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Kaleidoscope Program Diversity Scholars

Below are rosters of the 2019–2021 and 2018–2020 classes of Kaleidoscope Program Diversity Scholars:

2019–2021 Diversity Scholars

Lauren A. Camarillo
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As a second-year MSLIS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), Lauren Camarillo holds a graduate assistantship position at the Undergraduate Library on UIUC’s campus. Prior to starting the MSLIS program at UIUC, she earned a bachelor of arts in English and Spanish from Texas A&M University, where she wrote an undergraduate thesis investigating the experience of solitude in American and Latino literature. Her work in academic libraries began at Texas A&M University as a student worker and later, a student coordinator. Though her primary interest is in academic librarianship, she has worked at the Dallas Public Library and the Biogen Library and Information Center. In addition to being an ARL Diversity Scholar, she is a 2019–2020 ALA Spectrum Scholar. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue studying the role libraries have in providing equitable access to users and how the library can further support first-generation college students.


David Castro
UCLA

David Castro is an incoming MLIS student at UCLA for the fall of 2019. He recently graduated from UCLA earning a BA in history, with a double minor in anthropology and digital humanities. As an undergraduate, David developed a passion for exploring the spatial/cultural history of Los Angeles. While interning for the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources and the Los Angeles Conservancy, he was able to expand his view beyond the history books and gained a deeper understanding of how professional stakeholders work to evaluate, preserve, and cultivate knowledge about cultural and historic landmarks. These experiences informed David’s interest in evaluating how minority groups can utilize memory keeping as means to preserve their cultural footprint in a rapidly changing city. This curiosity encouraged David to fill a role as a community archivist, working with the UCLA Special Collections Library to revitalize and process the Samahang Pilipino Archive—an archive safekeeping the student group’s history since 1972. Having spent over 100 hours studying the archive’s content, David became inseparable from the Special Collections Library, which subsequently led to his career aspirations in becoming a special collections archivist. Currently, David is working as a library assistant at the Getty Research Institute, where he enjoys vicariously exploring the breadth of the library’s content by working with researchers. He also serves as an archival assistant for the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, lending a hand in digitizing film slides and transcribing audio tapes for the Duty and Honor Collection. David wants to continue to preserve LA’s history into the future, hoping that his path will lead him to working at the Los Angeles City Archives, UCLA Special Collections, USC Special Collections, or the Huntington Library.


Adaliz N. Cruz
Simmons University

Adaliz N. Cruz is a final-year library and information science student at Simmons University in Boston. She received her BM in applied music with a minor in music education in 2018 from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Her goal is to become a music reference and instruction librarian and she hopes to include Puerto Rican and Latin American music into mainstream music library catalogs. She has worked in public libraries, while her current positions are in academic and corporate libraries. She presented her paper Re: Succession at the 2019 ASDAL Conference in Silver Spring, MD. She is also a member of MLA, NEMLA, REFORMA, ASDAL, and the president of SLA@Simmons. Her research interests are in ethnomusicology, more specifically Puerto Rican music and its social implications.


Marilu Duque
University of Michigan

Marilu Duque is a recent graduate of New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, earning a BS in integrated digital media with minors in public policy, business of entertainment media technologies, and science technology studies. T​his fall, she will be pursuing her MS in information at the University of Michigan. There, she will focus on data science, privacy, and security studies, ​in order to expand her understanding of the evolving information landscape. With this, her past experience includes being a naval research enterprise intern at the United States Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, ARL Digital and Inclusive Excellence Fellow, US Department of State Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) eIntern, and iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) Research Fellow. ​Through these experiences, she has been able to cultivate a passion for public sector work, academics, and information science. ​She hopes to one day pursue a career working to ​help the next generation of scientists, servicemen, and policy makers navigate the information landscape.


Eiman Elnoshokaty
University of British Columbia

Eiman Elnoshokaty is an Egyptian native Canadian resident, currently pursuing her MLIS at the University of British Columbia. She has an educational background in management information systems and business administration. She holds both an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Egypt. In addition to being an ARL Diversity Scholar, she is also a 2019–2020 ALA Spectrum Scholar. She has a long working experience in public librarianship at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and currently works as a graduate research assistant and a student librarian at the University of British Columbia. Her academic interests include information policies, information ecosystems, knowledge translation, open access publishing, Creative Commons licenses, and serving diverse communities in libraries. She wishes to transition to academic librarianship specializing in Middle Eastern studies. Eiman also has an interest in museum education for children and adults and has developed a cultural scavenger hunt for Historic Cairo in Egypt.


Carlos A. Grooms
North Carolina Central University

Carlos Grooms is currently pursuing his MLS at North Carolina Central University. He received a BA in history from Winston Salem State University and has over 10 years of public and academic library experience. At the Greensboro Public Library, Carlos teaches classes on basic computer literacy in support of local strategies to close the digital divide in the community. Additionally, he is a full-time employee in the Reference Department at North Carolina A&T State University’s Bluford Library. There he co-chair’s the library’s Community Engagement Committee bringing awareness to the library’s services and archival resources. In 2018, he was a finalist for the University Award for Excellence in Customer Service and he was the recipient of one of Bluford Library’s highest distinctions, the Servant Leadership Award. Carlos has an interest in scholarly communications, ALA’s Framework for Information Literacy, library advocacy, and learning communities.


Neah Ingram-Monteiro
University of British Columbia

Neah Ingram-Monteiro is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information studies at the University of British Columbia. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the College of William and Mary and was a Fulbright Scholar in Romania. Over the past decade, Neah has worked as a web and editorial manager, an NGO executive director, and a creator of independent media. She hopes her career as an academic librarian will include stewarding cultural and structural shifts in academia that allow academic research to benefit society more broadly. Her interests include data librarianship, instructional design and support, and advocating for balanced copyright law.


Hiva Kadivar
North Carolina Central University

Hiva Kadivar is a Tehran native based in Durham, NC, currently pursuing her MLS at North Carolina Central University. She holds a BA in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently works as the assistant to the Middle East and Islamic studies librarian at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Libraries. Since August 2016, she has been working closely with the UNC Wilson Special Collections Library on enhancing the UNC Libraries’ Persian studies collections. Her research interests are on custodial histories of library materials, book history, digital humanities, and the intersection of postcolonial, feminist, and queer theories with library and information science. In her future as an academic librarian specializing in Middle East studies, Hiva aspires to cultivate community-oriented spaces that prioritize historically marginalized experiences and narrative forms of knowledge production. Hiva is also a visual artist; her works have been exhibited in local galleries in Durham.


Sally N. Márquez
San José State University

Sally N. Márquez is currently pursuing her MLIS at San José State University. A lifelong Angeleno, she received her BA in comparative literature with a minor in digital humanities from UCLA. As an undergraduate, she was awarded the 2015 ARLIS/NA Sotheby’s Institute of Art Research Award for the collaborative project “Experiments with the Getty’s Provenance Data,” led by Dr. Miriam Posner. Her educational interests include emerging technology and data science. She is invested in using information to boost the voices of marginalized and underrepresented groups, both as subject and seeker.


Cani S. McMillian
University of Michigan

Cani S. McMillian is currently pursuing a master of science in information at the University of Michigan. She earned a BS in kinesiology, specializing in health promotion and educational studies, from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2015. Throughout her time as an undergrad, she worked as a library assistant in the copy center, reserves, and course materials program. Upon graduation, Cani continued working for the MSU Libraries in various capacities until serving as a unit coordinator for the past year. Her primary responsibility was to ensure that the surrounding community had access to the information and resources they needed. Cani’s professional interests include academic librarianship, user experience, higher education, and minority career development.


Emily Ping O’Brien
Texas Woman’s University

Emily Ping O’Brien is pursuing her MLS with the School of Library & Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She will complete her studies in the distance education program in the spring of 2020. Emily earned a BS in computer information systems from Bentley University and for the past two years worked with the digital repository team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Her current role as the digital programs and archives assistant at WPI involves analyzing repository procedures and workflows, assessing user needs, reviewing metadata, and collaborating with stakeholders to implement digital platform solutions. Emily is interested in enhancing discovery through meaningful metadata and improving interoperability globally across repositories and collections. She aspires to be an expert in the integration and management of institutional repositories with the goal of building robust and comprehensive tools for digital scholarship and information dissemination. Emily is an active member of Gordon Library’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Cultural Enrichment teams. She also co-founded the WPI Digital Volunteers, a group dedicated to bringing the academic community together to improve the digital heritage of traditionally underrepresented populations. Other interests include open access educational resources, data management curation, and inclusive design in information systems.


Bran Schaffer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bran Schaffer is a graduate student in the MSLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). They earned their BA in linguistics from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia, Canada. While at SFU, they worked as a research assistant in the English department on a bibliography of women’s print history, and as an intern in the SFU Library’s Special Collections and Rare Books, under ARL’s Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence. Bran is interested in community libraries and archives that lift up the histories and legacies of marginalized groups. They are also passionate about metadata, with particular respect to how the language used in cataloging is shifting to reflect the autonomy of the people represented through various holdings.


Tashiana Monique Scott-Cochran
North Carolina Central University

Tashiana Monique Scott-Cochran is currently pursuing a master’s of science in library and information sciences at North Carolina Central University. She has also earned an MA in Africana women’s studies with an emphasis in the Africana woman in literature. Prior to that she attended Hampton University graduating with a BA in history. She possesses a bevy of research interests including: Africana women in literature, disability studies, identity and sexuality studies. Tashiana fundamentally believes it is the experiences of marginalized people that hold a treasure trove of critical information and analysis. She has work experience in historical, education, and specialized research centers thus contributing to her passion for research within the archival profession, specifically the importance of gleaning the invaluable resources of people of color to access and tell our own stories.


Lese Taylor
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Lese Taylor is pursuing her master of library and information science degree online through IUPUI, concentrating in academic librarianship. She earned an MA in history with a specialization in genocide and holocaust history, focusing on the role of female perpetrators of political violence, from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2013. Currently, she works as the resource sharing specialist in the Interlibrary Loan Department at the University of Richmond. In this position she has been afforded the opportunity to work with students, faculty and staff on a variety of research topics and finding usable source material. Lese’s professional interests include the role that archives play in social justice, community outreach, records management, and research and instruction.


Jeremy E. Thompson Jr.
University of Arizona

Jeremy E. Thompson Jr. is currently pursuing an MA in the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Arizona (UA). During his undergrad at UA he studied as a double major and earned a BA in history and information science & e-society. The combination of these two areas of study alerted him to the research process and the ways in which the internet has impacted it. This fuels his professional interests to study and work with digital preservation and digital archives. Throughout his time studying at the University of Arizona, he has worked as a library assistant at the Arizona State Museum and will continue to do so as a graduate student. Concurrently, he interns at the 390th Memorial Museum as an archive and collections assistant. He is grateful to have been chosen as an ARL Diversity Scholar and hopes that it helps to launch a career working in research libraries and archives.


Renée A. Torres
San José State University

Renée A. Torres, a Southern California native, is pursuing a master of library and information science (MLIS) degree at San José State University (SJSU). In 2017, she earned an MA in 20th-century American history, specializing in women’s and gender history, from Washington State University. While conducting her graduate research, she frequently interacted with library professionals and these positive interactions led to her current pursuit of an MLIS degree. Throughout 2018–2019 she volunteered at a Southern California high school where she introduced students to conducting online research and formulating historical research projects. Renée hopes to conduct more library outreach in high schools and throughout the college and university setting to reduce library anxiety and promote dynamic research and collaborations across content areas. Support from ARL, REFORMA, and SJSU’s iSchool has reaffirmed her commitment to working in an academic library and serving historically marginalized communities by empowering them with access to information.


Erik Valenzuela
University of Southern California

Erik Valenzuela is a first-year graduate student at the University of Southern California pursuing a master’s of management in library and information science. He received a BA in psychology from San Diego State University with a minor in sociology. Currently, he is employed at UC San Diego Library and at the City of Chula Vista Public Library. He enjoys working in both types of library settings, and the two institutions have provided him with a multitude of competencies in serving academia and his local community. Professionally, his interests include archiving and collection development. His academic interests include statistical research; description, organization, and retrieval of information in enhancing users’ ability to locate resources; and digital management applications. His goal is to become an academic librarian or archivist specializing in an array of subjects such as film and music. Recently, he was awarded a travel grant to attend the Film Librarian Conference 2019.


Doris Watts
Emporia State University

Doris Watts is an enrolled member of the Great Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. She is a first-generation college student, with a bachelor of science in business administration from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. She is in her second semester in the School of Library and Information Management online master’s program from Emporia State University. Her interest in libraries began in her undergraduate years as a student worker in Haskell’s Tommaney Library. While in her undergraduate business program, she took a series of federal records management courses that utilized the Cobell V. Salazar case as a teaching tool, which inspired her to focus on archives. The professional goals and research interests she holds involve the repatriation of artifacts, manuscripts, and digital media that are culturally relevant to people of color.


2018–2020 Diversity Scholars

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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