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 an open, online forum. After the public votes from the online forum 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 and comments from the Round One, feedback from the peer review panel of practitioners (see below), and discussion among the conference organizers. 


2019 Peer Review Panel

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

Liz McGlynn Bellamy is an Instruction Librarian at Radford University's McConnell Library. As a member of the library instruction team, she collaboratively works 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.

Heather Beirne is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Eastern Kentucky University, specializing in faculty development, outreach, collaboration, and engagement and currently serving as the librarian liaison for EKU’s College of Justice & Safety.  She is interested in learning theory and pedagogy, critical reading and information literacy, metacognition, and critical pedagogy.  Heather holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky and a BA in English from Transylvania University.

Lisa Campbell is the Instruction and Outreach Librarian at the University of Florida. In this role, she strives to create learning experiences that engage students and develop information literacy.  She has a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida and a MLIS from Florida State University. She’s interested in active learning and design thinking, and how we can think creatively to enable learning.

Ken DiFiore is a Library Outreach Director at ITHAKA - the organizational home of JSTOR, Portico, ITHAKA S&R, and Artstor services.  For nearly 15 years, he has used his experience as a scientific research and preservation librarian to support ITHAKA’s mission.  Ken has a keen interest in the development and adoption of innovative and affordable products for libraries.  He holds an MLS degree from Rutgers University and an MS degree in chemistry from Binghamton University.

Matt Finch helps organizations and communities to find good ideas, share them, and turn them into reality. From 2016-2017 he was the first ever Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland. He is currently developing community engagement projects for the University of Southern Queensland while serving as Creative/Researcher at British Library Labs. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Modern Intellectual History from the University of London.

Wendy Jo Girven currently works as Business Library at the University of New Hampshire. Previously, she was Director of Library Services at Maine Maritime Academy and Public Services Librarian at the University of Alaska Southeast. She holds an MSLS from Clarion University and an MS in International Logistics Management from Maine Maritime Academy. Wendy Jo has recent publications in the Journal of Library Administration and presented at The Library Collective in 2018.

Amy Kammerman is currently the solo librarian at Watkins College of Art in Nashville, where she works in quite possibly the best space on campus and fills it with art books, graphic novels, art theory and zines. Amy is focused on making the library inclusive of all the programs offered at the college, and is interested in digital scholarship, student & faculty engagement, the first year experience and open access resources. In her past experience she has served as a library instruction coordinator, Community Read librarian, World Bank cataloger, and aerospace/aviation librarian. In her spare time she feeds her wanderlust by traveling with her family.

Martina King is a research and instructional Librarian at MacEwan University and liaison to the School of Business and Anthropology. She specializes in student engagement and coordinates the library's emerging technology collection and services. Her research interests include instructional use of technologies and learning assessment. She holds an MA in humanities computing and an MLIS from the University of Alberta.

Jenessa McElfresh is the Health Sciences Librarian at Clemson University and serves as liaison to nursing and public health sciences programs. Prior to this role, she’s worked in hospital and museum libraries and public archives. In addition to hoarding books, Jenessa enjoys tacos, retro fashion, and being a dog mom. 

Larry Milliken is the Manager, Learning Partnerships and Liaison Librarian for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Drexel University. He received his Master's in Library and Information Science in 2002 from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Prior to becoming a librarian, he earned a B.A. In History from the University of Dallas followed by a 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. Before coming to Drexel, 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.





Criteria for picking sessions include:

1. Number of public votes/ content + quality of 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, read this short statement.


Rozalina Moxley is the Oxford University Press representative for academic libraries in Tennessee, Arizona, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Delaware. She has been with OUP for the last 10 years and holds a B.A. in Book Publishing from Sofia University, Bulgaria.

Sarah Mueth is the Coordinator of Serials and Electronic Resources at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid reader, movie watcher, and yogi, and shares a home with her three elderly pets. 

Ashley Roach-Freiman is a librarian and poet in Memphis, TN, currently a Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Memphis. She was awarded the Tennessee Library Association James E. Ward Instruction Award in 2018. She’s presented at the Tennessee Library Association conference and at the Collective. She is the 2018 - 2019 chair of the TLA Access and Patron Services and a member of the Library Instruction Tennessee (LIT) steering committee. Her chapbookBright Along the Body, is available from Dancing Girl Press.

Christen Greenhill Robichaud is a librarian at Chattanooga State's Kolwyck Library and Information Commons, where she oversees evening and weekend operations. She also serves as the Social and Behavioral Sciences liaison and manages the college's small archives. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a MLIS from The University of Alabama. She's interested in patron privacy, universal design, and cultural heritage preservation.

Kristan Shawgo is a Social Sciences Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), serving as the library liaison for the departments and centers of Public Policy, Women’s & Gender Studies, Sociology, Sexuality Studies, the Carolina Women’s Center, and the LGBTQ Center. She is President of the Librarians’ Association at UNC-CH (LAUNC-CH) and serves on her library’s Diversity Programming and Education committee. Her interest in library science is rooted in how we support communities with our library collections and services and how we can strengthen these connections through collaboration and meaningful engagement. She has an MSLS from UNC-CH, an MSW from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BA in sociology, psychology and women’s studies from Drake University. She is a two-time attendee of The Collective who can’t wait for the 2019 conference!

Dana Statton is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where she also serves as a liaison to the College of Business. Previously, she worked at East Baton Rouge Public Library and LSU Libraries Special Collections. She holds a MLIS, MA in Art History, and MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University and a BA in Journalism from Washington and Lee University. Her research interests include visual literacy, news literacy, and critical reading.

Brannen Varner is a research and instructional services librarian at the University of Memphis. Her work interests include collaborative and inclusive spaces, active learning, and community engagement. Her life interests include science fiction short stories, bad horror movies, and feminist photography.

Karen Viars is the Humanities and Science Fiction Librarian at the Georgia Institute of Technology Library. Her research interests include instructional design, information literacy, and science fiction fandom.