Speaker Bios


Innocent Awasom
Innocent Awasom is an Associate Librarian and STEM Team Lead at Texas Tech University Libraries in Lubbock, with Liaison responsibilities to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resource Management (CASNR), the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry and the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS). He holds graduate degrees in Information Sciences from the African Regional Center for Information Science (ARCIS) and Zoology (Hydrobiology & Fisheries) from the University of Ibadan. His research interests are in the areas of International Librarianship, Information literacy, DEI issues, scholarly communications and Research Metrics. He is the PRO and International Liaison of the Cameroon Bioscience Society and current President of the Texas Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).


Meryl Brodsky
Meryl Brodsky is the liaison librarian for the School of Information and the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas – Austin. She has a Master of Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University and an MBA from Cornell University. Her research interests include data literacy, data management and data curation.


Tina Budzise-Weaver
Tina Budzise-Weaver is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University Libraries. Tina is a subject liaison to the departments of Dance, Performance Studies, and Visualization. She received her MLS from the University of North Texas and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Houston. She currently serves as the Past-President of SLA Texas and serves on the Mentoring Implementation Task Force for SLA.


Tina Franks
With more than 25 years of experience as a professional librarian, Tina Franks offers a unique perspective to working in public, corporate and academic libraries. Her research areas include customer service models, including using techniques from corporate America in academic libraries to build customer trust, build professional success, and create library sustainability and librarians who transition between diverse library environments. As an SLA member, she served as a division conference planner, Information Outlook Advisory Council Chair and the Chair of the 2020 Annual Conference Advisory Council.



Carolyn Jackson



Dianna Kim

Dianna Kim is an Assistant Professor and Research and Instruction Librarian at Sam Houston State University where she specializes in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Security Studies, and Victim Studies. Dianna earned a BS in Political Science from Illinois State University, an MLS from the University of North Texas, and a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. Prior to becoming a librarian, Dianna was a prosecuting attorney in the state of Minnesota. She currently serves as a Director-at-Large for the Texas Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.



Bonnie Taylor



Jingjing Wu

Jingjing Wu is the Web assistant librarian in the Texas Tech University Libraries. She earned her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and Bachelor of Engineering in Optical Instrumentation with a minor in Information Science from Zhejiang University. Her research interests include Web technologies, user experience, and data analysis.