About Our Review & Decision-Making Process

First, we solicit session ideas from the public in Summer/Fall preceding The Collective gathering and allow voting and comments on those ideas via our Session Picker. After the public votes from the online Session Picker are in, The Collective organizers start the Round One review.

The programming team then invites more detailed proposals from sessions organizers who advance to Round Two where each proposal receives a double-blind peer review (typically with feedback from three reviewers) by our peer review panel.

Final selections are made based on initial votes from the Session Picker, feedback from the peer review panel of practitioners (see below), and discussion among the conference organizers. 


2017 Peer Review Panel

The following individuals will offer feedback and recommendations on proposals received through the Session Picker: 

Lauren Cash is a Licensing Manager for Springer Nature. She works to achieve dynamic solutions for customers while recommending changes in products, service, and policy. Her previous roles include Regional Sales Manager at Taylor & Francis, Journal Sales Executive at Taylor & Francis, and Purchasing Manager at University City Housing, a property management company. Lauren graduated from Lafayette College in 2007, with degrees in Government & Law and Psychology. Her study abroad in the spring of 2006 and past work experience motivated her to seek a career in sales, allowing her to travel extensively in Europe and the United States. Cash lives in Philadelphia. In her spare time she teaches yoga, leads an active lifestyle, and spends time with her family.

Ashley Cole is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), specializing in student engagement and the first year experience. In this role, Ashley collaborates with formal and informal undergraduate campus communities to develop, implement, and assess services and programs aimed at improving student success. Along with a bachelors from EKU, she also holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky.

Kim Duckett is the Head of Research and Instructional Services at Duke University Libraries. In this role, she leads a department encompassing subject liaisons, library instruction, and research services. For much of her 15+ years as a librarian, Kim worked in roles at the intersections between teaching, learning, instructional design, and technologies. She has broad experience in public services and has led a variety of innovative project teams. Kim has presented, published, and taught workshops on a range of topics including learning space assessment, the intersections between scholarly communication and information literacy, design thinking, user experience design tools, change management, and project management.

Rachel Fleming-May is an Associate Professor in the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences. Her research interest include approaches to assessing the value and impact of academic library services, understanding of the role of the library in the academy, foundational concepts in LIS, and the intersection of creative writing and information.

Katie Hassman is an Undergraduate Engagement Librarian who teaches information literacy courses and develops programming and outreach initiatives that reach undergraduate students at The University of Iowa Libraries. She also teaches courses on online security, privacy, obfuscation, and activism and is excited about developing new modes and methods of participatory and engaged library and learning assessment. She has a background in Cultural Anthropology and Information Science and can be found reading literary and young adult fiction, sewing, and goofing around with her toddler in her spare time.

Kelley Martin is Outcomes and Assessment Librarian at University Libraries at University of Missouri—Kansas City (UMKC). She is a member of the User Center Design Department and is responsible for coordinating library assessment and implementing Outcomes Based Planning and Evaluation for UMKC University Libraries. As Usability Team Coordinator, she and her team created a usability testing toolkit that includes templates for documents used in testing and usability testing workflows. She as presented on the topic of usability testing, particularly on the use of guerilla testing. Prior to this position, she was Sound Archives Specialist in the Marr Sound Archives, a division of LaBudde Special Collections at the UMKC where she managed the day to day business of the sound archive. Kelley earned her MEd in Education Technology and a MLIS from the University of Missouri—Columbia.

Dana Maselli is a digital publishing and project management professional at John Wiley and Sons where she is focused on key customer engagement activities with academic and institutional libraries.  She has over 15 years of experience implementing key features on digital platforms and leading sessions on digital strategy for publishers and libraries.  Dana leads a customer engagement team focused on facilitating and improving the technology experience for librarians, faculty and staff. You can find her at key conferences and library events presenting on digital innovation strategies and new product development initiatives focused on creating true partnerships with academic libraries. She is a specialist in customer and business relationship management, strategic partnerships, and library advocacy.  

Larry Milliken is the Manager of Learning Partnerships and liaisons to Humanities and Social Sciences departments at Drexel University. He received his MLIS  from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He also holds an B.A. in History from the University of Dallas, an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University, and was a doctoral student in Medieval European History at the City University of New York's Graduate School and University Center. Previously, Larry was an Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy at Neumann College (now Neumann University) and was an Assistant Librarian for the Sciences at St. Peter's College. His research interests alternate between Library and Information Science and History and include: librarian involvement with digital humanities projects, collaborations with History faculty in the education of Engineering undergraduates, medieval visual culture, the travels of monks and friars, and early contacts between the medieval West and the Mongol Empire.

Sarah Morris is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Lafayette College, where, among other activities, she cooks up ways to involve undergraduates in digital scholarship and collaborates with professors to bring quality research objectives into their classrooms. She’s (perhaps too) enthusiastic about public humanities and wants to hear all your great ideas about cross-pollinating work in the academy and in the larger community.

Janine Pino is the Catalog/Reference Librarian at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN. She and her coworkers have worked to redefine the library beyond physical and traditional borders by expanding electronic resources, promoting emerging technologies, placing art and exercise bikes among the books, and sending librarians to "rove" around all five campuses. Janine is a member of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Development Committees, Administrator of the Microsoft Imagine Academy program, and a TN Achieves Mentor. She is committed to diversity in STEM education, and is an Academic Alliance member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). She received her MSIS from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Fred Rascoe is Scholarly Communication Librarian and Aerospace Engineering Subject Liaison at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He works with Georgia Tech's institutional repository, SMARTech, and consults with various faculty, students, and offices around campus, helping them with them on their scholarly communication and open access questions. He is also a co-producer of Lost in the Stacks, the research library rock-and-roll radio show broadcasting and podcasting every Friday on WREK Atlanta.

Christina Spencer is the User Researcher for ITHAKA | JSTOR. In this role, she guides research investigations informing incredible products. Employing a wide range of methods she enhances understanding of current users, potential users, and the context in which jstor.org and the products and services of ITHAKA are relevant in their lives. She holds a Masters degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Wayne State University. Christina is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Ethnographic Praxis in Industry.

David Woodbury is the Associate Head, User Experience at the North Carolina State University Libraries. He manages technology-rich learning spaces at the libraries including makerspaces, digital media labs, virtual reality exploration spaces, and collaborative computing areas. He leads several key initiatives including an expansive student-focused workshop series and the NCSU Libraries’ technology lending program. He was a member of the Learning Space Toolkit development team, an IMLS-funded resource to assist planners with informal learning space design projects. He received his MSIS from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science.


Criteria for picking sessions include:

1. Number of public votes/comments. 

2. Relevance to this year’s theme.

3. Inclusion of interactive and participatory elements. (We're looking for dynamic presentations with time built-in for creating, collaborating, and sharing!)

4. Feasibility. (A proposal suggesting that Jimmy Wales lead one of our sessions might not be in our budget.)

5. Balance among session types. (Because there can only be so many lightning talk sessions!) 

We aim to make our process as fair and transparent as possible while serving the greatest number of Collective participants. For more about our Peer Review Philosophy, click here.