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Angela Fortin's picture


Please introduce yourself to the group, tell us a bit about your work, and your interest in the committee!

Jane Salisbury (non-member)'s picture

Hi, everyone,

I am Jane Salisbury, and this is my second year on the committee.  I manage outreach services to adults at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, and have been interested for a long time in the needs and interests of adults in midlife and older.  Looking forward to our work this year!


Angela Fortin's picture

Thank you, Jane. Happy to have you remain on the committee!

Holly Kurtz's picture

Hello everyone:  This is my first year on the committee.  I recently retired as a Branch Manager with the Ontario (Calif.) City Library.  Before this I was a librarian with the County of Los Angeles Public Library doing both adult and children's services.  I gained a lot of experience in community needs, programming, outreach, technology, and collection development.  I look forward to working with all of you!

- Holly

Angela Fortin's picture

Welcome, Holly!

Renee Bennett-Kapusniak's picture

Hi Everyone,

I'm happy to be on the committee again this year. I'm in my 4th year of study as a PhD Dissertator at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in the School of Information Studies. I've worked in both Public and Academic libraries but my interest lies in public libraries. I am currently working on my dissertation proposal which encompasses Baby Boomers, the use of mobile technology and the challenges they might face. I'm looking forward to this year.

Angela Fortin's picture

Hi, Renee! Glad that you're continuing on the committee!

Fatima Perkins's picture


Nice to meet everyone -- I am Fatima - first year committee member.  Adult Programming Manager with the Cuyahoga County Public Library. I have an extensive background in gerontology and tons of experience creating programs and services for mature adults. I also served on the committee as a primary writer for ALA's Keys to Engaging Older Adults @ your library toolkit. In Ohio, served as the region's Area Agency President-planning services for five counties.

Currently providing vision and coordination of our Encore Entrepreneur initiative. This initiative helps budding entrepreneurs ( fifty and older). The initiative is supported with funds by the Cleveland Foundation. Visit at -http://www.ccplencore.org/

We are also involved with Lifetime Arts/Creative Aging a partnership with Westchester Library System. This is supported with an IMLS grant. We are in the planning stage at this point and it has been a wonderful experience.



Angela Fortin's picture

Welcome, Fatima! We're very lucky to have you and the expertise you bring to our committee!

Melanie Saulnier's picture

Greetings RUSA Library Service to Aging Population members! My name is Melanie Saulnier, and I am the Co-Chair Elect for the ASCLA Interest Group for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (IGARD). IGARD is in the process of creating guidelines for library service directly to persons diagnosed with dementia. The National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) will be involved in the development of these guidelines and we are in the process of reaching out to Alzheimer’s Association. We will be having an open meeting at Midwinter to give an overview of our research. The meeting will also serve as an open forum for librarians to offer their own ideas – both currently in use and in development – for Alzheimer’s outreach in libraries. We would like to extend an invitation to RUSA Library Service to Aging Population members to our meeting Saturday, January 31st from 1:00-2:30 PM at McCormick Place West W192c.

Melanie Saulnier
MLIS - 2014, Drexel University