Staff Bios

portrait: Jodie BorgerdingJodie Borgerding, Consulting & Education Services Manager

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Jodie Borgerding joins Amigos Library Services as the Consulting & Education Services Manager. She will oversee the development of training opportunities and provide direct consulting services to Amigos members. Jodie has experience in association management, staff development, and academic libraries.

Prior to joining Amigos, Jodie served as the Instruction Librarian and Subject Liaison for Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She is also a past-president of the Missouri Library Association, and is an active member of the American Library Association and Association of College & Research Libraries. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Missouri State University and a Master of Library Science degree from University of Missouri-Columbia. She is currently working on a Master of Media Communications degree from Webster University.


portrait: Tracy ByerlyTracy Byerly, Chief Programs Officer

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Tracy Rochow Byerly has been Chief Programs Officer since July of 2012, when the Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) merged into Amigos Library Services. Tracy served as Executive Director of MLNC since December 2003 and played a key role in the merger of the two organizations.

In her current position, Tracy provides leadership and support for new members and directs membership activities. She also guides the organization’s communications activities, from managing the production of newsletters to developing informational materials and social media outlets. Prior to assuming her role as Executive Director at MLNC, she taught many workshops in her role as User Services Manager. Her library career began at St. Louis County Library, MO, where she worked in both public and technical services. Known for her knowledge of consortial management, enthusiasm and positive outlook, Tracy is a popular speaker at library meetings.


portrait: Keith GaertnerKeith Gaertner, Chief Financial Officer

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Keith Gaertner currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Amigos Library Services. He oversees organizational management services projects, internal IT management and assists with the preparation of the Amigos annual budget.

Keith served MLNC for over 25 years prior to its 2012 merger with Amigos, responsible for accounting, personnel services, and the MLNC computer network. He began his MLNC career in 1984 as a part-time accountant, and became full-time business manager in 1987. In 2008, he was promoted to Associate Director, Business Services. Keith implemented several systems at MLNC that streamlined processes and increased organizational efficiency, including a remote deposit capture system, a member relationship management system, and a Citrix server for remote access to the network.

Keith has a Master of Arts degree in Information Technology Management from Webster University, St. Louis, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and two Chancellor’s certificates in data processing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


portrait: Alan KornblauAlan Kornblau, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Alan joined Amigos Library Services as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017. He earned his Master of Library Science degree from Florida State University, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Stockton University. He has worked in public libraries for 28 years.

Prior to joining Amigos, Alan served as Library Director of the Delray Beach Public Library in Florida for over 10 years, and was Treasurer of the Florida Library Association, and ALA Chapter Councilor from Florida. He has been a County Library Director, City Library Director, and a Director of a municipal library that was run by a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation, and has worked in New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida.

Before embarking on a career in the library world, Alan, a southern New Jersey native, was a casino dealer in Atlantic City.


portrait: Julianne LeVieux-ElliotJulianne LeVieux-Elliott, Membership Librarian

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Julianne joins Amigos Library Services as the Membership Librarian. Working closely with managers and staff, she will actively engage with members to share information about Amigos as a source of creative solutions to library problems. She will conduct development activities to increase and maintain membership, as well as represent Amigos and solicit membership at library conferences, site visits to libraries, and other group gatherings.

Prior to joining Amigos, Julianne served as a Knowledge Manager with Verizon Enterprise Solutions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Linguistics from Baylor University, and a Master of Information Science from the University of North Texas.


portrait: Christine PetersonChristine Peterson, Technology Trends Specialist

Christine provides training, support and consulting services for Amigos Library Services member libraries in the areas of Internet and technology. She also manages the AskAcademic Service, a 24/7 virtual reference service for academic libraries, and is guiding the implementation of the SimplyE service.


portrait: Bill WalkerBill Walker, Metadata and Digitization Specialist

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Bill is the metadata and digitization expert at Amigos. His courses cover all aspects of digital projects and metadata, including cataloging and RDA. Prior to joining Amigos in 1996, Bill served as Music Cataloger at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; a Master of Music in music theory and a Master of Science in library science from the University of North Texas, Denton.