IUG Idea Lab Team

The Idea Lab Team work at IUG member libraries and have a strong familiarity with different components of the Polaris and Sierra systems.

Idea Lab Team members play a crucial role in helping Idea Lab participants make the best possible case for their proposed enhancements.

Moderators help idea authors clarify the value and purpose of their ideas. Moderators keep the conversation going by connecting similar ideas and soliciting comments from the community.

Expert Reviewers assess ideas that have passed a certain threshold of votes and comments for assess overall value, need, and feasibility.

Roles are not fixed: Idea Lab Team members might be a moderator on one challenge and an expert reviewer on another.

Interested in joining the team?  Recruitment occurs each April/May around the time of the annual conference, and is open to anyone from an IUG member organization.

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Leadership Team

 Name   Organization Or Library  Role   Term Ends
 Jeremy Goldstein   Minuteman Library Network   Co-Coordinator  2022
 Maisam Nouh  The Ferguson Library  Co-Coordinator  2021
 Cecilia Smiley  Lee County Library System  Polaris Team Lead   2021
 Kathy Setter  IFLS Library System    2022


Polaris Team

 Name   Organization Or Library Term Ends
 Gretchen Allen  Fayetteville Public Library   2021 
 Eleanor Crumblehulme  SILS   2022 
 Alissa Dornink Hawes  Ames Public Library   2022 
 Robin Dye  Kitsap Regional Library   2022 
 Robert Fiedler  Musser Public Library  2021
 Gwyneth Jelinek  Fayetteville Public Library   2021
 Paul Keith  Chicago Public Library  2021
 Jamie King  Niles-Maine District Library  2021
 Marian McCollum  LS&S  2022
 Kathy McKinney  Farmington Community Library  2021
 Sharon O'Brien  MVLS/SALS  2022
 Lynne Price  Marigold Library System  2022
 Sara Scodius  Northbrook Public Library  2022
 Erin Shield  North Olympic Library System  2022
 Elaine Sloan  Lynx Consortium / Boise Public Library  2021
 Sarah St. Martin  GMILCS  2021
 Jeff Tate  Wichita Public Library  2021
 Jason Tenter  SILS  2022
 Stephanie Thero  Yellowhead Regional Library (TRAC)  2021
 Tracey Thompson  Pierce County Library System  2022
 Debra Wischmeyer  Cooperative Computer Services  2021


Sierra Team

 Name  Organization Or Library  Term Ends
 Kimberly Allen  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  2022
 Susan Ashby  University of Akron  2022
 Lindsey Bray  Omaha Public Library  2021 
 Shawn Farrell  Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County  2022
 Heather Fisher   Saginaw Valley State University  2021 
 James Fortsas  Cook County Law Library  2022
 Sarah Frieldsmith  Sacramento Public Library   2021 
 Xuemei (Sherry) Ge  Tennessee State University   2022 
 Sarah Johnson  Emporia State University  2021
 Beth Juhl  University of Arkansas Libraries  2022
 Stephanie Kaceli  Cairn University  2022
 Cathy Lamoureaux  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh  2021
 Laura Lazaraton  Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County  2022
 Scott Matheson  Yale Law Library  2022
 Shannon Meaney-Ryer  St Mary's College of California Library  2021
 Sarah Mueth  University of North Carolina Wilmington  2021
 Amanda Payne  Araphoe Libraries  2022
 Paivi Rentz  Texas State University  2022
 Eliza Richards  Auckland Libraries  2021
 Laurie Shedrick  Mid-Hudson Library System  2021
 Nicole Turzillo  Suffolk Cooperative Library System  2022
 Alex Vancina  Helen Plum Library  2022
 Sheryl VanderWagen  Lakeland Library Cooperative  2021
 Brandon Walker  Cleveland State University Libraries  2021
 Diane Ward  Pima County Public Library  2022
 Joy Wiser  Mountain View Public Library  2021
 Annette Woods  Stark County District Library  2021