has co-written several articles regarding this technology and has been published three times. Preston is a board member and 3D printing expert for the Hester J Hodgdons’ Libraries for All for which he has assisted with the implementation of a 3D printing program located in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. In his free time, Preston enjoys other maker activities like cooking, woodworking, and blade smithing.

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The Southeast Florida Library Information Network and related materials are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Library Cooperative Grant, from the State of Florida, both which are administered by the Florida Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.