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. 


2018 Peer Review Panel

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

Evan Barber is an Information Technology Technical Associate at Brookens Library on the University of Illinois Springfield campus. Evan had no previous library experience before he started at Brookens and felt lost in a sea of terminology and technology. After two years he has learned to embrace the sometimes hectic nature of working in a library and enjoys supporting library systems, staff, and patrons. When not working Evan enjoys going to concerts, binge watching TV, and being a father to his two cats, Annie and Abed.

Liz McGlynn Bellamy is an Instruction Librarian at Radford University, where she strives to create information literacy learning experiences that promote inquiry, curiosity, and reflection. She’s interested in critical pedagogy, empathy in librarianship and instruction, and the role creativity plays in the research process. When not at work, she can usually be found in her own (literal) kitchen testing out tasty recipes.

Sherri Brown has worked in academic libraries for over 20 years - as a student, a paraprofessional, and as a librarian. Her experience includes work in circulation, reserves, reference, instruction, interlibrary loan, and collection development. She currently serves as the Literatures and Humanities Librarian at the University of Kansas. Previously she was the Head of the Instruction Unit at Georgia Tech. She holds an M.S. in Information, and an M.A. and B.A. in English. 

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.

Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches digital research methods and supports digital humanities projects and open scholarship practices. Her research interests include approaches to incentivizing open access, representation in digital humanities, and intersections of early modern history of crime, medicine, and eschatology. She holds an MLS from Indiana University and an MA in History from California State University, Fullerton.

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.

Melissa Fortson Green is a Research and Instructional Services Librarian at The University of Alabama. Melissa worked in the disability community before becoming a librarian and embraces technology’s potential to foster access and inclusion for all. Her research interests include technology accessibility, assistive technology, and teaching with and about technology.

Emily Guhde is the Director of Library Assessment at Georgetown University. In this role, she leads the way in developing comprehensive assessment programs for the Library. She has a life-long commitment to public service, a passion for technology that improves access to information, and the pursuit of data that makes a difference. Before joining Georgetown, she worked for NC LIVE, a North Carolina library consortium supporting the e-resource needs of over 200 public and academic libraries statewide.

Kelley Martin is Assessment and User Research Coordinator at University Libraries at University of Missouri—Kansas City (UMKC). Kelley is currently Chair of the Libraries Operational Planning Committee and the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee. 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 has presented on the topic of usability testing, particularly on the use of guerilla testing. Kelley earned her MEd in Education Technology and a MLIS from the University of Missouri—Columbia. In her spare time, Kelley tests recipes for Cook’s Illustrated and the America’s Test Kitchen family of publications. She loves hanging out with her family, friends and her goofy pug Otis.

Kristen Mastel is an outreach and instruction librarian at the University of Minnesota and liaison to continuing education students and Extension staff. She enjoys doing research on instructional design, outreach assessment, and backwards design. She received her Master of Library Science from Indiana University, and her Master of Liberal Studies from University of Minnesota. She currently serves as President Elect of USAIN, and member of the ULS Outreach committee.

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.

Michelle Millet is the Director of the Grasselli Library at John Carroll University. She's previously worked at UTSA, Trinity University, and The University of Montana-Missoula. As the Information Literacy Coordinator at Trinity University, she implemented an expansive information literacy across the curriculum as part of the SACS reaccreditation that served as a model to other institutions. Her research interests include assessment of student learning and retention of information literacy concepts. She's worked extensively with faculty and librarians to build information literacy programs at different types of colleges and universities. Michelle has an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, and an MA and a BA in History from Florida Atlantic University. 

Sarah Morris is a Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian at UNC- Chapel Hill. She's interested in helping students and professors ask better questions using the tools available to them. To that end, in addition to working with traditional research methods, she's been involved in undergraduate digital scholarship programs and projects at UNC and at her former institution, Lafayette College. Sarah received her MS in Library Science as a Carolina Academic Library Associate from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Rozalina Moxley is the Oxford University Press representative for academic libraries in TN, AR, WI, CO, OR, NJ, NH and DE. She has been with OUP for the last 10 years, and holds a B.A. in Book Publishing from Sofia University, Bulgaria. 

Kim Myers is the Scholarly Communications Coordinator at The College at Brockport, SUNY and manager of Digital Commons at Brockport. She is the 2017 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service and 2014 Bepress IR All Star.

Chanelle Pickens earned a Master's in Library & Information Science, with an Archives & Records Management focus, from San Jose State University in 2014 and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2004. Currently she is a Visiting Librarian at West Virginia University as part of the Diversity Alliance, in the Research Services & Instruction unit. Her professional objectives include: expanding her skills in instruction and curriculum development; actively conducting research on mindfulness and contemplative pedagogy as they relate to IL, library instruction, and community building; and extending her network of interested colleagues by participating in advocacy activities and professional development. Data services, open educational resources/open access, and assessment are also professional interests.

Janine Pino is the Catalog/Reference Librarian at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN. She and her colleagues 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 has coordinated the Microsoft Imagine Academy Program and TN eCampus library involvement. 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 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.

Megan Sheffield is a research librarian at Clemson University. Her job is split between reference services for the life sciences and data management services for university researchers. She got her BS and MS in Biology from Clemson University and her MLIS from the University of Maryland. When she’s not working, she enjoys reading, spending time with her two children, and rock climbing.

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.

Kimberly Steinle is the Library Relations and Sales Manager. Kim has worked at the Press for over 15 years and is responsible for institutional subscription revenue through the sale of electronic collections and through communication with the library community. Acting as an advocate for librarian interests in the development and implementation of pricing models is a priority for Kim. As an active participant at major library conferences, Kim serves on several committees with a special interest in publisher/librarian collaboration.

Brannen Varner is a new full-time faculty member at the University of Memphis and has worked in public, hospital, and academic libraries in Texas, Maryland, and Tennessee. She has a knack for excellent customer service, comprehensive information searches, and pulling library resources outside of their walls.

Karen Viars is the Humanities and Science Fiction Librarian at Georgia Tech, where she leads initiatives on science fiction, fake news, and coordinates the ENGL 1101/1102 library instruction program.

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.