heather braumHeather Braum is the Technology Librarian at the Northeast Kansas Library System in Lawrence, KS. She provides technology training and ILL training and support, maintains the NEKLS websites and software licensing, and contributes to the NEKLS Technology Blog. Heather is also a part of the NExpress Koha ILS project team, working on cataloging, training, and data migration. Heather has presented on a variety of topics, including social media use in libraries, tiny tech in small libraries, Google Apps, open source applications, free web applications, and cloud computing. She has taught the Information Technology for Library and Information Professionals course for ESU’s School of Library and Information Management. Heather received her MLS from Emporia State University in 2008. She is active in the social media online community. Follow her on Twitter @hbraum and her occasional blog posts. A lifelong Kansan, Heather is a third generation librarian and adores KU basketball and her two cats.

Rebecca Brown is the Kansas/Technology Liaison for the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).  The NNLM is the outreach arm of the National Library of Medicine.  The National Library of Medicine dates back to 1883 and is part of the National Institutes of Health.  Rebecca started working in libraries many years ago, shelving books at Watson Library at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Rebecca has worked in a number libraries (both public and academic), and in several different departments (Circulation, Periodicals, Reference, and Copyright/Interlibrary Loan).  She has been at the Dykes Library of Health Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center for the past four and a half years, and began her position with the National Network in January 2007.  Rebecca completed her Master’s degree in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2006.  As Kansas Outreach Liaison for the NNLM, Rebecca works with librarians, and health information providers of all kinds throughout the state of Kansas, to educate and provide access to the freely available resources of the NLM, with the goal of enabling the public to make informed decisions about their health.

Patti Butcher is Director of Statewide Resource Sharing at the State Library of Kansas.  She received her MLS from ESU in 1993, and has worked at CKLS and NEKLS in Kansas, in addition to the State Library.  She also served as State Librarian of South Carolina in 2005 and 2006.  She is committed to improving user experiences online and in leveraging technologies for statewide applications. A lifelong Kansan and quilter, Patti lives in Lawrence with her significant other, Joe Poe.  They have 3 cats, 2 motorcycles, and 2 adult sons – and lots of guitars, banjos, mandolins and fiddles – and quilts!

LaDonna Clark is the Technology Trainer for the North Central Kansas Library System.  She has been at this position since 2006.  In this role she travels to area libraries and assists library staff on current technologies and helps with technology related questions.  Prior to working at NCKLS, LaDonna worked several years in an IT Department for a large local company.  In her spare time, LaDonna likes to play and referee volleyball.  She enjoys spending time with family.

Eric Gustafson has been the director of Morrill Public Library in Hiawatha, Kansas since August of 2009.  Before that, he was a library technology consultant at the State Library of Kansas where he provided support for online resources.  When not working at the library he enjoys disc golf, gaming, hiking and watching sports.

Cindi HickeyCindi Hickey is the WebJunction Kansas coordinator and library development director for the State Library of Kansas.  She has worked with Kansas libraries since 1993.  During the past 16 years Cindi has watched online information activity explode from her early days as a Gopher addict. So it is barrels of fun for her being involved with WebJunction Kansas, webinars and now 23 Things Kansas. Cindi lives in Lawrence with her husband John.  They are both blue to the core, Jayhawk fans, love to travel, take pictures and of course, play on the Internet.

Brenda Hough is the Continuing Education Consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System. She’s   interested in most things related to libraries and learning. Her previous work experience includes Technology Training Specialist with TechSoup for Libraries/MaintainIT Project, Technology Consultant with the Northeast Kansas Library System, Trainer/Staff Development Coordinator for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s US Library Program, and Reference Librarian at the Lake Agassiz Regional Library in Detroit Lakes, MN. She’s also a doctoral student and has taught classes as an adjunct professor for Emporia State University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She blogs at Librarians with Class.

Erin Downey Howerton is the School Liaison for the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, KS.  Her job is to find ways to connect roughly 150,000 students and teachers with library resources.  Previously, she served as the head of the YA department at the Hays Public Library and was a Children’s Librarian at the Manhattan Public Library.  Lifelong learning is her passion, and she has created a large and diverse personal learning network (PLN) online through social networking.  Erin is a proud and active member of YALSA and keeps a blog called

David Lee King is the Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2008, and recently published his first book, Designing the Digital Experience. David writes the Internet Spotlight column in Public Libraries Magazine with Michael Porter, and maintains a blog at

Royce Kitts is the director of the Tonganoxie Public Library and the 2nd Vice President of the Kansas Library Association. Formerly, Royce was a rotating book van guy, interlibrary loan librarian, and reference librarian at the Manhattan Public Library. Royce enjoys all things library, with a special fondness for adapting technology to meet the continuing education and lifelong learning needs of library staff and library users. When not thinking about libraries he sleeps.

Amanda Lynn McConnell — Amanda is the Circulation Coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kansas. She’s had a varied library career including working as a children’s librarian in Moab, Utah where she planned storytimes & sleepovers. On another end of the spectrum, she’s also served as an academic librarian in medical reference at the University of Missouri–Columbia. Despite her tiger roots, Amanda is thrilled to be part of the Lawrence community and working at the public library–her first love.

Janelle Mercer works as an Assistant Technology Consultant/Trainer at the Southwest Kansas Library System in Dodge City, Kansas.  Janelle’s primary responsibility is to train SWKLS member libraries on current technology and help them with technology related issues and questions .  Prior to working at the Southwest Kansas Library System Janelle worked at the Finney County Public Library in Garden City, Kansas as the System Administrator.  In her spare time Janelle enjoys Facebooking, Tweeting, reading, trying out new technology, watching TV, and baking.    Other than Facebook and Twitter, some of Janelle’s favorite and most used websites include:,,, and   Janelle is very excited about 23 Things Kansas  and hopes to learn lots of new things from all of the mentors and participants from across the state.

Sharon Moreland – Serving as the Technology Consultant at the Northeast Kansas Library System since June 2008. I work with the fabulous Tech and NExpress Teams to support the technology and NExpress Shared Catalog needs of our member libraries. While still just a fledgling geek, I rejoice in all that I’ve learned about servers, open source communities, social networking, cloud computing, WordPress, and networks from the Tech Team. Prior to coming to NEKLS, I had Royce’s job in Tonganoxie and before that I worked at the Kansas City Public Library while getting my library degree. In my spare time, I throw pots, read smutty Regency romance novels, organize brunches and renovate my Tin Can (aka mobile home).

Chris Rippel earned his MLS from Florida State University. He has consulted for the Central Kansas Library System since 1989. In 2003, he married CKLS librarian Kathy Rippel. Kathy and Chris drove to Big Bend National Park in 2007. On the way down, they stopped by George W. Bush’s childhood home in Midland, Texas. Unfortunately, it was evening and the only thing still open was the doghouse in the backyard.

Diana Weaver is the director of the Atchison Public Library. She has been a librarian in Kansas for several years, as director of two libraries and also as part of the staff of Sterling College’s Mabee Library and the Northeast Kansas Library System. While at NEKLS, she was part of the team that implemented the NExpress Shared Catalog. She is a true believer in life-long learning and is proud to have graduated from KU at age 50, and will very soon have her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has two grown children, and shares her house with a doberman named Brinks. She looks forward to learning with friends and colleagues from around the state.

16 thoughts on “Mentors

  1. I’m not sure who to direct this to, but I did make a blog for week one, only I made it a blog for my high school. Should I make another blog for my personal use too? I noticed I wasn’t listed as a participant with a blog, so I was just curious. Thanks!

  2. I was trying to leave a comment to a blog and was asked for a profile. This is in Blogspot. What is the purpose of the profile and what does it do? Because I wasn’t sure what this was about, I didn’t get a comment posted.

  3. @lissa: We will make sure everyone is paired with a mentor – but be patient, there are over 550 participants and only 15 of us! :)

    @marian: You probably want to make a personal blog for exploring 23 Things so that you have a dedicated space for your adventures… you can always have a separate blog for your high school.

    @karen: If the person who owns the blog doesn’t want anonymous comments, you will have to log in using some identity. Your Blogger profile could be your Google account, or another identity that you have thru another site like Facebook or OpenID or others.

  4. I’m using blogger and in the Settings-Comments tab there is an option to show profile images on comments. I’ve set my blog so anyone can leave a comment, but if I say yes on the showing the profile image will this hinder people from leaving comments if they don’t have a blogger account? I’m asking because a friend of mine checked out the blog and tried to leave a comment, but couldn’t because of a profile issue. I’m trying to figure out what I need to do to fix this problem.


  5. I have been to the 23Things Kansas Discussion page, it tells I can not post because I am not a member. I have signed in and I receive the digest posts from the list, but why can’t I post on it.

    Karen Grossman

  6. Hi, I am trying to get someone to be my friend on Facebook. should I just go to their blog and invite them? I had one person request me as a friend, but I could not find her. I am not sure of the procedure here. Thanks!

  7. @Alice-

    There are a few ways to request. The easiest is to just go to Facebook and search for a specific name. If the people you are thinking of “friending” have a link to their Facebook on their blog you should be able to click on the link and then add them as a friend from there. There should be an “Add as Friend” Button at the middle top of the page next to their name on Facebook.

    You can also become a fan of 23ThingsKansas on Facebook and look at the other fans there. You don’t have to add a total stranger. You might want to look for a name you know or someone who is in the same area of the state as you.

  8. Hi, I found a nice picture on Flicker after I opened an account. But I am not sure about how to get that picture to my blog in WordPress. Do I just save the target to my pictures? When I go to my blog and try to attach a picture, it takes me to ‘My Pictures’. I think I am making this harder than it is. Thanks for help!

  9. I am getting more confused as the weeks pass, but I also pick up information as the weeks pass also. My question is that I tried too post to the 23 kansas google groups site in the comment from Janelle Mercer but could not as I was not a user of something to that effect. What is the best way to ask questions?

  10. I thought we had until midnight May 28 to finish up. I had 3 lessons to go and a video to upload when all the lessons disappeared probably around shortly after 9. What gives?

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