Executive director, New Media Learning
Over the last 15 years John has worked teaching technology, media creation and video production with youth winning numerous state and national awards. He has the technical expertise to produce compelling media and the personal skills for working in a collaborative team. As the managing director of the Marinovation Learning Center, which is a partnership between Novato Unified School District, Marin County Free Library, and New Media Learning Center, John provides 21st learning opportunities for the community. On location there is a branch of the library, a Makerspace-Media Studio and Immersive Learning Lab for Virtual Augmented Reality experiences and learning. John has recently been selected as the California Library Association's 2018 President's Award winner recognizing outstanding contributions, leadership and achievement in support of California libraries by a lay person who has given his or her time and talents to further the advancement of California libraries!
Tammy Westergard, MLS
Deputy state librarian, Nevada State Library, Archives & Public Records
In wholehearted agreement with Valerie Gross that libraries equal education, Tammy Westergard was named an agent of change and a 2016 LJ Mover and Shaker for her role in advancing the opportunity to earn advanced manufacturing industry credentials in a public library. Reasoning every citizen can get what’s necessary to land good jobs, Tammy says that education in all its forms is a widespread responsibility—a duty that we collectively share. “While our formal places of education have primary jurisdiction over the day-to-day instruction of students, the State Library should and does play a supportive role,” says Westergard. “Meaningfully linked learning opportunities between the formal classroom, home and third places of learning (like libraries and museums) leads to skilled and qualified workers and, more importantly, health and longevity. The Nevada XR Libraries pilot project is so gratifying and the generosity of the folks helping to make this happen is a testament to their commitment to bridging the digital divide and making emerging technologies widely accessible."
Norma Fowler, MLS
Library Consultant, Nevada State Library - Planning & Development
Norma Fowler, Library Development Consultant at NSLAPR, works directly with libraries throughout the state to develop programs and services for their communities. She has a diverse library background with public service and technical service experience in both public and academic libraries. She is as convinced now as ever about the importance of reading and libraries for people and communities and is committed to working with library directors and trustees to develop the best libraries possible for the residents of Nevada. Norma has a BA in History/Library Science from Missouri State University and an MLS from the University of Missouri.
Cyndi O, MLIS
Coordinator, Nevada Library Co-Op
Cyndi O discovered the library field after serving eight years as an Air Force intelligence analyst. She first took a job as a teen services librarian and never looked back. Cyndi’s library directorships have been highlighted by collaborative partnerships, state-wide educational initiatives, early adoption and championing of the Edge Assessment, outreach and community engagement, team development and staff empowerment. Cyndi is the current coordinator of the Nevada Library Cooperative, a consortium of 18 Nevada libraries. She is helping the organization redefine itself by aligning service and support with 21st century library standards. Cyndi is an enthusiastic public servant and believes in libraries as drivers of education, innovation and individual and community empowerment. She has a BA in international relations from the American Military University and an MLIS from the University of Oklahoma.