"As You Learn It" or "The Librarian's Lesson" in Two Acts

LLNE Fall Meeting - 2002
Speaker Biographies

Cast listed in order of appearance

Filippa Marullo Anzalone, Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services and Professor of Law, Boston College Law Library (Teaching and Learning With Style: The Role of Learning Styles in Designing Educational Activities)

Before accepting the role of Boston College Law School's Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services, Filippa was a member of the company at Northeastern University School of Law Library for almost eleven years. She lead the NUSL Library cast from 1993, most recently appearing as Director of Information and Research Services and Professor of Law. Filippa also starred as Acting Dean of NU University Libraries for the 2000/2001 academic season. Prior to entering academic law librarianship, Filippa held the role of director of the law library at the Boston law firm of Bingham, Dana and Gould. She has also appeared as a research librarian at Dike, Bronstein, Roberts, Cushman & Pfund, as a public library administrator at the Cambridge Public Library, and as the head children's librarian in the Medford Public Library. Filippa has published many articles, book chapters, book reviews and opinion pieces. She is active in professional associations and speaks at both local and national conferences. Filippa received an A.B. from Smith College in 1975, an M.S.L.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library Science in 1977, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1985. She lives in Medford with her husband, Antonio, and her two daughters who are both aspiring actresses.

Donna Qualters, Director, Center for Effective University Teaching, Northeastern University (Teaching and Learning With Style: The Role of Learning Styles in Designing Educational Activities)

Professor Qualters is currently making daily performances at Northeastern University in the role of Director of the Center for Effective University Teaching and Associate Professor of Education. Prior roles include; Director of Educational Initiatives and a lecturer at MIT; a faculty developer at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a founding member of the Center for Community Faculty Development that trained over 500 medical preceptors; involved in teaching, assessment, and student support at Suffolk University in Boston and Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Her grand debut was as a high school and junior high school English teacher and Reading Specialist.

Professor Qualters has published numerous articles in the area of teacher identity, creating faculty community, fostering self-directed learning, assessment and reflective practice. She is co- PI on an NSF grant to create a faculty development model for engineering faculty. She has been frequently seen with her name in lights as presenter and speaker nationally and internationally on higher education topics, most recently as a visiting professor at Linkopings Universitet in Linkoping, Sweden.

John Pedini, Director of Media Services, Social Law Library (Teaching and Training Librarians Panel - Moderator)

As Olivier was to many the definitive Melancholy Dane, so it has been said that the role of Media Services Director at the Social Law Library was made solely for our moderator for the next panel, John Pedini. Despite being neither degreed librarian nor bar-approved lawyer, he is both the combination of the two and the sum of this null set. Spending the last 22 years perfecting a craft as elusive as perfection can be, he has nonetheless spent it all upon the stage of the same venerated institution.

Aristotle said in Poetics, “[a]ll is sound and motion . . .motion and sound”. This is the essence of a Media Services Director’s professional life. After completing his bachelor’s degree in mass communication/television production from Emerson College in 1982, he eschewed the footlights and headed for the darkroom, serving as Microfilm Department Supervisor for two years until becoming the Director of the Media Services Department, reigning lordly over an operation encompassing microfilming, videotaping, photocopying and various other matters of internal and external communication. Soon, Social Law’s treasure was a gift to the profession at large, as he assumed the persona of Edwin Clark, first librarian of Social Law, for a national convention in 1993, then raised the bar of excellence and absurdity when he literally became Fiche Man at another such convention in 1998. Behind the scenes, he has been the eyes and ears of the Social Law Library, ABLL, LLNE and various other agencies, courts and institutions with his endless amount of videotaped and still-image witness to meetings, memorials, parties, presentations, speeches and special events. Intensely involved in his little spheres of influence, such as the Micrographics-Audio/Visual Special Interest Section and the Committee of Newsletter Editors, both affiliated with the American Association of Law Libraries, John sometimes inhabits a peerless realm.

Personally, he pursues a monastic existence at the outskirts of society, a ghost haunting its own house, marking his mortal days by worshiping the Gods of our time: Hank Williams, Chuck Berry and the Ramones.

As he has been know to remark, “If I can make you sing, laugh, cry and renew your books at the same time, my life on this planet will not have been in vain.”

Elizabeth D. Kenney, Director of Libraries, Dechert (Teaching and Training Librarians Panel - Panelist)

Elizabeth D. Kenney is presently starring as the Director of Libraries for Dechert, a large international law firm with thirteen offices. Miss Kenney's previous role was as the Dechert Boston Office Librarian. She played this recurring role for nine years before being cast as Director. During this nine year run, she received, along with Ken Withers, a nod from the Association as she took home the 1998 American Association of Law Libraries Excellence in Marketing Award-Best Use of Technology for the Association of Boston Law Librarians website. A past president of the Association of Boston Law Librarians, Elizabeth Kenney is currently a member of the AALL Salary Committee; she is a graduate of The New School for Social Research in NYC and Simmons GSLIS and active as a member of Simmons' mentoring program.

Joan A. Shear, Legal Information Librarian and Lecturer in Law, Boston College Law Library (Teaching and Training Librarians Panel - Panelist)

Joan's teaching career began in the 6th grade when her school system changed to the new math and her 6th grade teacher flunked out of the required teacher training course. Her next teaching experiences occurred while she was in college. At the University of Minnesota she was a T.A. for Introduction to Philosophy; she taught fourth, then seventh, then ninth grade in a religious school; and she taught recreational folk dancing at a variety of locations around the Twin Cities. As a student at the Harvard Law School she taught ballroom dancing as part of the law school's informal "open university." While in Library School at the Catholic University she didn't teach anybody anything. Upon returning to the bright lights of Cambridge to serve as a reference librarian at Harvard Law, she returned to teaching dance as the choreographer of one of the Harvard Law School Shows and then a number of Gilbert and Sullivan productions at MIT, where she also occasionally taught recreational folk dancing again. She then moved to Boston College where she developed a series of workshops and courses to teach legal research to law students. She also designed the award-winning LLNE Legal Research course and a course in Basic Legal Reference for the American Association of Law Libraries.

Kenneth J. Withers, Research Associate, Federal Judicial Center (Teaching and Training Librarians Panel - Panelist)

Kenneth J. Withers plays an ongoing role as a research associate at the Federal Judicial Center, the research and education agency of the United States Courts. In this starring role he concentrates on issues of technology and the administration of justice. He has trod the boards since 1989 when presenting more than 100 seminars and workshops on electronic discovery and computer-based evidence to judges, litigators, corporate counsel, and records management professionals across the country. He has published several articles on electronic discovery, most recently in the Federal Courts Law Review and the Journal of Information Law and Technology, and has authored a DVD and workbook for judges and practitioners, "Electronic Discovery: The Challenges and Opportunities of Electronic Evidence," published jointly by the Federal Bar Association and the Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC) Bar. He also hosts an Internet web site on electronic discovery at http://www.kenwithers.com, where he assembles articles, presentations from conferences, links to discovery and computer forensic experts, and related information.

Prior to joining the FJC, he starred as Director of Education at the Social Law Library of Boston, where he wrote and edited the "Internet Guide for Massachusetts Lawyers" and contributed to "Legal Research in Massachusetts" and "Documenting the Employment Relationship," both published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. For ten years, he appeared in private practice as supervising attorney at the Boston firm of Conley & Hodge, concentrating in complex commercial litigation. He received his JD from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and his MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston, MA. His credits also include being a Silver Spur member of Atlantic States Rodeo Association and voted "Capitol Hill's Best Dressed Cowboy" in 2000.

Georgia Ypsilantis, founder and CEO of Accufile, Inc. (Teaching and Training Librarians Panel - Panelist)

Georgia raised the curtain on Accufile, Inc. in 1986. Accufile, Inc. was created to provide professional library services, including loose-leaf filing, to law and accounting firms, financial institutions, corporate legal and tax libraries as well as law schools. Her past roles include a stellar performance with the Technical Services Department at the Social Law Library in Boston; a title examiner with the firm of Spencer, Stone and Mason as well as a re-creation of the same role at Rackeman, Sawyer and Brewster . She received her JD from New England School of Law and has been a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Boston Law Librarians and the Law Librarians of New England for many years. Her publications include "Filing Instructions Manual, Code of Massachusetts Regulations and Massachusetts Register,"1992 AccuFile, Inc.

Nancy Zaphiris, Senior Monographs Cataloger, Harvard Law Library (Teaching and Training Librarians Panel - Panelist)

Nancy Zaphiris made her professional law library debut in the fall of 1990 when she accepted the role of monograph cataloger at the Harvard Law School Library. Prior to that most of her cataloging was done at Harvard's Widener Library where she began work as a library assistant right out of college. Following graduation from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, she received a professional appointment at Widener, first as a serials cataloger and then as a monograph cataloger. Nancy also spent two years as a monograph cataloger at Boston University's Mugar Library and one year as the librarian of an international school in Athens, Greece. Nancy has many credits to her name including membership in the American Association of Law Libraries, as well as varied committee work on many Harvard University Library and Harvard Law School Library committees. She is currently a member of Harvard's Aleph Cataloging Advisory Team.

Nancy Houfek, Head of Voice and Speech, American Repertory Theatre (Training as Performance)

Nancy Houfek has served as a consultant to professional speakers throughout the United States since 1978. She has presented workshops for Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Radcliffe Seminars, and the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard, as well as for clients in the private sector. A film of her work with the Harvard faculty, "The Act of Teaching," has been produced by the Bok Center for national distribution to faculty development centers.

Ms. Houfek holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. From the American Conservatory Theatre where she remained as an actor, director and coach for nearly a decade. She has directed or performed in over one hundred plays and musicals off-Broadway and at regional theatres throughout the nation. As Head of Voice & Speech of Harvard's American Repertory Theatre, Ms. Houfek teaches the graduate level actors and coaches the professional actors of the company.