Contributor Bios

-Justin Hoenke

Professional Interests:

 Going to the library as a child, Justin was so excited to be part of the building and the people in it.  Justin believes that the library is all about community, creativity, and fun.  With that in mind, he tackles his job as a teen librarian by focusing on the creation of the library as a home away from home for teens, a place where they can enjoy life, interact and meet new people, and overall have a positive experience.  Justin is also very interested in video gaming in libraries and how we can use this tool to teach skills to our community.

Simply put, he became a librarian to help people.

Background:

Justin graduated with his MLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania Department of Library Science in 2008 and completed his undergraduate at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2006.

Workplace:

Justin is currently the Manager of The 2nd Floor at The Chattanooga Public Library in Chattanooga, TN.

Personal Pursuits:

In his spare time, Justin hangs out with his wife Haley and their sons Finn and Aero.  He also blogs at justinthelibrarian.com and enjoys listening to and creating music.

Contact Information:

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-Mikael “Mick” Jacobsen

mick Professional Interests
Mick’s interests change rapidly and tend to get rather involved in whatever project and/or idea he is currently thinking about and working on…which anybody who reads his blog posts will soon learn.

Background (Professional and Otherwise)
Mick is an Adult Services Librarian now the Supervisor of Computer Labs at the Skokie Public Library, IL.  This, for Mick, entails working in a multitude of patron contact points,  designing and maintaining online presences, and managing the hyper busy Adult Services Computer Lab and the new Digital Media Lab. Before being hired by Skokie he was the Web Services Librarian at the Franklin Park Public Library, IL.  He is the current leader of the Web Services community of practice (concentrating on Drupal) spanning the Chicago suburbs.

He has authored a couple articles for the Library Journal and has many other article ideas floating in and out of his head. He has presented at CIL, ALA, and locally on technology related topics such as Drupal, Screencasting, and Google My Maps.

Mick graduated with an MLIS from Dominican University in January of 2008.  He has held many jobs before coming to librarianship.  These positions include teaching English as a foreign language in Seoul, South Korea, working as a night manager at a hotel right off of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and serving as front line management in the retail industry.  In 1999 he graduated from Knox College, IL with majors in History and Philosophy.  Mick was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and is intensely proud of it for some reason.

Personal Pursuits
Mick enjoys leisurely biking around the beautiful pathways of Northern Illinois with his wonderful wife.  Unlike most librarians, he couldn’t care less about coffee.

Contact Information
Feel free to email Mick at mljacobsen1 {at} hotmail.com or tweet him at twitter.com/mickjacobsen about any topic that he has written or spoken about or anything you think he may find interesting.

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-Katharine Johnson

Katharine

Professional Interests:

Katharine Johnson is currently in her final semester at Dominican University, working with contemplative fervor toward an MLIS.  This semester her courses consist of two independent studies, allowing her to devote the remainder of her research toward areas for which she has great passion: marketing in academic libraries and information architecture. 

Background:

After repeatedly taking the introductory chemistry courses at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Katharine quickly discovered that she was NOT cut out to be a geneticist.  Already working at the agriculture library on campus, it became apparent that libraries had always served her as a second home.  Thus, as an ambitious 19-year-old, her pursuit of an MLIS began.  In the meantime, she majored in Media Studies, concentrating her efforts on advertising, popular culture, and marketing.
These concepts have transferred well in her studies toward an MLIS from Dominican University.  She enjoys observing social dynamics, trends, and marketing methods. Acknowledging that libraries are not an island, but the backbone of a community, Katharine believes that libraries should reflect the users in a way that is seamlessly integrated into their lives.

 

Workplace:

As a Graduate Assistant at Dominican University’s Crown Library, Katharine has been given the opportunity to work side-by-side with librarians, aiding and taking initiative in the library’s progressive projects.  You’ll find her smiling face at the reference desk (and keep the Meebo questions coming!) or teaching user instruction courses.  She’s been working toward making research seem more accessible through metaphors that apply to students’ everyday lives.  She also has experience in the archives, event planning, and creating new marketing materials.

Personal Pursuits:

Katharine loves coffee and creativity and revels in the haven their union inspires.  You can also find her training for half-marathons, cooking, or writing letters to friends far and near.

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-Ben Lainhart
Professional Interests:
Ben recently graduated with an MLIS from Drexel University’s iSchool where he spent a lot of time thinking about social media and digital libraries and how they could impact developing countries. He enjoys debates over the future of libraries and strongly advocates for more social spaces, more technology and more chances for patrons to learn through collaboration and play. Ben is also interested education reform and online learning and would like to see LIS education become a little more experimental and innovative.
Ben is currently on the job hunt and is hoping for a position that will challenge him to be creative and to experiment with new ideas.
Background:
Ben graduated from Binghamton University in 2006 with a degree in Philosophy and Pre-Law. Since then he has worked in various jobs – ranging from digging ditches to doing pharmaceutical research to volunteering abroad – before deciding on the information profession. Though always a reader and book lover, Ben came to LIS because he found the conversations that were happening in the field surrounding topics like copyright and fair use, ebooks, self-publishing, DRM, free culture and social media were some of the most interesting and informed. Moreover, these conversations always seemed to contain a strong thread of social justice.
Personal Pursuits:
In his free time Ben enjoys running, walking with his two dogs, watching/debating movies, playing hockey, gardening and working through his ever-increasing pile of “to-read” books.
Contact Information:
E-mail: bclainhart@gmail.com
Twitter: @bclainhart

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Lee LeBlanc

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Professional interests:
Mostly, making technology usable or bending it to the users’ needs, re-imagining what the limits of traditional library services *should* be, and advocating for superior technology leadership within libraries –that is the strategic use of technology in libraries. Finally, working on nurturing a culture of innovation which libraries sorely need.
This is done through a serious application of questions. Lee questions everything- yes, everything. Is now the time to invent a new kind of library? Lee has a Masters of Information Science with concentrations in digital stuff & works full-time in an Academic Library. Another major role is predicting, rising trends for technology applications by listening and reading a lot about what other people think. This is why Lee *seems* smart.

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-Carrie Straka

Professional Interests

Carrie is fascinated by social media and how it can be used in libraries. She’s interested in connections between people and the information they need. She is constantly working to foster those connections.

Background (Professional and Otherwise)

After graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 1999, Carrie worked in the publishing industry for several years. She then decided to brave the world of librarianship, so she found a part-time position at a public library in the Chicago suburbs and started the GSLIS program at Dominican University. She graduated from Dominican with an MLIS in May 2009 and worked simultaneously at Vernon Area Public Library and Barrington Area Library. She now works full-time at Bartlett Public Library in Bartlett, IL. She is a co-chair for the ILA Membership Committee.

Personal Pursuits

Carrie likes to travel and goes on frequent road trips with her husband. She also enjoys scrapbooking and is working hard to not feel guilty because she’s not “caught up.” Like fellow contributor Justin Hoenke, she likes tattoos, but in her case, some are not simple or little.

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