Florida Gulf Coast University Library
Dr. Barbara Stites holds the rank of University Librarian and serves as the Associate Dean, Library Services for Florida Gulf Coast University, one of Florida's 12 state universities.
A resident of Florida since 1964, Barbara moved to Lee County in 1995 and joined FGCU in July 2006. Prior to that, she worked as the Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Library Network (1999-2006) and Tampa Bay Library Consortium (1991-1995). She has also been employed as a school librarian, an elementary school teacher, a law librarian, and as a business information specialist for Price Waterhouse.
Dr. Stites earned a B.A. in Education, a M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Education with a specialization in Human Resource Development from Barry University. Barbara continues to serve in leadership roles with the Florida Library Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries, provides consulting services and contributes scholarly work to the field. Her most recent projects include using ethnographic research techniques to study the ways students use space in academic libraries. This work is serving as the foundation for the redesign of Florida Gulf Coast University Library’s space and services. She is also particularly interested in designing, assessing and improving human resource development efforts, as well as, in marketing, social media, and advertising library services.
Lydia M. Acosta
Nova Southeastern University
Libraries often conjure stereotypes of dusty book stacks, but all such notions melt away the second a patron enters the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center (ASL) at Nova Southeastern University. At the helm of this cultural and educational center is Lydia M. Acosta, a passionate advocate who envisions libraries as an anchor of community life.
Lydia M. Acosta joined Nova Southeastern University (NSU) as Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian on July 1st, 2008. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership as well as general administration of all NSU on and off campus libraries. The ASL serves more than 25,000 students in 150 majors. Through a unique agreement with Broward County, the ASL also serves the residents of Broward County as well as the university’s students and faculty. The residents enjoy the information resources of the library as well as the events for children, teens and adults consisting of cultural arts programs including exhibits, performances and activities. The ASL is recognized throughout Broward County community as center which engages its patrons in educational, cultural, and recreational activities.
Acosta joined NSU after directing the East Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Parish Library comprised of a main library, 12 branches, a bookmobile and two outreach service centers. Under her leadership, she oversaw the completion of five new community branches and the development of the plans for a new main library recently completed. Acosta also led successful fundraising efforts for new library programs, and initiated monthly library cable television programming.
Acosta served as vice-chair of the Florida delegation for the White House Conference on Libraries, served as past president of the Florida Library Association, as a program chair and delegate to the Florida Governor’s Conference of Library and Informational Services, and is presently on the board of Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), a consortium of libraries dedicated to resource sharing and professional development of library staff. She has been recognized as the first Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni award by USF in 1993, named a “Change Agent for the Community” for her service in Baton Rouge, and featured in a number of publications. In 2009, Acosta was selected as one of twelve Hispanic Women of Distinction from South Florida. She has also served as a President of SEFLIN.
Acosta received her A.A. degree from Brevard Community College, her B.A. degree in Spanish secondary education from the University of South Florida, and her M.A. degree in library science from the University of South Florida. She began her library career at the University of Tampa. She worked at the university for more than 20 years, serving as Library Director for 18 of those years. Acosta then became Dean of Library and Learning Resources at Chicago State University. Following her tenure at Chicago State, she was appointed as Director of the Fountaindale Public Library District in the Chicago suburbs, the position she held before moving to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system.
She has been married to Miguel Acosta for 44 years and is the mother of two adult sons. She and he husband reside in Davie, Florida.
Pasco County Library Cooperative
Nancy Fredericks is a Libraries Administrator at the Pasco County Library Cooperative. She has held a variety of positions in public libraries from circulation supervisor to administrator.
Ms. Fredericks earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Leo University and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Florida.
Ms. Fredericks is an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and Wayne State University in Michigan. She is a member of the University of South Florida’s iSchool Advisory Board, the Florida Library Association and the American Library Association. Articles by Ms. Fredericks have been published in American Libraries, Young Adult Services Journal, Florida Libraries, and Library Journal’s Technology Reports. Ms. Fredericks was named Library Journal 2011 Mover and Shaker.
Maria Almaguer Treadwell , a graduate of then ALA accredited library science program at Western Michigan University, recently retired after 22 years as the University of South Florida’s School of Information coordinator for their East Coast program in South Florida. Prior to her position with USF, Ms. Treadwell began her academic career at Florida Atlantic University as a reference librarian, moved on to branch librarian at the university’s Commercial Campus, and completed her tenure as the coordinator for library services for the university’s Broward County campus sites.
Rochelle T. Pienn
Rochelle T. Pienn has thirteen years of experience as a professional rare book cataloger and special collections librarian. Her expertise extends to curating relevant, contextual exhibits of visual materials, cataloging original items for public access, and teaching interdisciplinary studies with a focus on primary resources. She has led and managed incentives to modernize policies and procedures, instituting cutting edge programs to maintain quality and efficiency in processing collections, while supporting education, improvement and promotion of staff. Her experience as a professional freelance writer and public speaker enhances her ability to describe and promote unique library materials.
University of South Florida Libraries
Todd received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. He currently serves as the Interim Dean for the USF Libraries. His research focuses on the intersection between library and information science and interdisciplinary research generally and, more specifically, the geosciences and anthropology.
Chavez’s areas of expertise include library administration, digital library implementation and management, open-access publishing, and geoscience information research.
Current projects include OA publishing (17 peer-reviewed journal titles); data management for the Center for Integrated Modeling & Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems; and the Karst Information Portal project. Chavez launched and currently leads the Library’s Research Data Services group, the Open-Access Publishing team, and the institution’s digital repository of scholarly output. Past projects include the Gulf Oil Spill Information Center, the Cave Mineral Database, the Ethiopian National Research Databank, and digital collections supporting sustainability research at Costa Rica’s Monteverde Research Institute.
In addition to his work in the library, Chavez has published and presented on bibliometric analyses of scientific research, information portal design and deployment, and the role of “grey literature” in interdisciplinary scholarship. His articles and presentations appear in Publishing Research Quarterly, Numeracy, the Journal of Cave & Karst Studies, and the Proceedings of the 18th National Cave and Karst Management Symposium.
Chavez serves on the Digital Initiatives Advisory Board for the Medieval Academy of America, the USF Associate Deans for Research Committee, the Provost’s Chairs Steering Committee, and is a founding member of the Karst Information Portal Project Team.
Shimberg Health Sciences Library
Rose L. Bland, M.A., MPA, AHIP, is the Director of the Shimberg Health Sciences Library, University of South Florida. She previously served as the Assistant Director, Technology and Access Services at Shimberg Library (2006-2012). She received her Library Science degree from the University of South Florida in 1991. In December 2012, she received a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and a Master’s in Public Administration from USF in December 2013.
Rose was a mentor for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute (2011-2012) and has served on committees for the Florida Health Sciences Library Association, Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association, and Medical Library Association. Currently, she is serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Southern Chapter/MLA (2014-2016), Secretary for the Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries (CONBLS) (2014-2017), and as a State of Florida Library Services Technology Grant (LSTA) Advisory Council Member (2014-2016). Her professional contributions include posters, papers, and a book chapter: Library Statistics and Outcomes Assessment in Building a Virtual Library. She has been awarded funding from the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), Library Services and Technology Act grant (LSTA), and the American Library Association’s Carnegie-Whitney Grant.