A List of Female Technology Experts in Libraries

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Last month I saw this A List of Female Technology Policy Experts making the rounds on Twitter. Which was inspired by this tweet:

I immediately thought back to the analysis I did of ALA & LITA Top Tech Trends panelist (not moderators)  back in January. I recommend you read my whole post on the Top Tech Trends (of course I recommend you read all of my blog posts! 🙂  ) But in a nutshell, I found that from 2003 through 2016 Midwinter 56.95% of panelist were repeaters and of those repeats, 74.42% were men. The good news is Jenny Levine, and I assume some committee members, heard the complaints and looked at the data I provided and the panel at Annual was much more diverse.

Given the difficulty of finding female (or not male) technology experts who are working in libraries, I thought creating a list would be a good idea. Given Lisa Hinchliffe’s tweet last week looking for just such a list I am putting one together.

I put the initial call out on Twitter asking for recommendations. One downside is that most of the recommendations are tweeters.My calls for experts got a lot of retweets but very few responses. I know there are more female library tech experts out there! I know not all technology experts use Twitter, so let’s expand that list!

To recommend someone, please post a comment or email me (bobbi.newman AT gmail.com:

  • name, title, and organization – required
  • Twitter handle -not required.

Update 9/20: Please include Name, Title, & PoW in suggestion, Twitter handle alone isn’t sufficient to be included. At this point, I do not include vendors on the list.

The List

  • Amanda Izenstark, Reference & Instructional Design Librarian, University of Rhode Island @znstrk
  • Amanda Visconti, Assistant Professor and Digital Humanities Specialist Librarian
    Purdue University Libraries, @Literature_Geek
  • Beatrice Pulliam, Director of Technology and Information Services and AskRI Director, Providence Public Library, @beatricepulliam
  • Becky Yoose, Library Applications and Systems Manager for The Seattle Public Library @yo_bj
  • Bess Sadler, Manager for Application Development, Digital Library Systems at Stanford University Library, @eosadler
  • Cecily Walker, Assistant Manager, Community Digital Initiatives, Vancouver Public Library, @skeskali
  • Char Booth, Associate Dean of the Library at CSU San Marcos, @charbooth
  • Christina Harlow, Metadata Librarian, Cornell University @cm_harlow
  • Deborah Lee, Professor and Co-Director, MSU QEP, Mississippi State University, @deb07
  • Debra Champ, Director of IT, Indianapolis Public Library.
  • Diane Pennington, Lecturer, University of Strathclyde
  • Ellen Druda, Technology and Internet Services, Half Hollow Hills Community Library
  • Emily Lynema, Associate Head, Information Technology, North Carolina State University
  • Emily Morton-Owens, Director of Digital Library Development and Systems, UPenn @bradamant
  • Erin Berman, Innovations Manager, San José Public Library (Calif.)
  • Erin O’Meara, Department Head, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship, University of Arizona Libraries, @diplomaticaerin
  • Heather Reid, Dean of Library and Learning Resources, Berklee College of Music
  • Heidi Burkhardt, User Experience Specialist, University of Michigan Library, @heidi_sb
  • Heidi Webb, Systems and Electronic Resources Librarian, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, blog
  • Jamie Marie Keller-Aschenbach, Head of Research & Access Services, Florida Coastal School of Law, @somcak
  • Janice Painter Access Services Manager, Princeton Public Library, @lbrarygrrl
  • Jennifer Herron, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Jennifer L. Thoegersen, Data Curation Librarian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Jenny Elizabeth, STEAM Librarian, Westlake Porter Public Library
  • Jessamyn West Community Technology Librarian OpenLibrary, @jessamyn
  • Jiao Han, Supervising Librarian Cataloging and Processing, Oakland Public Library (Calif.)
  • Jody DeRidder, Head of Metadata and Digital Services, University of AL, @jlderidder
  • Julie Oborny, Web Librarian, San José Public Library
  • Kara Brehm Emerging Technologies Librarian, Cape May County Library @beachlibrarian
  • Karen Estlund, Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies, Pennsylvania State Univeristy
  • Katherine Lynch, Sr. Application Developer, UPenn.
  • Kim Pham, Digital Projects and Technologies Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough @tolloid
  • Kimberly Barker Emerging Technologies & Digital Initiatives Librarian, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia, @KR_Barker
  • Krista Godfrey, Web Services Librarian, Memorial University @weelibrarian
  • Kristen Wilson, Associate Head, Acquisitions and Discovery, North Carolina State University Libraries
  • Kristin Antelman, University Librarian, California Institute of Technology
  • Laura Solomon, Library Services Manager, Ohio Public Library Information Network, @laurasolomon
  • Leslie Johnston, Director of Development and Tool Management at the U.S. National Archives, National Archives @lljohnston
  • Lucy Harrison, Interim Chief Operating Officer, Florida Virtual Campus
  • Lydia Zvyagintseva, Digital Exhibits Intern Librarian, Edmonton Public Library @lydia_zv (private account)
  • May Yan, ER Access & Discovery Librarian, Ryerson University @mayyan
  • Meghan Musolff, Program Manager for Library IT Services, Training, and Assessment, University of Michigan Library, @MooseOff
  • Mita Williams, Librarian, University of Windsor Library, @copystar
  • Nina McHale, Library Director at Red Rocks Community College
  • Patricia F. Anderson, Emerging Technology Librarian at Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, @pfanderson
  • Pauline Lynch Shostack, Library Department Chair/Professor (and webmaster), Onondaga Community College
  • Rachel R. Walden, Associate Dean of Learning Resources and medical library director, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, @rachel_w
  • Rachel Vacek, Head of Design & Discovery, University of Michigan Library, @vacekrae
  • Rosalyn Metz, Director of Library Technology and Digital Strategies, Emory University, @rosy1280
  • Sandra Sasal – Youth & Teen Services Librarian, Bartlett, IL, @depaulbluedemon
  • Shirley Lew, Dean, Library, Teaching & Learning Services, Vancouver Community College, @shlew
  • Tammy Allgood Wolf, Director of Discovery Services, Arizona State University Libraries
  • Tara Robertson, Accessibility Librarian, CAPER-BC @tararobertson
  • Tulie Amichal, Library Information Technologies Team Leader at the College of
    Management Academic Studies Library in Israel, @tulie
  • Vika Zafrin, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Boston University @veek
  • Whitni Watkins, Systems Librarian, Analog Devices, Inc., @_whitni

I made a Twitter list if you would like to follow the experts who are on Twitter. I’ve done my best to track down Twitter accounts, but if I have missed someone, please let me know.

 

30 comments

  1. Hey I think I qualify, thanks for the add. Jessamyn West Community Technology Librarian OpenLibrary, @jessamyn

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    1. you definitely do!

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  2. I think Becky Yoose sent you my name but I never followed up with the rest of the info you’d asked for, sorry bout that.
    Whitni Watkins
    Systems Librarian
    Analog Devices, Inc.
    @_whitni

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    1. Thanks for following up!

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  3. My colleague and friend Patricia F. Anderson, Emerging Technology Librarian at Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. qualifies for sure! She is also a major tweeter. Thanks!

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  4. I’m chuffed to be included in this list, thank you!

    I’ve got a few more suggestions of women in library tech who I look up to:

    Bess Sadler, Manager for Application Development, Digital Library Systems at Stanford University Library, @eosadler

    Misty De Méo, GitHub, @mistydemeo

    Shirley Lew, Dean, Library, Teaching & Learning Services, Vancouver Community College, @shlew

    Cecily Walker, Assistant Manager, Community Digital Initiatives, Vancouver Public Library, @skeskali

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  5. Me? Ellen Druda, Technology and Internet Services, Half Hollow Hills Community Library

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  6. And Mita! She’s a phenomenal keynote speaker!

    Mita Williams, Librarian, University of Windsor Library, @copystar

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  7. I qualify – I got my A+ certification this year just to prove it! lol
    Jamie Marie Keller-Aschenbach, Head of Research & Access Services, Florida Coastal School of Law, @somcak

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  8. IMO, an accurate list would be too long to be readable or maintainable.

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    1. And yet so clearly needed given the disproportionate number of men on library tech panels.

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      1. I missed the point that the purpose was to improve tech panels. Sounds like the real problem is that people who don’t know what’s going on have been tasked with putting together panels.

        This explains why a lot of panels aren’t very good.

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  9. Ditto on @eosadler and @copystar. I’d also add @gillmbyrne, @holtopia, @vixvarga, @ShawnaSadler, @drenton, @sfbetz, and @lydia_zv

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    1. Hi Pam,

      Thanks for the suggestions! I do need name, title, & PoW to add them to the list.

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  10. The rolls of various LITA committees will yield a lot of names, including the board membership list.

    Including: @vacekrae, @thatandromeda, @aimeelee, @ranti, @bohyunkim, @shifted, Jenny Taylor (not sure of her handle at the moment), @laurenpressley..

    I’d also include @kgs, @findthepatternz, @jambina, dozens of others. Agreed that this list is too long to … really be a list. More homework is needed.

    ..and me: Cindi Blyberg, Product Manager for Springshare, @cindi

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions! I do need- name, title, & PoW to add them to the list.

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  11. Since “tech expert” is such a wide-ranging description, it might be helpful if the woman’s area of expertise be listed. That could help with inclusion on panels, if it’s known which area she is an expert. Just a thought!

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    1. If people include this, I’ll add it. Trying to keep it as simple as possible! 🙂

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  12. This reminds me of the Library Shovers and Makers initiative from long ago. Why not open things up. There are bound to be female library tech experts outside our own twitter lists. I’ll be our guinea pig:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18z9AhU8CE54rh7I-lA4u60IDucQOloaUf-DSVY5IJ6g/edit?usp=sharing

    (if that link works? If not, i’ll be back with a second comment…)

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  13. Gillian Byrne · ·

    Some amazing Canadian content follows:
    May Yan, ER Access & Discovery Librarian, Ryerson University @mayyan
    Kim Pham, Digital Projects and Technologies Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough @tolloid
    Lydia Zvyagintseva, Digital Exhibits Intern Librarian, Edmonton Public Library @lydia_zv
    Krista Godfrey, Web Services Librarian, Memorial University @weelibrarian

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  14. Kara Brehm · ·

    Do I qualify?? Kara Brehm Emerging Technologies Librarian, Cape May County Library. I teach tech classes for adults, STEAM and robotics classes for kids, and manage the department that provides technology assistance and help for the public. I gave a talk about how librarians can provide tech help to their patrons at the NJLA annual conference last year. I don’t often use my Twitter, but my handle is @beachlibrarian

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    1. you sure do! 🙂

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  15. Matt Weaver · ·

    I would nominate Nina McHale, Library Director at Red Rocks Community College
    Char Booth, Associate Dean of the Library at CSU San Marcos
    Jenny Elizabeth, STEAM Librarian, Westlake Porter Public LIbrary

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    1. Great additions! Thank you Matt!

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  16. Do I qualify? Currently self-employed as a technology trainer?

    Jennifer Koerber
    Trainer, Writer, Consultant
    http://www.jenniferkoerber.com
    @jenniferkoerber

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  17. Sandra Sasal – Youth & Teen Services Librarian, Bartlett, IL

    @depaulbluedemon

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