Oregon Reference Summit 2019 Presenter Bios

John Cummings. I have a long career in both public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Census, I was a Large Bank Examiner, working for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, stationed in Pittsburgh, PA. During the financial crisis, I served with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in a variety of roles closing down failed banks, paying depositors, and liquidating assets. My time at the FDIC took me from Irvine, CA to Jacksonville, FL, and finally to Dallas, TX. I began my career as a Operations Forecaster at General Dynamics. Soon, my attention turned to the mortgage sector, and I joined
Fannie Mae as Senior Negotiator in Los Angeles, CA. I have performed various secondary marketing roles for a variety of companies, both large and small including Wells Fargo, GMAC-RFC, BancBoston, Prudential Home Mortgage, Bear Stearns, Shearson Lehman, and California Federal. A business major, I graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona with a bachelor degree, and an MBA from Northern Arizona University. I currently live in Salem, OR, close to my two adult children.

Margaret Harmon-Myers. The last two years I’ve worked as a Library Assistant IV, Lead Worker, at the Bethel Branch of the Eugene Public Library in Eugene, Oregon; in this capacity I do a little of absolutely everything and a lot of some things. For 16 years prior to this I was an Adult Services Library Assistant at the Downtown Branch of the Eugene Public Library.  Over the years I came to be known as “the genealogy person” by my coworkers;  I taught classes in online genealogy for beginners as well as advanced and mobile classes. I was born a bookworm, am a fantasy and sci-fi nerd, and have been witnessed tripping over sidewalk cracks and curbs because I like to read and walk.  Appropriately, I will be leading a walking book group at my branch this summer.

Camila Harris. I currently work at Hillsboro Public Library as a Makerspace Librarian, in charge of curating, managing, and developing our makerspace the Collaboratory.

Joanna Milner. Joanna has been digging up information and good reads for Multnomah County Library patrons for nearly 20 years. She is a member of the Advisory Committee and the Quality Team of Answerland, Oregon’s online reference services cooperative. She has presented workshops on library staff training at conferences for the Oregon Library Association, Washington Library Association, and Oregon Association of School Libraries.

Lori Moore. Lori Moore currently works as a Regional Librarian for Multnomah County Library. She has worked in public libraries for nearly 20 years and strives to find innovative and effective ways to better meet patrons’ reference needs.

Clare Sobotka. Clare got her MLS from Indiana University in 2013 and currently works as a Reference Assistant at Linn-Benton Community College’s Healthcare Occupations Center in Lebanon, Oregon. There she is a solo library worker doing a bit of everything from circulation, reference, and information literacy instruction to tech help. She is also part of the Quality Team for Oregon’s statewide library chat service, Answerland, and LBCC’s Answerland liaison

Bill Zimmerman. Bill Zimmerman is a Technical Information Specialist with three decades of successful experience in the Library field. Bill has experience in Library supervision, budgeting, reference and marketing.  He is currently working as the “Library Lead” for the Bonneville Power Administration located in Portland, Oregon where he has worked for the past 27 years.  Bill believes in not letting go of a research question until all possible sources have been checked for the library patron.