Advisory Panel

Susan Craig
Iowa City Public Library

Susan Craig, a 1976 SLIS alum, has been director of the Iowa City Public Library since 1994. She has an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science, also from the University of Iowa. She has worked as a Reference Librarian, Technical Services Manager, and Assistant Director. Susan is a continuing member of the Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council where she co-chairs the All Iowa Reads program, and serves as the current chair of the Iowa Urban Public Library Association. She is past president and executive board member of the Iowa Library Association, has served as an ALA Council member and on many State Library committees.

The Iowa City Public Library is the busiest single public library building in the state. Among the Library’s partnerships are many with the University of Iowa, including the School of Library and Information Science, Business School, Delta Center, School of Music, Center for Human Rights, Department of Rhetoric, International Writing Program, Obermann Center, International Programs, and the Iowa Youth Writing Project.

John Culshaw
University Librarian
University of Iowa

John Culshaw is University Librarian at the University of Iowa. He was appointed in 2013 and is responsible for leading the University of Iowa Libraries, the largest library system in Iowa, in providing services, collections, and spaces to the University community and beyond. Before coming to Iowa, Culshaw spent nearly 22 years at the University of Colorado Boulder, most recently serving as Senior Associate Dean of Libraries. He received a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, pursued graduate coursework in History at Marquette University, and holds an MS in Information Studies from Drexel University.

Culshaw is the co-author of Managing Information Technology: A Handbook for Systems Librarians and has published and presented widely on topics related to information technology in academic libraries, integration of library and campus technologies, and planning and developing library spaces for today’s generation of researchers and learners. In 2014, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). He was twice elected Chair of the international Innovative Users Group (1997 and 2009). Culshaw is also a 2012 alumnus of the Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) Research Libraries Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program.

Doug Johnson
Director of Technology
Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools (MN)

Doug Johnson is the Director of Technology for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage (MN) Public Schools and has served as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12 both here and in Saudi Arabia. He is the author of nine books including Learning Right from Wrong in the Digital Age; Machines are the Easy Part; People are the Hard Part; and The Classroom Teachers Survival Guide to Technology. His columns appear in ASCD’s Educational Leadership and in Library Media Connection. Doug’s Blue Skunk Blog averages over 50,000 visits a month, and his articles have appeared in over forty books and periodicals.

Doug has conducted workshops and given presentations for over 200 organizations throughout the United States and internationally and has held a variety of leadership positions in state and national organizations, including ISTE and AASL. He holds an MA in LIS from the University of Iowa, a BA in English Ed. from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as Certification in Media Supervision from Mankato State University (MN).

Dr. Dean Krafft
Chief Technology Strategist and Director of Information Technology
Cornell University Library

Dr. Dean B. Krafft is the Chief Technology Strategist and Director of Information Technology at the Cornell University Library, where he serves as part of the Library’s senior management team. His academic interests include research data management and curation, digital archiving and preservation, and the use of semantic web technologies to support the discovery of and access to research, researchers, and scholarly information resources.

Prior to joining the Library in 2008, Dr. Krafft served as the principal investigator on the NSF-funded National Science Digital Library technical network services project, leading the team that built the library infrastructure and operated the library services. Before that, he served for many years as Director of IT for Computing and Information Science at Cornell. Dr. Krafft received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1981. Since the 1990s, he has been continuously involved in digital library research, serving as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a series of foundation or federally-funded research projects.

Judith Leavitt
Leavitt & Associates LLC, Coralville, IA

Judith Leavitt is President, Leavitt & Associates LLC, a strategic futures consultancy, helping organizations to identify megatrends that affect their long-term strategies and working with individuals on confidential personal goals exploration.

Judy earned a Masters in Library Science degree from Indiana University and a B.A. in French from the University of Iowa. She has more than 20 years of management experience in academic and corporate libraries, has authored three books on the topic of women in management, and has taught graduate courses in competitive intelligence and special libraries at the University of Iowa and Mount Mercy University.

As Strategic Intelligence Manager for Rockwell Collins, Judy developed a competitive intelligence training curriculum for the corporation, chaired the company’s Competitive Intelligence Council, and served on the corporate team which analyzed a potential acquisition candidate, resulting in the largest acquisition in the company’s history.

A Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) organization member since 1995, Judy served on the SCIP Board of Directors and was co-coordinator of the SCIP Iowa Chapter. She received the SCIP Catalyst award in 2006 and SCIP’s prestigious Fellows Award in 2008. With Jan Herring, she co-developed the World-Class CI Program Roadmap, which won the SCIP 2009 Best Conference Presentation award. In addition, Judy was a member of the Conference Board Council on Competitive Intelligence for several years, serving on various committees and as Chair of the Council.

Jacqueline Snider
Senior Manager, Information Resource Center
ACT, Iowa City, Iowa

Jacqueline Snider received her MLS from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Educational Psychology at the University of Iowa. During the course of her professional career, Jacqueline worked in public, academic and special libraries in Toronto, Chicago, and Iowa City. Currently, she is senior manager of the Information Resource Center (IRC) at ACT, a testing company, in Iowa City. She has been editor of Education Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal of the Education Division, Special Libraries Association (SLA), and is a founding member of the Iowa Chapter of SLA. Since 2003, she has been adjunct faculty at SLIS, and has taught collection management as well as the practicum course.

Her interests include special and corporate libraries; company archives; knowledge management; taxonomies; integrated library systems.