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Gateway Library Instruction Conference 2018

About the Conference

We have so much talent in the region.  Our goal is to bring together that talent so we can share, learn, collaborate, and re-energize.

A group of instruction librarians from four local institutions had a dream of sharing insights about library instruction across institutions. We wanted to bring together instruction librarians from the Saint Louis region both formally and informally. What at first started as a lunch and learn among these four librarians and their colleagues, is now an annual conference known as the Gateway Library Instruction Conference. 

About the Planning Committee

Amanda B. Albert is the Information Literacy Coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis. Amanda graduated with an MSLIS from the iSchool at Syracuse University in 2014. Previously, she served as the Instructional Services Librarian at Saint Louis University. 

Amanda has presented about information literacy instruction, instructional design, assessment, and communicating library value and other topics at ACRL, the Distance Library Services Conference (DLS), the Library Assessment Conference (LAC), LOEX, NISO Virtual Conference, and the Southeast Library Assessment Conference (SELAC). Amanda is published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship and the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.

Richard “Ted” Chaffin is the Head of Academic Support & Collaboration at Washington University Libraries.

Before moving to St. Louis,Ted was a part-time librarian at Baton Rouge Community College, a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Southern University, and served in the Florida State University Libraries in several librarian roles.

Ted recently participated in the Olin Library Transformation Project. This multi-part expansion included creating new library spaces both above and below ground. Ted is especially looking forward to hosting GLIC 2018 at WashU in the three new classroom spaces and Newman Exploration Center!

Holly is Head of Instruction & Liaison Services at Webster University Library in St. Louis with responsibility for collection development, instruction, and faculty research support. She serves as Liaison to the Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, and Biological Sciences Departments.

Holly Hubenschmidt holds a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an MLS from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Her second role is Co-director of the Global Leadership Academy.  This is a leadership development program for faculty and staff at Webster University.  She was an Academy Fellow in 2013, and at the end of that year was asked to join the team of directors.

She is a distinguished member of the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Sarah Lowenthal is the librarian for Hickey College’s Business, Culinary, and Veterinary Libraries. She holds a B.S. in Education from Stephens college, and a MLIS from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her interests include inter-library cooperation, reference, information literacy, and instructional support.

Christopher Niemeyer has been a Reference Librarian and the Head of Instructional Services at the Thomas Jefferson Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 1999.

He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin.

He  In addition to providing in-class instruction  he also creates interactive, Web-based library tutorials and teaches an online, 10-week information literacy class.

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