Presenter Biographies

Carlos Grooms is a University Library Technician at F.D. Bluford Library on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He earned his MLS from North Carolina Central University in 2021, concentrating in Academic and Digital Librarianship. He serves as a co-chair of the library’s Community Engagement Committee, and co-Director for NCLA’s Roundtable on Ethnic and Minority Concerns (REMCo).

Mary Beth Lock is the Associate Dean at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University. Her responsibilities include managing library faculty affairs including working with the Peer Review Committee and faculty contracts, conducting annual review process for staff and faculty, liaison to human resources, managing library committees, coordinating communication and outreach efforts, leading strategic planning efforts in consultation with the dean, coordinating library assessment efforts, and overseeing the library budget and facilities upgrades. She earned her master’s degree in Library Science from North Carolina Central University and her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology at Wayne State University. She is the liaison for Environmental Studies. She will complete her Master’s in Liberal Studies from Wake Forest University in Spring, 2019. She has participated in the planning for the Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians since its inception in 2009, serving as co-chair for the 2013 conference. Resulting from her participation in the conference, she was also co-editor for the book “The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service” published in 2011.

Dr. Evan Small is a faculty member in the School of Education at Elon University, where he also directs co-curricular outdoor experiential education programming. Evan’s background includes a strong focus on service-learning, community engagement, global learning, and social justice education. Evan holds a Master’s in Adventure-Based Learning and a PhD in Educational Leadership. His research interests include the integration of social justice education, critical pedagogy, and experiential education and ways to intentionally incorporate experiential education within K-12 schools. Evan is an instructor of various certification programs through the National Council of Mental Wellbeing, the American Red Cross, and Leave No Trace.  

Dr. Carol A. Smith, Professor in the Department of Education & Wellness in the Dr Jo Watts Williams School of Education at Elon University, NC, holds a B.S. in Physical Education; a M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education; an M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction in Special Education; and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Outdoor Education. Her major responsibilities at Elon include Program Coordinator of the Adventure Based Learning major. She regularly leads study abroad programs during the January winter term, usually an adventure based learning and eco-tourism class to New Zealand.