I am pleased to announce that, after much deliberation, we have chosen our participants for the Five Weeks to a Social Library course! They are a diverse group — geographically, in the type of population they work with, and in terms of their position at their library. Here is the list:

  1. Bayer, Dell – Sr. Research Librarian – Sandia National Laboratories, NM
  2. Bedwell, Linda – Reference and Instruction Librarian – Dalhousie University – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  3. Bjork, Karen – Archivist – Montana Historical Society Research Center, MT
  4. Bradley, Karen – Instruction Librarian – Colorado State University Libraries, CO
  5. Breu, Reegan – Manager, Information Services, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), Winnipeg
  6. Cameron, Tamara – Teacher-Librarian – York House School, Vancouver, BC
  7. Deboo, Shireen – Librarian – South Seattle Community College, WA
  8. Duncan, Cheri – Head of Serials/LMS Systems – James Madison University, VA
  9. Edmunson-Morton, Tiah – Reference Archivist – Oregon State University Archives, OR
  10. Ennen, Rita – Technical Services Librarian – Stoxen Library, Dickinson State University, ND
  11. Erdman, Jacquelyn – Assistant University Librarian – Florida Atlantic University, FL
  12. Erichetti, Jini – Library Media Specialist – Kingston Elementary School, NJ
  13. Ferguson, Cristie – Librarian – M.P. Baker Library of Panola College, TX
  14. Gervasio, Josalyn – – Adult Services Reference Librarian – Guilderland Public Library, NY
  15. Gibson, Renata – Public Services Librarian – Northwest Vista College, TX
  16. Grant, Robin – Reference Librarian – Macon State College, GA
  17. Jahns, Fred – Librarian – Vine Middle School, TN
  18. Jarboe, Janelle – Assistant Technology Consultant/Trainer – Southwest Kansas Library System – Dodge City, KS
  19. Johnson, Samantha – Reference Librarian – Moore Memorial Public Library, TX
  20. Kingcade, Rachel – Reference Librarian I – Beaufort County Library, SC
  21. Krieg-Sigman, Kelly – Library Director – La Crosse Public Library, WI
  22. Langlois, Jessica – Librarian – Mount St. Joseph Academy, VT
  23. Markgraf, Jill S. – Distance Education & Reference Librarian – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI
  24. Mangrum, Suzanne – Collection Assessment Librarian – Middle Tennessee State University, TN
  25. Marsh, Beth – Automation/Technology Consultant – South Texas Library System, TX
  26. McMullen, Lauren – Training specialist – Montana State Library, MT
  27. Murphy, Carol – Young Adult Coordinator – West Deptford Free Public Library, NJ
  28. Murrey, Matthew J. – Media Specialist – Urbana High School, IL
  29. Pardue, Karen – Instructional Technology Librarian – Colorado State University – Pueblo, CO
  30. Penner, Katharina – Acquisition and Serials Librarian – International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, CZ
  31. Peppers, Maria – Head of Library Information Services – Occidental College Library, CA
  32. Pineda Rodas, Luis – Reference Desk Supervisor and Bibliographer – Ludwig von Mises Library, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  33. Ristau, Holly – Librarian, White Earth Tribal And Community College, MN
  34. Smith, Nancy – Library Services Coordinator/Public Libraries – Prairie Area Library System, IL
  35. Swanson, Eleanor – Cataloging/Reference Librarian – Elgin Community College, IL
  36. Tumbleson, Beth – Library Director – Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy High School – Cincinnati, OH
  37. Veldheer, Kris – Instruction Librarian – Graduate Theological Union, CA
  38. Van Dusen, Missy – Reference and Research Services Librarian – New Mexico State University Library, NM
  39. Watkins, Candice – Reference & Instruction Librarian – Clatsop Community College, OR
  40. Wygant, Alisia – Reference Librarian – Colby College, ME

What’s really exciting is that they’ve already started blogging! You can see what they’re writing on the blog and can subscribe to an RSS feed of all 5 Weeks blog posts. You can also find topic feeds for posts just from the administrators, posts on a certain category (topic), or posts from a specific presenter. Just click on the link for that category (or author) and find the RSS feed at the bottom of the page. Please feel free to take part in the conversation by commenting on their posts; we’d love to have you all involved in the course with us! You don’t need to register with Drupal to make a comment; just hit the comment button.

We already have some readings and introductory content up and we’ll soon be receiving the screencasts and podcasts from the presenters. I can’t wait to see them!