Below are current Leadership and Career Development Fellows:
2020–2021 LCDP Fellows
Lead Librarian, Learning Commons
Tarida Anantachai is the lead librarian of the Learning Commons at Syracuse University, where she serves as the liaison to her campus’s international student services center, English language institute, and multicultural affairs office. Her research interests include diversity, equity, and inclusion; early-career development and mentoring; and outreach programming. Tarida is a former American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader, an alumna of the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians, and currently holds several leadership roles—including chairing her library’s Diversity and Inclusion Team and serving on the Journal of New Librarianship’s Editorial Board. Tarida received her MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Martha Alvarado Anderson
Head, Digital Services Department
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Martha Anderson is the head of the Digital Services Department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Libraries. In this role, Martha develops, manages, and publishes digital content from special collections, some portions of the institutional repository, and other departmental units, to include the dark archives. She coaches, trains, and leads the Digital Services Department staff, which is now composed of 11 members. Martha holds an MLIS from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro and an MA in Spanish from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She is a former 2009–2011 ACE Scholar at UNC Greensboro.
Music and Media Program Head
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
As the music and media program head at MIT Libraries, Avery Boddie manages the daily operations of the Lewis Music Library while envisioning and implementing digital initiatives related to music, audio, and multimedia. Prior to this role, Boddie was a music and dance librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, serving as the liaison to the School of Music and Dance Department, supporting the research, instruction, and educational needs of those areas. As the branch manager of the Music Library, he also actively engaged in outreach, collaboration, and collection management within the library. Previously, Avery was a resident librarian at American University in Washington, DC. He holds an MLIS and MM in trumpet performance, both from the University of Maryland, as well as a BM from the University of Memphis. Avery was previously an ARL/Music Library Association Diversity and Inclusion Initiative fellow in 2015.
Jonathan O. Cain
Interim Director, Digital Strategies, and Head, Data Services
University of Oregon
As the interim director of digital strategies and head of Data Services at the University of Oregon Libraries, Jonathan Cain is responsible for supporting and advancing the libraries’ Digital Scholarship and Data Services initiatives and facilitating greater diversity, equity, and access for users of these services. Jonathan’s research interests include data literacy and social justice, data privacy and student impact, and the library’s role in student success. Jonathan holds an MSLIS from Pratt Institute, an MA from New York University, and a BS from the College of Charleston.
Bertha P. Chang
Associate Head, Collections & Research Strategy
NC State University
Bertha Chang is associate head of Collections & Research Strategy at the NC State University Libraries. In her role, she shares management responsibility for the department, leads collaborative collection management in the sciences, and provides support for the research enterprise. Previously as research librarian for engineering, she provided research services for faculty and students in the Colleges of Engineering and Textiles. Bertha was an ARL Career Enhancement Fellow in 2010 and an ARL Diversity Scholar in 2010–2011. She received her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and SB and PhD degrees from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Curator, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA), California, History of the American West
UC Santa Barbara
Angel Diaz is the curator of California Ethnic & Multicultural Archives (CEMA), California, History of the American West at UC Santa Barbara Prior to this role, Diaz was the university archivist at Penn State University Libraries. In this role, she identified, acquired, and maintained records of enduring value that chronicle the development and experiences of the Penn State community.
Veronica Arellano Douglas
University of Houston
In her role as instruction coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, Veronica Arellano Douglas oversees the information literacy education program. She provides meaningful learning experiences for students, oversees information literacy integration into foundational undergraduate courses, and leads professional development efforts for colleagues in and out of the library. She was a 2005 ALA Spectrum Scholar and a 2009 ALA Emerging Leader. She currently serves as member-at-large of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section. Veronica is also a facilitator for ACRL’s Information Literacy Immersion Program. She received her MLS from the University of North Texas and her BA in English from Rice University.
Head, Xwi7xwa Library
The University of British Columbia
Sarah Dupont is the head of Xwi7xwa Library at The University of British Columbia (UBC). In addition to administrative, collections, and strategic work on Indigenous initiatives, she manages the Indigitization program to support analog media management in Indigenous communities. Sarah previously served as the UBC iSchool’s First Nations Curriculum Concentration coordinator and co-taught Information Practice and Protocol in Support of Indigenous Initiatives at the iSchool. She is the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) chair of the Indigenous Knowledge Standing Committee and the British Columbia Library Association’s First Nations Interest Group convenor. Sarah has Métis-settler heritage and uses she/her pronouns.
Arnetta C. Girardeau
Copyright and Information Policy Consultant
Arnetta C. Girardeau, Esq., is the copyright and information policy consultant at Duke University Libraries. She is the libraries’ first point of contact for copyright and related law questions and consultations. She also provides outreach and educates the community on copyright and connected issues. Previously, she worked as an attorney and as a librarian in public library and law library settings. Arnetta received a BA from Harvard University (cum laude), a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law, an MSLS from Florida State University, and an MA from Duke University.
Nastasha E. Johnson
Physical & Mathematical Sciences Information Specialist and Assistant Professor of Library Science
Nastasha E. Johnson is a physical & mathematical sciences information specialist and assistant professor of library science at Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies. She liaises with the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, and Statistics. She also teaches courses or modules in the Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering and the Polytechnic Institute. She is co–principal investigator of a National Leadership Grant for archivists in her capacity as an intercultural learning officer with the campus’s Center for Intercultural Mentoring Assessment and Research. In 2019, she received the library’s award for Excellence in Library Service. She received her MLS from North Carolina Central University.
Head, Collections Management, Special Collections
University of California, Los Angeles
Jasmine Jones is the head of collections management for University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Library Special Collections. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of holistic and user-driven policies, procedures, and workflows for the stewardship and discovery of archival collections, manuscripts, and rare books, from pre-custodial interventions and acquisition to access. She aims to build infrastructure that allows UCLA Library Special Collections to engage in collective, responsible stewardship and decision-making with its donors, users, and communities. Jasmine has an MLIS with a concentration in archives and an MA in history from Simmons College.
The Ohio State University
As the acquisitions librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries, Moon Kim develops efficient and effective practices to support the evolving environment of collection development and acquisitions. Moon leads the business processes for acquiring library resources for general collections, Special Collections, and Area Studies. Moon holds an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in Greek and Latin also from UCLA.
Associate Librarian, Education & Music Library
University of Saskatchewan
Maha Kumaran is the associate librarian in the Education & Music Library at the University of Saskatchewan, providing scholarly services to the College of Education. Her research interest focuses on various aspects of diversity in librarianship, including leadership, succession planning, and information literacy. Early in her career as an academic librarian, Maha envisioned a need for space for minority librarians and established the Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network. She serves as the visiting program officer for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Working Group. Through this position, she collaborates with librarians and library leaders from across Canada to advance EDI initiatives in Canadian librarianship. Maha holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia.
Librarian for Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ye Li is the librarian for chemistry, chemical engineering, and material science and engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She started her career as a chemistry librarian at the University of Michigan in 2009. She then led scholarly communications initiatives at the Colorado School of Mines from 2016 to 2018. Ye served as the chair of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Chemistry Division in 2015. She is currently a member of the FSCI2020 programming committee and the associate programming chair of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Information (CINF). Ye obtained her PhD in chemistry and MA in library and information science from The University of Iowa in 2009.
Head, Outsourced and Strategic Resources
The University of Texas at Austin
Luisana Lopez is the head of the Outsourced and Strategic Resources unit at The University of Texas (UT) Libraries. She leads all operations related to description of foreign languages materials, which are strategic to the libraries’ collection development. She collaborates across all the UT Libraries to ensure discovery and access of content for all university stakeholders as well as the wider community. She holds a BSIS from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua. Her research interest is in the roles and responsibilities of technical services in academic libraries, descriptive metadata leadership, radical metadata description to promote diversity and inclusiveness, and metadata collaborations.
Associate Director, Collections and Scholarly Communication, Graduate School of Education
Rebecca Martin is associate director for collections and scholarly communication at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Gutman Library. In her role, she provides leadership, relationship building, and strategy. Her focus is on advancing openness in scholarly communication, aligning the development of research collections with user needs, supporting digital content management efforts of the school, and supporting digital scholarship and new computational uses for research and special collections. In 2019, she was honored by her colleagues with a Harvard Heroes award. Rebecca currently serves as a member of the ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Scholarly Communication Committee and chair of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Scholarship and Awards Committee. She graduated from Rutgers University with an MLIS and received her BA in international relations and BS in communication from Boston University.
African Studies Librarian
In her role as the African studies librarian in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Florence Mugambi provides instruction and research support to students, staff, and faculty from Northwestern University and beyond. She is engaged in outreach that involves strengthening relationships with academic departments and developing programs that connect the Herskovits Library’s extraordinary resources to teachers and students in K–12 schools. Florence is also involved in collaborative collection development programs within the global African studies community, and in which the Northwestern University Libraries participate, that work to address the historical lack of access to resources from and about Africa.
University of California, Berkeley
Lisa Ngo is an engineering librarian at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a passionate advocate for user-centered design in library services and has led projects that create improved and inclusive user experiences, including redesigning the library website, implementing a web-scale discovery tool, and chairing a cross-functional web advisory group. An enthusiastic promoter of STEM librarianship, she co-chaired the 2018 STELLA(!) Unconference planning committee and is an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Libraries Division. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Lisa holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA from the University of California, Irvine.
Hannah Lee Park
Education and School of Professional & Extended Studies Librarian
Hannah Lee Park is the education and School of Professional & Extended Studies librarian at American University, where she works with students, faculty, and staff on their research and instructional needs. She has taught high school English in Chicago; junior high school English in the Paris, France, region; and university rhetoric and composition courses. She was also the coordinator of the Multimedia Literacy Program at the University of Delaware Library. Hannah holds an MSLIS, an MA in English with a specialization in writing studies, and a BA in English with a minor in education, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Betsaida M. Reyes
Head, Humanities and Social Sciences
Pennsylvania State University
Betsaida M. Reyes is the head of Humanities and Social Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. Previously, Reyes was an associate librarian for Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American and Caribbean studies at The University of Kansas Libraries. Her research interests are collection development and information literacy. She earned her MSIS from the University at Albany, SUNY. She also holds a BA in English and Spanish and an MA in Hispanic literature and linguistics, also from the University at Albany, SUNY.
Subject Librarian for Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Developmental Sciences, and Linguistics
University of California, San Diego
Tamara Rhodes is a social sciences librarian at the UC San Diego Library, where she provides research, instruction, and collection development for faculty, staff, and students in four academic departments. She is also the designer and project lead for the Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive project, documenting student activism at UC San Diego. Tamara’s research interests are information literacy instruction, user experience and organizational change, leadership development, and people of color and the outdoors. She was a 2012 ALA Spectrum Scholar and participated in the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians. Tamara received a BA in sociology from Meredith College and an MLS from North Carolina Central University.
Social Sciences Librarian
The University of Arizona
Anthony Sanchez is a social sciences librarian at The University of Arizona (UA), where he works closely with faculty and students supporting in-depth research, managing information resources, and implementing learning technology. He is a co-founder and member of the steering committee for the CATalyst Studios, a multidisciplinary makerspace sponsored by the library. Anthony has previously held academic library positions at the University of California, Riverside; Phoenix Community College; and Glendale Community College. He earned a BA in English literature and an MA in library and information science from the UA.
Kai Alexis Smith
Librarian for the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kai Alexis Smith is the librarian for the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) at MIT Libraries. Kai was formerly the tenure-track faculty subject librarian for the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to that, she was a visiting assistant librarian in residence at the University of Notre Dame. She participated in the 2017 cohort of Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL), the 2014 ALA Emerging Leader program, and 2013 ARL Career Enhancement Program fellowship. Kai believes in open and equitable shared knowledge. She trains editors on how to edit and create content with a lens on the African diaspora through her role as the AfroCROWD New England Regional Coordinator. As a researcher and writer, Kai publishes on a variety of topics, including librarianship in her subject areas and at the intersections of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Kai holds an MSLIS and BFA from Pratt Institute.
Head of Design and Outreach
University of Ottawa
Cecilia Tellis is the head of design and outreach at the University of Ottawa Library, a bilingual (French/English) institution. She leads efforts to ensure that services and spaces are grounded in user-centred design principles; coordinates efforts to communicate the impacts of the library on student, academic, and scholarly success; and identifies opportunities and develops solutions to ensure the library is inclusive and accessible. She is a proud contributing member of ViMLoC: Visible Minority Librarians of Canada. Cecilia holds an MLIS from McGill University and a BA in French language and literature (Spanish minor) from the University of Toronto.