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Meet Chad Mairn, Keynote Speaker!

Meet Chad Mairn, Keynote Speaker!

Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum.  Here is the Maker Boot Camp documentary film.

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. In 2016, Chad was awarded the League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology!

Chad also plays drums in Low Season and he also co-organizes Gulf Coast Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.

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Meet Steven Vagnini, Show Awareness Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering

Meet Steven Vagnini, Show Awareness Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering

Steven Vagnini is a Show Awareness Producer with Walt Disney Imagineering. In this role, Steven archives the original design intent, themes, and storylines for the Walt Disney World Resort property and creates presentations and seminars that explore the fascinating creation of Disney theme parks, resorts, cruise ships, and entertainment venues around the world. Steven began his career with The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) at Magic Kingdom Park Operations in 2005. After several internships with the Corporate Communications team, he moved to Burbank, California, where he served as the head of research for the Walt Disney Archives, the division charged with collecting and preserving the history of TWDC. In that role, Steven developed strategies to manage the flow of historical information throughout the Disney worldwide enterprise and consulted on a variety of film, attraction, television, and consumer products initiatives. He later transitioned to the role of Manager, Content Integration for D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, for which he produced entertainment and content for special events, including the biennial D23 Expo and milestone anniversary celebrations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Steven has also written for a variety of Disney publications and has served as a designated speaker and host for company events.

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Meet Devin Soper, Leading Edge Speaker!

Meet Devin Soper, Leading Edge Speaker!

Devin Soper @devinsope is a Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Florida State University Libraries. In that role, he oversees initiatives related to the FSU Research Repository and Open Access Policy implementation, and is also responsible for advancing the Libraries’ copyright support, journal publishing, and open educational resource (OER) programs. Devin came to FSU from the University of British Columbia, where he served both as an Intellectual Property & Copyright Librarian and as Managing Librarian of the Chapman Learning Commons. Devin has an MA in English Literature and Theory from the University of Victoria, Canada, and an MLIS from the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the intersections of copyright and digital publishing in higher education, with an emphasis on open access and open educational resources.

Leadership Portfolio

Devin led a number of OER-related projects and initiatives during his participation in the Open Education Leadership Program, including an open education symposium, an OER mini-grant program for instructors at his institution, and a campus-wide OER research project comprised of faculty and student surveys and interviews with senior university administrators.

Devin selected the open education symposium as his capstone project. In addition to planning and promoting the symposium, he also created a publicly accessible, Creative Commons-licensed toolkit of symposium planning materials and outputs. In addition to symposium outputs such as presentation slides, recordings, and notes from breakout sessions, the toolkit also includes a variety of planning and marketing materials such as budget and logistical spreadsheets, flyers and social media graphics, opening remarks, convener guidelines, panel discussion questions, lunchtime discussion prompts, a day-of program, a participant survey, and so on. The toolkit will be useful to anyone engaged in the planning and promotion of similar events at other institutions.

Current Work

Devin is currently working with a Mathematics professor to publish an open textbook on financial mathematics as part of FSU Libraries’ OER mini-grant program. In addition, he is actively engaged in the following:

  • analyzing data from the OER assessment project he conducted over the 2017-18 academic year, with a view to publishing the results with his fellow investigators;
  • contacting prospective donors to raise funds for on-campus Open Textbook Network workshops in October 2018;
  • Advocating for the implementation of a course marking program to identify courses with affordable materials at his institution; and
  • serving on a number of statewide committees related to OER and textbook affordability initiatives, including content creation for an Affordable Learning Florida portal and planning for a consortial OER Summit in late 2018.

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Meet Myka Kennedy Stephens, Leading Edge Speaker!

Meet Myka Kennedy Stephens, Leading Edge Speaker!

Myka Kennedy Stephens is seminary librarian and assistant professor of theological bibliography at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She speaks and publishes widely on a diverse range of topics for small and specialized libraries and is an advocate for open-source solutions for libraries. She is past-president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association and serves on the editorial board of ATLA Press Open Books. She is also currently working on a book for ACRL Publications titled Integrated Library Planning: A New Model for Strategic and Dynamic Planning, Management, and Assessment.

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Thank You to our 2018 Conference Sponsors

ARC Document Solutions (Silver Sponsor)

EBSCO (Silver Sponsor)

ProQuest (Silver Sponsor)

ELSEVIER (Breakfast Sponsor)

IEEE XPlore Digital Library (Sponsor)

University of South Florida (Table Sponsor)