Meet Us



John Mack FreemanJohn "Mack" Freeman is the Branch Manager of the Peachtree Corners branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. His favorite book is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. It has the quote that provided his first (but probably not last) tattoo. He's moved over 20 times in 25 years and has often considered transforming his moving expertise into a semi-professional gig. When he's not enmeshed in the library world, he's typically dabbling in a ton of hobbies and going on adventures with his husband Dale and their mess of a Boxer puppy, Bess.

Chair Elect

Audrey BarbakoffAudrey Barbakoff is the Community Engagement and Economic Development Manager at King County Library System in Washington state. Audrey is a past Freedom to Read Foundation Gordon M. Conable Scholar and Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She loves to read science fiction and any books that help her DIY her old farmhouse and vegetable garden. Her favorite audiobook is China Miéville's Embassytown.

Past Chair

Charles KratzCharles Kratz is dean of the library and information fluency at the University of Scranton, a position he has held since 1991. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Scranton in the English and Theatre Department.

Interests and Expertise: Emerging technologies, Fundraising, Learning Commons, Information Literacy, Intellectual Property, Writing, and Theater. Books I am currently reading: Colum McCann's Thirteen Ways of Looking and George Orwell's 1984. Current favorite TV shows - "Homeland", "House of Cards", and "The Americans."

IFRT Councilor

Martin GarnarMartin Garnar is the dean of the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Outside of work, he may be found hiking in the beautiful Pikes Peak region, singing with the Out Loud Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus, or reading fantasy and science fiction books instead of doing chores. He’s a sucker for British baking shows even though he knows his weekly sourdough loaves would never win a technical challenge, though his husband Mark things they’re pretty tasty.


Steve NormanSteve Norman spent his early years all around the West and Midwest.  Now, he sees the Atlantic Ocean through his windows.  He's gone about as far east as he could wander in the U.S.  Whenever he can, he heads into the great outdoors.  He loves good prose (fiction or nonfiction) and poetry, but any old good yarn as an audiobook will grab him.


Isabel KleinIsabel Klein is the Teen Librarian at the Warrensville Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland, Ohio. Isabel is a graduate of the University of Maryland--College Park with a specialization in Archives and Records Management. She served as the 2017 Chair of the Ohio Library Council's Intellectual Freedom Committee and is a current member of the Cuyahoga County Archives Advisory Commission. Isabel and her beloved Black and Tan Coonhound mix, Mazel Tov, enjoy volunteering in the Cleveland area as a Therapy Dog team.


Wanda Mae HuffakerMy name is Wanda Mae Huffaker. I'm a librarian, and I don't read. I watch Netflix. I'm going to put that on the table. Though I do read books when they get challenged so I can provide better support. I recently took up knitting and crocheting again after many years to make presents for my naughty grandchildren (who do at least want my books when I die). I have recently gotten very involved in pulling many skeletons out of the closet in family history research. Family members hate the conversation that starts " Hey, guess what I found out?".


Sarah HoughtonSarah Houghton is the Director of the San Rafael Public Library in California. Her favorite author is William Butler Yeats, favorite band is Depeche Mode, favorite graphic novel is Saga, and favorite movie is The Piano. She is currently rediscovering her love of punk.


Kristin Joy AndersonKristin Joy Anderson is an academic librarian in the Western Chicago Suburbs. She grew up in West Central Illinois where there was nothing to do except read and chase down the outside kitties. She has a MS in Mass Communications and an MLIS. Her favorite books are American Gods and Ready Player One. In her spare time she reviews for Library Journal and School Library Journal, and still enjoys chasing kitties. She is super into graphic novels and super hero movies, and can't wait for the next season AND book of Game of Thrones.


Eldon "Ray" James works as a researcher and FOIA specialist for a private company in Austin Texas. Roddy Doyle is his favorite author although T.C.Boyle is also his favorite, He reads crime fiction, cries in movies, and intensely dislikes the sound of bouncing basketballs and skateboards going over bumps.

Coalition Building Committee Chair

Coalition Building Chair - Yet to be appointed. If you're interested, contact Mack Freeman

Immroth Committee Chair

Rebecca MoormanRebecca Moorman is Head of Technical Services at the University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library. Rebecca enjoys reading dystopian fiction and frequently challenged books. For the last several years, she has organized and hosted Battledecks ("Powerpoint Karaoke") at the Alaska Library Association's annual conference, and she relishes being shushed in the library.

Membership Promotion Committee Chair

Samantha HelmickSamantha Helmick is the Public Services Manager at the Burlington Public Library in Iowa. Sam is a past ALA Emerging Leader and Digital Marketing Instructor for her community's college. She enjoys cosplay, attending comic cons, travel, jogging, and taking photos of her rescue kitty, Rilke. Her favorite book and quote come from Daphne du Maurier who wrote “a dreamer, I walked enchanted, and nothing held me back” in her thriller Rebecca.

Merritt Fund Promotion Committee Chair

Incoming Merritt Fund Promotion Committee Chair - Yet to be appointed. If you're interested, contact Mack Freeman

Oboler Committee Chair

Ashley J. BrownAshley J. Brown is the Engagement and Outreach Librarian at the Auburn Public Library in Auburn, Alabama. She has a very hard time choosing a favorite book, but she does love Jane Eyre. Her favorite movie is The Cutting Edge. Yes, the figure skating movie from 1992. When not working at the library, she enjoys performing improv with her troupe, hand sewing, and spending time with her beloved Chow mix, Sammie. War Eagle!

Program Committee Chair

Jeremy BrettJeremy Brett is an Associate Professor at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University, where he is Curator of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection. He is a co-founder of the Concerned Archivists Alliance, a loose confederation of archivists, librarians and other information professionals dedicated to the preservation of the historical record and the protection of records and information from abuse by the Donald Trump 'Administration'. He is a voracious reader and consumes more than his share of broadcast media, and his office is awash in posters and toys. His professional interests include science fiction, pop culture, and social justice in archives and libraries.

Publications & Communications Committee Chair

Stephanie BarnabyStephanie Barnaby just completed her Masters' in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University's School of Information. She currently works at the Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries at Boston University's School of Law as the Evening Library Supervisor. She loves books, vegan comfort food, traveling, meeting new people, music, and Doctor Who.

IFRT Staff Liaisons

Kristin Pekoll  and Ellie Diaz

Kristin Pekoll and Ellie Diaz both love "West Wing", Trevor Noah's memoir, Born A Crime, the new King Arthur movie and working on weekends. Wait, that's just Kristin that likes to work on weekends. Ellie can often be found correcting Kristin's grammar and sending her hilarious gifs. Kristin uses gifs and sarcasm to escape the insanity of her two littles, Joe and Annie. 

Updated July 2018