Keynote Speakers

Fobazi Ettarh headshot

Fobazi Ettarh is currently the Undergraduate Success Librarian at Rutgers Newark. A school librarian by training, she specializes in information literacy instruction, K-12 pedagogy, and co-curricular outreach. Creator of the concept ‘vocational awe,’ her research is  her research is concerned with the relationships and tensions between the espoused values of librarianship and the realities present in the experiences of marginalized librarians and users. She has also created curriculum-based graded assignments in the K-12 and Higher Education setting. She has also worked extensively with facilitating groups of librarians in creating specialized standards and rubrics for graded assignments.

Laura Saunders

Laura Saunders is an Associate Professor at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science.  She teaches and conducts research in the areas of reference, instruction, information literacy, and intellectual freedom.  She has a strong interest in the connections between information literacy and social justice issues, as well as in the impact of mis- and disinformation.  In April of 2018 she ran the Know News symposium, which brought together 80 librarians, journalists and allied professionals to discuss collaborative responses to the challenges of misinformation.

Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including College & Research Libraries, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and Communications in Information Literacy. She has written or edited several books: Information Literacy as a Student Learning Outcome: The Perspective of Institutional Accreditation; Repositioning Reference: New Methods and New Services for a New Age co-authored with Lily Rozaklis and Eileen Abels; and the forthcoming Reference and Information Services: An Introduction, 6th edition, co-edited with Melissa Wong. Laura has a PhD and a Master of Library and Information Science, both from Simmons College, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Boston University. She serves as a Trustee for the Somerville Public Library in Somerville, MA. She is the 2019 recipient of Simmons University’s Provost Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

Lisa Janicke HinchliffeLisa Janicke Hinchliffe is a Professor in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she serves as the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the University’s School of Information Sciences. She was the keynote speaker at the first Illinois Information Literacy Summit.