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Mission

James Madison University Libraries established JMuse Café in the Fall of 2011 to provide an informal and lively forum for students, faculty, staff and the Harrisonburg Community to explore together topics of public interest. JMuse Café is designed after two concepts: a model of social knowledge sharing in scholarly cafes and the model of expert knowledge sharing that has long been the purview of libraries and academia. The result is a bold initiative that engages diverse participants across the community in robust conversations about important matters.

JMuse Café events promote participation of all attendees and embrace innovative and standard formats to support learning, sharing and questioning. Typically, our cafés emphasize discussion over lecture, and identification of issues and pathways over definitive conclusions. Programs begin with an open buffet, then feature brief presentations by invited experts who act as conversation catalysts. Both larger and small group conversations follow and the meeting concludes with reports from, and among the subgroups. The Café discussions continue on this site and in public posts in the Carrier Library Learning Commons.

In choosing café topics we aim for each attendee to leave an event (1) having heard thoughtful views from the guest speakers and fellow attendees, (2) with a clearer conception of the issues involved, and (3) with an appetite for further inquiry and reflection.



Co-Chair

Jenne Klotz

klotzjm@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Jenne Klotz is the External Relations Coordinator for Libraries and Educational Technologies as well as an Assistant Professor at JMU.  She received her B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



Co-Chair, Publicity, Treasurer

Ashley Kreis

kreisav@jmu.edu
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Ashley is the Article Borrowing Coordinator in the Interlibrary Loan department at Carrier Library. She received her B.A. in Media Arts and Design from JMU.



Publicity

Liz Chenevey

chenevet@jmu.edu
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Liz is the Training Coordinator for the libraries’ Public Services department.  She received her B.A. in English from JMU and her M.S. in Library Science from the University of Kentucky



Events

Ellen DeFriece

defrieef@jmu.edu
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Ellen is the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Libraries and Educational Technologies.  She received her B.S. in Education from JMU.



Publicity

Mark Dowdy

dowdymc@jmu.edu
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Mark is an Information Technology Specialist for Libraries and Educational Technologies.  He attended McPherson College and pursued a major in Graphic Design with a minor in Communication.



Secretary

Elizabeth Price

price2el@jmu.edu
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Elizabeth is the Business Librarian for Libraries and Educational Technologies as well as an Assistant Professor at JMU.  She received her B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University and her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky.



Publicity

Kristen Shuyler

shuyleks@jmu.edu
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Kristen is the Director of Outreach & Partnerships for Libraries and Educational Technologies (LET) as well as an Assistant Professor at JMU.  She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of Oregon, her M.A. in Geography from the University of Washington, and her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.



Events

Dave Stoops

stoopsed@jmu.edu
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Dave is an Educational Technology Consultant in the Center for Instructional Technology.  He received his B.S in Philosophy and Cinema Studies from JMU and is currently a graduate student in the educational technology program at JMU.