Presentations and Conferences



  • Pop Culture Association Conference, March 2016, Seattle, Washington (co-author)
    • Abstract: Jane Austen adaptations and fanfiction are no longer limited to only print or big screen formats. With the rise of online creative platforms like YouTube, and transmedia companies such as Pemberley Digital, Austen’s rabid fan base has invaded digital media. To date, three Austen works have been adapted into YouTube webseries by the company Pemberley Digital: Pride and Prejudice, Sanditon, and Emma. While the vlog (video blog) adaptations strive to stay faithful to the text with a modern twist, they also open unique opportunities to explore new perspectives and characters. In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (Pride and Prejudice), the adaptation changes from modernization to fanfiction as the wild and playful Lydia Bennet is given her own voice through web video. These videos create a story not seen in the original text: the details of Wickham’s manipulation and seduction of the youngest Bennet sister and Lydia’s path to redemption. The extra videos provide readers with unique perspective into the untold story of Lydia Bennet, as well as her first-person feelings, thoughts, and actions as they relate to the larger story of the more-liked and celebrated Bennet sisters, Lizzie and Jane. This essay will explore how a web series, set in modern-day America, uses fanfiction to adapt the crucial character of the unapologetic Lydia Bennet and create a sympathetic, relatable character that fans rally behind, rather than feel ashamed of.
  • CARLI Instruction Committee Showcase, June 2014, Oglesby, IL (co-presenter)
    • Topic: Using in-class source evaluation exercises and tools to help students understand the importance of source evaluation.


  • Annual American Library Association Conference, 2016, Orlando, FL
  • Midwinter American Library Association Conference, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts
  • LOEX, April 2015, Denver, CO
  • Information Literacy Summit, April 2014, Palos Hills, IL
  • Midwinter American Library Association Conference, 2014, Philadelphia, PA
  • Writing Across the Curriculum, 2014, Writing Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • Annual American Library Association Conference, 2013, Chicago, IL

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