Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote | Suzanne Lucas

Monday, April 25, 2022

Suzanne Lucas

Suzanne Lucas spent 10 years in corporate HR, where she hired, fired, managed the numbers, and double-checked with the lawyers. She left that world to focus on helping other people and companies be the best they can be.


Suzanne is recognized as one of the top influencers in Human Resources. You can find her writings and advice all over the internet with her archives being located at Evil HR Lady

You can also watch some of her speeches at her website, or follow her Video Show, The Real HR Show.

Zoom webinar and live captioning provided by the NYU Libraries.

Please note this keynote will be recorded.

Mid-Conference Keynote | Holly Hampton, Talitha Matlin, Yvonne Nalani Meulemans, and Lalitha Nataraj

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Holly Hampton is the Head of User Services/User Experience Librarian at California State University at San Marcos. Holly earned her MLIS from Valdosta State University in 2018. Holly’s philosophy includes ensuring the staff and faculty within her unit feel supported, empowered, engaged, and fulfilled. Her research includes examining how this philosophy can be applied and how it changes the experience for library employees and library users. She explores how academic libraries can evolve and improve to continue to meet the ever-changing needs of its users. Holly has been involved with the DEI efforts within her library and organization, including creating a Black Lives Matter LibGuide and a Stop Asian Hate LibGuide, co-creating the Library’s statement in support of Black Lives Matter, facilitating trainings and discussions about anti-racism, advocating on behalf of minorities in her leadership role, and being an active member of BFSA. She has worked with library administrators, colleagues, and campus associations to learn and help others learn how equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, and anti-racism practices can be applied within the organization in an effort to improve the experience of BIPOC and move the organization forward. 


Talitha Matlin is the STEM Librarian at California State University San Marcos. She has a Master’s of Learning, Design, and Technology from San Diego State and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from San José State University. Her research interests focus on applying instructional design methodologies to nontraditional instructional settings.

Yvonne Nalani Meulemans has been  the Head of Teaching and Learning at the University Library at California State University at San Marcos since 2010. Her research interests include the use of threshold concept framework to support students’ transformational learning and reflective practice in library leadership and management.


Lalitha Nataraj is the Social Sciences Librarian at California State University, San Marcos. She holds an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in English and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley. Her research interests include feminist pedagogy, critical information literacy, critical fashion studies, South Asians in librarianship, and scholarly inquiry and the research cycle. 

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Closing Keynote | Anne Helen Petersen

Friday, April 29, 2022

ANNE HELEN PETERSEN is a former senior writer at BuzzFeed News, and now writes her newsletter, Culture Study, as a full-time venture on Substack. She is the author of four books, including Scandals of Classic Hollywood; Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman; and Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, based on the viral article of the same name. Her forthcoming book Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home, co-authored by Charlie Warzel, will be published in December 2021. She received her Ph.D. in media studies from the University of Texas and she lives in Missoula, Montana.


You can order Out of Office at Bookshop.org.

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