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Barbara Alvarez has been training, speaking, and educating learners of various skill-levels and professional backgrounds for nearly five years. Currently she is Head of Adult Services at North Shore Library in Glendale, Wisconsin where she works with a department and management team to increase community engagement opportunities. Previously, Barbara was a Business Liaison Librarian where she designed and delivered continuing educational tools to job seekers, professionals, and business owners.

Barbara has partnered with numerous library professionals, local businesses and organizations to share digital stories through podcasts, videos, and broadcasting. She is the co-founder of The Library OnConference, a free virtual conference completely held on Google Hangouts that has garnered over 300 international participants. Additionally, she received the 2017 PrivCo Award for Outstanding Business Librarianship and the 2015 Public Librarian Support Award. Additionally, she was a nominee for the Athena Award for innovation and creativity in the library’s community. Her ALA Editions book is titled Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian. Barbara received a Master in Library and Information Science degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.