Big thanks to these local professionals for joining us as discussion facilitators for the morning unconference portion of Quasi-Con!
Derek Poppink is managing user research, design, and evaluation initiatives for Cengage Learning, whose products span K-12 schools, academic institutions, public libraries, working professionals, and international regions. He has never been so challenged or so excited! Derek developed software applications at Compuware in Detroit for five years and designed multimedia applications for Ricoh in California and Japan for four years. He has BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University, with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction. He currently lives in Farmington Hills with three amazing children: Josh, Alex, and Courtney.
Jamie Vander Broek is an Exhibits & Programming Librarian and Learning Librarian in the Library’s department of Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan. She coordinates exhibits and programming for the Undergraduate and Graduate Libraries and chairs the Library’s Exhibits and Programming Group. Additionally, she is involved in digital signage and displays at the Library and is a member of the campus-wide digital signage governance board. Jamie is an active member of ARLIS/NA and currently serves as chair of the Membership Committee and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. She holds a Master’s degree from the UM School of Information, and received a BA in Art History with a minor in Italian Studies from Wellesley College. Since arriving in Ann Arbor in June of 2005, she has also been active in the local art and book communities, and is a current board member of the Ann Arbor Book Festival.
Jen Green has been a spatial and numeric data librarian at the University since 2005. She’s currently the Head of Science, Engineering and the Clark Library, and coordinating the creation of Research Data Services at the University of Michigan Library to address data in all aspects of the research lifecycle. Prior to that, she served as Public Services Librarian at Grinnell College, working on implementing digital initiatives from electronic course reserves to a campus-wide strategy for integrating GIS into the curriculum. Before she joined the library world, Jen managed Barnes & Noble stores for 10 years.
Justin Joque is a Spatial and Numeric Data Librarian at the University of Michigan. He helps users find, manipulate, and analyze diverse types of data. He also teaches workshops on GIS software and other data-related software and skills. He received his Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.
Karen Jania is the Reference Archivist at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan since 2002. Karen has been working at the library in various capacities since 1988. She earned a Master of Science in Information with a specialization in Archives and Records Management from the School of Information at the University of Michigan in 1997. Karen serves on the Board of the Michigan Archival Association and the Washtenaw County Historical Society.