Speakers - D through G

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Melanie Goldman

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.

Melanie Goldman
BBN Systems and Technologies
70 Fawcett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

617 873 4653

Lisa Falk

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 Snyder Publications.

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
Internet: cfrost@umich.edu

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 Dexter

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 of Missouri.

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
durrance@umich.edu; (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 Denton

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)
e-mail cdenton@cris.com

Ben Davis

Getty Art History Information Program
401 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1100
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 451 6569
FAX 310 451 5570
bdavis@getty.edu or davis@mit.edu

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

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
Voice: 505.646.1650
Fax: 505.646.5436

Kaye Gapen

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 Washington.
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 electronic library.

Michael Gillespie

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 Canada, including: 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 of The Gray Research Group, which develops computer hardware and software.