Living the Future 7: Transforming Libraries Through Collaboration

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Peter M. Senge, Ph.D.

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Peter M. Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is also founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions."  He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline:  The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization (1990, revised edition published 2006) and, with colleagues Charlotte Roberts, Rick Ross, Bryan Smith and Art Kleiner, co-author of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook:  Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization (1994) and a fieldbook The Dance of Change:  The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (March, 1999), also co-authored by George Roth.  In September 2000,  a fieldbook on education was published, the award winning Schools That Learn:  A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education, co-authored with Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Timothy Lucas, Bryan Smith, Janis Dutton, and Art Kleiner. His book, Presence:  Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, co-authored with Claus Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers, and published in March 2004 by the Society for Organizational Learning.

Now, in his next major book, Senge urges us to tackle today’s sustainability crisis by helping us see and rethink the big-picture system that connects energy, transportation, food, water, and materials to the way we do business. The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World by Peter Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley, and is a book about the end of The Industrial Age Bubble—the “take, make, waste” way of thinking that has dominated the developed world for the past 200 years. It is also a book about a new era of extraordinary opportunities for profitable innovation, if companies can move past environmental quick-fixes that make them seem “less bad” to integrating sustainability into their core strategies for value creation. To help us address one of history’s most formidable challenges, The Necessary Revolution opens our eyes to a global system that is woefully out of balance and out of date, and offers an urgently needed set of skills and capabilities that will change how organizations and individuals operate at the most fundamental level.

Dr. Senge has lectured extensively throughout the world, translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools for better understanding of economic and organizational change.  His areas of special interest focus on decentralizing the role of leadership in organizations so as to enhance the capacity of all people to work productively toward common goals.  Dr. Senge's work articulates a cornerstone position of human values in the workplace; namely, that vision, purpose, reflectiveness, and systems thinking are essential if organizations are to realize their potentials.  He has worked with leaders in business, education, health care and government.

The Fifth Discipline hit a nerve deep within the business and education community by introducing the theory of learning organizations.  Since its publication, more than a million copies have been sold world-wide.  In 1997, Harvard Business Review identified it as one of the seminal management books of the past 75 years.  There have been feature articles in Business Week, Fortune , Fast Company, Sloan Management Review and other leading business periodicals regarding the work of Dr. Senge and his colleagues at MIT and SoL. 

The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (over 400,000 copies sold) was developed in response to questions from readers of The Fifth Discipline who wanted more help with tools, methods and practical experiences in developing enhanced learning capabilities within their own companies.  The Dance of Change is based on more recent experiences of companies developing learning capabilities over many years, and the strategies leaders develop to deal with the many challenges this work entails.  Dr. Senge has also authored many articles published in both academic journals and the business press on systems thinking in management.

The Journal of Business Strategy (September/October 1999) named Dr. Senge as one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years.  The Financial Times (2000) named him as one of the world’s “top management gurus.” Business Week (October 2001) rated Peter as one of The Top (ten) Management Gurus.

Peter Senge received a B.S. in engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in social systems modeling and Ph.D. in management from MIT.  He lives with his wife and their two children in central Massachusetts.

Conference Speakers

Brenda Bailey-Hainer:

Brenda Bailey-Hainer is President and CEO of the Bibliographical Center for Research, BCR, a nonprofit cooperative with over 8,000 members.  Prior to joining BCR, she served as Networking and Resource Sharing Director at the Colorado State Library where she oversaw statewide resource sharing, virtual reference, and digitization projects.  She worked in various positions at OCLC, most recently as Distributed Systems Director, at commercial businesses in the library industry, and in academic libraries.  She has an MLS from Kent State University, an MM from the University of South Dakota, and is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.  She will present Building a Digital Cultural Heritage Resource: BCR’s Collaborative Digitization Program.

Sue Baughman:

Sue Baughman is the Assistant Dean for Organizational Development at the University of Maryland Libraries. She is responsible for ensuring team effectiveness by supporting planning, design and improvement of organizational systems and processes; providing training and facilitation to ensure quality customer service; and consulting, mentoring and coaching team leaders and staff to develop and enhance their effectiveness in the organization. Prior to joining the UM Libraries in 1996, she held leadership positions at the Essex-Hudson Regional Library Cooperative (NJ), the Maryland State Department of Education, and the Anne Arundel County Public Library (MD). She will be presenting on ClimateQUAL™ – Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment.

Joni Blake:

Joni Blake is the Executive Director of the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of 31 research libraries in the central and western United States. Prior to joining GWLA, she served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stephens College where she oversaw the library, archives, instructional technology, institutional research and accreditation. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She will be accompanying Maliaca Oxnam and Marie Waltz in presenting Following the TRAIL: Gift-Cultures and Collaborative Efforts for the Library Community.

Karen Brown:

Karen Brown is Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at Dominican University and teaches primarily in the areas of collection management, foundations of librarianship, and library leadership.  Prior to her current position, she developed and managed continuing education programs at the Chicago Library System, one of Illinois’ multi-type library consortiums.  She has also worked in several academic libraries, including positions that focused on collection development, instruction, and administration at Bard College, Teachers College at Columbia University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Maryland.  She holds an MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Communication Arts from New York University. Karen Brown will present Collaborating Across Campus Toward Cross-Cultural Communication.

Kimberly Chapman:

Kimberly Chapman, Assistant Librarian, University of Arizona Science-Engineering Library, 2007 - present. Subject specialist for Agricultural Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Entomology and Nutrition. Formerly Reference Staff Training Coordinator, the University of Texas at San Antonio. She will present on Building Community: the Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange.

Bess de Farber:

Bess de Farber is the Grants & Revenue Manager for the University of Arizona Libraries Center for Creative Photography and will facilitate the CoLAB Planning® Workshop.  Prior to accepting this new position within the Libraries in 2005, de Farber served as consultant, trainer and facilitator for 10 years in Florida, providing nonprofits with grants management, strategic planning, and collaboration development services.  She has worked with over 600 organizations over the past 20 years, and created the CoLAB Planning® Workshops as a means for mobilizing community assets toward common and strategic goals. de Farber now uses these techniques in working with libraries and their communities. Find out more at

Elizabeth Dupuis:

Elizabeth Dupuis is the Associate University Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley focused on advancing the library’s engagement in teaching and learning arenas, and Director of the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, primary libraries for humanities, social sciences, area studies, and undergraduate studies. She will present on the Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship for Undergraduate Research. Over the past 15 years Dupuis has held a variety of positions at UC Berkeley and UT Austin, including project leader for the award-winning educational site TILT. She serves on the ACRL Board of Directors and was a 2004-2006 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow. She is the Project Director for the Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship for Undergraduate Research, a campus-wide initiative involving administrators, faculty, librarians, educational technologists and other pedagogical experts.

Nancy Elkington:

Nancy Elkington is Director, Partner Relations in OCLC’s Programs and Research Division. As such, she is responsible for supporting institutions affiliated with RLG Programs from around the globe. Elkington has been with RLG since 1989, working to foster international collaboration in a range of areas of interest to libraries, archives and museums. She also oversees communications and marketing efforts on behalf of OCLC Programs and Research. Based in California (1989 to 1996), London (1996 to 2002), and New York (2002 to 2006), Elkington moved to Dublin, Ohio in 2006 when RLG and OCLC combined. Elkington will present on RLG Programs and International Collaboration.

Yan Han:

Yan Han is a systems librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries, holds a MS in Computer Science and Master in Library and Information Science, both from University of Western Ontario (UWO), Canada.  He is working on several grant projects, including Preserving the History of United States Agricultural and Rural Life: State and Local Literature 1820-1945, and Afghan Digital Library. Other digital library projects include Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resources Library, the Journal of Range Management and Rangelands Archives.  Han served as Chair of the Standards Interest Group of Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and is now a member of International Relations Committee of LITA. He serves as a working group member for ISO project 26324 to develop an ISO international standard on the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Han will present with Atifa Rawan on Establishing a Digital Library Infrastructure in Afghanistan.

Holly Hartmann:

Dr. Holly Hartmann is Director of the Arid Lands Information Center within the Office of Arid Lands Studies at the University of Arizona. Holly is a national leader in research related to the development of decision support tools for climate, water, and other resource management applications, including linking research with the needs of decision makers and moving research into agency operations. Holly currently serves on two committees of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, two Boards of the International Environmental Modeling and Software Society, and the American Meteorological Society’s Board on Economic Enterprise Development and the Committee on Climate Services. She will present with Kimberly Chapman and Jim Martin on Building Community: the Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange.

John B. Howard:

John B Howard is Associate University Librarian at Arizona State University, responsible for administration of all library technology functions, the metadata and technical processing areas, the University Archives and Special Collections, and the Labriola National American Indian Data Center. John came to ASU in 2005 after 25 years at Harvard University, where he served as a faculty member in the Department of Music and held a variety of positions in the Harvard libraries, including: Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library; Richard F. French Music Librarian; Librarian for Information Technology; Director of Digital Library Initiatives; and Associate Director for Informatics and Technology Research at the Harvard Medical School. He contributed to the design and implementation of information management systems at the Harvard University Libraries and oversaw research computing services for the Harvard Medical School, leading efforts to integrate bioinformatics and computational biology services and research into the Countway Library of Medicine. John’s presentation at Living the Future 7, Modeling Cyberinfrastructure Services through Collaborative Research, describes Arizona State University’s strategy for establishing cyberinfrastructure services as a core business of the ASU Libraries.

David W. Lewis:

David W. Lewis is Dean of the IUPUI University Library and will deliver a plenary session on Library Collaborations: Why and How. He has BA in History form Carleton College (1973), MLS from Columbia University (1975), two certificates of advanced study in librarianship, one from the University of Chicago  (1983) and one from Columbia University (1991). He began library life as a reference librarian and became an administrator.  Worked at SUNY Farmingdale (1975-76), Hamilton College (1976-78), Franklin and Marshall College (1978-83), Columbia University (1983-88), University of Connecticut (1988-93).  Came to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1993 as the Head of Public Services and have been the Dean of the University Library since 2000. He has written on reference services, management of libraries and scholarly communication. (Many works can be found at: He is a masters swimmer and enjoys cooking, scuba diving, and traveling to parts of the world where red wine is made.

Richard E. Luce:

Richard E. LuceRichard E. Luce is Vice Provost and Director of Libraries from the Robert Woodruff Library, Emory University. Previously, as research library director at Los Alamos since 1991, Luce managed a world-class scientific research library with a $12.5 million budget that supports information delivery in a high technology environment serving 4,000 Ph.D.s and 8,800 laboratory researchers. He has forged regional, national and international public information and communication technology collaborations and co-organized the Berlin and Brazilian Declarations on Open Access. He also was co-founder of the Open Archives Initiative to develop interoperable standards for author self-archiving systems.

Luce also served as project leader for the Library Without Walls at Los Alamos, one of the world's most advanced large-scale digital library implementations and the only U.S. Department of Energy-approved library user-facility center in the nation, supporting 26 nationally prominent research organizations and 180,000 researchers. From 1988-1991 Luce served as executive director of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, a research-sharing consortium with 13 institutions encompassing 89 libraries. From 1985-1988, he was network director of IRVING Library Network Inc. in Boulder, Colo. Luce has been the senior advisor to the Center for Information Management of the Max Planck Society from 2000-2006 and served from 1998-2004 on the executive board of the National Information Standards Organization. He is the recipient of the 2005 Fellows Prize for Leadership at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the first ever awarded to a nonscientist.

Luce will present Enabling Digital Scholarship Through Strategic Partnerships: A Leadership Imperative.

Kate Marek:

Kate Marek comes to graduate education from a long and diverse career in library practice, which began formally in 1980 with her MLS from Rosary College. Before receivingher Ph.D. from Emporia State University, Kate worked in a private law library, an academic library and a public middle school media center. In addition, she spent five years as a library consultant with an emphasis on technology development in libraries. Kate's interests and expertise include technology development in information services, information literacy issues, and using literature in professional education. She has taught at the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University as well as Dominican University's GSLIS. Kate Marek will present Collaborating Across Campus Toward Cross-Cultural Communication.

Jim Martin:

Jim Martin is an Associate Librarian at the University of Arizona and is currently the liaison for the departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, and Plant Sciences. He is also involved in two grant projects: the USAIN/NEH Preserving the History of U.S. Agriculture and Rural Life and the Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange. Jim Martin will be presenting Building Community: The Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange.


Ernie J. Nielsen:

Ernest (Ernie) J. Nielsen established and manages the Enterprise Project Management Office supporting the worldwide campuses of Brigham Young University.  Ernie is a Consulting Professor of Business in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University in the Information Systems Management program, the MBA program, and the Executive MBA program.  He was honored with the 2005 Outstanding Guest Lecturer Award for his contribution to the Information Technology Program.

Ernie is a founding Director of the Stanford Advanced Project Management Program and the Stanford Advanced Project Management Advisory Council, awarded the Stanford Deans’ Award for Innovative Industry Education.


Ernie’s work has been highlighted in trade publications, including Portfolio Knowledge, CIO Magazine, Baseline Magazine, and the industry standard publication Network magazine published by the Project Management Institute.  He is on the Advisory Board of Serena Software, @Task Software, and Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Organizational Project Management initiative.

Ernie has consulted with international firms worldwide, and was awarded the Distinguished Contributor of the Year Award by the Compaq International Human Resource Division; he has received an honorary Engineering Degree from the University of Sydney and the Distinguished Engineering Award from the Government of Honduras.

Ernie completed the BA in Accounting from the Tecnologico de Monterey in Nuevo Leon, as well as the Masters’ Degree in Finance from California State University – Fullerton. Prior to coming to BYU, Ernie was the founding Director of the Stanford University Advanced Project Management Program. He is the author or co-author of 14 university texts on Project Management, Program Management, Portfolio Management, Managing Teams, PMO Management, and other topics pertinent to the establishment of organizational skills in implementation. He is a featured presenter at industry conferences worldwide, with a focus on successful implementation of portfolio management to support the complex organization. Ernie has lived in Utah since 1988. He and his wife Sue are the parents of 5 children.

Ernie will be presenting the preconference Managing the Dynamics of Collaborative Change, and will facilitate the conference's interactive closing session.

Maliaca Oxnam:

Maliaca Oxnam is chair of the Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) Taskforce, and associate librarian in the Science-Engineering Team in the University of Arizona Libraries (UAL). Oxnam brings eight years of experience in academic libraries. Her past leadership roles include serving as Team Leader for several large strategic projects for UAL, including the Strategic Long Range Planning for the Libraries. Oxnam has also served as a co-PI on the development of the National Civil Engineering Resources Library (NCERL), Geotechnical Rock & Water Resources Digital Library (GROW) and as a key participant on Einstein’s Protégé’s”: A Heuristic approach to Bridging the Gap between Faculty Expectations and Student Preparedness funded respectively by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education. She will be accompanying Marie Waltz and Joni Blake in presenting Following the TRAIL: Gift-Cultures and Collaborative Efforts for the Library Community.

Atifa Rawan:

Atifa Rawan is a full-librarian with responsibilities for Government Documents, Political Science, Public Administration and Public Policy, Law, and Middle Eastern Studies areas at the University of Arizona. Atifa is a board member of the Center for Middle Eastern studies at the University of Arizona and serves as a library consultant to various institutions and organizations related to Afghanistan. She is an active member of the government documents community and has been involved both at the state and national levels. Since the fall of the Taliban, she has traveled several times to Afghanistan and has taken leadership role in rebuilding libraries in Afghanistan that were decimated under Taliban rule. Atifa is the 2005 recipient of the American Library Association Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. She will present with Yan Han on Establishing a Digital Library Infrastructure in Afghanistan.

Rebecca Senf:

Rebecca Senf started as the Norton Family Assistant Curator of Photography in April 2007.  The position is a joint appointment at the Center for Creative Photography and the Phoenix Art Museum and her primary responsibility is to curate three exhibitions a year for the newly created Doris and John Norton Gallery for the Center for Creative Photography.  Senf grew up in Tucson and went to undergraduate school at the University of Arizona, studying the History of Photography.  For the past ten years she has lived in Boston, Massachusetts where she earned a PhD in Art History at Boston University.  While in Boston she worked five years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  As a research assistant there Senf worked on the major exhibition Ansel Adams from The Lane Collection, for which she also co-authored the exhibition catalogue.  She will be presenting A Library Special Collection in a Unique Collaboration: The Center for Creative Photography and the Phoenix Art Museum.

John Shank:

John Shank is the Instructional Design Librarian and director of the Center for Learning and Teaching at Pennsylvania State University’s, Berks College.  He has presented hundreds of faculty development workshops, lectures, and seminars at various universities and colleges, and given presentations at regional and national conferences.  Shank has also authored and coauthored articles, book chapters, and a book, Academic Librarianship by Design, on the topic of integrating instructional technology into the library.  He has been involved in various capacities with several professional organizations and is also the co-founder, along with Steven Bell, of the Blended Librarian Online Learning Community. Shank will deliver a virtual presentation titled 'Design Thinking’ to Enhance Library Services: A Blended Librarians Perspective.

Carla Stoffle:

Carla J. Stoffle has been Dean of Libraries and Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona since July 1, 1991.

Ms. Stoffle is the author of three books and over fifty major articles and chapters, along with other articles and edited works in the area of Academic Librarianship, focusing on topics such as Library Management, User Education, Diversity, Public Services, and Budgeting. She has also participated in over 100 presentations, workshops, and panels from 1972 to the present. She currently serves as the Chair of the Greater Western Library Alliance Board of Directors and is a member of the American Library Association Endowment Trustees. In Arizona, she serves on the Arizona State Library Board of Library Examiners and the Pima County Public Library Board

Marie Waltz:

Marie-Elise Waltz has worked as a Special Projects Librarian at the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) for the past five years. In the TRAIL Project Marie serves as CRL’s liaison to the Taskforce. In addition to TRAIL, Marie works on CRL projects related to digital and print repositories. The current focus of her work is in the area of Certification and Auditing of Digital Repositories. Prior to working at CRL, Marie worked at Pepsico and the San Diego County Public Law Library. She received her Master's in Library Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. She will be accompanying Maliaca Oxnam and Joni Blake in presenting Following the TRAIL: Gift-Cultures and Collaborative Efforts for the Library Community.

Dane Ward:

Dane Ward is Associate Dean of Public Services at Illinois State University's Milner Library and will present Librarian-Faculty Collaboration: An Imperative with Transformative Implications. A frequent workshop presenter and author of articles on information literacy, organizational culture, and collaboration, Ward has been a faculty member of ACRL’s Institute for Information Literacy. In 2000, he co-edited and co-authored the popular ACRL publication, The Collaborative Imperative: Librarians and Faculty Working Together in the Information Universe. His most recent article, “Re-Visioning Information Literacy for Lifelong Meaning” appeared in the July 2006 issue of Journal of Academic Librarianship. Previous to his current position, he worked as Coordinator of Information Literacy at Wayne State University and as Coordinator of Library Instruction at Central Michigan University.  He is a graduate of Indiana University and Florida State University. 

Gladys Ann Wells:

GladysAnn Wells has been the Director and State Librarian of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records since 1997. She is responsible for statewide collaboration of libraries, archives, public records programs, and, under the Library Services and Technology Act, museums. The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a legislative agency with an annual operating budget of $10.6 million and a staff of 115, provides access to public information as the Federal Regional Depository and the State depository, provides alternative format materials through the Braille and Talking Book Library, preserves Arizona’s history through curatorial, archival, records management, and library functions, and supports life-long learning through the Carnegie Center. She is responsible for several state commissions, including the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission, the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board, the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names, and the Board of Library Examiners.

GladysAnn Wells received her Masters Library Science at the State University of New York at Albany. She began her state library career in New York in 1972, while still in library school, as a legislative session research aide.  After a brief time at Empire State College Library, she then became a Legislative Reference Librarian in 1973 at the New York State Library. From 1975 to 1980, she served the Senate Research Service, first as editor, then researcher, and later as Senate Librarian. GladysAnn drafted state and federal library, document and public policy legislation. She participated in the 1979 White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services and assisted the New York delegation to the 1991 White House Conference. Working internationally for the United States Agency for International Development, Democratic Initiative Project, from 1993 to 1995, GladysAnn evaluated legislative information patterns, analyzed needs, and developed a strategic information plan for the Republic of Bolivia, Congressional Information Service.


Elaine L. Westbrooks:

Elaine L. Westbrooks is Head of Metadata Services at Cornell University Libraries. In this capacity, she is responsible for analyzing developments concerning standards and best practices for enhancing access to Cornell’s information resources. She leads a team of metadata experts responsible for providing consultation, design, and development services for the support of collections at Cornell and beyond. Westbrooks has presented her research at Dublin Core, LITA, and the DLF Forum. She co-edited Metadata in Practice: Building the Diverse Digital Library with Diane Hillmann in 2004 and is currently working on Metadata Fundamentals for all Librarians with Robert H. W. Wolfe. Westbrooks will present Supporting Metadata Management for Data Curation: Problem and Promise.

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