About the Speaker
Karen Gavigan

Karen Gavigan, PhD, is a professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. She received her doctorate in Teacher Education from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. Gavigan and Mindy Tomasevich are co-authors of Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12 (Libraries Unlimited). Karen is co-editor of Fostering Literacy Behind Bars: Successful Strategies and Services for Incarcerated Youth and Adults (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).

Melissa Thom

Melissa Thom, MA, is a teacher librarian at Bristow Middle School in West Hartford, CT. She earned a master's in elementary education from Northern Arizona University and a master's in educational psychology with a concentration in gifted and talented development from the University of Connecticut. She spent twelve years teaching grades 4-6 as a classroom teacher, and three years ago, she earned her library media specialist certification from the ARCLMS program. She is active in the national school librarian community and serves as vice president of the Connecticut Association of School Librarians.