Thursday, January 04, 2007

Speakers for the January meeting: all about YOU

We have the following speakers confirmed for the January 9th meeting of KM Chicago, How Knowledge Management is impacted by YOU, Time magazine's person of the year.

Moderator: Jack Vinson. Jack is the past-president of KM Chicago and has been involved in knowledge management since the late 1990's. He's currently doing independent management consulting in knowledge management with a focus on helping organizations get the best use out of their people, information and technology.

Brian Sobolak is the current maintainer of as well as a contributor to local webzine He's been creating websites since 1996 and a regular blogger since 2001. By day he is an enterprise software delivery manager in the Loop.

Dave Elfving. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Dave spent 5 years working as a web designer in both the public and private sectors. He began at a boutique design firm (which, like so many others, no longer exists) and went on to develop web sites and online applications for the Chicago Public Schools and The University of Chicago. He has been an active blogger (though he dislikes that term) for years, and was interviewed by National Public Radio as an early pioneer of "audio blogging". Currently, he's finishing up graduate degree in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he studies web-based, collaborative technologies.

Barbara K. Iverson is a long-time multimedia maven and a blogger since 1999. She teaches, writes and speaks about blogging, citizen journalism, digital technology, and online media publication at Columbia College Chicago and around the world.

Iverson is the new VP for Technology for Association of Women Journalists(AWJ) and belongs to Media Bloggers Association (MBA,) the Online News Association (ONA,) Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE.0 She serves as advisor to the Student Satellite Chapter of Chicago Headline Club and is a member of CHC and SPJ. Iverson has written for magazines and been a reporter for

Iverson's innovative use of electronic technology in teaching has been recognized by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS,) the Lilly Endowment, Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and J-Lab & John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She and Suzanne McBride currently have a J-Lab grant to develop an online community around citizen journalism in Chicago. Barbara returned recently from teaching at DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) in Ireland where she was part of an academic exchange program.

Before arriving in Journalism, Iverson produced the first webcast from an American museum in 1998, featuring an interactive exhibit at the MCA by Miroslaw Rogala and an interactive CD-ROM about the Tuskegee Airmen in 1994. In her formative years, Barbara K. Iverson was a teacher for the Chicago Public Schools and subsequently elected to serve as a community member of the John Palmer LSC.