The BFDA Judges

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Submission Cycle is Currently Closed

Thank you for your interest in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards. IBPA is not taking digital award submissions at this time as we look to revise the program. Please stay tuned and email with any questions.

In the meantime, submissions for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ print book program ARE being accepted. You’ll find more information at

Introducing the Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards Judges!

BFDA judges are professionals working and participating within the book and digital book community. They evaluate submissions based on four criteria: Content, Design, Innovation & Creativity, and Use of Technology.

Brenda-AtrimBrenda Antrim is the Library Chair and collection development librarian for Santa Monica College. The library boasts an e-collection of over 22,000 books and 40 databases covering thousands of titles, and she is involved in resource evaluation and selection, individually and as collections. Brenda is the library point person for review of new web resources of use to students and faculty, and for the investigation of Open Educational Resources. She teaches workshops for students on evaluating web resources/new media, and for faculty on using developing technology/media/e-resources in research.

Bobbi-CarducciBobbi Carducci is the President of Community Voice Media, small print publisher. She is the author of Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, the true story of her seven years as a caregiver for her mentally and physical ill father-in-law. She is an award winning short story writer and author of the multi-award winning book for young readers, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog. Bobbi is the Vice President of Pennwriters,, a nationally recognized writers group with over 400 members.


Julie-Ann-DawsonJulie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek). Her work has appeared in a variety of print and digital media, including such diverse publications as the New Jersey Review of Literature, Lucidity, Black Bough, Poetry Magazine, Happiness, Gareth Blackmore’s Unusual Tales, Demonground, Umbrella Stories, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Vineland Daily Journal, and others. She is also a regular contributor to the webzine, Speak Without Interruption.

Terry-DohertyTerry Doherty is passionate about books – as a reader, reviewer, and a Mom who wants to get books into the hands of every bookworm-to-be. In 2003, Terry founded the Reading Tub, a literacy nonprofit, with the mission of helping families with literacy activities and connecting them with kid-tested books. She previously served as the Marketing Director for the Mom’s Choice Awards, and now runs TJ Doherty Consulting, a budget-friendly author marketing service for independent authors. In her roles as mentor, book reviewer, and nonprofit executive, she draws on more than 20 years’ experience as a research analyst, trainer, mentor, and editor in the private and public sectors.

Corrin-FosterCorrin Foster is the Director of Marketing & Branding at Greenleaf Book Group in Austin, TX. With over fifteen years of experience in branding and digital marketing, Corrin has extensive knowledge of content management, product marketing, and online advertising. At Greenleaf, she develops and executes strategic marketing programs; oversees social media; and consults with authors on building their brand, establishing online presence, and growing reader communities. Corrin holds an MBA in marketing from Indiana University, completed the Yale Publishing Course, and was a 2015 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. Corrin is also a popular lifestyle blogger and has spoken at IBPA Publishing University, WordPress WordCamp, and South by Southwest.

Joel-Friedlander Joel Friedlander (@JFBookman) is an award-winning book designer and blogger in Marin, CA. He’s been launching the careers of self-publishers since 1994 from his book design and consulting practice at Marin Bookworks in San Rafael, California. Joel also writes, a popular blog on book design, book marketing and the future of the book, and he is the founder of The Self-Publishing Roadmap, a training course for authors, and, where he provides tools and services for authors who publish their own books. Joel is currently serving as the president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. Connect with him on Google+.

Pam-GladisPam Gladis serves as University Librarian at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. She has been a librarian for nearly 20 years and holds degrees in English Literature (B.A.), Library & Information Science (M.A.), Educational Leadership with Technology emphasis (M.S.), and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology. Her librarian positions have been in special, school, college and university libraries along with serving on local library boards. She has enjoyed a variety of work experiences in areas such as collection development, systems, instruction, management, digital archives, website redesign, and working with online courses. She has served as a book reviewer for RUSQ and currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning. A co-authored book chapter about information literacy is forthcoming in 2016.

Tanya_HallTanya Hall is the Chief Executive Officer at Greenleaf Book Group, a publisher and distributor specializing in the development of independent authors and small presses. Prior to her current role, she built Greenleaf’s distribution program into major retail and wholesale channels. Before joining the publishing industry, Tanya worked in digital media and as a television producer for Extra! and E! Cable Networks.


Deltina HayDeltina Hay is the author of three books on social media, the mobile web, and search optimization. She developed the graduate, social media certificate program for Drury University; and her first book, The Social Media Survival Guide, is used as a text in colleges and universities, worldwide. Deltina has been programming or developing for the Web for over 30 years. Her graduate education includes computer science, applied mathematics, numerical analysis, nonlinear dynamics, and psychology. Deltina is a former Board Chair of the Independent Book Publishers Association. Deltina is a life-long learner who loves to share her diverse knowledge. Learn more about Deltina’s online courses at

Elizabeth-Wood Elizabeth Hensick Wood is the Director of Digital Publishing and Mobile Platforms at Worldreader. She is a digital publishing and m-reading specialist and has presented at several key digital publishing and m-education conferences including most recently Africa Writes, UNESCO m-Learning Week, USAID Education Alliance International Symposium, O’Reilly Tools of Change Conferences Frankfurt and Bologna. Elizabeth holds a BS in Journalism and Communication from the University of Florida and a MBA from INSEAD.

Jeannie LangstonJeannie Langston has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with a Concentration in English and Language Arts as well as an Associate’s Degree in English. She has been a book reviewer for more then 10 years and has judged IBPA’s original Benjamin Franklin Book Awards for over seven years. She is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society.


Brenda PetersonBrenda Peterson is the author of 18 books. Her third novel, Duck and Cover, was named a “Notable Book of the Year,” by The New York Times. Her memoir, I Want to Be Left Behind, was selected as a “Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year” by The Christian Science Monitor. Her first memoir Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals, was a “Best Spiritual Book of the Year.” Peterson has written for The New York Times, Utne Reader, and Oprah  magazine. Peterson has worked in publishing since her early training in the editorial department of The New Yorker magazine where she observed cutting-edge technology and high production values. She has worked in all stages of book production, including editing, typesetting, layout, and design. Peterson lives in Seattle on the Salish Sea.

Mary-Angela-Roman Maryangela Román is the Managing Editor for the Catholic Herald Newspaper in Milwaukee, WI. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and master’s degree in Mass Communication from Marquette University and has been a reporter and editor for weekly newspapers since 1986. Over the years, she has received several writing awards and under her guidance, the Catholic Press Association has regularly honored the Catholic Herald in the General Excellence category.


Tarah_TheoretTarah Theoret is the Community Manager at NetGalley, an innovative and easy-to-use online service and connection point for book publishers and readers of influence. She works with their community of professional readers (librarians, educators, booksellers, reviewers, bloggers, and media) to help them discover new titles to purchase for their library collection and to recommend to their patrons and/or audience. Prior to joining NetGalley, Tarah worked in marketing at Penguin Young Readers Group where she worked on YA and Middle Grade campaigns for authors such as John Green, Richelle Mead, and John Flanagan. She earned her MS in Publishing from Pace University.