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Bio: Karen Schneider
Ms. Schneider is a library administrator at Shenendehowa Public Library in Clifton Park, New York, a library serving approximately 50,000 patrons. Her specialty is library technology, and her responsibilities including maintaining the Local Area Network, supervising the automation division, managing staff training, and technology planning. Her library career path includes a directorship of a small public library, electronic services, children's library services, and running a one-person Internet training business. Before her library career, Ms. Schneider was an aircraft maintenance officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Ms. Schneider is also a columnist for American Libraries and has published two books, most notably A Practical Guide to Internet Filters (Neal Schuman, 1997). In 1997, she led a team of librarians in an informal study of Internet content filters, and in 1998 was an expert witness for the community group Mainstream Loudoun citizens' group in the case, Mainstream Loudoun vs. Board of Trustees. Her article, "The Tao of Internet Costs," was selected for the 1999 Award of Excellence by the library finance journal, The Bottom Line. She is a frequent speaker at library conferences and since 1998 has been an adjunct instructor at the School of Information Science and Policy at SUNY Albany, where she has taught Internet access issues and introductory web design. In 1998, Ms. Schneider was elected to the Council of the American Library Association, and she chairs the American Library Association Task Force on Electronic Meeting Participation. Since 1996, Ms. Schneider has co-moderated PUBLIB, an electronic discussion list for public librarians with over 4,000 subscribers. In her spare time, Ms. Schneider reads, grows miniature roses, and studies for her MSCE.

You can send email to Karen Schneider at kgs@bluehighways.com.

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