Robin Fay is the LOR/Portal Manager for a new consortia of 3 technical colleges: ATCx3 (Athens Technical College, Albany Technical College and Atlanta Technical College). Her current digital library project focuses on open educational resources in a variety of formats, including digital 3D. In addition to that experience, she teaches and consults on a variety of library and educational topics from cataloging /metadata to personal learning networks for information professionals. Her previous experience include being the Head of Database Maintenance, for the University of Georgia Libraries. As an early adopter of technology, she has been involved in many software and web development projects in the incubation stage. Her research interests are library and community sourced metadata (RDA, DC, RDF/XML and other semantic web schemas) for materials including digital objects, linked data and the intersection of the semantic and social webs. Robin is a prolific content creator (georgiawebgurl on most social media websites) ; her book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Search for Librarians was published in 2012 (Neal Schuman/ALA TechSource). Robin is a sought after instructor and presenter with 12 years experience in teaching and training. She holds a MLIS (University of South Carolina); B.A. in English (University of Georgia); and post-graduate coursework in Instructional Design.
John Mack Freeman is the Marketing and Programming Coordinator for the West Georgia Regional Library system headquartered in Carrollton, GA. He is also the editor of GLBT News, a weekly news blog produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Originally from Tifton, GA, Mack has a passion for library outreach, marketing, and service to underserved populations.
Lisa Block is a Medical Librarian and freelance writer. She loves libraries (who doesn’t?) and her career includes previous positions at a university library, technical college, and public library. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she graduated from Ohio University with a degree in art history. After years of working as a secretary and waitress (utilizing her art history degree) she earned her Master’s degree in library science. Her professional interests include the library in the digital age and “library as place.” In addition to her work as a librarian, she picks up writing jobs when possible (nice work if you can get it). She lives in Atlanta with her imaginary cat Tabitha (she’s a cat lover but highly allergic). In her spare time you’ll find her reading (mystery novels are her favorite), writing, and baking (mostly gluten-free desserts).
David Burke is the IT Coordinator at the Statesboro Regional Pubic Library where he fixes public computers, aids in tech related programming, deploys new software and hardware, and fixes public computers. Originally from Dublin, Ireland he found his first job in the U.S. at the Statesboro Regional Library and they have had a hard time getting rid of him since. He can usually be found learning new tech tricks and tinkering with whatever technology he can get his hands on (When not fixing public computers).
I work for the Cherokee Regional Library as the Library Systems Administrator & Technical Services Coordinator. I began working in the Talking Book Center as a Library Assistant in 2007, moved to the Region offices in 2008 as Branch Services Coordinator where my main duty was cataloging, and have held my present position since 2012. I still do cataloging, but have mainly moved to creating original records and copy cataloging as necessary. Needless to say, I know my way around the library. Presently, I keep our four branches running as smoothly as possible—which we all know can be challenging at times. I’m currently back at school working on my Bachelor’s Degree in IT. I had a background in IT to begin with--for some reason I couldn’t make up my mind what area I wanted to work in--I finally decided on an Associate’s Degree in Web Design which I received in 2010. My current focus with my education is to gain more knowledge in networks and security. My interests include reading, travel, exploring new ideas, and breaking out of my comfort zone by trying new things—this blog is one of them. I hope to create work my peers will enjoy reading.
Phyllis R. Snipes, Ph.D.
Charlie Bennett is a librarian, a podcaster, and a radio host. He was born in New York and raised in Virginia before moving to Atlanta to study at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After earning degrees in Science, Technology, and Culture (STAC) and Economics, he stayed with the school and became an academic librarian at the Georgia Tech Library. He co-hosts the “one-and-only research-library rock’n'roll radio show” called “Lost in the Stacks” on WREK in Atlanta, and produces the irreverent podcast “Consilience With Pete and Charlie” about the intersection of science and the humanities.
Gabriel Lundeen serves as Deputy Director of Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Columbus, GA. As head of Public Service, he oversees 7 urban and rural branches, 2 Bookmobiles, and a wide variety of projects and initiatives across the library system. He is passionate about technology, programming to teens and tweens, leadership, creative ways to influence change in the library system, and about a zillion other topics that threaten to fragment his already fragile attention span. Since earning his MLIS in 2005, he has managed public libraries in California and Georgia. You can find him on Twitter, musing about everything from libraries to baseball to bizarre human curiosities, @glundeen
Belinda “Bel” Outwater hails from Barrow County, GA where she lives with her Eskimo husband and four pets. She graduated from Brewton-Parker College with a degree in Religion and hopes to pursue a Masters in Library Science in the near future. She has been a manager for Borders Books, an assistant manager for FedEx Kinkos, and is now a library assistant extraordinaire for the Auburn Public Library. Her hobbies include reading books, hoarding books, talking about books, and waiting for her letter to Hogwarts.
Julia Huprich joined the Georgia Public Library Service in March 2015 as the director of Training and Continuing Education. Prior to becoming a part of the GPLS team, she served as the head of digital services and communications at the Cobb County Public Library System, where she built websites, bought eBooks, wrote press releases, developed tech exploration programs for the public, and drove her coworkers bananas with her unbridled enthusiasm. When she’s not at work, you can find her running marathons until her feet bleed and developing software as part of her second masters degree program. Since she never sleeps, you can also find her blogging, sometimes, at www.juliachuprich.com and tweeting, sometimes, @juliahuprich.
Mary Clarendon Inman
Mary Clarendon (or MC as she is more commonly known because her name is too long to be shouted easily) has been a professional librarian since 2005. After receiving her MLIS from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2004, she and her husband moved to Atlanta (ironically to Inman Park where they were quickly reassured they were no relation and they did not, in fact, “own the park”) where she began making the horrendous commute to the Gwinnett County Public Library System. After two years of fighting traffic, MC made the move to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System to serve as a Young Adult / Reference Librarian at the Buckhead Branch and also as the AFPLS Social Media go-to gal. Sadly the traffic was still just as horrendous. In 2012 she was moved to the Hapeville Branch as the Children’s Librarian / Assistant Manager where she currently serves. Traffic was greatly improved. As she continues to fight the good fight on a daily basis, she also patiently awaits her big break on Broadway in a Tony-award winning musical, or a Library Manager position, whichever comes first. She’ll keep you posted.