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NISO Virtual Conference, The Computer Campus - Integrating Information Systems and Services

Super computing is used by scientists and engineers working on complex research problems. Such investigations may involve data-intensive applications that consume enormous amounts of bandwidth and computing power. Instruction on campus is increasingly tied to learning management systems, which require seamless integration with information resources found in libraries. At the same time, libraries are expressing numerous concerns associated with digital asset and access management. Where is the institutional IT department and just how far can its resources be stretched? This virtual event will look at systems demands found on campus and offer examples of how innovative research institutions (and most particularly, their libraries) are meeting the challenges of talent-sourcing, integration, and support. The first block of speakers address the topic at a high level, the second block of speakers address specific types of computing and IT services that the library is asked to support in some fashion and the third discusses policy concerns such as privacy and ethical use of collected data.

Amanda Tickner


GIS Librarian, Michigan State University

Amanda Tickner is the GIS, Makerspace and Planning Liaison Librarian at Michigan State University and is strongly interested in Digital Scholarship activities within libraries, especially immersive display technologies. She received her MLS and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Andrew Magda


Manager, Market Research, Learning House

Andrew leads in the development of custom and large-scale market research studies and assists partner institutions with their research needs. Prior to Learning House, he was a senior analyst at Eduventures and a project manager at the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut.

Ann Campion Riley


Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian, University of Missouri

Ann Campion Riley is Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian at University of Missouri Libraries. She served as president of the Association of College and Research Libraries and was honored as a research library leadership fellow by the Association of Research Libraries. She earned both an AB in English and MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MA in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Assistant Professor & Assessment Librarian, Oregon State University

M. Brooke Robertshaw, PhD is an assistant professor and the assessment librarian at Oregon State University. Her current research interests revolve around the ethics of learning analytics with a particular interest in the contextual nature of quantitative methodologies. Brooke is a member of the Data Doubles team that is exploring student perspectives of learning analytics. She is passionate about quantitative literacy, social justice, and the intersection of the two. In her spare time, she enjoys whitewater and flat water kayaking, discovering ways to give voice to the voiceless of the diaspora in the Middle East, and traveling to Jordan to spend time with her dear friends there.

Marcy Vana


Senior Support Scientist, Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St Louis

Marcy Vana, PhD is currently Senior Support Scientist at Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, Dr. Vana teaches a variety of introductory research computing workshops in collaboration with the Center for High Performance Computing and Institute for Informatics. She also supports a variety of software tools for biomedical data analysis and teaches the basics of genomic data analysis for clinical trainees. Prior to joining Becker Library, she was a Content QC Scientist at Ingenuity Systems. Dr. Vana received her PhD in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis from Northwestern University and did postdoctoral training in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University.

Mark A. Beadles


Chief Information Security Officer, OARnet

Mark Beadles is Information Security Officer for the Ohio Technology Consortium, including OARnet, the Ohio Supercomputer Center, and the OhioLINK Library Network. His charter is to enable secure and trusted access, sharing, and collaboration throughout the educational and research communities in Ohio. Mark's interests and expertise include identity and access management, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. In addition to technology leadership roles in industry, Mark has been active in the Trusted Computing Group, the Distributed Management Task Force, the World Wide Web Consortium, and was chairman of the Network Access Requirements working group in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). He holds several patents in the field of network management, and is a veteran of the US Army Signal Corps.

Nate Ackerly


Curriculum Program Specialist, Learning House

Nate Ackerly, MA serves as an academic affairs consultant, advising partners on many aspects of their curriculum from online learning support and governance to programmatic innovation and best practice. Prior to this role, Ackerly was an instructional designer for both Learning House and Bisk Education, with five years of experience in developing online curriculum for private research universities, flagship state institutions, for-profit vendors and small liberal arts colleges.

Robert H. McDonald


Dean of University Libraries, University of Colorado - Boulder

Robert H. McDonald is the Dean of University Libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the Boulder campus’s University Libraries system and is a member of the Provost’s leadership team that provides strategic guidance on campus academic affairs. His interests and research focus on library leadership, digital content stewardship, scholarly communications and technology management. Recent publications include works that focus on collaborative technology management and non-consumptive research methods. He is a co-founder of the HathiTrust Research Center and the Kuali Open Library Environment. McDonald holds a B.Mus. and M.Mus. from the University of Georgia and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina.

Scott W.H. Young


User Experience & Assessment Librarian, Montana State University

Scott W. H. Young is an Assistant Professor and User Experience & Assessment Librarian at Montana State University. His work focuses on user-centered design, participatory design, library assessment and professional ethics.

Theda Schwing


Manager, Catalogs & Technical Implementation, OhioLink

Theda Schwing is the Manager, Catalogs & Technical Implementation at OhioLINK, where she is responsible for OhioLINK’s centrally-operated integrated library systems and for coordinating with OhioLINK’s member libraries to maintain access to consortial electronic resources through a variety of authentication methods. Prior to OhioLINK, Theda worked at East Central University (Ada, Oklahoma), where she managed the library’s technical services.

Twyla Gibson


Assistant Professor, University of Missouri

Twyla Gibson is Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (iSchool) at the University of Missouri and Director of the Digital Humanities Commons @ The Allen Institute. She is a member of the Cyberinfrastructure Council and the current Chair of the Chancellor’s Information Technology Committee which is charged with oversight of all IT entities on the MU’s main campus. Her research focuses on intersections of ancient philosophy and digital humanities, especially theories of the foundations of culture and technology in relation to the academy, libraries, archives, and museums. She has a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Education from the University of Toronto, pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan, and was recently a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.