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Kaleidoscope Program Diversity Scholars

Below are rosters of the 2018–2020 and 2017–2019 classes of Kaleidoscope Program Diversity Scholars:

2018–2020 Diversity Scholars


Christina Denise Bush
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christina Bush is currently pursuing a master’s of science in library and information sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to starting the program at UIUC she earned a PhD in African American studies with a designated emphasis in women, gender, and sexuality studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout her tenure as a graduate student Christina has been fortunate to have had varied experiences working in many libraries including the Kansas City Public Library as well as the Doe Library and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. She also recently served as the curatorial and public services intern at the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. All these experiences have informed her interest in academic librarianship, and particularly how issues of collection development, cataloging, and description, as well as material and object culture, intersect with African American studies.


Ben B. Chiewphasa
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ben Chiewphasa is a first-year MLIS graduate student with the Leep online learning program of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s iSchool. He received his BA in geosciences and sociology/anthropology from Denison University and his MA in anthropology from the University of Montana. Ben’s research has examined domestic dogs in Canadian Plateau prehistory as well as the evolution of western North American rock art motifs. Currently, Ben works as a cataloger at the University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, specializing in government documents and cartographic materials. His professional aspirations include a career in academic libraries, with interests ranging from government information dissemination, cataloging, metadata, and interdisciplinary scholarly communication.  Having also worked with the US Forest Service and the National Park Service, Ben plans on leveraging his background in federal cultural resource management to encourage active and purposeful engagement with government documents.


Helen Y. Chu
Rutgers University

As the associate dean of libraries and the campus chief academic technology officer at the University of Oregon, Helen provides leadership in the planning, programming, budgeting, human resource development, and assessment for the libraries’ technology services, digital scholarship services. Helen plays a critical campus leadership role in academic technology strategy, setting direction and supporting enterprise academic technologies and teaching excellence. Together with her team, she sets direction for academic technology strategy, provides educational technology support, library management system (LMS) administration, learning space design and engineering services, classroom technology support, broadcast video and streaming production services, library technology services, and digital scholarship support. Prior to joining the University of Oregon (UO) Libraries, Helen worked at UO Information Services, Columbia University in the City of New York, UCLA, and California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo. She has managed help desk services, campus software site licensing, instructional labs, directed web strategy and development; and spearheaded the creation of the I2 faculty R&D lab and Learning Commons.An active member of EDUCAUSE, Helen has served as a faculty member on the EDUCAUSE Institute Management Program and a council member of the Senior Directors Seminar. Helen is a fellow of the CLIR/EDUCAUSE Leading Change Institute, an alumna of the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, an ALA Spectrum Scholar, and an advisor to the Advisory Board of the Center for Higher Education CIO Studies (CHECS).

Helen is pursuing a second master’s degree from the Rutgers School of Communication and Information.


Reza Davallow Ghajar
University of British Columbia

Reza Davallow Ghajar is a first-year graduate student pursuing the MLIS program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Reza has earned a BA in political science from Simon Fraser University (SFU). He also has a certificate in earth sciences from the same institution. Reza has 12 years of banking experience, mostly as a customer service manager, at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). He eventually moved on to become a library assistant at SFU.  His goal is to combine his educational and customer service experiences with his science background, and work as a science librarian in an academic or research library.  Academic libraries are increasingly becoming more digital and there seems to be a gap between researchers and this relatively new trend. As a future librarian, Reza would like to empower researchers so that they can use the e-library environment to their benefit. Empowering means that Reza’s goal is not just doing the research for the patrons, but rather his main role is to teach researchers how to do research and encourage them to think and find solutions that are outside the box.


Hadeer Elsbai
Queens College, CUNY

Hadeer Elsbai is a New York City and Cairo native, currently pursuing her MLS at Queens College. She holds an MA in higher education and student affairs from New York University and a BA in history from Hunter College. In addition to being an ARL Diversity Scholar, she is also a 2018–2019 ALA Spectrum Scholar. She currently works as a reference associate in the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library at New York University. Her research interests are focused on the preservation of cultural heritage materials in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly ongoing efforts to digitize various collections and increase their accessibility. She is also interested the history of books and librarianship internationally; the intersection of feminist theory, postcolonial studies, and critical race theory within library science; and the role of the library in supporting first-generation college students. Hadeer is also a writer of speculative fiction; her work has been published in online short story venues.

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Kent State University

Natalia Estrada is pursuing her MLIS degree online through Kent State University. Since 2012, she has worked in the library system of the University of California, Berkeley. In her most recent role as reference and collections assistant in the Social Sciences Division, she has created library research guides for both Latin American studies and Caribbean studies, developed a database  of the geographic focus of social science faculty to assess resource needs, and provided reference assistance to the campus community. She earned a BA in anthropology with a minor in Latin American studies from the University of Chicago. Her other work experience includes time at the Center for Research Libraries, and UC Hastings Law Library. Her academic interests include information seeking behavior of graduate students, language and geographic diversity in academic libraries, and the first-generation student experience. Her goal is to become an academic librarian specializing in Latin American studies or linguistics.


Patrice Green
University of South Carolina

Patrice Green is a graduate student dually enrolled in the public history and library/information science programs at the University of South Carolina (UofSC), where she respectively focuses on museum studies and archives/preservation management. She received her BA in English at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, with minors in history and music. Her public history experience includes an internship in registration and preservation at Historic Columbia (SC) and a summer archival internship for Smithsonian Institution Libraries at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Library experience includes working at the South Caroliniana Library, interning at the Library of Congress in the Manuscript Reading Room, and her present job as the graduate assistant archivist for the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at UofSC. Her current research interests include 20th-century rocketry and space programs, the Cold War, and the founding of Space Camp.


Joan Hua
University of Washington

Joan Hua is an MLIS candidate at the University of Washington (UW) Information School. Her professional interests include digital scholarship, metadata, taxonomy, and critical librarianship. She currently works full time at American University Library, where she creates instructional videos and works with faculty on implementing instructional design best practices. In a different role, she also helps to establish a digital oral history collection at UW Tacoma Library, where she has developed a workflow and data dictionary for the collection. Previously, she worked at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on a number of projects, such as the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music, the multimedia quarterly Smithsonian Folkways Magazine, and a Smithsonian Folklife Festival program featuring China’s traditional and contemporary cultures. She values a grassroots approach to stewarding cultural resources, especially those of marginalized communities, and she is committed to promoting equity and fairness through her work. She holds a BA in music from University of Puget Sound.


Phillip Thomas MacDonald
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Phillip MacDonald is a first-year graduate student pursuing his MS in library science with a concentration in archives and records management at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.  He received a BA in history from North Carolina State University and an MA in folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill.  His work explores the intersections of memory, community, and preservation.  Currently, Phillip assists with the digital preservation of the Frank Clyde Brown Collection at Duke University Libraries.  From the 1920s through the 1940s, Frank Clyde Brown, an English professor at Duke University, amassed one of the largest collections of field recordings native to North Carolina. Working collaboratively with a team of librarians and archivists, Phillip and his colleagues are making a significant effort to bring Brown’s work into the digital age. Following graduation Phillip wishes to pursue a career in the preservation of cultural and community heritage.

Milton Ricardo Antonio Machuca-Gálvez
Rutgers University

Milton Machuca-Galvez holds a licenciatura in psychology from Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA) in his native El Salvador and a PhD in anthropology from Temple University, Philadelphia. He will commence his MLS with Rutgers University in the fall 2018. He has a 25-year teaching-mentoring-advocacy interdisciplinary career in a few US higher education institutions. This experience was built upon his undergraduate studies and his work with indigenous communities in Central America; these experiences led to his anthropology PhD and his work with Latinos communities in the US. He also has administrative, collaborative, and organizational development experience as director of a study abroad program in Costa Rica and coordinator of a Latin American and Latino studies interdisciplinary program. In the future, he sees himself as a subject librarian in the social sciences addressing the present needs and future challenges—sharing cutting-edge approaches while utilizing more traditional forms of librarianship. He plans to use his life experiences and leverage his PhD in cultural anthropology and his interdisciplinary work to continue his enduring passion to contribute to the library and academic community, and his lifelong mentoring with traditionally marginalized populations in supporting their aspirations.

Jamie Lee Morin
University of Toronto

Jamie Lee is entering her first year of her master’s of information program with a double concentration in user experience design and library and information science at the University of Toronto. She earned her BA in English, a minor in French studies, and a certificate in Aboriginal knowledges and experiences at Ryerson University in 2016. During her studies she won three awards for her contributions to student life and leadership, including the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award. As a Métis woman, she takes great pride in helping local Indigenous communities. She is one of three co-founders of the Toronto Indigenous Student Writers’ Collective, and represents the Toronto Indigenous community by serving on several councils.In March 2017, Jamie Lee was one of 69 Indigenous delegates for Equal Voice’s Daughters of the Vote Conference. The conference was held to honor the centennial anniversary of the first women in Canada who gained the right to vote, but also recognized that some individuals—like the Aboriginal community—did not gain the right to vote until 1960.

Jamie Lee’s professional experiences include helping to create the Aboriginal Research Portal and the Four Directions Writing Guide at Ryerson University’s Library and Archives, and honing her knowledge of digital collections and metadata at York University Libraries with assistance through Young Canada Works. She is currently an editing intern for This Place: 150 Years Retold, an Indigenous graphic novel anthology that will be published in May 2019 through HighWater Press. Her dream career is to continue contributing to the Indigenous community as a librarian. She enjoys reading, researching, and nature walks.

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Regen Le Roy
University of Michigan

Regen Le Roy graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in music and an MA in music research. He is currently pursuing a master’s of library and information science at the University of Michigan. His professional interests include advancing music education through digital accessibility in addition to addressing unmet needs in the field of information from the perspective of a classically trained musician. He intends to work as a music librarian in an academic setting upon finishing his MLIS program. Through the use of multimedia arts and technology, Regen is determined to regenerate music literacy rates among classical musicians to levels not seen since the advent of the radio.


Janis Joyce Shearer
St. Catherine University

Janis Joyce Shearer is pursuing her MLIS degree from St. Catherine University and holds a bachelor of science in environmental geography from Ohio University and a master’s in agriculture from the University of Minnesota. She is working closely with the Research Data Services Team and Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) Libraries. Her work enhances existing data management lesson plans for graduate students and deepens her experience with research data curation workflows. Janis has diverse employment experiences in horticulture, education, marketing, and nonprofit organizations, which inform her unique perspective into the variety of ways libraries impact different communities. Given her background with earth sciences, she aspires to work as a science librarian or a data services librarian with an emphasis in digital scholarship research and data curation. Her interests include scientific information literacy, data management education, supporting first-generation graduate students, engaging in social justice issues, and recruiting people with diverse backgrounds into science librarianship.


Zakir Jamal Suleman
University of British Columbia

Zakir Jamal Suleman is a graduate student in library and information science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) iSchool. He graduated with honours BA from UBC in 2016 in philosophy. In 2017 he helped organize Canada’s first ever national deliberative dialogue with randomly selected participants on climate change and resource management. In 2015, he created and directed The Belonging Project, which explored first- and second-generation experiences of “belonging” in Canada through an intersectional lens. He has a strong passion for the ways information can be used to create a better, more equitable world. His interests include relationships between diasporic settlers and the original peoples of Canada, digital humanities, community memory, the potential of blockchain, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. He makes his home in Vancouver, on the unceded and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.


Nam Jin Yoon
University of Washington

Nam Jin Yoon is pursuing his master’s of library and information science through the law librarianship program at the University of Washington. He holds a BA in English from Amherst College and a JD from Harvard Law School. His work experience includes working as an associate at a law firm in Boston, as a legal intern at the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, and as an English teacher at a public school in South Korea. His professional interests include access to justice, access to information, and digital copyright. In addition to being an ARL Diversity Scholar, he is also a 2018–2019 ALA Spectrum Scholar and a 2018 AALL & Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholar.

2017–2019 Diversity Scholars


LaReina Adams
University of Wisconsin–Madison

LaReina Adams is a first-year graduate student pursuing her MA in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s iSchool. She received her BA in history from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has worked for the University of Minnesota’s libraries for the past seven years in Minitex, a publicly supported, regional, information–and resource–sharing program, and the lending unit of the university’s interlibrary loan department. Her years at Minitex have offered her a unique perspective of the changing landscape in both academic and public libraries. LaReina’s interests are digital services, emerging technologies, and best practices for introducing new technology and information systems. She wishes to pursue a career in integrating and optimizing technology within libraries and information organizations, and she someday hopes to be in a position where she can promote digital literacy, particularly among underserved populations.

Aicha Azzaoui
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Aicha Azzaoui will commence her studies in the Leep online learning program of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign’s iSchool in the fall of 2017. Aicha holds a BA in English literature from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, Morocco, and an MBA with a concentration in general management from DeVry University. She has worked in various capacities within academia. At Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, she was a library assistant and an assistant to the director of the Language Center. She was an assistant to the director at the Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe in Rabat, Morocco, an institute created to promote and preserve the Amazigh language and heritage. Now she is a library assistant at Northwestern University Libraries. Aicha speaks Arabic, French, English, and Amazigh and is currently learning Farsi. In addition to her position at Northwestern, she does freelance translation from English to Arabic and vice versa. Her research interests include the culture and heritage of the Middle East and Africa. Given her language ability, knowledge of the region, and experience in libraries, Aicha’s goal is to become an African studies librarian or a Middle Eastern and North African studies librarian.

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Leyla Cabugos
University of California, Davis

Leyla Cabugos is the inaugural Library Diversity Fellow at the University of California, Davis, where she serves as a subject specialist in plant sciences. She holds MS and BS degrees in botany, from the University of Hawai?i at M?noa and Humboldt State University, respectively, and will earn a master of library and information science degree from San Jose State University in 2018. Leyla’s research has evaluated plant species for rooftop gardens and bioenergy production, surveyed culturally significant wild plant populations, and documented botanical traditions in multicultural immigrant communities. She has worked in community–based efforts to sustain crop diversity in Australia, India, Hawai?i and California, and directed a learning garden program for the Hawai?i Association of Independent Schools. Leyla sees her library work as an exciting extension of the information services she has performed throughout her career. She is motivated to support broad access to information, as well as its innovative and informed use.

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Alexa Carter
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Alexa Carter is a second-year graduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), pursuing an MS in information sciences with an interdisciplinary graduate minor in computational science. She holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Tennessee. In addition to being an ARL Diversity Scholar, she is a 2017–2018 ALA Spectrum Scholar, a UTK School of Information Sciences John C. Tyson Diversity Fellow, and a member of the Experience Assessment (UX–A) program at UTK, a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She currently works as a graduate researcher for the UTK Center for Information & Communication Studies and in the Research Library at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Alexa’s research interests include scientific information literacy, user experience and assessment, data management, and STEM outreach. Her goal is to pursue a position in an academic or research library that will allow her to foster a more meaningful interaction between all users and information materials with usability testing and the assessment of scientific resources.

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Jeannie Chen
University of California, Los Angeles

Jeannie Chen is a 2018 master’s candidate in the Library and Information Studies (LIS) Program at UCLA. She is currently interested in archival studies, Asian American studies, academic librarianship, and critical LIS studies. In addition, her background as a classically trained pianist opened her eyes to the world of music libraries and archives. In June of 2017, she was one of three people selected for the Rutgers University Jazz Archives Fellowship to collaborate on a digital project involving the oral histories of jazz musicians. She is bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English, and has volunteered at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California’s Archives since beginning her MLIS program. Outside of her academic studies, Jeannie is an active member in student organizations, such as the UCLA International Graduate Students Association (IGSA). She is passionate about addressing the challenges that international students face in the US, especially in the present climate, and she plans to serve as director for international student affairs in the UCLA Graduate Students Association for the 2017–2018 academic year.

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Sarah Corona
University of California, Los Angeles

Sarah Corona is a first-year graduate student at UCLA, pursuing a master of library and information science degree as well as an MA in Latin American studies. She is from San Jose, California, and recently graduated from San Jose State University with her BA in history and a minor in Mexican American studies. Throughout her time at San Jose State, she worked as a student assistant archivist in the Special Collections and Archives, where she had the opportunity to refine her skills and interest in archives.  Sarah aspires to work as an archivist in order to participate directly in preservation and representation of Chicanx and Mexican history and culture.

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Sonja C. Cossio
Clarion University

Sonja Cossio is pursuing her MS in library science online through Clarion University. She completed her bachelor of business administration degree in computer information systems and analysis at Howard University, where she also cataloged at two campus library branches. She later worked in a variety of public, law, and research libraries.  For the last three years Sonja has held the dual title of cataloger and government documents librarian at a federal research library.  She has also volunteered with local heritage museums as a docent. Her interests include digital humanities, metadata retrieval, taxonomies, archives, collaborative technologies, cultural heritage information management, human rights, publishing, and intellectual freedom.

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Codi Domonique Jones
The University of Oklahoma

Codi Jones is a graduate student at The University of Oklahoma pursuing a master’s in library and information studies. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he received a BA in history from Oklahoma State University. He spent 2016–2017 as a year of service with City Year Tulsa, where he served the students of McLain Senior High School, a new partnership under the City Year banner. As a first-generation graduate, Codi wishes to research topics in relation to the library’s role in inculcating a culture of education and diversity in both academic and non-academic communities. Additional interests include the preservation and continuation of indigenous language, the value of pop culture as an outreach tool, and equal opportunity to access information. His ultimate career aspiration is to become a research librarian at an academic library.

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Zakiya Collier
Long Island University/New York University

Zakiya Collier is pursuing an MA/MS dual degree in media, culture, & communication and library & information science from New York University and Long Island University, respectively. She holds a BA in anthropology from the University of South Carolina, and her diverse work experience includes education, administration, and social research. She currently serves as a graduate assistant for a research collaborative, Humanities for STEM, which focuses on how the use of primary sources, archival research, and associated methodologies of the humanities can enhance scholarship and education in the sciences. Furthermore, Zakiya’s research explores the intersections of agency, visibility, and accessibility as they relate to the knowledges and experiences that are less valued within institutional spaces like the library. Her professional goals as a subject specialist librarian involve the development of community-oriented spaces in which pedagogical, organizational, and collection practices value and prioritize historically marginalized experiences and narrative forms of knowledge production.

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Veronica Franco
The University of Arizona

Veronica Franco is a 2005 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in radio–television–film. She began her library career working with the San Antonio Public Library as a library assistant in 2008, where she has been an active member of REFORMA and the Bexar Library Association. After almost nine years in public library service, she accepted a position with Our Lady of the Lake University’s Sueltenfuss Library and realized academic librarianship, especially archives and special collections, are where her primary interests lie. In fall 2017 Veronica will begin as a member of the Knowledge River Cohort 16 with The University of Arizona’s School of Information, and as an ARL Diversity Scholar.

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Kaneisha Gaston
North Carolina Central University

Kaneisha Gaston is a North Carolina native, holding a BA in English from Davidson College and an MA in English and a graduate certificate in Africana studies from UNC Charlotte. Most of her professional life has been dedicated to education as both an educator and a community servant, although she has had the privilege of working in both academic and public libraries. Currently, she is a candidate for the master of library science degree at North Carolina Central University, pursuing a specialization in digital libraries. Kaneisha’s research interests include African women’s literature, African diaspora collection development, and the technologies dedicated to both the preservation and proliferation of those subjects. Her ultimate goal is to build databases dedicated to the study of Africana literature and to assist libraries in critically assessing their public use as it relates to the intersection of race, class, and gender.

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Aldrich A. Linton
San Jose State University

Aldrich A. Linton attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he majored in English literature and US history, focusing on Jewish culture and literature at home and abroad. In his final year he examined instances of violence, creating a work that transformed transgressions into art, using typefaces and traditional printing methods to represent indiscriminate violence, racism, and national tragedies in a series entitled “Pause.” He works full time as an administrative clerk at the Los Angeles Public Library and attends San Jose State University’s online master of library and information science program. Aldrich is a Public Library Staff Education Program reimbursement recipient for the 2017–2018 grant year provided by the Southern California Library Cooperative, and is grateful for the ARL Diversity Fellowship and the opportunities it will provide him. He hopes to contribute to the vast stores of human knowledge by preserving rare texts and digitizing art and literature, and to increase participatory culture by underrepresented groups.

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Carli Lowe
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Carli Lowe—born, raised, and still living in San Francisco—was an elementary school teacher from 2005 to 2016. During her time in the classroom, she witnessed the essential role information plays in the development and growth of a community. What began as a curiosity about the field of librarianship became an ever-growing passion for the ways that libraries can empower the public and impact communities, especially in our current era with the world engaged in debate about the importance of physical versus digital objects, and our country struggling with issues of free speech and how to assess the accuracy of information. After interning at an archive, Carli became more specifically interested in the ways people engage with primary source material. As a result, Carli is pursuing the archival and special collections pathway at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, beginning in fall 2017.

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Teresa Helena Moreno
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Teresa Helena Moreno has been at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2012, where she serves as the assistant director of the Department of African American Studies and as the director of undergraduate studies for the department. She curates programming, develops curricula, and supports faculty research. In addition to these roles, she also teaches feminist-based undergraduate courses within the humanities. Prior to her current appointment, Teresa held executive roles focused on advancing the needs of students of color, women, and LGBTQ students through various programs, events, advisory appointments, and educational policy work within higher education. She earned her BA in English from Saint Joseph’s College and her MA in gender studies and women’s studies from Loyola University Chicago. Currently, she is in the process of completing an MS in library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her scholarly pursuits focus on the interdisciplinary intersections of feminist studies, critical ethnic studies, and queer studies within library and information science.

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Karen Ng
The University of British Columbia

Karen Ng is grateful to be pursuing the dual master’s degree in archival studies and library & information studies at The University of British Columbia (UBC), which is located on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish peoples. She also earned her BA (honors) at UBC, with a double major in English and medieval studies. Her interests include history of the book; Asian diaspora communities and archives; and manuscript, print, and digital cultures. At UBC, Karen has worked as a student in the cIRcle Digital Repository office, Rare Books and Special Collections, and Program Services at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. She looks forward to exploring the intersections of technology and culture, digital preservation, community engagement, as well as non-traditional library and archival paths.

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Diana E. Park
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Diana E. Park is currently pursuing a master of library and information science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her interest in libraries began in her undergraduate years as a student worker, which has led to her current focus on academic libraries. She completed her BA in anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, where she currently works as a technical support specialist assisting staff and faculty with their technology needs. As a result of her current position, Diana is interested in how to encourage collaboration and build relationships between administrative departments and faculty. Her varied academic interests include critical librarianship, higher education, supporting first-generation college students, and information policy.

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Andrea Salazar
Wayne State University

Andrea Salazar is pursuing her master of library and information science degree online through Wayne State University, concentrating in library services. She earned a BA in English (specializing in film studies) from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2012. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Andrea worked for the MSU main library in several departments, including circulation and government documents, gaining new insight and skills within academic libraries. Currently, she serves as the manager in the InterLibrary Services department at MSU. This role has provided her with basic reference experience through daily patron interactions. Andrea’s professional interests include academic librarianship, information literacy, instruction, and outreach.

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Mark F. Sandoval
The University of Arizona

Mark Sandoval is pursuing his master of arts in library and information science at The University of Arizona, where he is a Knowledge River Scholar. Knowledge River is a program dedicated to serving the library and information needs of diverse communities in the Southwest. Mark graduated in 2016 from Centre College with a BA in anthropology/sociology and a minor in Spanish. He worked as a graduate assistant at The University of Arizona Special Collections Library during the 2016-2017 school year. For the summer of 2017 he is a library practicum intern at the Nashville Public Library. He is set to graduate in December 2017, but is unsure if he would like to pursue a career in special collections or in an academic library.