The faces on the other side of the screen.
Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke joined the WebJunction team in 2017 as the Project Coordinator for Supercharged Storytimes for All. Brooke’s background in education spans international classroom teaching, early literacy and social-emotional curriculum development, and university grant management. Her work is guided by the belief that society must nurture and provide opportunities for all of its citizens – including the youngest. The intersection of libraries and early childhood feels like a great place to reside. Brooke has an Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s and a MEd. from the University of Virginia.
Learning Community Manager, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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.
Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brianna joined the WebJunction team in 2017 as the project coordinator for the IMLS-funded Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces grant project. A former public librarian, Brianna received her MLS from Emporia State University in 2013. She has 13 years of experience in a variety of library positions in small, rural and suburban public libraries. She has served on the Washington Library Association (WLA) board for four years, including serving as the 2016-2017 president. Brianna believes libraries are the heart of their communities and is particularly passionate about providing professional development for library staff that enable them to meet the diverse needs of their patrons.
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.
Learning 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 joined the WebJunction team in 2016, first to support the management of the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums, an IMLS-funded grant project that completed in December 2017. Mercy is currently project manager for our Wikipedia+Libraries: Better Together project, which is funded by the Knight Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation. 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.
Monika joined OCLC as the Wikipedian-in-Residence in 2017. A Wikipedia editor and outreach organizer, Monika has expertise in participatory cultures and media and information literacy. She has masters’ degrees in gender studies, from the Central European University, and in communication, from UC San Diego, where she is currently completing her doctorate. Monika works with WebJunction on the Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together project.
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 library learning and innovation that expands access to knowledge and opportunity for all.
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