Symposium Speakers

John Blyberg is currently the Head of Technology and Digital Initiatives at Darien Library in Connecticut. He was formerly the System Administrator and Lead Developer for the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. At AADL, John was responsible for rebuilding the IT infrastructure and numerous software development products such as a custom session management system, RFID circulation client, WiFi registration system, and point-of-sale (POS) software. He is most well-known for his work on AADL’s award winning website and social OPAC (SOPAC). In March 2006, John was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal. His blog is


Karen Coombs is the Head of Web Services at the University of Houston Libraries. Her duties there include development and maintenance of the libraries' web site and electronic presence. She has an MLS and an MS in Information Management from Syracuse University. Karen has presented at many national conferences including ALA Annual, LITA Forum, and Internet Librarian; she has written articles for Computers in Libraries, Library Journal, Library Hi Tech, and Journal of Academic Librarianship. She is co-chair of the LITA Special Interest Group for Blogs, Wikis and interactive media, a member of the LITA Top Technology Trends panel, and the author of the Library Web Chic weblog.


Rebecca Kemp is the Serials Supervisor Librarian at UNC Wilmington, where she manages access to online and print titles and aids in the implementation of Innovative’s Electronic Resource Management module. She serves as the Chair of the North Carolina Library Association Serials Interest Group and as a member of the planning committee for the North Carolina Serials Conference. Her research interests include the Open Access movement, Institutional Repositories, and “next generation” library catalogs and cataloging practices. She is the author of “Catalog/Cataloging Changes and Web 2.0 Functionality: New Directions for Serials” to be published in The Serials Librarian, v.53 no.4.


Ellyssa Kroski is a Reference Librarian at Columbia University as well as an independent Information Consultant. She is an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University's Palmer School of Library Science where she teaches LIS students about Web 2.0 technologies. Her book Web 2.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals will be published this fall. Ellyssa teaches professional development workshops and provides technology instruction throughout the Northeast and is a national conference speaker and moderator. She maintains two successful blogs, InfoTangle and iLibrarian, and holds an MLIS from Long Island University.