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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Panel of Judges

Panel of Judges

pitch judges and participants watching a presentationOn the last day of Session three of the pilot project (Feb. 1, 2017), the following panel of judges heard the EXCITE teams' program pitches, evaluated them, and awarded them seed money to kickstart their projects. We thank them for taking the time to help with this project.

Jean Canosa Albano, Assistant Director for Public Services, Springfield City Library, MA
Oversees children's, teen, and adult services throughout the nine-location system; former young adult librarian; member of the MA State Advisory Council on Libraries with responsibilities related to LSTA grants in MA.

Liz Ball, President and Creative Director, TFI Envision, Inc., Norwalk, CT
"Branding, promotion, digital, packaging and corporate communication – for global clients such as Honeywell, Unilever, Energizer, American Express and Xerox, as well as a range of not-for-profit organizations such as Keystone House, Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Inspirica."

Ed Garcia, Director, Cranston Public Library, RI
Directs a system of six libraries; MLIS from the University of Rhode Island in 2008; 2010 American Library Association Emerging Leader and a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker; serving his second term on the Library Board of Rhode Island; serving his second term as Councilor-at-Large on ALA Council and is a Director-at-Large on the RUSA Board of Directors; former member of the RI Council of Economic Advisors tasked with gathering economic data about Rhode Island and advising the governor and state commerce office; current member of Congressman Jim Langevin’s Education Advisory Committee.

Chris Hamer, Founder/CEO, CrowdFlik, New York
"At the point-of-convergence where marketing meets technology and entertainment;" also mentors and invests in start ups in the new media, technology and entertainment space; Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Fairfield University.

Mike Moran, Director of Library & Information Services, Bay Path University, Longmeadow, MA
Oversaw recent library renovation with the objective of encouraging collaboration and creating adaptable spaces; part of Bay Path's Program for Ethics in Leadership and Integrity in Action; former president of CLA and a mentor at NELA's Library Leadership Symposium.

Susan Nettesheim, Independent Consultant in Product Stewardship
"Product stewardship strategy and planning expertise with a focus on environmental and human health issues;" former Johnson & Johnson executive in charge of many innovation initiatives throughout her career; a mentor of women in business.

Ken Wiggin, State Librarian, CT State Library
Advocated the state legislature to approve dedicated bond funding for the establishment of a statewide platform for the distribution of eBooks to public library patrons and for increased broadband connections to public libraries; past president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA).


This pilot of EXCITE Transformation for Libraries and the seed grants awarded to pilot libraries were funded by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.

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