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Wednesday, November 4

Mita Williams

Mita Williams

Mita Williams is a librarian at the Leddy Library, University of Windsor. She’s passionate about public space, civic engagement, and environmental restoration, and she keeps her spirits up by playing games and thinking about how games can improve lives and change the world.

She has been blogging since 1999 and blogs about library things at "New Jack Librarian". You can find her online in various spaces as copystar and you can find out what events she’s helped organize and contribute to at

After graduating from McMaster University with an Honours B.Sc in Geography and Environmental Science and acquiring an MLIS from McGill University, Mita Williams was employed in a number of contract positions in public, corporate, non-profit, government and academic libraries before joining the Leddy Library as Science Librarian in 1999. In 2010, her position evolved into the current role as User Experience Librarian. Currently she's covering a colleague's sabbatical by acting as the  Clinical Medical Librarian for the Windsor Campus of Western University's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

She is a founding member and on the board of directors of a community focused hackerspace in Windsor Ontario called Hackforge, is the lead of Open Data Windsor Essex, and hosts mostly monthly meetups of Maptime Windsor. 


Thursday, November 5

Jay Turner 

Jay Tanner.jpgJay Turner currently serves as Senior Consultant for Talent and Organization Development for the American Red Cross, serving as the business lead on a cross-functional project team to implement a national, enterprise-wide learning management solution that affects roughly 30K employees and over 2M volunteers and the general public. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Jay logged over 15 years serving in multiple capacities in Georgia’s public libraries, where career highlights included implementing GLEAN, the award-winning Georgia Library Education Access Network, a statewide training and development program for all of Georgia’s 63 public library systems, and introducing an organizational talent management strategy in a large suburban library system to align the library’s Training and Human Resources departments and unite employee learning with professional development goals.

Jay currently serves on the board of directors of the Public Library Association (PLA), and served as an advisor on the strategic funding priorities for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and contributed to the Aspen Institute Dialog on the Future of Libraries report.

Jay was the 2014 recipient of the Georgia Library Association’s Nix Jones Award, and was named one of Library Journal’s 2015 Movers and Shakers.