Shirley Biladeau

Continuing Education Consultant for the Idaho Commission for Libraries since 2008. Gained MLS from Texas Woman’s University in 2007. Working with folks in the Idaho library community is a pleasure and a treat – I learn so much from all of you every day!Leaders should be willing to work harder than those who are technically “under” them while they advocate for them. A group is only as strong as its weakest link so by propping everyone up, a leader moves the group to higher highs.

Erin Downey

Erin Downey is the Consulting Librarian for the Boise School District, where she provides support and resources for library staff in 44 schools, serving 26,000 students. She is a Lilead Fellow, a Discovery Education Network STAR Educator, and an active leader in the Idaho Library Association and American Association of School Libraries. When she’s not librarianing, you can find her hiking, rafting, or skiing, depending on the weather. Follow her on twitter @ehdowney.

Tania Harden

I am the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Idaho State University.  I received my MIS from the University of North Texas in May 2014. My duties at ISU include taking care of all the hardware and software in Pocatello, Meridian, and Idaho Falls. I get to explore emerging technologies that would benefit students, faculty, and staff.  We just set up our first 3D printer and have ordered our second. We are also in the process of setting up our Virtual Reality lab up and getting it up and running with our Oculus Rift. I am always interested in learning more about technology and how it would improve the user experience in the library. 

Darla Gunning

Born & raised in rural eastern Washington, I have been involved with libraries since volunteering at my elementary school library when I was six. Both before & after receiving my MLIS at the University of Texas @ Austin I have held positions at all levels including page, reference assistant, cataloger, library director, consortia executive director, state library consultant and currently as Community Librarian/Manager with the Community Library Network @ Hayden. No matter what role I have, I love the profession and all that we strive to provide our communities. Creating connections is extremely fulfilling - between patrons and the resources, information & experiences they seek, as well as developing ideas and connections between colleagues striving to provide innovative services & programs. Fortunate to have had amazing mentors in my life who have taken time to foster the seeds of leadership they see in me, I hope as part of LiLAC we can encourage directors & other leaders throughout Idaho libraries to recognize & support the signs of leadership they see in others, too.

Samantha Thompson-Franklin

I am the Acquisitions & Collection Development Librarian at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. I have been in the position since 2005 when my husband and I moved to Idaho.  Prior to that, I worked in corporate libraries in Silicon Valley, California, and at a small theological college library in southern Africa where my husband and I lived for 3 years. I have also worked in academic libraries in Calgary, Canada, where I am from, and in southern California. I received an MLIS degree from San Jose State University in 2000. My first involvement with the ICfL was participating in the Library Futures Think Tank Conference in 2005.  I have enjoyed working on various ICfL committees and getting to know library staff from throughout Idaho.

Amy Mortensen

I am the Adult Services Supervisor at the Twin Falls Public Library where I’ve has worked since 2006. I have a Master's Degree in Information and Library Sciences from the University of Arizona. My favorite thing about being a librarian is helping people find answers to their questions. In my spare time I likes to read, eat chocolate, spend time with family and sleep.

Jessica Bowman

I am the Adult Services Librarian for the Latah County Library District. I have a Master’s Degree in Information and Library Sciences from San Jose State University and a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Idaho. To deepen my lifelong love affair with books, I have worked and volunteered in libraries for over a decade and am an active member of the Idaho Library Association. In my rare spare time I love to cross stitch, sleep and read.

Eliza Krumpe

Eliza is an Information Services Librarian for the Boise Public Library.  In this position, Eliza has the opportunity to bring upcoming technologies, such as 3D printing and Virtual Reality, to her community as well as help local entrepreneurs conduct market research and write business plans.  Her love of working in public libraries started with her first part-time job in high school at the Hailey Public Library.  After earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, Eliza decided to try working outside of the library for a while.  This lasted less than two years before she went back to school to earn her MLIS and dove headfirst back into the library world.  Eliza is now settling happily into her librarian career and seeking out as many opportunities as she can to develop her leadership skills so that she can become another strong advocate for libraries and knowledge.

Becky Mitchell

Becky joined the library family in early 2015 and has progressively changed her rural library to assist in reaching underprivileged populations within her area.  Growing up in Challis and living around Idaho and Washington state throughout her adult life, she developed an appreciation for the importance a good library for adults and children.  Becky finds visiting libraries (even their own) a way to connect with people from all walks of life and make an impact on society. Becky has been an educator for over 20 years, including 10 years brick and mortar grades K, and 6-8 and technology director, and another 11 years (and counting) of online education teaching and leadership.  She currently is Sr. Manager of Operations and Internal Review for a major national online education corporation.  Becky also travels around Eastern Idaho helping proctor exams for CEI’s Adult Basic Education program, the Department of Labor, Idaho Virtual Academy, as well as scoring remote tests including the Missouri Teacher Certifications, Math Praxis exams, Texas STAR exams, and SAT exams for ETS. Becky currently lives in Mackay with her husband and three children.  She wishes she had a “when not working” sentence but she is a self-identified workaholic.  She and her children are active library patron in many libraries outside of her own doors.  She considers her work at the library to be her inner passion, a true way to give back to her hometown by sharing her experience, knowledge, and passion for helping people of all ages.  Working at the library re-energizes her and fills her heart and soul with love. Her favorite books of all time include: Mysterious Benedict Society series, and The Last Apprentice series, Hatchet, Diary of Anne Frank, The Boy Who Dared, Outsiders, and Stephen King novels.

Jonne Hower

Jonne is actively working to help create a vital and sustainable community in Valley County. She serves on the Cascade City Library Board of Trustees, West Central Mountains Housing Trust, and the Cascade Chamber of Commerce. She is active with Cascade Cultural Arts Center and Horizons’ Lifestyle and Education team, Cascade Mobility Team, the Cascade Community Review, and the Cascade Medical Center Auxiliary. In 2014, she founded the Float Your Boat program at the Southern Valley County Recreation District which connects youth, public service, and river gear.

Jonne retired from a 30+ year career serving in Federal natural resource management. Most recently she completed assignments in the Commissioner of Reclamation’s office and the Western States Water Council, Western Governors’ Association.

A native Idahoan, she was the first woman to earn a BS in Range Management from the Univ. of Idaho. Her MA in Communications was awarded by the Univ. of Portland.


Christine Hoxie

I am a Library Assistant at the Victory Branch of Ada Community Library in Boise and I hold that title proudly! I love working with the community towards the mutual goal of achievement of lifelong literacy. I am continuously learning something new every day and that is what life is about! I have been graciously accepted into the LiLAC committee and I will serve as the co-chair for SWILA 2017. Most thankfully, I work with and am empowered and inspired by Mary DeWalt, Kristi Haman and Monika Pomper (among several others) which I owe all of my gratitude for all of my new experiences! I have partaken in several outreach projects and each one has been so rewarding! The library is a vessel that is priceless in every essence of the word and no matter where you’re at…you can lead the change!

Amy Vecchione

I am currently the outgoing President of the Idaho Library Association. As a librarian and associate professor at Albertsons Library, Boise State University, I connect users with information and technology needs, follow user experience principles to guide web design, develop innovative library services, and lead teams to accomplish strategic goals.

Vanessa Velez

After working at beautiful Sterling Memorial Library while attending Yale University, I started with the East Bonner County Library (EBCL) in Sandpoint, Idaho in 2006. I completed my MLIS from the UW iSchool in 2015. Over my 15 years in libraryland, I've done paging, shelving, circulation, reference, and IT. Still at EBCL, I now catalog, develop the non-fiction and reference collections, and supervise the technical services department. I believe in leadership at all levels and am honored to be part of LiLAC to help promote and expand leadership opportunities throughout the Idaho library community.

Past Members

Bette Ammon, Coeur d’Alene Library

Charissa Brammer, Idaho State University

Tifani Young, Lakeland High School

Debbie Worthington, Mountain Home Air Force Base library

Rick Stoddart, Current President, PNLA, University of Idaho

Kathleen Pressler Hall, Blackfoot Rural Library District

Stephanie Milne-Lane, Boise City Department of Arts & History as the City Archivist

Trisha Mick, Meridian Library District

Skye Corey, Meridian Library District

Rami Attebury, Past President, ILA, University of Idaho

Becky Proctor, Past President, ILA, Boise School District

Marj Hooper, Associate State Librarian, Idaho Commission for Libraries

Tracy Bicknell-Holmes, Dean, Boise State University Albertsons Library

Jean Mattimoe, University of Idaho Law Library

Molly Montgomery, Idaho State University Medical Library at Meridian

Jamie Bair, Marshall Public Library

LeAnn Gelskey, Director, Hailey Public Library

Nick Grove, Manager, unbound, Meridian Library District

Kevin Booe, Director, Boise Public Library

Mary Dewalt, Director, Ada Community

Annah Hackett, University of Idaho Library

Kristi Haman, Past President, ILA, Manager, Ada Community Library Victory Branch

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