2017 Speakers

NMM consistently presents speakers who can engage on topics of interest to the library media community. See our list of speakers from the most recent event - our new list for 2018 will be posted soon!


Susan Albrecht

Susan is the Library Visual Media Liaison at Wabash College and serves as Secretary of the board of National Media Market.  She has done video acquisitions work for over 20 years and brings “the small school perspective” to the Market; that is to say, she is involved in the video world in about every way imaginable on campus.  She serves as campus PPR licensure and copyright liaison, video collection development manager, member of the Lecture & Film Committee, host of an annual Green Issues Summer Movie Series, promoter of streamed and physical video collections, and as video trivia contest guru.  


Cindy Badilla-Melendez

Cindy is Head of the Music and Media Collections at the University of St. Thomas Library, in Minnesota.  Cindy has been a board member of the National Media Market & Conference for the past two years. Besides her duties with collection development and management, content selection, conservation, licensing for the music and media collections, she also serves as library liaison for the Departments of Modern and Classical Languages, Music and Film Studies. Cindy teaches library instructions classes and provides research support. 

Kristin Cooney

Kristin Cooney

Kristin is Managing Director of ro*co films educational. Along with managing all operations associated with educational and semi-theatrical sales and distribution, Kristin works closely with universities, libraries, non-profit organizations, corporations, and other institutions to execute screenings and events, enhance curriculum, promote acquisitions, and to broaden the use and impact of documentary film.


Kyle K. Courtney

Kyle is Copyright Advisor and Program Manager for the Harvard Library Office of Scholarly Communication. Kyle works closely with Harvard Library to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. Kyle also works with the Office of General Counsel on intellectual property issues associated with the HarvardX classes. Before joining the OSC, Kyle worked at Harvard Law School as the manager of Faculty Research and Scholarship. He holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and an M.L.I.S.

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William M. Cross

Will is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University where he provides guidance to campus stakeholders on legal issues and open access to scholarship, data, and educational resources.  As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Will earned an M.A. in Technology & Communication, a J.D. in Law, and an M.S.L.S. in Library Science.  Before joining the NCSU Libraries, Will worked in academic and law libraries, in constitutional litigation, and at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Will serves as an instructor in the UNC School of Information & Library Science and lectures nationally on copyright, scholarly communication, and open culture.  He has been quoted in publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Library Journal, and Techdirt and publishes regularly on topics ranging from the pedagogy of legal education for librarians to the First Amendment status of video games.


Erica Findley

Erica is a passionate library supporter and is influential in the broader library advocacy ecosystem. Ms. Findley is the Cataloging/Metadata Librarian at Multnomah County Library (OR) and is a 2008 MLS graduate from Emporia State University. She is an active member of the American Library Association where she is an at-large member of their governing Council. She was a 2012 ALA Emerging Leader and was recently appointed to the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee. Ms. Findley is a co-convener of the ALA Think Tank and tweets @efindley.


Lisa Hooper

Lisa is head of Media Services at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. In addition to providing library instruction and research support, lisa serves as liaison and collection developer for music, dance, theater, and communication studies and selects films for all disciplines taught at the uptown New Orleans campus. In her role as liaison and media collection manager, lisa actively engages members of the Tulane community in activities that align the film collection with the learning, teaching, and research needs of the Tulane.


Cónan McLemore

Cónan is the librarian at the Seattle Film Institute and is the founder of the Cascade Conservatory of Music where he teaches woodwinds, early childhood music and Rock & Metal Studies.  He currently serves as the Incoming Chair for the Children’s and Young Adults Services section of the Washington Library Association.  He has had the privilege of presenting at the WLA conferences and at the ALA conference with Mrs. Perez.  He should be watched carefully as he is prone to randomly quoting movies and will do so without warning or provocation.

Sarah E. McCleskey


Sarah is Head of Resource and Collection Services at Hofstra University Library, and board chair of National Media Market & Conference. With over 25 years experience in academic libraries, Sarah has expertise in copyright, licensing, content acquisition, project management, library renovation, collection management, and data visualization. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Copyright in Education & Librarianship, and serves as secretary of the Hofstra chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Winifred Fordham Metz

Winifred leads a team of professionals specializing in digital literacy, media production, public service, access & description, use metrics & analytics, and resource management. A good portion of her work is focused on the collection, research, instruction and use of traditional & new medias. She also provides visual & digital literacy instruction to faculty and students; speaks on documentary studies; provides instruction on aspects of media production; and consults on film and new media. Winifred currently serves on the Global Cinema Advisory Board, UNC's Faculty Council, Administrative Board of the Library, and the Senior Advisory Board for Alexander Street Press. She has been involved in selection and programming for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival since 2008.

Elena Rossi-Snook

Elena Rossi-Snook is the Collection Specialist for the Reserve Film and Video collection of The New York Public Library.  She has an M.A. in Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia and was the 2002 recipient of the Kodak Fellowship in Film Preservation.  She has served as a curriculum consultant for the NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation MA program, on the Board of Directors of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and is the chair of the AMIA Film Advocacy Task Force.  Publications include “Persistence of Vision: Public Library 16mm Film Collections in America” (The Moving Image), “Continuing Ed: Educational Film Collections in Libraries and Archives” (Learning with the Lights Off: a Reader in Educational Film) and a contribution to an upcoming academic reader on race and non-theatrical film to be published by Duke University Press.  Elena’s documentary film WE GOT THE PICTURE was made an official selection of the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.  She is in production on a second documentary film.  Rossi-Snook also teaches film history at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Kati Irons Perez

Kati Perez is the film and music collection development librarian for the Pierce County Library System.  She's also the current Chair of the ALA Video Round Table Notable Films for Adults Committee.  Kati has presented many programs at the local, state and national level on viewers and listeners advisory. She is the author of the ALA publications book Film Programming for Public Libraries and won the 2015 Public Library Association Excellence Award for best feature article. 


Tucker Taylor

Tucker is Head of Circulation at Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina; she has over 25 years of experience in library access services. Tucker is keenly interested in how copyright and licensing affect our abilities to provide access to information. She earned her B.A. and M.L.I.S. degree from the University of South Carolina.

Tucker is a founder and co-editor in chief of Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship. She is also a founder and co-chair of South Carolina Library Association’s Scholarly Communications Interest Group, and a member of the University of South Carolina Libraries’ Scholarly Communications team. Tucker regularly presents on copyright, predatory publishing and open access issues.

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Will Whalen

Will Whalen is Vice President of Licensing at Alexander Street Press.  Will’s focus is on building content relationships for ASP through licensing arrangements, particularly in the areas of streaming video and print.  He is responsible for the development of Alexander Street’s line of Theatre, Cinema, and Anthropology, collections.  Will has been with Alexander Street since 2001 after having been with Chadwyck Healey, Inc. for four years prior.  He holds a B.A. in English from James Madison University and an M.F.A. from Catholic University.