Advisory Panel

John Culshaw
University Librarian
University of Iowa

John Culshaw has served as the University Librarian at the University of Iowa since 2013, leading the UI Libraries in providing information services, collections, and spaces to the university community and beyond. In addition to his campus duties, he has served in leadership roles with the HathiTrust Digital Library and Association of College and Research Libraries. Culshaw has played an active role with the Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Initiatives, which recently announced the BIG Collection, an effort to create collaborative processes for building a networked collective collection to benefit Big Ten scholars.

During his tenure at Iowa, Culshaw has overseen several new building projects including the Rita Benton Music Library, a climate controlled, high-density materials storage facility, and a state-of-the-art exhibition gallery. He established a scholarship program for library student employees which to date has awarded more than $53,000 to undergraduate and graduate students. With his direction and support, UI Libraries staff garnered a grant to become the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Regional Office; strengthened partnerships with the UI's Center for the Book and the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature; merged the Studio, a collaborative incubator for digital scholarship and publishing, into Libraries operations; and brought important new research collections to Iowa including the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. In 2018, Culshaw was invested as the first Jack B. King University Librarian Chair.

Culshaw received a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and holds an MS in information studies from Drexel University, He received UW-Parkside's Traditions of Excellence Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. Prior to Iowa, he held positions at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Dr. Jean Donham
Jean Donham
Retired Professor
University of Northern Iowa

Dr. Jean Donham served on the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa Library Studies graduate program until her retirement at the rank of Professor in 2014. Donham was an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa SLIS, serving until 2000 when she became director of Cole Library at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Earlier, she headed the school library program in the Iowa City Community School District for 13 years.

Donham has had extensive experience with the American Library Association Office of Accreditation. She has chaired four site visits and served on more that 10 external review panels for accreditation. Recently, she completed a four-year term on the Committee on Accreditation. In addition, Donham served on the Executive Board of the American Association of School Librarians as well as the association's Affiliate Assembly. She has also held leadership positions in the Iowa Library Association, Iowa-ACRL and the Iowa Association of School Librarians.

Active in scholarship, she has published numerous research and professional articles and book chapters. In 2020, ALA Editions will publish the 4th Edition of her textbook entitled Enhancing Teaching and Learning: A Leadership Guide for School Librarians. Her scholarship has investigated information literacy in the transition from high school to college; faculty-librarian collaboration to develop information literacy competencies in undergraduate students; and inquiry-based learning. She has presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally.

Donham received her BA from the University of Iowa, her MLS from the University of Maryland, and her Ph. D. from the University of Iowa College of Education. In her retirement, she has taught at Cornell College and in the University of Iowa Senior College. She is also active in the League of Women Voters.

Alison Ames Galstad
Coralville Public Library

Alison Ames Galstad has lived in Iowa City since 1985 and has served as Library Director of the Coralville Public Library for twenty years. She has served on the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Board of Directors since 2015, and is currently past-president of that Board. Galstad is also a past-president of the Iowa Library Association, and has served in many leadership positions on committees and in subdivisions.

Prior to her position at Coralville Public Library, she served for several years as a Librarian and Associate Professor at Cornell College's Cole Library in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, which also serves as the Public Library for the City of Mt. Vernon. She also served as the Affirmative Action Officer at Cornell, taught in the Women's Studies program and chaired that program for two years. Galstad's undergraduate degree is in piano performance. She has a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, and completed extensive graduate study in musicology at Michigan State University and the University of Iowa, with an emphasis on feminist musicology. Outside of her professional work in Librarianship, Galstad is an active member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, having served as the Senior Warden for that parish. Galstad also has served on the Board for the Preucil School of Music, and as a piano accompanist for individuals and groups at the school. Galstad is currently on the Iowa Women's Foundation Board of Directors, having served a President of that Board for two years. Her civic service has also included six years on the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, having served as chair of that commission for three years.

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.

Leavitt 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, Leavitt 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, Leavitt 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, Leavitt was a member of the Conference Board Council on Competitive Intelligence for several years, serving on various committees and as Chair of the Council.