Responsibilities: The current Project ENABLE Advisory Board is serving a two-year term (2013-2015). In addition to attending an annual virtual board meeting, members review the training site and provide the PE team with input as to additional content and activities that address the needs of our target audiences---academic, public and school librarians as well as feedback on its interface and functionality, as the training site is revised and updated.
Rachael is a Corporate Research Analyst with Grant Thornton International in Chicago, the Volunteer Coordinator and Head Editor of INALJ Illinois, and a freelance writer. She has had a wide range of experiences in academic libraries with a strong focus on research and assessment. Rachel is a member of the honor societies of Beta Phi Mu, Sigma Tau Delta, and Mortar Board. She also has received awards for her poetry and leadership. Rachel holds a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University, as well as Master of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, both from Bradley University.
Sonja J.M. Cooper, Ed.D., J.D., LL.M.
Sonja is an Attorney at Law and Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies and Criminal Justice at Mercy College in New York City. Her interest in the inclusion of students and all individuals with disabilities into all aspects of society began with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in special education from Syracuse University, followed by an Ed.D. in special education from Columbia University and a J.D. and Master of Laws (with a focus on Constitutional Law) from Yeshiva University. Sonja has continued to be a strong advocate for individuals with disabilities through pro bono work, consulting work for agencies providing services to children and adults with disabilities, her teaching, and her research. She believes that, "Project ENABLE provides to this diverse population a new pathway to learning by making school libraries and their professionals ready to serve students with disabilities as well as all other students."
K. Matthew Dames, Ph.D., J.D.
Kevin is the Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University and the Founding Director of Syracuse's Copyright and Information Policy Office. In addition to his currently held positions, he has more than 30 years experience as a lawyer, librarian, scholar, musician, DJ, and educator, and is the author of the book Using Copyrighted Works in Teaching: A Guide for Syracuse University Faculty as well as several published journal articles. Kevin has an academic background in law, information science, and business. He is the recipient of doctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services, and he received Syracuse University School of Information Studies' Doctoral Prize and Antje Lemke Book Award. He is a member of Beta Phi Mu and the Maryland bar.
Kori has worked for the past seven years as the Children's Librarian at Manlius Public Library in central New York where she has developed a highly successful summer reading program. Prior to her work in public libraries, Kori earned undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Business from LeMoyne College and a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University.
Meg has had an extensive career working in academic, public, and school library settings. She currently is the director of Scotch Plains Public Library in New Jersey, where she has been working since 2002.
Chuck has been the director of Milne Library at SUNY Oneonta since 2012, and is currently studying for his Ph.D. at Simmons College. He serves on the South Central Library Board (president), DCMO BOCES Board, and Rosen Publishing and ebrary's Academic Complete Editorial Committee (advisory board member). Chuck is a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar and was named an ALA Emerging Leader. Chuck worked for four years as director of the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Ostego BOCES school library system and, before that, spent 14 years working internationally. He holds a master's degree in Library Science and School District Administration Certificate from SUNY Albany, a second master's in Environmental Education from Connecticut State University, and a BS in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership from Brigham Young University. Chuck has also completed professional development programs at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Law School.
Suzanne is the Associate Director of Library Automation and Technology at the Illinois State Library. She has served on a OCLC Americas Regional Council examining social networking and online collaboration.