Keynote Speakers

Gwen EvansGwen-Evans

Gwen Evans has been the Executive Director of OhioLINK since October of 2012.  She previously served as the Director of Special Projects at the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH). She came to OH-TECH from her position as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Information and Emerging Technology at Bowling Green State University.   Evans has 18 years experience working in libraries, including the John Crerar Science Library at the University of Chicago, Mt. Holyoke College Library, and Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. She has presented on library technology and technology administration at ALA, LITA, and Educause, and has published in  Library Resources and Technical Services, the Charleston Advisor, Public Services Quarterly, and Music Reference Services Quarterly.

She received her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2002, and has a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago, during which time she did two years of ethnographic research on the island of Flores, Indonesia.

Ben-HunterBen Hunter

Ben Hunter is currently the Head of Cataloging and Collections at the University of Idaho Library, a position he has held since 2009. His work includes overseeing daily operations and providing strategic direction for the library’s Cataloging, Acquisitions, E-Resources and Serials, and Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communications units. Prior to this position, Ben was the Social Sciences Bibliographer and a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Idaho, and an Association of Research Libraries Fellow at the University of Washington.

Ben was a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2013, served as the 2010/2011 President of the Idaho Library Association, and is part of the ALA Emerging Leaders 2011 cohort. He has published numerous articles on a variety of subjects including music librarianship, open access publishing, and change management, and frequently reviews books on topics such as electroacoustic music and the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Idaho, a Master of Music in Music Composition from the University of Oregon where he also served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a doctoral student at Simmons College studying managerial leadership in the information professions.


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