The 12th International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries awarded three travel awards to students or young professionals from underrepresented population groups in the library community. As part of the award, the awardees were asked to share their experiences of the LibPMC Conference by posting on the conference blog. You can find bios of the awardees below. The award winners and their blogs are:
- Assessment is not neutral. Ebony Magnus
- How can we be strategic together? Kat Bell
- Experimenting and innovating. Luca Fois
Kathleen Kim Bell was appointed the Grants, Planning, and Assessment Analytics Officer at George Mason University in June 2016, where she previously had been serving in a support staff position since October 2014. She has worked in a variety of libraries, archives, museums, and associated organizations. She received an MLS from Texas Woman’s University in May 2011. She also has a BA and an MA in dance, and recently began another master’s in organization development and knowledge management. She is interested in holistic library assessment, inclusive of all library departments, and how to bring radical change to library organizations.
Ebony C. Magnus is the Assessment and User Experience Librarian at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, AB, Canada. She completed her MLIS in 2013 at the University of British Columbia and she holds a MA in English Literature (2009) from Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, CA. Her research interests include: strategic utilization of library data; assessment and communication through purposeful data visualization; and diversity and inclusion in LIS communities.
Luca Fois has graduated from the Library and Information studies course at the University of Strathclyde. After a short job hunt, he found a job in a school library in South Ayrshire and it is currently working with other library staff to implement SLIC’s ‘How Good Is Our School Library?’ assessment guidelines in their practice. He is interested in assessment in school libraries, in particular evaluating the impact that the library has on wellbeing and future employability of pupils.