2018 Lecture Awardee
Bernard “Bernie” Banks, 2018 Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecturer
The 2018 presenter of the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture at the ARL and CNI Fall Forum is Bernard “Bernie” Banks, a noted expert on the subjects of leadership and organizational change. Currently, he is the associate dean for leadership development and a clinical professor of management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As an associate dean, Banks possesses responsibility for leader development integration across the school’s global portfolio of programs.
Banks retired from the US Army as a brigadier general in 2016 after having successfully led West Point’s Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership from 2012 to 2016. In addition to having studied leadership extensively, he has led multiple military units ranging in size from 10 to 500 people. In 1995, Banks was selected from over 40,000 officers to receive the Army’s top award for entry-level managers, the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. In 2006, the Apache Helicopter unit he was leading in South Korea was designated as the top Apache Helicopter unit globally in the US Army’s annual best aviation unit competition.
A West Point graduate, Banks is broadly educated. He holds graduate degrees from Northwestern, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. Additionally, he earned his PhD in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University. His work has been published in a variety of outlets (e.g., Harvard Business Review, Military Psychology, New York Times). Furthermore, Banks has worked extensively with organizations across all sectors concerning their leader development efforts (e.g., Procter and Gamble, Mercedes Benz, General Electric, IBM, 7-Eleven, The US Forest Service, International Chiefs of Police).
2018 Scholarship Awardee
Justin Fuhr, 2018 Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship Awardee
Justin Fuhr is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information studies at the University of Alberta. Fuhr has a BA in English literature from Canadian Mennonite University and a library and information technology diploma from Red River College. He currently works at the University of Manitoba Libraries in library systems. It is Fuhr’s career goal to be an academic librarian at a research institution. He is interested in the junction between design and information studies, in particular with web development and online instructional videos. His research interests also include examining the continuing education of information professionals for alternative skills used in academic libraries, such as programming languages, application development, and audiovisual production, along with reskilling librarians to provide modern academic library services such as research data management.
2017 Lecture Awardee
Wolfram Horstmann, 2017 Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecturer
The 2017 presenter of the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture at the ARL and CNI Fall Forum is Wolfram Horstmann, director of the Goettingen State and University Library at Georg-August-University of Goettingen since 2014. Prior to his current position he was associate director at the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, UK. He is currently leading several strategic projects in the areas of scholarly communication, open access, research data, and digital transformation for the University of Goettingen and for the library in Goettingen. He is executive member and chair of the Steering Group on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructure for the European research library association LIBER. In the Research Data Alliance (RDA), he is member of the Organisational Advisory Board and chairs several working groups, including Libraries for Research Data and Long Tail of Research Data. He has acted as advisor to several bodies and initiatives, such as the European Commission, the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the Nature journal Scientific Data. Further information is available via the Goettingen State and University Library website.
Giao Luong Baker, 2017 Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship Awardee
The 2017 recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship is Giao Luong Baker, strategic digital initiatives librarian at the University of Southern California (USC). She facilitates partnerships with researchers, libraries, and archives to develop digital collections for the USC Libraries, which dovetails with this year’s ARL and CNI Fall Forum theme of “Libraries and the Research Enterprise.” Prior to her current position, Baker worked for over a decade as a staff member managing digitization projects for inclusion in the USC Digital Library, an online resource dedicated to furthering research, teaching, and learning.
Baker is completing her final coursework in the University of North Texas master of science in library science program. She serves on the board of the Los Angeles City Historical Society, and was a 2016–2017 American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum scholar and the recipient of the 2016 LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology. Her professional and research interests include developing infrastructure to cultivate cross-departmental collaborations, exploring first-generation college student experiences, and increasing diversity in digital collections.
Ajay Nair, 2016 Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecturer
The 2016 presenter of the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture at the ARL Fall Forum is Ajay Nair, senior vice president and dean of campus life at Emory University. As Emory’s chief advocate for nearly 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Nair’s broad portfolio of responsibilities ranges from intercollegiate athletics and the Greek experience to student health services and residence life. He also provides leadership and strategic direction in cultivating an ethically engaged community consistent with Emory’s vision. Nair’s research interests include quality assurance in educational systems, service learning and civic engagement, and Asian American identity. His co-edited book, Desi Rap: Hip-Hop in South Asian America, focuses on the complexities of second-generation South Asian American identity.
Sofia Leung, 2016 Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship Awardee
The 2016 recipient of the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship is Sofia Leung, learning studio librarian at University of Kansas (KU) Libraries. Her professional and research interests include diversity and inclusion in libraries, critical librarianship, and student outreach and engagement, which dovetail with this year’s ARL Fall Forum theme of “Libraries and Archives as Agents of Social Justice.” Leung earned her MLIS degree, as well as a master of public administration degree, from the University of Washington in 2014. Before joining KU Libraries in 2015, she worked as a research services librarian at Seattle University, and she was an ARL Career Enhancement Program fellow at North Carolina State University Libraries in 2014.
Tara McPherson, 2015 Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecturer
Tara McPherson is an associate professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts and director of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Studies in the USC Libraries. Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media—including the intersection of gender, race, affect, and place—and focuses on the digital humanities, early software histories, and the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing, learning, and authorship. She is author of the award-winning Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender, and Nostalgia in the Imagined South and the forthcoming Feminist in a Software Lab, as well as editor or co-editor of several collections.
Slides from McPherson’s keynote at the 2015 ARL Fall Forum
Liz Hamilton, 2015 Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship Awardee
Liz Hamilton earned her MLIS degree from Dominican University in 2015, where she received the Graduate School of Library and Information Science Outstanding Graduate Award. She also holds a BA in religion from Oberlin College. She completed a practicum in the Northwestern University Library Digital Collections department as part of her MLIS studies and has worked for the Northwestern University Press since 2011.
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