2022 ILOC Speakers

Learn about our keynote speakers and librarians who will be part of the 2022 ILOC conference.

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Ali Alldredge

Breakout Session 2: Make Room for a Food Pantry @yourlibrary: YES!

About Ali

Ali Alldredge is the District Volunteer Coordinator for College Community School District and a former Ely Public Library staff member. Her volunteer interests have often gravitated toward food security and the local food economy which has led to projects and volunteer work involving seed lending libraries, farmers markets, community gardens and food pantries. The most important lesson she has taken from these experiences is how relationships build and strengthen our communities in the face of any barrier. In her free time she can be found running, reading, knitting and listening to podcasts. She lives in Ely with her husband and 3 teenagers.

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Cindy Fesemyer

Morning Keynote: From Community Potlucks to City Planning

Breakout Session 1: Community Mapping: Partner Up for Effective Community Engagement

Evening Session: ALA Libraries Transforming Communities Panel Discussion

About Cindy

Cindy Fesemyer is the owner of Fesemyer Consulting LLC, specializing in community-centered librarianship, from strategic planning and assessment, to teaching engaged leadership workshops, to sharing her library passion via conference keynotes and webinars. Previously she served for two years as the Adult and Community Services Consultant for the State Library of Wisconsin, and seven years as the Director of the Columbus Public Library in Columbus, Wisconsin where she and her team earned a runner up honor as Library Journal's 2017 Best Small Library in America. Cindy occasionally teaches for the UW-Madison iSchool, serves as a Library Trustee for the Madison Public Library, and is a former Public Library Association Board member. In her capacity as an engaged library professional, she sat on advisory councils for the ALA Libraries Transforming Communities programs; ALA’s National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment Advisory Board; and the Philadelphia Free Library's IMLS Award for Community-Centered Librarianship. Librarianship is Cindy's second career, following 14 years in nonprofit administration, fundraising, and community organizing.

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Laurene Hendricks

Session: Say 'Yes' to Better Health: Programming & Partnership Ideas

About Laurene

Laurene Hendricks is the Diabetes Management Coordinator at the Iowa Department of Public Health.  Hendricks works on a team within the Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Bureau to reduce the impact of diabetes and cardiovascular conditions on Iowans. Supported by the CDC, a diabetes goal is to increase access to, participation in, and coverage of outpatient diabetes self-management education. As part of this, Hendricks supports these education programs and staff through funding opportunities, education and resources, and certification of programs for Medicaid and other third party reimbursement.

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Brittany Peacock

Breakout Session 1: Davenport Outreach Libraries in the Park

About Brittany

Brittany Peacock is the Community Outreach Supervisor for the Davenport Public Library and is responsible for overseeing the Community Outreach Department, PR & Marketing, the Social Media Team, and the Library Podcast among other duties as assigned. The Davenport Public Library created the Community Outreach Department in 2019 and throughout the last three years, the Outreach team has adapted in many ways to better and safely meet the needs of those served. When not at work, Brittany enjoys spending time with her husband and kiddos, sewing, reading, and watching sitcoms. 

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Hailey Boudreau

Breakout Session 4: Say 'Yes' to Better Health: Programming & Partnership Ideas

About Hailey

Hailey Boudreau, MPH, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian for the Iowa Department of Public Health managing Fresh Conversations, a free nutrition and physical education program for adults 60+. She is part of the Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity SNAP-Ed team, working to provide access to evidence-based nutrition education and policy, system and environmental (PSE) changes to address food insecurity in Iowa. 

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Kellee Forkenbrock

Breakout Session 2: Policies of Yes

About Kellee

After two decades of work in the private sector, Kellee joined North Liberty Library in June 2019 as a library assistant. She was promoted to her current role as Public Services Librarian in October of the same year, serving as the community engagement liaison for the library and assisting with the management of the library’s part-time staff. Kellee holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing and is pursuing a Masters in LIS from the University of Iowa. Her professional background includes a decade of project management with a skills assessment firm and seven years in multimedia advertising for a Gannett newspaper. Kellee is active in her community as a board member, having served for the Iowa City Public Library and Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa. 

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Katie Nedwick

Breakout Session 4: You Can STEAM

About Katie

Katie Nedwick, MLIS, has worked in libraries for 17 years. Her experience has spanned two states and has been in academic, school and public libraries. Currently she works in the youth department at the Cedar Falls Public Library in Cedar Falls, IA. She enjoys watching kids learn and pairing them with that perfect book. When she’s not working she likes spending time with her family, a good cup of coffee or chai, going to rock concerts, walking in nature and listening to My Favorite Murder.

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Sarah Sellon

Breakout Session 2: Make Room for a Food Pantry @yourlibrary: YES!

About Sarah

Sarah Sellon is the Director of the Ely Public Library in Ely, Iowa.  She has been working there for 15 years and has served as Director for nine of those years. Sarah is active within the larger Iowa Library community and is passionate about advocating for all small and rural libraries.  Sarah loves serving her community in any way possible. She lives in Ely with her husband and three teenagers.

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Karen Brandt

Breakout Session 3: Say “Yes” to Memory Kits:  Serving Patrons with Dementia and Their Caregivers

About Karen

I began my love of library work as a page during high school at the Newton Public Library.  However, I decided to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Truman State University.  That is where I met my husband of 30 years.  As my husband was in the Navy, we moved to the east coast and lived in Orlando, FL; Charleston, SC; Groton, CT; and King George, VA,  before moving back to the midwest.  During this time I worked as a preschool teacher, and we had four children who are now aged 17-26.

I didn’t return to library work until I became a library assistant at the Leonard A. Good Memorial Library in Ogden, IA.  In 2017, we moved to Clarinda, IA.  I briefly worked as the director of the Lied Public Library in Essex where I obtained my library director’s certification for the State of Iowa Library in 2019.  I then changed libraries and positions.  I am now the Circulation Librarian at the Lied Public Library in Clarinda.  

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Jennie Garner

Breakout Session 2: Policies of Yes

About Jennie

Jennie Garner has worked at the North Liberty Library for 25 years in a variety of roles, the last six as library director. In her role as director, she oversees a staff of 18 (9 full-time and 9 part-time). She makes it her practice to involve all levels of staff in organizational planning and decision-making. Jennie firmly believes that staff development and engagement– both in the library and in the community –are keys to a dynamic and impactful library. She has a particular interest in leadership; policy; and in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. She and her husband, Shawn, both Iowa natives, are empty nesters with two wonderful adult children and a lovely daughter-in-law. They have lived in North Liberty since 1990 and enjoy camping and being active in the community.

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Emily O’Sheridan Tabor

Breakout Session 2: Policies of Yes

About Emily

As Family Services Librarian I do programming and early literacy engagement for children 5 and under and their families. My favorite part of my job is the time I get to spend with the littles, and of course talking shop (BOOKS!) with co-workers and patrons alike. When not at work I love to read, hike/walk at local parks, hang with friends and family. My husband and I have 3 children (12, 9 & 3) and we enjoy volunteering with our school district and in our community. The last 2 years has allowed me to take a deeper look at myself, my library, our school districts and my community and shift my focus to active anti-racist work.

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Cathy Cooney

Breakout Session 3: Quick Picks: Delighting Customers and Decreasing Wait Time With Serendipitous Discovery

About Cathy

Cathy Cooney works as an Adult Services Librarian at Ames Public Library. A graduate of the MLS program at Indiana University, she has been working full time in libraries since 2015 and at APL since 2016. Some of her favorite parts of her job include collection development (adult fiction, Dewey 800s-900s, book club collection and Quick Picks), programming, reader’s advisory, and leading book discussions. Her hobbies include cross stitch, diamond painting, aquarium keeping, “parenting” a chinchilla and a dog, and advocating for the merits of romances and cozy mysteries.

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Ali Grossman

Breakout Session 4: Say 'Yes' to Better Health: Programming & Partnership Ideas

About Ali

Ali Grossman, MA, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian working
as a Referral-based Intervention Coordinator with the Iowa
Department of Public Health. She currently coordinates the
Better Choices, Better Health program (Iowa’s Chronic Disease
Self-Management Program) and carries out work to prevent and manage diabetes, heart disease, and stroke in Iowa. 

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William Ottens

Lunch Keynote: Librarian Problems? Just say Yes!

About William

I’m a librarian, author, and creator of the library-centric Librarian Problems Tumblr. I’ve been working in public libraries for over a decade, and I have experience in reference, cataloging, collection development, and administration. I’m currently a Youth Services Associate with the Mid-Continent Public Library, and I plan and present programming and outreach for teens and middle-graders in the Kansas City area.

Way back in 2012, I started a little Tumblr blog I called Librarian Problems. Described by Library Journal’s Tumblr-in-Chief, Molly McArdle, as the GIF-king of all librarian Tumblrs, Librarian Problems pairs common librarian situations, frustrations, and stereotypes with animated reaction GIFs. Since its inception, Librarian Problems has gained more than 90,000 followers across Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

My book, Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange, and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks is available now from Skyhorse Publishing. Pick it up to learn about my personal public library journey and read a few tales from fellow workers in the field!