The faces on the other side of the screen.
The WebJunction team, left to right: Liz Morris, Kathleen Gesinger, Jennifer Peterson,
Kendra Morgan, Dale Musselman, Erin M. Schadt, Bob Whittaker, Mercy Procaccini,
Sharon Streams, Steph Harmon, Betha Gutsche
Learning Community Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen has worked at OCLC since 2007, in roles that include WebJunction Business Analyst, Training and Support Specialist, Partner Services Manager, and currently as Learning Community Manager. She has developed and delivered training both online and face-to-face for public and state library personnel, and is a Certified Synchronous Facilitator and Designer. She has worked with other non-profit organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest including United Way of King County, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and YWCA Pierce County.
Program Manager, email@example.com
Since joining the WebJunction team in 2005, Betha has contributed to the continuing education for library staff through defining competencies (editor-in-chief of Competency Index for the Library Field), developing curriculum, delivering presentations and training both in-person and online, and exploring new strategies in learning. She led the development of the training curriculum for Project Compass, which helped to expand the capacity of libraries throughout the U.S. to support economic recovery in their communities. Betha has also managed a number of grant-funded programs. Betha received her MLIS from the University of Washington Information School and interned with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Libraries Program before joining OCLC.
Program Design and Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steph joined OCLC and the WebJunction team in 2014 after working for over 20 years in publishing. She provides leadership on program design, creates and supports the creation of grant proposals, and fosters relationships with funders. Steph's development and communications expertise is broad, with deep experience working with nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in both the United States and the Netherlands. She currently serves on the advisory board of the University of Washington Press.
Senior Program Manager, email@example.com
Kendra's primary responsibilities are the delivery and management of WebJunction's core continuing education services for state and public libraries, and financial oversight of our grant-funded projects. She is particularly interested in the role libraries play in supporting digital literacy and digital inclusion in local communities, and has managed a number of grant-funded programs that address those issues. Kendra received her MLIS from the University of Hawai'i; and prior to joining OCLC in 2007, she provided training and technology support in hundreds of libraries as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Libraries Program, and served as a technology consultant at The Library of Virginia.
Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dale has worked for OCLC since 2005, with most of that time spent working on WebJunction, developing and managing online learning services and the technical platforms that support them. His work has encompassed most aspects of product and project management and instructional design. Before coming to OCLC, Dale spent 6 years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the US Library Program as a traveling trainer, technical support specialist, and web site content manager. In earlier life, Dale has had a wide variety of work experiences, including teaching high school. He has a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a M. Ed. in secondary education.
Community Manager, email@example.com
Jennifer joined the WebJunction team in 2005. In her role as Community Manager, she manages WebJunction’s webinar programming, supports grant projects, and works with the WebJunction.org website and our social media presence. Jennifer loves being a part of a great big group of collaborators and believes that the success of a community depends on its capacity to learn together. She previously worked in many of the Northwest’s public libraries beginning in 1993 and interned at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation while completing the MLIS program at the University of Washington Information School. She has served on the board for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and was a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.
Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercy supports the management of the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums, an IMLS-funded grant project. She collaborates with colleagues and Coalition participants to strengthen cross-sector continuing education and professional development programs. Mercy has spent her career managing projects in museum, library, higher education and professional association settings. Her work is informed by the belief that our cultural institutions must continue to evolve to serve and engage their communities. Mercy has a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. She joined the WebJunction team in 2016.
Sharon has been with the WebJunction team since 2007. A graduate of Indiana University, Sharon performed government research for a Washington, D.C., law firm, which led her to IU’s SLIS program to formalize her information-seeking skills. She then spent the next dozen years in the publishing, ultimately managing the book, magazine, and online publishing division of an international engineering association. Although she cherishes the printed book, a decision to focus her career on the emerging online world of communication and content delivery led her to OCLC. As director of WebJunction, Sharon seeks ways to scale learning and innovation that expands access to knowledge and opportunity for all.
Advancement Officer, Grants and Development Strategy, email@example.com
Bob joined OCLC and the WebJunction team in 2014. He has worked as an advancement professional in the fields of higher education, social services and the arts for over two decades. Bob is dedicated to helping organizations work collectively towards addressing the needs of underserved populations. He is inspired by the way libraries are redefining and leveraging their role as knowledge centers that collaborate with local partners in response to their communities’ most pressing needs. He is focused on introducing more funders to and engaging them in the transformative work of libraries. Bob is currently working on his doctoral dissertation and he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2000.
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"Thank you so much for all I've learned here and all that I've been able to pass on to my staff. Thanks for giving me a resource to which I can refer others."
"I find WebJunction to be a valuable resource in my continuing education in the library field. Many of the webinars I view are through WebJunction and they have helped me stay knowledgeable in the latest library trends."