Friday Morning Plenary Speaker

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Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

2019 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year  

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick earned her MSLS from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Her research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of digital humanities in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and the author of two annotated bibliographies: 

Kaleidoscopic Concern: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of Diversity, Recruitment, Retention, and Other Concerns Regarding African American and Ethnic Library Professionals (ACRL, 2009) and Global Evolution: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of International Students in U.S. Academic Libraries (ACRL, 2007).


In addition to her research and writing, Kendrick also offers professional development opportunities and organizational consultations designed to energize employee morale and promote empathetic leadership in North American libraries. In her daily and long-term work, Kendrick has transformed library programs, services, and culture via creativity, leadership, and advocacy.


In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Learn more about Kaetrena’s mission and activities.

Thursday Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshop Speakers

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Brianne Markowski

Assistant Professor and Head of Information Literacy and Undergraduate Support, University of Northern Colorado

Brianne Markowski is an Assistant Professor and Head of Information Literacy and Undergraduate Support at the University of Northern Colorado. She has taught credit-bearing information literacy courses, hundreds of information literacy sessions, and oversees a robust instruction program. Brianne earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research interests include information literacy, student learning assessment, and first-year students’ research habits.

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Rachel Dineen

Assistant Professor in Information Literacy and Undergraduate Support, University of Northern Colorado

Rachel Dineen is an Assistant Professor in Information Literacy and Undergraduate Support at the University of Northern Colorado. She currently teaches credit-bearing information literacy classes at the undergraduate level. Rachel earned her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include critical information literacy, feminist pedagogy, first-year students’ research habits, and art and design librarianship.