Well, we teased you a little last week but finally we can let you in on the secret. The first keynote speaker for this year’s LIANZA Conference is…
Jessica Dorr Jessica Dorr – Program Officer, Global Libraries, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Jessica Dorr’s work at the Foundation began in 1997, as a technology trainer for West Seattle Learns, a community technology center. For the Foundation’s U.S. Library Program, Jessica installed computer and Internet networks throughout the country.

She oversaw the Native American Access to Technology Program, which provided funding and resources specifically designed to meet the technology and information needs of Native communities.

She currently oversees grants to Mexico, Latvia, and Lithuania and supports the foundations’ annual Access to Learning Award. Jessica has experience with both school and academic libraries and holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MLIS from the University of Washington.

We are hugely excited at the prospect of hearing what Jessica has to share with us in terms of the organisation she works for and her involvement with indigenous knowledge and libraries. I’m sure you’ll agree she will be well worth listening to.

Any comments on this first announcement? Comment away! And don’t forget to check back next week when spill the beans on another exciting keynote speaker.