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SDLA Conference 2017

Chamberlain, Cedar Shore

September 27, 29



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Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney is a founding board member and political strategist for EveryLibrary, the nation’s first and only Political Action Committee for libraries, in addition to serving as the founder and Executive Director of the state ballot committ

ee EveryLibrary California, and as the Administrative Librarian at the Sunnyvale Public Library. In 2015 he was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in the Advocates category.

Shannon Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller, a recognized and respected K-12 library leader, is the spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect . Miller previously served as the district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa for eight years, and currently is an international speaker.

Miller is the author of the blog, The Library Voice, and has more than 50,000 Twitter followers. She is currently writing two children’s books series with Cantata Learning. In 2014, she was named a Library Journal "Mover and Shaker," and in 2016 was named the winner of the "Making It Happen" award by ISTE.

Dr. Craig Howe is the director for the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS), a nonprofit research center committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of American Indian   communities and issues important to them.  Dr. Howe earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is a faculty member in the Graduate Studies Department and Oglala Lakota College. He served as  deputy assistant director for cultural resources at the National museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, and director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He has developed innovative hypermedia tribal histories projects and creative museum exhibitions, taught Native studies courses in the U.S. and Canada, and authored articles and book chapters on numerous topics, including tribal histories, Native studies, museum exhibitions, and community collaborations. Howe was raised and lives on his family’s cattle ranch on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

 

Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry, the most recent of which, Dandarians, was released by Milkweed Editions in September 2014.  Her second volume, Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press), was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and her first book, Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books), was a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series.  The recipient of a 2003 Archibald Bush Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, she was also named the 2004 winner of the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, the 2001 winner of the Frederick Manfred Award for Best Creative Writing awarded by the Western Literature Association, and the 1995 winner of the Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize.  

Her short stories have been shortlisted as stories of note in the Pushcart Prize anthologies, and three of her essays have been shortlisted as essays of note for the Best American Essays anthology.  Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.  Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South          Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.  She is also a faculty mentor for the University of Nebraska low-residency M.F.A. in Writing, and served as a 2012 Kundiman faculty mentor alongside Li-Young Lee and Srikanth Reddy. Roripaugh currently serves as Poet Laureate for the State of South Dakota. (This speaker’s attendance was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)

 

Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry, the most recent of which, Dandarians, was released by Milkweed Editions in September 2014.  Her second volume, Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press), was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and her first book, Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books), was a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series.  The recipient of a 2003 Archibald Bush Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, she was also named the 2004 winner of the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, the 2001 winner of the Frederick Manfred Award for Best Creative Writing awarded by the Western Literature Association, and the 1995 winner of the Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize.  

Her short stories have been shortlisted as stories of note in the Pushcart Prize anthologies, and three of her essays have been shortlisted as essays of note for the Best American Essays anthology.  Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.  Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South          Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.  She is also a faculty mentor for the University of Nebraska low-residency M.F.A. in Writing, and served as a 2012 Kundiman faculty mentor alongside Li-Young Lee and Srikanth Reddy. Roripaugh currently serves as Poet Laureate for the State of South Dakota. (This speaker’s attendance was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)

 

Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry, the most recent of which, Dandarians, was released by Milkweed Editions in September 2014.  Her second volume, Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press), was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and her first book, Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books), was a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series.  The recipient of a 2003 Archibald Bush Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, she was also named the 2004 winner of the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, the 2001 winner of the Frederick Manfred Award for Best Creative Writing awarded by the Western Literature Association, and the 1995 winner of the Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize.  

Her short stories have been shortlisted as stories of note in the Pushcart Prize anthologies, and three of her essays have been shortlisted as essays of note for the Best American Essays anthology.  Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.  Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.  She is also a faculty mentor for the University of Nebraska low-residency M.F.A. in Writing, and served as a 2012 Kundiman faculty mentor alongside Li-Young Lee and Srikanth Reddy. Roripaugh currently serves as Poet Laureate for the State of South Dakota. (This speaker’s attendance was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)

Varian Johnson is the author of six novels, including the Jackson Greene middle-grade series. The first novel in the series, The Great Greene Heist, received two starred reviews and was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and a Texas Library Association Lonestar List selection among other accolades. His latest caper, To Catch A Cheat, was released in 2016. Kirkus praised the novel in a starred review, calling it, “A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures.” Varian has also written for the Spirit Animals middle-grade fantasy series as well as novels and short stories for YA audiences. Varian was born in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. He later received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Varian now lives outside of Austin, TX with his family.  (This speaker’s attendance was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)

Lawrence Diggs brings a broad vision developed from traveling every continent except the Antarctic.   Diggs makes presentations on topics ranging from food and culture to “race” and gender. He has hosted his own shows on radio and television in major markets in the United States, Europe and Asia. In Japan he studied Asian medicine with a Buddhist monk, founded the Shonai Jazz Festival, helped start and served two terms ad vice president of the Shonai International Youth Festival and promoted South Dakota Beef and organized a delegation to Japan to market South Dakota produce. In Burkina Faso he set up the first emergency medical response system, filled in as a surgical technician and also designed and arranged for the local production of medical equipment.  Diggs received a Medal of Honor with two gold stars for his work in Burkina Faso.  Diggs is a South Dakota Humanities Scholar who write and performs music and poetry and is on the board of the South Dakota Poetry Society.   Diggs founded and curated the International Vinegar Museum and has served as president and vice president of the South Dakota Specialty Produces Association.  He has written and published five books and is a columnist for the Aberdeen American News. (This speaker’s attendance was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)

Cheryl A. Middleton is the current ACRL president. She is the associate librarian or learning and engagement at the Oregon State Universities Libraries and Press. Middleton has been a member of ACRL for 19 years and served on the association’s Research and Planning Review Committee and Leadership and Nominations Committee.  Her publications include “Magical Thinking: Moving Beyond Natural Bias to Examine Core Services” in Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studies (2014); coauthorship of “Management of Library Course Reserves and the Textbook Affordability Crisis,” Journal of Access Services (2009); and coauthorship of “Student Strategies for Coping with the High Cost of Textbooks and the Role of Academic Library Course Reserves,” portal: Libraries and the Academy (2009). Middleton earned her MLIS from Louisiana State University.

Anne Dilenschneider  has long loved books. She remembers the welcome coolness of the library and the long lists of books she read during the un-air-conditioned summers she spent at her grandparents’ home in rural Ohio as a child. At the University of Notre Dame she earned a degree in Great Books and helped begin the women’s athletics program. That’s where she was first published as a poet and writer. Most recently, she had several poems published in the South Dakota poetry journal, Pasque Petals. When she’s not writing, Anne is a counselor, leadership consultant, and owner of New Idea Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD. In addition to her work in counseling, she has a doctorate in transformational leadership, so she helps faith communities and non-profit groups develop collaborative leadership teams. Anne also has a PhD in clinical psychology. Her on-going research and work in that area is focused on the process of forgiveness, restorative justice, and healing. Currently, she is one of the Keepers of the Canton Native Asylum Story, a group engaged in reconciliation and education about the South Dakota asylum that was the linchpin of federal "Indian" policy from 1902-1933. As a South Dakota Humanities Council Scholar, she leads workshops about the asylum, as well as book discussion groups across the state. Anne is also a member of Therapy Dogs International, volunteering with her dog in local schools and medical facilities. Anne has four children (two are married) and four grandchildren, ages 1-10, and they all love to read! (This speaker’s attendance was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)

 

 

 

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