The Art of Presenting

March 28, 2011 1 comment

The Art of Presenting: Taking your idea, turning it into a proposal and giving an engaging presentation.

This workshop with begin with a panel of experts, take you through a series of hands-on exercises and have you brainstorming about how to turn your Library’s exciting new project into a first rate proposal and presentation. Get engaged in proposal writing and learn how to move your project out of the Library and towards an audience.


Michelle Jacobs is currently the Librarian for Instructional Design, Outreach and Training at Pepperdine University. Previously, she spent three years as the Emerging Technologies and Web Coordinator at College Library at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has also had the opportunity to be one of the founding librarians at the University of California, Merced. Having worked in a variety of Academic Libraries and a Public Library, Michelle focuses her work on the needs of the user. Her research explores information seeking behaviors of undergraduates and developing web content for visual learners. Michelle can be reached at
Steven J. Bell is Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, design thinking, user experience and library management. Steven is a co-founder of the Blended Librarian’s Online earning Community on the Learning Times Network and has participated in numerous virtual presentations. He blogs at Kept-Up Academic Librarian, ACRLog, and Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. His weekly column “From the Bell Tower” appears weekly at Library Journal’s Academic Newswire. He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design”. For additional information about Steven J. Bell or links to his projects, point your browser to
Merinda Kaye Hensley is the Instructional Services Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her role as an instruction coordinator includes designing, teaching and assessing a variety of library instruction opportunities for graduate students and faculty including the Savvy Researcher, an open workshop series covering the topics of research poster design, scholarly communication, citation management, information organizational strategies and much more. Merinda is the current co-chair of ACRL’s 2011 Poster Sessions Subcommittee.
Lisa Carlucci Thomas is an experienced manager and librarian known for her leadership and innovation in academic libraries and for her research on mobile devices & ebooks. Lisa is Digital Services Librarian at Southern Connecticut State University, where she is responsible for exploring, developing, and coordinating library technologies, systems, and digital initiatives. Lisa previously worked at the Yale University Library in the areas of digital collections, e-resource management, archives, reference, and access services. Lisa was named a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was recognized by the American Library Association as a 2009 Emerging Leader. She received her MLIS from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Lisa’s column, Social Eyes, appears in the Journal of Web Librarianship. Follow Lisa on Twitter and Slideshare or email her at
Jennifer Hootman is Coordinator of Reference Outreach & Instruction at Minitex, a program of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities University Libraries.  Previous to her position at Minitex, Jennifer worked at Illinois State University’s Milner Library as an Instructional Services Librarian.  In her role at Minitex she, along with her colleagues, provides a statewide reference referral service as well as instructional and technical support for the statewide e-resources.  Her areas of interest and experience include the design and development of instructional materials and online tutorials, e-learning/teaching, instruction of first-year university and high school students, curriculum development, and professional development for library staff and teachers.  She can be reached at
Alexia Hudson is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Penn State Abington College. Her primary research focuses on the connection between information literacy and workplace performance with an emphasis on emerging technologies. Alexia was a 2007 American Library Association Emerging Leader, the 2007 Pennsylvania Library Association’s ‘New Librarian of the Year,’ and 2008 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. Prior to her transition into librarianship, Alexia worked as a Marketing Manager for The Coca Cola Company. Follow Alexia on Twitter (alexiahudson) and friend her on Facebook. She can also be reached at

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