Keynote Speaker : Bio
Friday Morning, May 6th, 2011
Melanie Hawks, University of Utah
Melanie Hawks has spent the last twenty years developing training programs for adult learners in the library, university, health care, and nonprofit sectors. She has spent those same twenty years learning how to get things done with minimal resources and virtually no authority. She is currently the Learning and Development Coordinator at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. Prior to this, she worked for the University of Utah’s Human Resources Division and served as the Program Officer for Training and Leadership Development at the Association of Research Libraries. Melanie authored the first two volumes in ACRL’s Active Guide series: Life-Work Balance (2008) and Influencing Without Authority (2009). She received her Master of Professional Communication from Westminster College in 2008.
Carol Everhart, Director of Library Services, Tarrant County College - Trinity River
Carol Everhart, a veteran librarian with over 25 years of experience in academic and special libraries is currently Director of Library Services for Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus in Fort Worth, TX.
Before coming to Tarrant County College, Everhart served as Dean of Learning Resources at Cedar Valley College, Director of the Engineering Library for Bell Helicopter Textron, and Carter & Burgess Engineering Company.
A Kellogg Fellow and a former member of the Governor’s Commission for Library & Information Services, Everhart earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Library and Information Science from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.
Dr. Ellen Safley, Director of Libraries, The University of Texas at Dallas
Ellen Safley is the Director of Libraries at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include enhancing and developing new services for the 21st century library, migrating traditional collections to maximize the acquisition and use of electronic resources, and embracing assessment techniques to show how libraries are used and changing over time. She is involved with many organizations including the American Library Association. Ellen was involved with TexShare over 10 years as chair of Texas Collections Working Group (TexTreasures). Ellen holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. When she is not working, Ellen dabbles in botanical illustration and is an avid orchid enthusiast.
Pat Van Zandt, Assistant Dean of Scholarly Resources and Research Services, Southern Methodist University
Pat Van Zandt currently serves as Assistant Dean for Scholarly Resources and Research Services at SMU. Prior to coming to SMU, she was at Swem Library of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she began as part-time Physics Librarian and morphed into full-time Science Librarian, then Director of Collections and Staff Development, and finally Director of Research, Instruction and Outreach Services. She was also chair of the Resources for Users Committee of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, which chooses electronic resources for academic libraries in the state. Pat has also worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Williamsburg (Virginia) Regional Library. Her particular professional interests are staff training and development, and electronic collections. Pat's over 30 years in libraries include experience in reference, interlibrary loan, instruction, collection development, staff development, outreach, information commons, consortia, and administration.