WILU 2014

Opening Keynote Speakers

Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson is currently Head of the FAES (Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Science) Library at The Ohio State University.  He has also been Associate Director for Research and Education at Ohio State, with responsibilities for reference and research services, outreach and engagement, the libraries’ instruction program, and departmental libraries.  Previously, he was Associate University Librarian for Research, Instruction, and Outreach at George Mason University Libraries and has held other positions in instruction and reference services at Washington State University and Lewis-Clark State College.  His current research interests focus on threshold concepts for information literacy, research and learning commons and their relation to student success, and engagement measures for academic and research libraries.  He has taught in the ACRL Immersion Program since 2000, has been editor of the ACRL Publications in Librarianship series since 1999, and is currently co-chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Revision Task Force.

Trudi Jacobson

Trudi JacobsonTrudi Jacobson is the Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany Libraries.  She currently co-chairs the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force with Craig Gibson.  Trudi's current research involves metaliteracy, including badging for metaliteracy abilities.  ALA Editions will be publishing the book she co-wrote with Tom Mackey, Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacies to Empower Learners, in the spring.  The book extends the discussion of metaliteracy beyond their 2011 C & RL article. This fall Trudi and Tom have been offering a metaliteracy MOOC.  Trudi is also very involved in advancing Michaelsen’s model of team-based learning by librarians, and wrote about TBL in Communications in Information Literacy in 2011. She received the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year award in 2009.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Megan Oakleaf

Megan OakleafMegan Oakleaf is an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science in the iSchool at Syracuse University.  She is the author of the Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Review and Report and Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit and has earned recognition and awards for articles published in top library and information science journals including College and Research Libraries, Portal, Reference and User Services Quarterly, and Journal of Documentation. Megan has presented at numerous conferences, including the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) national conferences, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Assessment Conferences, the IUPUI Assessment Institute, the Texas A&M Assessment Conference, and EDUCAUSE. Her research areas include outcomes assessment, evidence-based decision making, information literacy instruction, and academic library impact and value.