Speaker Bios – APLIC 46th Annual Conference

Jazzing It Up !
Hit the high notes with new tools and skills

April 8-10, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel


Ben Horwitz is a Research Associate/Data Analysis for Nonprofit Knowledge Works, and researches, processes, and analyzes data for many of the Data Centers information products. Ben’s expertise includes geographic information systems, database management, large–scale data analysis, and policy analysis. Ben also has experience with developing and delivering training materials and project management, including IT project management. Prior to Knowledge Works, Ben managed the creation of a pilot mobile website for Heinz College targeted at student engagement. He has also worked with GTECH Strategies, a Pittsburgh–based non–profit social enterprise, investing in community revitalization through green economic development initiatives where he implemented a data–driven approach to corridor–based greening strategies. Before that, Ben worked with SRA International providing data analysis, policy research, and user training in support of the US EPAs Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization. He earned his BA in international studies from American University and his MS in Public Policy and Management with a focus on information systems from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.

Presenters (in alphabetical order)

Lori Delaney is Head of Library & Research Translation Services at the Carolina Population Center (CPC), a research center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Delaney oversees all library operations and provides guidance on a variety of scholarly communications issues including compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. In addition, Ms. Delaney is CPC’s media liaison. She develops feature stories and announcements about the Center’s research and helps researchers connect with various news media sources. She has served on APLIC’s Board of Directors since 2004 including as Treasurer (2005-07), Vice President (2007-08), President (2008-09), and Vice Chair/Past President (2009-10). She joined CPC in 2005. From 2001 until 2005, she worked at IntraHealth (known as Intrah until 2003) as the Resource Center Manager. Prior to that, she worked in libraries in Wisconsin and the state of Washington. Ms. Delaney received her MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BA degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.

Debra Dickson is the POPLINE Manager for the Knowledge for Health Project. She develops and manages the processes, systems, and thesaurus used to produce the POPLINE database including determination of database content. Ms. Dickson has 20 years of experience working in the health information / knowledge organization field, designing, developing, and managing systems for family planning and reproductive health websites as well as those for in-house production/service provision.

William Fennie is Coordinator of the Information Core of the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland. He supports the research mission of Center by providing front-end web services and information management support to faculty and staff focused on population research. His areas of expertise include content management systems as public / internal knowledge frameworks, virtual collaboration tools, business system processes, and user experience / design. His most recent work explored researcher uses of dedicated project websites and researcher participation in online discussions. He earned a Master of Information Management from the University of Maryland.

Douglas Hsu is a Senior Advisor with the DevInfo Support Group, focusing on global content development and training on behalf of the United Nations DevInfo Initiative, which is endorsed by the UN to assist countries in monitoring progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and other national development priorities. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. His experience of 20+ years in the public and not-for-profit sectors includes stints with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and various U.S.-based NGOs focused on environmental issues, U.S. inner-city development, and international aid assistance, particularly in South Asia. Contact information: dhsu@devinfo.info.

Lori Rosman is a Public Health Informationist at Johns Hopkins University, Welch Medical Library, where she provides embedded library services to departments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She provides customized information support in areas such as literature and data searching, current awareness, information management, and subject-specific portal development. She supports the research efforts of many Centers at Hopkins, including the Hopkins Population Center, where she is a member of the Information Core staff. Prior to joining Welch Medical Library, Ms. Rosman worked at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) providing information services on projects primarily focusing on reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV / AIDS prevention in developing countries. She received her MLS degree from the University of Maryland. She has been a member of the APLIC board since joining the organization in 2007.

Elizabeth Townsend Gard is an associate professor of law at Tulane University Law School, co-director and co-founder of Tulane’s Center for Intellectual Property Law & Culture, and director and co-inventor of the Durationator® Copyright Experiment, a software program that determines the worldwide copyright status of every kind of cultural work. Before joining the faculty at Tulane in 2007, she taught at Seattle University School of Law as a visiting assistant professor and a justice faculty fellow at the Center for the Study of Justice in Society, and in 2005-06, she taught intellectual property at the London School of Economics, where she also held a Leverhulme Trust Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. Since 2004, she has been a non-resident fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. See Dr. Gard’s complete online bio

Stephen Woods is Social Science Librarian at The Pennsylvania State University Libraries since 2002. He began providing library services for the Population Research Institute at Penn State in 2010 when the institute closed their physical library. Prior to 2002, he has worked at Idaho State University as a government specialist and the University of Iowa’s medical library. His research and interests tie together three trends in libraries: growing use by social scientists of government and archival statistical data, increased use of information technologies as a medium for delivering government information, and effective design of instruction for teaching and training. Mr. Woods has provided leadership in the American Library Association / Government Documents Roundtable (ALA/GODORT) and been a member since 1996. He has also served on APLIC’s Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Woods received his MLS from the University of Iowa and M.Ed in instructional technology from Idaho State University.