Advisory Committee

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Audrey Altman

MLIS, University of Iowa; MA, American Studies, University of Alabama; BA, Theater, Albion College

Senior Software Engineer, Khan Academy

Audrey is a Senior Software Engineer at Khan Academy, working to improve teacher experience.  Prior to this, she spent nine years as a software engineer at the Digital Public Library of America.

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Amanda Carey

Teacher Librarian, Mann Elementary, Iowa City Community School District.

Amanda Carey is the head teacher-librarian at Mann Elementary. She teaches all library classes and helps to integrate technology and high-quality literature into all classes K-6.

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Elsworth Carman

MLIS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Director, Iowa City Public Library

Elsworth Carman is the Director of the Iowa City Public Library, and has worked in libraries in Washington, DC; Oak Park, IL; and Ocean County, NJ. With a career-long focus on hospitality and access, Carman has extensive experience presenting on and writing about serving queer populations and hospitality in libraries.

John Culshaw

John Culshaw

MS, Information Studies, Drexel University; BA, History, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

University Librarian, University of Iowa

John Culshaw 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.

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Jean Donham

MLS, University of Maryland; PhD, University of Iowa in Educational Leadership

Professor, Retired, University of Northern Iowa

Dr. Donham retired as Professor of Library Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. Previously, she was library director at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Associate Professor in SLIS at the University of Iowa, and Coordinator of the Library/Technology program in the Iowa City (Iowa) Community Schools.

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Alison Ames Galstad

MLIS, University of Iowa

Library Director, Coralville Public Library

Alison is in her 25th year as Director of the Coralville Public Library. Prior to that, she was a Librarian and Associate Professor at Cornell College. She currently serves on the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Board and the State Library of Iowa Advisory Panel.

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Erik Henderson

MLIS, Special Collections Librarianship Certificate, University of Iowa

Head of Facilities, Darien Public Library

Erik Henderson attended Grinnell College, studying History and American Studies. He earned his Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Special Collections Librarianship certificate from SLIS. He currently works as the Head of Facilities at Darien Public Library.


Madeline Jarvis

Madeline Jarvis

MLIS, University of Iowa; BA, Sustainable Community Development, Northland College

Director, Two Harbors Public Library

Madeline is passionate about the role libraries hold in placemaking. She and her husband live in Duluth, MN.

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Hang Nyguen

Ph.D. & MLIS, University of Iowa

Reference Librarian, Iowa State Historical Society

Hang Nguyen is Reference Librarian at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City. She completed her Ph.D. in Musicology and the Master's in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. She assists researchers all over the state, nationwide, and overseas with Iowa history and genealogy topics.

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Robert (Bob) Pasicznyuk


Executive Library Director, Douglas County Libraries

Bob has held leadership roles in multiple library settings (public, academic, special). He is committed to building teams and brand in pursuit of adding value to communities.