Speaker Biographies

26th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecturer

Ann MorganAnn Morgan, UK-based writer and Editor

Ann Morgan is a UK-based writer and editor, and the author of two critically acclaimed books. The first, The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe, was inspired by her project to read a book from every country on Earth in 2012.

Taking the form of a blog, the quest brought Morgan into contact with readers, writers, translators and literary organisations around the planet. It obliged her to grapple with many of the issues surrounding the publication and circulation of texts, including censorship, translation and cultural identity. Through this, she experienced the transformative power of reading and the potential stories have to bridge cultural, temporal, political and religious divides.

Morgan continues to blog about international literature at ayearofreadingtheworld.com, building on the links her project established and adding to the extensive list of reading recommendations bibliophiles around the globe have shared with her. She has given a TED talk, and her literary journey has inspired and informed many personal and group ventures around the planet. These include a community bookshelf at a bus stop in Mexico, library events in the UK and US, school projects around the globe and pledges from booksellers to stock a more international range of titles, as well as numerous individual reading quests.

As a result, Morgan sits on English PEN’s PEN Translates funding panel and has helped draw up the longlists several for literary prizes, including the Commonwealth Foundation’s Short Story prize and the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards. She speaks regularly on international literature and has appeared at numerous literary festivals.

Morgan has worked as an editor for several newspapers and magazines, and has written on literature, education and international development for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Independent and the BBC Culture website. Her debut novel, literary psychological drama Beside Myself, was published by Bloomsbury in January 2016.



IASC21-2016 Conference Guest Speakers


Elizabeth “Beth” L. Black is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Engagement Librarian at The Ohio State University. Beth works directly with undergraduates and as liaison to units on campus that directly support undergraduates, with an emphasis on first- and second-year students. Ms. Black’s research explores integrating information resources into online educational settings and the library’s contribution to student success.




Lisa_Carter_photoLisa R. Carter is the Associate Director for Special Collections and Area Studies at The Ohio State University Libraries.  Previous to her appointment at OSU in 2011, Carter was the Head of the Special Collections Research Center at the North Carolina State University Libraries and before that, Director of Archives at the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Special Collections and Digital Programs. A member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, the Society of American Archivists, ALA/ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, and the Midwest Archives Conference, Carter is actively engaged in conversations about special collections leadership in the academic library.  Carter’s research examines strategies for integrating distinctive collections widely throughout the academic enterprise.




Martha O’Hara Conway is Director of the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan. In this capacity she provides leadership and administrative oversight for the operations, services, programs, and resources of the Special Collections Library. Martha worked previously for the Newberry Library and at the Yale University Library and the Library of Congress. She is an active member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Martha has a BA from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied French and Russian, and an MILS from the University of Michigan.





Jose DiazJose Diaz is Associate Curator for Special Collections and Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. In that capacity, José is responsible for special collections in all areas of American history and for activities such as reference, public programming, and collection development. He is also responsible for the acquisition of Latin American and Iberian materials for the Library’s general collection. Dr. Díaz is the Special Collections’ liaison to the History Department, teaches courses in public history and American fraternalism, and serves on the Latin American Studies Center’s Advisory Board. Jose’s research interests include 19th century American history, fraternalism, modern Latin American history, and public history. He just concluded a three year term on the University Senate and one year as chair of the Senate’s Diversity Committee. He currently serves on the Senate’s Rules Committee and on the Council on Libraries and Information Technology (COLIT).



Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros is the Mary P. Key Resident Librarian: Latin American Studies at The Ohio State University. Pamela has supported international research initiatives between the United States and Mexico, instructed bilingual digital literacy classes, and coordinated programming for youth, teens, and adults.  As a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico City, Mexico, she coordinated an educational campaign for a national conservation initiative designed to unite the diverse regions of Mexico around the preservation of their national bird, the Golden Eagle. As a librarian, she has worked as lead facilitator of Latino library services and early literacy initiatives.




Ellen Hammond

Ellen H. Hammond has been head of the East Asia Library at Yale University since 2002. In 2011 she began to serve concurrently as the Director of International Collections & Research Support. In 2016, she became co-director of the Department for Area Studies & Humanities Research Support. Previously, she worked in both librarianship and teaching in the U.S. and Japan, most recently as Japanese Studies Librarian and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Iowa (1998-2002). She has also held library positions with United Nations University in Tokyo and Morgan Stanley Japan Ltd., later becoming an Associate Professor at Keai University in Chiba, Japan. She currently serves as Past President of the Council on East Asian Libraries and is on the board of the journal Critical Asian Studies (Taylor & Francis). She just completed a six-year term as a Commissioner of the United States-Japan Friendship Commission and a member of the United States-Japan Conference on Cultural & Educational Interchange, a bi-national advisory panel to the American and Japanese governments. She is a board member of the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation, Her most recent publication is “A History of the East Asia Library at Yale,” in an edited volume from the Association of Asian Studies (2010).




Amy Hwang, Program Assistant; East Asian Studies Program, Ohio State University




Nerea Llamas

Nerea Llamas 
is Head of International Studies at the University of Michigan Library. As such, she directs a unit of 20 librarians and technical service staff who build collections, ensure access and provide research services to scholars. In addition, Nerea is the Librarian for Latin American and Iberian Studies and a Past President of SALALM (2010-2011). Her current interests and areas of exploration lie in developing cooperative projects and succession planning.





Mary_RaderMary Rader is the South Asia Librarian and Global Studies Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her work emphasizes the need for collective and collaborative action to solve the challenges both collection depth and access in relation to South Asian Studies, for example in the South Asian Cooperative Collection Development Workshops, indexing projects such as the Guide to the Indexing of South Asian Studies Periodicals, and the newly constituted South Asia Open Archives.


Mara Thacker


Mara Thacker is an assistant professor and the South Asian Studies Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research is focused on trends in area studies librarianship with a focus on niche collections, and public engagement and outreach. She has used this research to foreground her work to build and market the largest collection of South Asian comics in a North American research library. Mara is also currently serving as secretary on the executive board of the Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation (CONSALD).