Cody Allen is the Young Adult & TECH Lab Librarian at Billings Public Library in Billings, Montana. He spends most of his time at the library running a digital learning lab for teens that focuses on STEAM programming built around the principles of HOMAGO and Connected Learning. In his free time he enjoys tabletop games, hiking, and fly fishing.
Jan Anderson began working in the library industry immediately after graduation from Brigham Young University, and has worked with several library software and book providers, and a couple of publishers, over the last 27 years. He worked for Management Dynamics, the Utah company that first developed Bibliostat CollectConnect, and was subsequently acquired by Baker & Taylor. Jan has lived his whole life in Utah, except for two years in South Africa, and has visited every state except Alaska. He and his wife are the parents of four daughters and one son-in-law, and the proud new grandparents of one granddaughter.
Kim Anderson is the Director of Programs and Grants for Humanities Montana.
Kenning Arlitsch has been dean of the library at Montana State University in Bozeman since 2012. He is the current chair of TRAILS, Montana’s consortium of academic libraries, serves on the Montana State Library Commission and is chair of the HathiTrust Board of Governors. Prior to moving to Montana, he worked for eighteen years at the University of Utah in a variety of positions that included library instruction, digital library development, and IT. Arlitsch earned his MLIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his PhD at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
Elsie Arntzen is the current State Superintendent, elected in 2016 to a four-year term. Arntzen is a 4th generation Montanan from Billings. She is the daughter of two Montana public school teachers and she taught 5th and 6th grade in Billings Public Schools for 23 years. She has degrees in Economics and Education from the University of Montana and Montana State University respectively. In addition to her teaching career, she served in the Montana Legislature for 12 years. She served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives from 2005 to 2013 and one term in the Montana Senate from 2013 until she was sworn in as Superintendent of Public Instruction on January 2, 2017. She is the proud mother of two daughters and grandmother of four grandchildren. She has been married to her high school sweetheart Steve for 41 years. With her strong background in public education, she is honored to serve as Superintendent of Montana’s public schools and it is her mission to put Montana students first at the Office of Public Instruction.
Jaime Augst is the Outreach Program Manager at Museum of the Rockies (MOR). Since May of 2017 Jaime has supported MOR’s robust outreach and education programs. Jaime organizes school field trips, maintains MOR’s selection of outreach kits and the StarLabs, and administers live stream events. MOR has supported the Summer Reading Program since 2013. Providing libraries across the state of Montana with outreach kits that supply hands-on activities to augment the summer’s unique reading theme, MOR is excited to partner with Montana State Library to continue to provide meaningful resources to as many people as possible!
Matt Beckstrom was born and raised in Montana. He has been with the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena Montana since 1999 as the Systems Manager/Librarian. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Montana State University Billings in 2010, and graduated with his Masters of Information Science in information systems degree, with two graduate academic certificates: Advanced management of Libraries and Information Agencies, and Digital Content Management from the University of North Texas in 2012. He currently serves on the Montana Library Association board, the ACLU of Montana Board, and is a chapter councilor for the American Library Association. He has written and contributed to several books on privacy, security, and the Internet. He is also a frequent presenter at conferences on a variety of topics including technology, security and privacy.
Connie Behe, Director of ImagineIF Libraries, never thought she would go into administration. Her passion for positive work environments, building community relationships and social justice led her to increasing responsibility. Turns out, it is fun and highly rewarding to work with a team to create the workplace you always wish you had.
Jennifer Birnel is the Director of the Montana Memory Project for the Montana State Library. She is a graduate of University of Montana, Western Kentucky University, and Leslie University. She is an experienced teacher and trainer. Jennifer enjoys travel, camping, kayaking, and reading in her hammock.
Star Bradley is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at MSU Library in Bozeman, MT. Star has taught credit bearing classes, to include LSCI 121 (Library Research Skills). Star routinely does one shot instruction sessions for other classes on campus as well as workshops on databases, EndNote, and more.
Kate Brayko, Ph.D. is an associate professor of literacy education in the University of Montana’s Teaching and Learning department. In her teaching and research in teacher education, she focuses on fostering rich language and literacy development opportunities for young learners, particularly those experiencing poverty.
Cindy Christin has been at the Bozeman Public Library for almost 30 years, mostly focused on young children and their families. Cindy has been involved with CSLP for 18 years and is currently serving as secretary on the CSLP Board.
Tracy Cook provides consulting assistance on a variety of topics and oversees the consulting, continuing education, and lifelong learning programs within the State Library. Tracy’s areas of expertise include library law, board development, personnel, local government relations, and advocacy. Tracy enjoys hiking, canoeing, citizen scientist work, and golf.
Jan Dawson is the Technical Services Librarian at Livingston Public Library.
Dusty Deans is from Lincoln County Public Libraries, a three-branch county library system in the northwest corner of Montana. Dusty is a local artist with deep roots in the community. Together, with Alyssa Ramirez they’re moving their library (and how people view it) into the 21st Century.
Heather Dickerson is the Teen Services Librarian at Lewis & Clark Library in Helena. A raucous Harry Potter Program is her favorite thing to plan. When she’s not at the library, she’s outside with her family.
Jamie Doggett is a rancher from White Sulpher Springs. She joined the Commission in 2018.
Abbi Dooley is the Director at North Lake County Public Library District in Polson and serves on the Content Management Committee for the Montana Shared Catalog. Abbi does the majority of her library’s cataloging and enjoys original cataloging when the opportunity arises. She looks forward to teaching other interested librarians how to catalog in OCLC Connexion Browser.
Samantha Dwyer is the Program Officer for Humanities Montana.
Jessica Edwards is the Data Coordinator for the Montana State Library. Prior to joining the State Library, she worked in public libraries in Southern California and taught English in Japan. Jessica holds an MLIS from Syracuse University.
Julie Biando Edwards is an Instructional Designer with Niche Academy. In 2017 she was awarded a Fulbright to teach in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of Botswana, where she spent two years teaching and conducting professional development for academic, school, public, and special librarians. She holds an MSLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MA in English from the University of Connecticut. She is the author of numerous articles, the co-editor of Beyond Article 19: Libraries and Social and Cultural Rights (Library Juice 2010), and the co-author of Transforming Libraries, Building Communities: The Community Centered Library (Scarecrow 2013).
Maren Engen is the current chair of MLA’s Children’s and Young Adult Services Interest Group and attended the CSLP annual meeting in September 2019. She is Assistant Director at the Chouteau County Library in Fort Benton.
Corey Fifles is a reference, programming, and outreach librarian at Bozeman Public Library. She’s passionate about community engagement, youth literacy, great picture books, and having a good time.
John Finn is a Montana librarian. He has held many positions in and around Montana since 1997. He has been the Director of Lewis & Clark Library in Helena since January 2016, and Chair of the Montana Library Association Government Affairs Committee for that same time period.
Joann Flick coordinates training activities at the Montana State Library. Jo holds and MS Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and previously worked in product development, marketing, and training for the Agency for Instructional Technology in Bloomington, IN, as Education Director for Mountain Lake PBS in upstate NY and as an arts and museum educator as well. She currently serves as co-chair of the information Literacy Interest Group for MLA and as co-chair of the COSLA CE Cohort’s CE4Us planning committee. She has contributed to and guided the development of published instructional technology for all ages and in many subject areas. When Jo isn’t planning educational opportunities for librarians in Montana, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and plein air painting.
Martha Furman is a Senior Librarian at ImagineIF Libraries in Flathead County, Montana. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. In her current position, she manages the Youth Services and Marketing departments and collaborates with other senior team members to develop long range planning for ImagineIF Libraries. She is passionate about equity, collective impact, and libraries creating positive social change.
Roberta Gebhardt graduated from Montana State University – Bozeman with a BA in English Education with a minor in Library Science. She began working at the Montana State Library in 1997. She went on to pursue her MLS and graduated from the University of North Texas in 2006. She currently works as the Library Manager at the Montana Historical Society.
Nanette Gilbertson is a partner at Smith and McGowan, Inc., which is an association management and government relations firm located in Helena. Nanette has worked at Smith and McGowan since 2005 and functions as the Executive Director and lobbyist for non-profit associations, including the Montana County Attorneys Association, MT Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, and the Montana Academy of Ophthalmology. Nanette is the lobbyist for the Montana Library Association, the Montana Advocates for Children and the Humane Society of Western Montana. In this role, Nanette helps organizations develop and implement both legislative and regulatory priorities. In 2018 Nanette was awarded the Executive Director Organizational Development Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In her spare time, Nanette enjoys spending time outside with her husband, two kids and dog.
Stephanie Gregg is the Children’s Librarian at Bicentennial Library of Colstrip. She have a degree in Early Childhood Education and have a great deal of real life experience in early childhood speech and language development. She is a wife and mother of two small children and is originally from Southern California and has lived in Montana for 5 years.
Mary Anne Hansen serves as Research Services Librarian at the MSU-Bozeman Library. She also coordinates the MSU Library’s annual Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute. She is current MLA President and very happy to be here at MLA 2020 with all of you!
Jemma Hazen, Montana Shared Catalog Systems Administrator, specializes in Technical Services and the automation of Technical Services processes. She has been working for the Montana State Library since 2014.
Pam Henley has been a consulting librarian with the Montana State Library for over 6 years. Before that she worked at Bozeman Public Library in several departments. Over the years she’s seen the issues that can result from poor communications, and would like to help everyone improve their communication style.
Anne Holland: Anne’s professional training includes a B.S. and a B.A in Astrophysics and English Writing from the University of Hawaii in 2007 (along with minors in math and geology), and a Master’s in Science in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota in 2012, focusing on planetary geology. She has previously conducted astronomy based outreach for the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station, Hawaii Forest and Trail, and various youth groups. Anne also worked at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science prior to joining NCIL in Fall 2010. As Community Engagement Manager at NCIL, Anne manages all the library (STAR_Net) and museum (Great Balls of Fire) tours, and serves as Project Manager for many NCIL programs. Anne also leads SSI’s outreach efforts, visiting schools, libraries and science centers and conducting hands-on science programs (like stargazing)
Natasha Hollenback As the Digital Projects Librarian at the Montana Historical Society, Natasha Hollenbach primarily works on digitizing and providing access to historic newspapers. After teaching searching skills to a wide range of audiences using several online resources, she realized that metadata is the silent dictator of the internet. Now her fondest dream is to teach enough people about metadata that she can say the word at a party without getting the blank stares of incomprehension or boredom.
Kristin Dahl Horejsi directs the Learning and Belonging (LAB) Preschool at the University of Montana. She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education/Early Intervention and has over 25 years of experience working with birth to five-year-old children.
Mike Jetty is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and a Turtle Mountain Chippewa descendant. He is currently working at the Montana Office of Public Instruction as an Indian Education Specialist and has been working with Indian Education issues for the past 28 years. He has a B.S. in History Education, a Master’s in School Administration and an Education Specialist Degree. Since 2004 he has provided over 200 Indian Education workshops for over 4000 educators.
Elizabeth Jonkel was appointed Chair of the Montana Book Award Committee in 2018. In her other job, she serves as the Assistant Director at Missoula Public Library in Missoula, Montana.
Rebekah Kamp, Montana Shared Catalog Systems Administrator, specializes in analytics and public access and discovery products. Prior to joining the Montana State Library in 2017, she worked as a librarian in a variety of roles, including cataloging, technology, and youth services. She earned her MLIS from the University of Washington in 2011. Outside of the office, Rebekah volunteers with the Girl Scouts and explores the world near and far with her husband and three children.
Teressa Keenan is an associate professor serving as Head, Bibliographic Management Services and Metadata Librarian at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library in Missoula, Montana. She earned her MLIS in 2008 from the University of Washington iSchool. Teressa has over 20 years of experience cataloging a variety of materials including maps, government documents, videorecordings, and photographs.
Amelea Kim has worked as the Lifelong Learning Librarian at the Montana State Library since June 2018. Her library interests include children’s services, particularly services for ages 0 – 5, health literacy, community outreach/support, and supporting Montana librarians in the amazing work that they do! In her free time, Amelea enjoys hiking, baking cakes and consuming said cakes, and making forays into various crafting hobbies.
Anne Kish lives in Twin Bridges and works as a librarian at the University of Montana Western in Dillon. In addition to working as the Library Director, she’s a faculty member of the University of Montana’s K-12 Library Media Endorsement program. Anne was appointed to the Commission in 2014 and she was reappointed in 2017.
Aaron LaFrombroise is the Director of Library Services at Medicine Spring Library; she has served the library for 10 years in both a library technician and new director capacities. Aaron is active in the local Montana library community, serving as a commissioner for the Montana State Library since 2013 and has served on the awards committee as well as the chair for ASLD for a year. Aaron is the Secretary of the Executive Board of the American Indian Library Association. Aaron’s passion for her community can be seen in many of the initiatives in both her library and her larger outreach. Outside the library, Aaron enjoys crafts, coaching the Lego Robotics for girls and spending time with family.
Stephan Licitra is the Technical Services Librarian at the State Law Library of Montana. In addition to locating and acquiring new materials for the library’s collections he serves as the coordinator for the Federal Depository Library Program at the library. The mission of the program is to provide Americans with free, ready, and permanent public access to Federal Government information. He is also member of the Montana Shared Catalog’s Content Management Committee and chair of MLA’s Division of Academics and Special Libraries. When Stephan is not working, he likes to read, sing in the choir, or cook.
Kim Lloyd is the Summer Food Service Program Manager with the Office of Public Instruction for the State of Montana. The USDA Summer Food Service Program helps combat summer learning loss by providing free, healthy meals to kids during the summer when school is out. As the Summer Food Service Program Manager, Kim plays an important role in helping kids return to school ready to learn and grow.
Patrick Lloyd, LMSW is the first library social worker in Texas and the only helping professional on staff with the City of Georgetown. Working within a suburban community, Patrick’s work is holistic in nature and includes assessment & referral of patrons with diverse needs, identification of local resource gaps, advocating for expansion of social service capacity within the city, and serving as a liaison between city staff & local nonprofit agencies. He is a member of the PLA Social Work Task Force, created in the fall of 2018. Patrick has presented at ALA, PLA, & Texas Library Association Conferences and at state library-sponsored functions across the country.
Amy Marchwick, Montana Shared Catalog Lead Systems Administrator, specializes in configuration and new library migration. She provides member libraries with technical support for the ILS as well as migration, and really enjoys helping librarians streamline their processes and collections. Before joining the Montana State Library in 2011, she worked at the Belgrade Community Library.
Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region located at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. She provides outreach to public libraries and community organizations to provide information and resources to help improve the health of the communities they serve. Prior to working for the NNLM, Carolyn was a hospital librarian for over 20 years serving both patient and hospital staff.
Keiley McGregor, Montana Shared Catalog Trainer, specializes in making the unknown of the MSC’s technology familiar instead of scary. Online step-by-steps and tutorial videos are her weapons of choice (because who remembers how to do something perfectly the first time?!). Facilitating lifelong learning for adults, coaching college students through finals, and training for her first 50K trail race all taught her that successful learning almost always comes down to mistakes, humor, and small, consistent steps forward.
Hannah McKelvey is an Assistant Professor and Electronic Resources & Discovery Services Librarian at MSU Bozeman. Her work includes managing all aspects of electronic information licensed by the Library through third-parties and to facilitate discovery and access to the Library’s electronic resources and physical materials.
Heather Navratil is a librarian at Carroll College. She does cataloging, library instruction and reference. She earned her MLIS from Simmons College in 2007. Because Heather became a cataloger in the era of RDA, DDA and colossal ebook packages, she understands how collaborators and mentors save one’s bacon. She is happy to “pay forward” the debt she incurred (and continues to incur!) when she was a neophyte.
Born in Eugene, Oregon, Bruce Newell moved to Helena in 1980 and worked as a public service and network services librarian for the Montana State Library and the Lewis & Clark Public Library. Bruce was active in the Montana Library Association, and feels fortunate to have participated in the global library cooperative OCLC as first a delegate and later an elected Trustee. Bruce is now retired, but he continues to be engaged with librarianship. Bruce was appointed to the Commission in 2014. He’s grateful for the opportunity to serve Montana’s libraries as a MSL Commissioner.
Paulette Parpart is a librarian and cataloger at Missoula Public Library.
Alyssa Ramirez is from Lincoln County Public Libraries, a three-branch county library system in the northwest corner of Montana. Alyssa is a transplant from California with an MLIS from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Together with Dusty Deans they’re moving their library (and how people view it) into the 21st Century.
Tammy Ravas is a Professor at the University of Montana’s Mansfield Library. She holds an MLS and an MA in Music History from The University at Buffalo (SUNY). Throughout her career, she has specialized in visual and performing arts librarianship. Her main teaching and research interests are focused on copyright as it applies to undergraduate students. She is not a lawyer, and her presentation should not be construed as legal advice.
Suzanne Reymer is a Statewide Consulting Librarian for Montana State Library. She works with public librarians and boards on law, policies, strategic planning, technology, etc. She presented a webinar on Fine Free Libraries in 2018 that generated a lot of discussion. This session is designed to carry on that discussion and provide additional information.
Leslie Rieger has been a cataloger at the University of Montana’s Mansfield Library since 2002, doing both copy and original cataloging. She specializes in cataloging music materials.
Joseph Rutherford is from Browning and attending college at the University of Montana, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Drama. Joseph has worked with Upward Bound students throughout college and after moving back home to Browning. He started working at Medicine Springs Library two years ago as the digital specialist.
Andrew Sanderbeck is a recognized expert presenter and consultant for libraries and library organizations. His most requested topics include customer service and retention, effective communication and management and leadership skills. He has presented at ALA, PLA and at many state and regional library conferences, as well as international conferences in the United Arab Emirates and many European Countries. Andrew is the Vice Chairman of The Library Board of Trustees for the Haywood County Public Libraries and advocates for libraries with his monthly donation to EveryLibrary.
Lisa Skelton is Public Services Manager at Lewis & Clark Library, Helena.
Jennie Stapp is a Montana native. She holds a BA in International Studies from Rocky Mountain College. She earned her MLS from the University of Arizona in 2002. While in library school Jennie was a Cates Scholar. Jennie worked previously for the Montana Historical Society Research Center and joined the staff of the State Library in 2005. She has been State Librarian since January, 2012.
Kit Stephenson is the Assistant Director at Bozeman Public Library.
Zoe Ann Stoltz As Reference Historian for the Montana Historical Society, Zoe Ann’s career combines her two passions, the people and history of Montana! After growing up in eastern Montana, and raising three daughters in the northwestern corner of the state, Zoe Ann pursued her dream of becoming a Public Historian. To this end, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in MA, and earned her Master’s in History from the University of Montana. She has been the MHS Reference Historian for over a decade!
Shirley Thao is the Program Manager for the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation.
Laura Tretter is the Technical Services Librarian at the Montana Historical Society where her job is focused on cataloging, special collections, and reference. Before coming to Montana Laura worked in public libraries with experience in public services, technical services, and administration. Laura came to Montana in 2011 to work at the State Law Library doing cataloging, acquisitions, and serials. Laura received her MLS from University of Washington in 2001.
Christina Trunnell joined the Montana academic library community in the spring of 2019. She comes with 15 years experience in academic libraries, serving various positions until becoming a college library director in 2009. Trunnell has been a tenured faculty member teaching in areas of information literacy, composition, literature, film, and philosophy. Trunnell’s expertise in information literacy, open educational resources and copyright practices, as well as community engagement aid her in bringing open teaching and learning practices to Montana higher education. She currently serves as the TRAILS OER statewide coordinator for Montana.
Stephanie Vierow-Fields: Stephanie was awarded a BA in Anthropology Magna cum Laude from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011 along with a minor in Theatre Arts. She received her Master of Arts with Merit in 2013 from the University of Bristol’s Archaeology for Screen Media Program in the United Kingdom with extensive experience in a wide range of media and science platforms including museum visuals, film, and archaeological field work. She was the First Assistant Director on the web series “9realms”, as well as became the Creative Director for Slant of Light productions, a theatre-based nonprofit based in Milford, CT. Since then she worked in Special Events for Disney Event Group at Walt Disney World as well as a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. Stephanie joined the NCIL team as Education Coordinator in November of 2018, where she will be working as a liaison with project partners to build relationships and proactively determine needs.
Ann Vinciguerra is the Events and Communications Manager at Montana State University Library in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to working for MSU she served as a development officer for various NGOs gaining experience in all aspects of fundraising, event planning and communications. Ann earned an M.A. in communication from University of Wyoming and a B.S. in liberal studies from Southern Connecticut State University.
Ken Wall has more than 30 years of experience in geographic information systems, beginning at the University of Montana as a GIS research specialist in 1986 and serving in the capacity of founder and president of Geodata Services, Inc. since 1993. Ken holds a BS in Forestry from the University of Montana, graduating in 1978. Ken served as assistant director of the Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana for 8 years. Ken earned certification as an Esri Desktop Associate, was certified by Esri to teach ArcGIS courses and is a CompTIA CTT+ Certified Technical Trainer. He was appointed and served 2 consecutive terms on the Montana Land Information Act Council. Ken was appointed to the Commission in 2015 and he was reappointed in 2018.
Gavin Woltjer is Library Director at Billings Public Library.
Jan Zauha is Humanities and Outreach Librarian in Special Collections and Archival Informatics at the Montana State University Library where she has been a faculty member since 1995. With masters’ degrees in literature and library science, she works extensively with archives in classroom and community settings and on other public humanities projects. She has been deeply involved in the Ivan Doig Archive since its arrival at MSU in 2015, developing curricular outreach opportunities and partnerships to ensure the use and appreciation of the archive by many audiences.