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Melanie Zibit Goldman is currently the Co-Principal Investigator for the
National School Network Testbed, a National Science Foundation project
which works with leaders in school networking and curriculum reform to
assist schools and communities in building their own Local Information
Infrastructures (LII). She received her B.A. magna cum laude with honors
in Fine Arts from Brandeis University, an M.Ed. from the University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Prior to coming to BBN Educational Technologies Department, she worked at
Harvard University, building an Internet support infrastructure -
consulting, instructing, and facilitating many Internet related
activities. In the late 80's Ms. Goldman worked with others to pioneer the
regional network, NEARNET; she served on the NEARNET Steering Committee,
the NEARNET Advisory Committee, and chaired the NEARNET User Services
Committee. She also represented NEARNET at the the Federation of American
Research Networks (FARNET), an organization that addresses national
networking issues. In her efforts supporting the K-12 community, she has
worked to plan, develop, and support the use of networks in schools to
improve education, assisting innovative Massachusetts teachers to develop a
network-based curriculum; serving on the Massachusetts Telecommunications
Coalition; co-chairing a New England-wide conference on fostering
partnerships with business and higher education; and serving on the town of
Lexington Technology Task Force.
BBN Systems and Technologies
70 Fawcett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617 873 4653
Lisa is the educational specialist at the Latin America Data Base, University of New
Mexico. She develops
and coordinates teacher-training workshops and produces materials that help familiarize
teachers with the Internet and Latin America. She designed the Resources for Teaching
about the Americas (RETAnet) web page, which includes lesson-plan and
Latin-America-resources databases. Ms. Falk received a B.A. in anthropology-sociology
and Spanish from Oberlin College and a M.A.T. in museum education from George
Washington University. She has worked at the Smithsonian Institution, the Association
of Science-Technology Centers, the Exploratorium, as a folklorist-in-education in
Louisville, KY and an artist-in-education in Taos, NM. She was a scholar-in-residence
at the Virginia Center for the Humanities and is an Affiliate Scholar with the Union
Institute's Center for Women. Ms. Falk is a professional photographer and writer,
focusing on cultural journalism. She is the author of _Cultural Reporter_, a curriculum
kit about community documentation and cultural preservation published by Tom
C. Olivia Frost
Ms. Frost is Associate Dean and Professor at the University of
Michigan School of Information and Library Studies (SILS). She has been a
faculty member at the University of Michigan since 1977 and has also
taught at the Universities of Chicago, Illinois at Chicago, and Oregon.
She has a B.A. from Howard University, an M.L.S. from the University of
Oregon, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Ms. Frost's research and teaching areas have focused on ways of providing
access to information. Her most recent major research projects deal with
ways to organize and retrieve digital image and audio materials. She is
Principal Investigator of the Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community
Outreach (CHICO), supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The goal of
CHICO is to provide leadership in the education of professionals who can
use information technology to broaden the reach of multicultural
resources in the arts and humanities.
The CHICO project actively supports the delivery of cultural heritage
materials in ways that will enrich the quality of educational experiences
for a variety of audiences. Through a combination of online visual
images, sound, video, and content-rich text resources , CHICO seeks to
enrich museum visits, classroom instruction, and independent research.
C. Olivia Frost
Associate Dean & Professor
Information & Library Studies
University of Michigan
304 West Engineering Bldg.
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1092
Tel.: 313 763-2285 Fax: 313 764-2475
Patrick J. Finn
Patrick J. Finn, cofounder and Managing Director for
Human and Organizational Development of the La Plaza,
has been developing community projects in the Taos region
over the last decade.
Before working on the La Plaza project, Mr. Finn
developed arts projects which highlighted and promoted
area arts and artists.
Mr. Finn presents nationally on Community Networking,
including the recent "Ties That Bind" community networking
conference sponsored by Apple Computer and the Morino
Institute. His recent publications include:" Communicating
What Works For Children, Youth And Families," and
"Community Networking: Bringing Communities On-line."
Mr. Finn's recent collaborations include the Office of
Technology Assessment and the Alberta Multicultural
Commission. He is also collaborating with the Freedom
Forum Foundation and the Downs Education Center in the
area of Media Literacy.
Martha is the Manager of Educational Services for the National
Digital Library Program at the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov).
She is coordinating an educational outreach project funded by the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation and focusing on K-12 education and the National Digital
Library. She recently launched a Learning Page
(http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/) which assists teachers and students
in navigating the digitized historical collections of the Library of
Congress on the World Wide Web. A professional librarian, Martha joined the
Library of Congress staff in January 1995. She came to the Library from the
U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment where she was Director of
Information Management. Her background includes library management,
electronic publishing, and research in information retrieval and electronic
dissemination of information. A frequent speaker on new information
technologies and libraries, she is also a regular contributor to the
journal, Multimedia Schools, and the author of a forthcoming article in
School Library Journal on the educational services of the National Digital
Library. She holds a B.A. and a M.A. in Library Science from the University
Joan C. Durrance
Joan C. Durrance is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan
School of Information and Library Studies where she teaches and conducts
research in public libraries, community information networking, access
issues, the reference interview, government information, and evaluation.
Durrance is principal investigator for the Community Networking
Initiative which includes the Flint Community Networking Initiative
developed collaboratively by the Flint Public Library, the Mideastern
Michigan Library Cooperative, community organizations in Flint, and the
University of Michigan and funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the
Apple Library of Tomorrow Program, the Library of Michigan, and LSCA.
Durrance spent her 1995 sabbatical conducting research on community
networks. In the process she visited community networks in six states.
She has worked in various capacities with libraries and community
information services. Her two books on community-based job information
services, Meeting Community Needs through Job and Career Centers is
Neal-Schuman, 1994 and Serving Job Seekers and Career Changers: A
Planning Manual for Public Libraries , American Library Association, 1993
provide a wealth of information from model services which can be used in
developing need-based, collaboratively developed job and career
services. A 1984 book, Armed for Action, focuses on the activities of
citizen groups and their information needs.
Durrance and a team of Community Networking Fellows and UM- SILS students
maintain the WWW Community Networking Resources page:
http://sils.umich.edu/Community/, a WWW page which provides information
about a wide variety of community information resources and community
networks. Page developers regularly add original resource material
needed for community networking.
For more information:
Joan C. Durrance, Associate Professor
School of Information & Library Studies
University of Michigan
550 E. University-304 West Engin Bldg.
Ann Arbor, Mi. 48109-1092
email@example.com; (313)763-1569; fax. 764-2475
Mary Jo Deering
Mary Jo Deering is Director of Health Communication in the Office of
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the Secretary's office
in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is
responsible for cross-cutting issues in health communication and for
the National Health Information Center. She oversees all communication
technology projects of ODPHP and NHIC and coordinates interagency
consumer health information projects. She chairs the steering
committee for the national conference, "Partnerships for Networked
Consumer Health Information," developed by Federal agencies with
private partners. She chairs an HHS committee developing an Internet
communication strategy and also is coordinating an HHS-wide consumer
health Internet gateway. Previous responsibilities included an
inter-departmental project developing health communication strategies
for high-risk adolescents and a prospective evaluation of unified
approaches to public education within HHS. Dr. Deering holds a PH.D.
from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Cynthia is the Community Networking Director for Network Montana and
the Project Director of the Reach for the Sky Project. The components of
Network Montana are centered at the University of Montana, Montana State
University, and Western Montana College of the University of Montana. The
Community Networking component of Network Montana is bringing communities
online using a mentorship model. Reach for the Sky also uses a mentorship
structure to bring teachers and schools online in Montana, Idaho, Utah,
Oregon, and Washington.
Cynthia serves on the Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force for
Telecommunications for Montana and also manages the Montana
Telecommunications and Distance Learning Symposium for Governor Marc Racicot
and U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. The Symposium is an integral part of the
Montana Telecommunciations Advisory Council of which Cynthia is a member.
Cynthia has a BS and MS in Business, a MS in Health, Physical
Education-Wellness, and is a retired K12 Business and Technology, distance
education, and adult education teacher.
Cynthia Denton, Community Networking Director, Network Montana
201 Third Avenue East, Hobson, MT 59452
406-423-5505 (voice) 406-423-5617 (fax)
Getty Art History Information Program
401 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1100
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 451 6569
FAX 310 451 5570
Program Manager, Communications, J. P. Getty Trust Art History
Information Program. Research Associate, MIT Center for Educational
Computing Initiatives (CECI). Manager, MIT CECI AthenaMuse Software
Consortium and Multimedia Application Development (1991-1994);
Manager, MIT/Project Athena Visual Computing Group (1987-1991);
Fellow, MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (1983-84); Instructor,
MIT Media-Lab, Visible Language Workshop (1988); Chair, Research
Consortium of the National Demonstration Laboratory for Interactive
Educational Technology at the Smithsonian Institution (1988-1990);
Instructor, Aspects of Visualization and Formal Analysis of Media,
Teachers College, Columbia University, Department of Communication,
Computing, and Technology (1988-89); Lecturer, MIT Visual Arts
Program, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (1990); Chair,
Department of Electronic Imagery, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
(1975-1986); Master of Fine Arts, Florida State University (1975);
Bachelor of Science, Communications, University of Florida (1970).
Carmen Gonzales is an Assistant Professor in the Learning Technologies
Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico
State University. She has been involved with educational technology for
the past 15 years, as a classroom teacher and in higher enducation. She
teaches courses dealing with technology in education, multimedia and
educational uses of the Internet. She has a strong interest in
telecommunications and has done research connecting Northern New Mexico
Hispanic villages to the Internet and each other. Currently, she serves
as Chair of the New Mexico Council on Technology in Education (NMCTE)
which was established by the NM Legislature and is responsible for
advising the State Board of Education and the State Department of
Technology, Office of Educational Technology.
Carmen L. Gonzales, Ph.D.
Learning Technologies Program
Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education
New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001/Dept. 3CUR
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
D. Kaye Gapen is the President of Northern Lights, Inc. - a consulting
and educational firm which focuses on understanding and using Digital Age
tools to build new organizational capabilities - and a Senior Advisor to the
Morino Institute. She has over 20 years of management experience in the
library profession with a special emphasis on the impact of technologies on
library programs and services. She has served as Director of the University
Library, Case Western Reserve University and Dean of Libraries at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Alabama. She was
appointed to the Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors, and
elected to the Board of Trustees of the Online Computer Library Center
(OCLC). She has written and presented numerous papers and workshops on user
evaluation and planning for the future of libraries, with a recent focus on
the virtual library and knowledge mangement. She has served as a consultant
to many universities in planning for the library of the future and has
testified as an expert witness on behalf of the American Library Association
and the Association of Research Libraries before Congressional Subcommittees.
She has a BA and a Master of Library Sciences from the University of
Gapen is representing the Council on Library Resources. The Council on
Library Resources (established in 1956) has helped libraries take advantage
of emerging technologies to improve operating performance and expand
services. In 1995, the Council affiliated with the Commission on
Preservation and Access. Current program areas focus on the development of
leadership, the economics of information, and the transition to the
Michael Gillespie has been involved in the broadcast, communications and
computer industries for over 25 years.
A strong leader, Mr. Gillespie was a founder of many community groups in
As President of Telecommunities Canada, Mr. Gillespie represents several
hundred community network groups across the country. He strongly believes
that community networks have an important role to play as a literacy tool
across the nation.
As Project Manager for Blue Sky Community Networks, Mr Gillespie is
currently assisting 27 rural Manitoba communities establish local area
community networks with access to the Internet.
Among his other credits, Mr. Gillespie was recently nominated for an award
of excellence for sustainable development by the Province of Manitoba.
In his spare time, Mr Gillespie is an
avid pilot and the President
Gray Research Group, which develops computer hardware and software.