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Current Fellows

Below is the roster of the 2022–2023 Leadership and Career Development Fellows.

Afra Bolefski headshot.Afra Bolefski

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Head, Social Sciences Division
University of Manitoba Libraries

Afra Bolefski is an associate librarian at the University of Manitoba Libraries and currently leads a team of librarians in six faculties in her role as head, Social Sciences Division. In her previous role as acting section head of the Albert D. Cohen Management Library, she oversaw the completion of a major library renovation and the creation of an active learning classroom which was subsequently featured in news and trade articles. Prior to taking on these leadership roles, Afra held the appointment of business librarian at U of M for over five years, supporting the research, teaching and collection needs of an AACSB-accredited business school. She fulfilled similar roles at Wilfrid Laurier University and York University. Afra’s research interests include active learning spaces, new pedagogical approaches to student learning, and EDI in hiring practices. She holds an MLIS from Western University.

DeAnn Brame headshot.DeAnn Brame
Technology and Innovation Strategist
Region 2, Network of the National Library of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina

DeAnn Brame is the technology and innovation strategist for Region 2 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine based at the Medical University of South Carolina. In this role, DeAnn assumes leadership for promoting the use and integration of digital tools and strategies into network activities for Region 2. She also serves as the DOCLINE coordinator for Region 2 providing day-to-day support and customer service to Network members.

Prior to her current role, DeAnn was assistant professor and the digital services and systems librarian for Winthrop, where she managed the university’s institutional repository, Digital Commons and provided leadership and vision for the library technologies. Her areas of expertise include business administration, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

An innovative thought leader and change agent, DeAnn holds degrees from, the University of North Carolina at Asheville (BA, history and Africana studies), North Carolina Central University (library and information science) and Winthrop University (MBA, strategic leadership).

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Tatiana Bryant

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Research Librarian for Digital Humanities, History, and African American Studies
University of California, Irvine Libraries

Tatiana Bryant (she/her) is the research librarian for digital humanities, history, and African American studies at UC Irvine. Previously she taught Black studies and global studies courses at the undergraduate level. She holds an MPA in international public and nonprofit management from NYU, an MSLIS from Pratt Institute, and a BA in history from Hampton University. She is a 2017 OpenCon Berlin fellow, a 2020 OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group, and a 2021 Pedagogy Lab Fellow at The Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies. Her research interests include gender identity and performance, open pedagogy, and cultural heritage preservation.

Carolyn Caseñas headshot.Carolyn Caseñas

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Assistant Head, Learning and Instructional Services
Simon Fraser University Library

Carolyn Caseñas graduated from the University of British Columbia with a joint MAS/MLIS degree. While she began her career in archives and special collections, Carolyn moved into public libraries where she worked with children, teens, and adults. This work led to a focus on user engagement and community building through programming and special events created in partnership with municipal and local groups and organizations. In 2019, she brought these skills and experiences to Simon Fraser University Library as the user services and engagement librarian at Fraser Library. Carolyn has since taken on other roles in learning and instructional services. She is also serves as co-facilitator of CAPAL’s Displays, Outreach and Engagement Community of Practice.

Anastasia Chu headshot.Anastasia Chiu
Scholarly Communications Librarian
New York University Libraries

Anastasia Chiu is a scholarly communications librarian at New York University. In this role, they promote barrier-free access to scholarly and educational resources, and support students and faculty in sharing their scholarly work. Anastasia was formerly a cataloging & metadata librarian. Their research includes multiple topics, including rights and copyright in digital collections metadata, library residency programs, applying relational-cultural theory and critical race theory to librarianship, and identifying how white supremacy manifests in library institutional work cultures. Their MSLIS is from St. John’s University.

Gabrielle Dudley headshot.Gabrielle M. Dudley

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Instruction Archivist
Emory University Libraries

Gabrielle M. Dudley (she/her) is instruction archivist at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. Gabrielle earned her MA in public history and MLIS with a concentration in archival studies and preservation management from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a BA in history from the University of Montevallo.

Monica Figueroa headshot.Monica Figueroa

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Librarian for Inclusive Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

Monica Figueroa is librarian for inclusive excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries. In this capacity, she serves as program director for the Libraries’ Reckoning Initiative and as a strategic advisor to the Library Leadership Team on various library priorities related to transforming the University Libraries’ services, programs, and scholarship. She is passionate about social justice issues related to race, gender, and economic inequity, and her professional goals include exploring new ways of leveraging the infrastructure of academic libraries to serve underserved communities of patrons. Monica participates in other forms of advocacy, serving as director of the Carolina Academic Library Associates Program (a partnership between the University Libraries and the UNC School of Information and Library Science), chair of the Libraries’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Council, and member of ARL’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Institute Task Force.

A native of Ann Arbor, MI, Monica earned her MS in library and information science from Syracuse University in 2014, after having earned an MA in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago in 2011 and a bachelor’s of music in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006.

Liangyu Fu headshot.Liangyu Fu

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Chinese Studies Librarian
University of Michigan Library

Liangyu Fu joined the University of Michigan Library (U-M) in 2013 as the Chinese studies librarian at the Asia Library. She is also a faculty associate at U-M’s Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS). She manages one of the largest and most prestigious collections of Chinese studies resources in North America, while also acting as liaison to a large academic community, including LRCCS. In addition to her responsibilities as a subject specialist, she leads many collaborative projects, including the creation of a unique special collection on the history of Chinese dance, the development of a visiting lecture series focusing on digital scholarship, and the designing of a public screening and discussion series of documentary films focusing on cultural shifts in China. All of these activities are in partnership with LRCCS, on whose Executive Committee she also serves.

She is an active member in professional organizations at a national and regional level. Currently, she serves as the chair of the Committee on Public Services, Council on East Asian Libraries, and the immediate past president of the Midwest chapter, Chinese American Librarians Association.

Liangyu received a dual BA degree (Publishing, Law) from Wuhan University, a master’s degree in library science from Nanjing University, and a PhD in communications and media studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Trained as a media historian, she specializes in print culture in the context of Sino-Western intellectual exchanges. Her monograph on this topic is forthcoming from Brill.

Allyssa Guzman headshot.Allyssa Guzman

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Digital Scholarship Librarian
University of Texas at Austin Libraries

In her current role as a digital scholarship librarian, Allyssa provides training and consultations to staff, faculty and students on all aspects of the digital humanities and digital scholarship including methodologies, project and assignment design, and sustainability planning. She also serves as the Diversity Residency Coordinator for UT Libraries’ Diversity Residency Program supervising and mentoring the residents during their three-year tenure. She is currently serving as PI and co-director on the NEH-funded project digital humanities project, Enabling and Reusing Multilingual Citizen Contributions in the Archival Record, which aims to develop best practices around ethically attributing and reusing the products of crowd-sourced transcription projects. She received her Master of Science in information studies from the University of Texas School of Information. She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in English and Italian studies from the University of Washington. Allyssa is a Certified Scrum Product Owner within the Agile Scrum project management methodology and has a successful history of stewarding large-scale IT projects including the migration and redesign of a 6,000+ page library website.

Rahni Kennedy headshot.Rahni B. Kennedy

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Music and Media Catalog/Metadata Librarian and Physical Processing Manager
Southern Methodist University

Rahni B. Kennedy is the music and media catalog/metadata librarian and physical processing manager at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Dr. Kennedy currently serves as past chair of the Texas Chapter of the Music Library Association (TMLA) and as a member of the Encoding Standards Subcommittee of the Music Library Association (MLA) Cataloging and Metadata Committee. He has previously served as the continuing education coordinator for Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG), on the Program Committee for both TMLA and MOUG Program, and on MLA’s Dena Epstein Award Committee for Archival and Library Research in American Music. At SMU, he serves as co-chair of the Critical Cataloging Task Force, a member of the Cataloging and Database Maintenance Team, and served previously as Professional Training co-chair of the SMU Black Faculty and Staff Association.

While in library school, he was an Association of Research Libraries/Music Library Association Diversity and Inclusion Initiative fellow and recipient of the Anna Harriet Heyer Scholarship in music librarianship. He has presented and been on panels at the Music Library Association Annual Meeting, Texas Chapter of the Music Library Association Fall Meeting, and the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.

Prior to coming into the librarianship field, Dr. Kennedy spent a decade as a freelance clarinet performer and private lesson instructor in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area. He also was awarded with the Perkinson Travel-to-the-Collections Grant by the Center for Black Music Research of Columbia College Chicago to complete research on African-American composer Ed Bland. Dr. Kennedy has a continued interest in research of Western classical music composers of the African diaspora and DEI issues in relation to librarianship. He holds a Doctor in Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from Texas Tech University, Master of Science in library science and Graduate Academic Certificate in advanced management in libraries and information agencies from the University of North Texas, Master of Music in clarinet performance and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is a member of the Music Library Association, Music OCLC Users Group, and the Texas Chapter of the Music Library Association.

Somaly Kim Wu headshot.Somaly Kim Wu

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Director, Organizational Development & Strategic Planning
Texas State University

Somaly Kim Wu is the director, organizational development and strategic planning at Texas State University Libraries. Her portfolio includes oversight of library administrative services, human resources, finance, facilities management, and organizational development. As a member of the senior leadership team, she actively engages in strategic planning and endeavors to build a diverse and inclusive organization. Having spent her entire career in predominantly white institutions, she is committed to assessing organizational health and culture in pursuit of best practices for the recruitment, hiring, and retention of Black, Indigenous, and persons of color into the profession. Her career spans multiple states and academic libraries; first as a Library Diversity Fellow at Cornell University and then head of library technology innovation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Prior to joining Texas State University Libraries, she was the director of open archives and discovery at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her expertise encompasses information technology, digital libraries, digital scholarship, user experience, and project management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Michigan State University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.

Mai Lu headshot.Mai Lu

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Head, Public Services and Outreach
University of Toronto Libraries

Mai Lu is passionate about helping people and communities. As head of public services and outreach at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Library, Mai supports teaching and learning through reference and research services, circulation services, and outreach. As a department head, Mai fosters a work environment that is welcoming and supportive for all direct and indirect reports. Throughout her career, Mai has had supportive supervisors and managers who encouraged her to reach out of her comfort zone and pursue leadership opportunities. As a manager, she tries to do the same for her staff and colleagues. UTM Library serves a diverse student population, and it is a priority for her that students of all backgrounds feel like they belong at the library.

Prior to transitioning to academic libraries in 2019, Mai worked in public libraries for over 15 years in roles including branch manager, acting area manager, and deputy chief librarian. While a mid-career librarian, Mai is relatively new to academic and research libraries. In 2021, Mai attended the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference and presented at the North American Virtual Reference Online Conference (NAVROC) on virtual reference services in academic libraries. Mai recently completed the Library Management Skills Institute, Levels I and II, by DeEtta Jones and Associates.

Mai participates in several mentorship programs both as a mentor and as a mentee, including the University of Toronto Libraries mentorship program, the Ontario Library Association (OLA)’s MentorMatch program, and the Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) mentorship program. Through mentorship relationships, Mai encourages other racialized library workers to consider leadership opportunities.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are important to Mai. Mai has been a member of the OLA’s Cultural Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) Committee since 2019 and was committee chair in 2021. As part of the CDI committee, Mai has helped to amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) working in libraries through the Culture@Work profiles, to support networking and mentorship opportunities for BIPOC library workers, and has presented at conferences on mentorship and networking, and cultural diversity in library leadership. Mai is a member of the UTM Anti-Black Racism Task Group’s Operational group and has been accepted to be a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group for 2022–2023.

Mai holds a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University.

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Head, Samuel & Frances Belzberg Library
Simon Fraser University Library

Ebony Magnus is head of the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus on the unceded, ancestral, and current territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Kwikwetlem Nations. As a member of the SFU Library and Vancouver campus leadership teams, Ebony leads operational and strategic activities engaging Belzberg Library with institutional and community partners. She is a member of SFU’s Black Caucus and uses her position in the Library to create opportunities that increase visibility and interconnection among by Black faculty, staff, and students. Ebony’s values-driven approach to leadership and management is largely informed by her prior work in library assessment, including critical assessment practices that seek to challenge power dynamics and upend commonly held assumptions about library assessment.

Prior to joining SFU Library in 2019, Ebony was an assessment librarian at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta and at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Ebony completed her MLIS at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, CA; she also holds a Master of Arts in English language and literature from Carleton University in Ottawa, CA.

Bethany McGowan headshot.Bethany McGowan

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Associate Professor
Purdue University Libraries

Bethany McGowan is an associate professor in the Libraries and School of Information Studies at Purdue University, where her work centers on health information literacy instruction and health equity. She is the primary investigator for a US Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded project that examines health information-seeking in Black American communities with a specific focus on understanding the cultural and historical influencers of health information-seeking behavior. Professor McGowan is a Purdue Service-Learning Fellow and teaches two experiential learning undergraduate courses that engage local community organizations, government entities, and students in health literacy instruction. The first, Diplomacy Lab: Strategies for Identifying Mis/Disinformation, is a collaboration between the US Department of State and Purdue in which students work with diplomats to design tools and processes for identifying mis/disinformation campaigns. Tools from the course are being integrated into the training curriculum for State’s Watch Officers, responsible for the timely reporting of information to the Secretary of State and other high-ranking officials. The second course, Information Literacy Instruction in Marginalized Communities, focuses on raising students’ consciousness of and sensitivity to authentic community health information needs by establishing mutually beneficial partnerships between grassroots community organizations and Purdue and providing historically marginalized communities with a low overhead entry-point into academic partnerships. She also teaches two graduate-level courses on systematic review methodology and automation of systematic review processes. She is the 2021–23 chair of the International Federation of Library Association’s Health and Biosciences Libraries Section and an alumna of the first cohort of WHO Infodemic Managers.

Since 2017 she has worked with the US Department of State, the Humanitarian Open Street Map team, and international NGOs to manage data and information for several humanitarian relief projects. Her work has garnered national and international attention, winning several teaching and service awards.

Xiying Mi headshot.Xiying Mi

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Digital Initiative Metadata Librarian
University of South Florida

Xiying Mi (digital initiatives metadata librarian, associate librarian) has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a digital initiative metadata librarian at the University of South Florida Tampa Library. She focuses on digital collections metadata creation and curation. Her research interests lie primarily in linked open data, metadata, and data management.

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Digital and Media Archivist
University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries

Catherine Phan has been the digital and media archivist at the University Archives of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) since December 2016, caring for and managing the digital, image, and audiovisual collections of the Archives and leading the development of the born-digital archiving program.

Cat received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), now iSchool, in 2009. She gained experience in a variety of positions working in and with libraries and librarians across the university campus and across the state including as assistant to the Southeast Asian Bibliographer, reference and information services assistant at MERIT Education Library, and as a founding member of the Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums project and class. Cat has worked in the past as digital services and metadata librarian at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, and collections management librarian for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

As digital and media archivist, Cat has led a number of major projects including leading the WHA Radio Broadcasts collection project, a CLIR-funded project to digitize selected rare and fragile transcription discs, managing the digitization of Nothing to Hide, a local weekly public access television program that focused on LGBTQ+ issues, capturing local and national events and featuring both local and national figures, partnering with the UW-Madison Public History Project and PBS Wisconsin on the event Sifting and Winnowing and Film Burning to premiere the previously restricted groundbreaking film by UW Extension and Lloyd Barbee, then president of the Wisconsin NAACP that used hidden cameras to expose instances of housing discrimination in real time, and creating the Student Historian Program, a paid opportunity for undergraduates designed to empower students of color to document their communities’ histories.

Cat remains active in a few professional service organizations and grant projects including as a member of the Asian Pacific American Librarians’ Association (APALA) Media and Publicity Committee, advisory board member of the IMLS-funded project InFrame: Centering the Underrepresented in Moving Image Archives, and a project team member of the NEH-funded grant project Broadcasting Audiovisual Data.

Caitlin Pollock headshot.Caitlin Pollock

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Digital Scholarship Specialist, Associate Librarian
University of Michigan Library

Caitlin Pollock is the digital scholarship specialist for the University of Michigan Library, where she works with students and faculty on digital scholarship workshops, projects, and initiatives. Her work consists of coordinating workshops and programming, and leading the library’s online exhibits program and text and data mining services. She holds a Master of Science in library and information science from Pratt Institute and a Master of Arts in digital humanities from Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests include Black digital humanities, humanities data, and DIY-making pedagogy.

Chaitra Powell headshot.Chaitra Powell

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Curator, Southern Historical Collection
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

In November 2021, Chaitra Powell was appointed as the 10th curator of the Southern Historical Collection, the second woman and first African American to hold the role in the collection’s 91 year history. Since 2014, she served as the African American collections and outreach archivist for the Southern Historical Collection at UNC Libraries. In this role, she worked to engage African Americans in the archival process by managing a community driven archives program, African American Family Documentation Initiative, and individual consultations with collection donors. In 2018, she took on the role of project director for the department’s Mellon Foundation funded community driven archives initiative, work she continues to explore in the Libraries

Prior to her roles in Chapel Hill, she worked as an archival consultant and archival processor with various community-based organizations in Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL. Chaitra’s research in archival methodology has an emphasis on context, as she has written about the relevance of the backgrounds of archivists and the legacies of archival institutions.

Chaitra earned her master’s degree in library science as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Arizona.

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Associate Head, Research Engagement
North Carolina State University Libraries

In her current role, Hannah Rainey collaboratively manages the Research Engagement department. She leads a team of librarians that provides support to students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences throughout the research and instruction lifecycles. Additionally, she provides leadership for the Libraries immersive technology spaces and facilitates their use in innovative pedagogy and research communication across disciplines. Beyond those duties, she collaborates with colleagues across campus to promote critical media literacy and community around equity, social justice, and liberation. Hannah joined NC State University as a Libraries Fellow in 2016 and led efforts to examine and recommend improvements to institutional data security and user privacy. Security and privacy advocacy and education are still important motivations in Hannah’s work and life. In her prior role as lead librarian for academic technology, she also managed a team of AV technicians in the Libraries IT Department and led efforts to refresh AV technologies to meet the needs of users. Hannah was a 2015 ALA Spectrum Scholar and holds an MS in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Wellesley College in cinema and media studies.

Michele Santamaria headshot.Michele Santamaria

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Learning Design Librarian
Millersville University

Michele Santamaria is an assistant professor/learning design librarian at the McNairy Library at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Her position involves information literacy coordination, instructional design, and assessment. She is a liaison to the following departments: African-American Studies, English and World Languages, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, and Latino/a Studies. The research questions which she pursues are how to engage students metacognitively in research, how to analyze and transform racist structures in the library profession, and how to use social media to teach the ACRL Framework.

An immigrant originally from Quito, Ecuador, she is bilingual, though far more proficient in English. Before becoming a librarian, she taught college English. Her favorite class to teach was the creative writing workshop in poetry. She is in the process of submitting a poetry manuscript that weaves together the history of Technicolor movies with family history and the history of race in the Americas. The manuscript brings together her skillsets and passions as a librarian, poet, and anthropologist.

Nicole Santiago headshot.Nicole D. Santiago

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Research, Teaching, and Writing Services
Harvard Library

Nicole Santiago is currently the research, teaching, and writing services librarian at the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library. Nicole was previously information literacy librarian at the University of Pennsylvania. While earning her Master of Science degree in architecture at UC Berkeley, Nicole taught reading and composition classes on graphic novels and sequential art in the Rhetoric and History of Art departments. Nicole first developed her passion for information literacy and instruction at City College San Francisco and Diablo Valley College. Before transitioning to academic librarianship, Nicole served in public libraries and archives in Berkeley and New York. Her public librarian endeavors included collection development, reference, outreach, public programming, literacy initiatives, and teen services. Nicole has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Pratt Institute.

Nicole is currently on the Executive Board of the Association of Architecture School Librarians, serving as secretary. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Art Libraries Society of North America, serving as co-editor of the Notable Graphic Novels Review. Nicole is a proud first generation college graduate and Philadelphia native. Her research interests include comics and architecture, architecture in film, the history of architectural archives in America, and the professionalization of architectural practice.

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Librarian for Anthropology, Sociology, and WGSS; Program Director for Instruction
Yale University Library

Jennifer has a BA in history from Vassar College, and she received an MA in history and an MLIS from Florida State University. Prior to working in academia, she trained as an archivist and served as the tribal librarian/archivist for the Mohegan Indian tribe. Her first academic appointment was at the University of Connecticut (UConn) as the history, political science, and digital scholarship librarian. At UConn, she collaborated on the award-winning Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives Project. She also created a student internship centered around digital scholarship entitled “Hartford through Time.” This program allowed undergraduates to create content for the web, engage with primary source materials, and choose a topic or theme related to Hartford history that was meaningful to them. Library instruction has been the focus of her career in academic librarianship, and she is the inaugural program director for instruction at the Marx Science and Social Science Library. Since July 2021, she serves as the chair of Yale University Library’s Reference, Instruction, and Outreach committee (RIO). In the past year, RIO has addressed issues of accessibility and discoverability of library resources. Her contributions in Association of College and Research Libraries’ publications reflect these interests in critical pedagogy and student engagement.

Jennifer is a member of the ACRL New England Chapter and the New England Library Instruction, for which she currently serves as the Secretary-Elect. In addition to engaging with professional organizations, she also actively seeks collaboration with librarians at other institutions. In spring 2021, she assisted in organizing BIPOC in the Built, a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon to highlight BIPOC architects, urban landscapers, urban artists, etc. This week-long event was in collaboration with librarians at MIT and was attended by a global audience.

Outside of work, Jennifer is an avid runner and competes in half marathons and obstacle course races. A coffee enthusiast, she loves sampling the brews at local coffee houses. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their fur babies. They are the proud parents of two pit bull rescues and two cats.

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Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian
University of Nevada Las Vegas

Brittani Sterling is the social sciences and interdisciplinary studies librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is the liaison to the areas of sociology, anthropology, interdisciplinary studies, and political science and creates instructional opportunities for students across the curriculum to cultivate the critical skills necessary to meet their research needs. She champions lifelong learning, holistic student success, and supports the development of students’ inquiry and critical thinking skills. In addition, she connects the larger campus community with librarians’ skills and expertise by coordinating the UNLV Libraries Workshop series—co-curricular events that help students gain valuable skills that aren’t always taught through coursework, but that complement and strengthen future academic and career prospects.

Brittani intentionally collects materials that center equity, diversity, representation, and inclusion based in anti-racist principles and has recently finished overhauling her institution’s Indigenous and African-American Studies Collections providing critical resources on contemporary Indigenous identity and reflecting neo-Civil Rights commentary that has arisen in recent years. She crafts research guides that support powerful departmental programs, reflect student demographics, and account for emerging trends and current events. Her involvement in UNLV’s “We Need to Talk” series—a virtual educational series featuring university and community experts discussing issues on race and seeking solutions for a more inclusive society—is one of her most treasured contributions to her institution and the Las Vegas community to date.

Brittani’s research agenda includes the sociology of librarianship, building equitable collections, and exploring the intersection of organizational culture and the lived experiences of librarians of color. Her ACRL contributed paper “Conference critique: An analysis of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) planning” has changed the way conference planners across the country evaluate proposals that center EDI content, and she is currently serving as primary investigator of the project “We’re still here at mid-career: The retention of academic librarians of color and our lived experiences,” winner of an American Library Association Diversity Grant. You can catch her hanging out on Twitter @professor_ish for conversations about social justice, tales from Libraryland, and fabulous eyeglasses!

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Collections Coordinator, Sciences
University of Toronto Libraries

Naz Torabi has been committed to actively addressing equity and diversity issues throughout her career. Currently, she is leading a research study examining key areas of priority related to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) for librarians with collection development responsibilities in the subject areas of science, technology, engineering, or medicine (STEM). In addition, she served on a Data Taskforce supporting the Council on Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability (CARESA) in a large hospital network in Toronto. In this capacity, she ensured that the taskforce had evidence-based information to make recommendations to CARESA in understanding issues impacting marginalized Black, Indigenous, and other underrepresented staff. She was also a member of the Access Conference Diversity Scholarship Committee in 2017. The committee reviewed and awarded scholarships to several underrepresented/marginalized conference delegates and, therefore, contributed to the diversity of the conference.

Naz Torabi is the collections coordinator, sciences at the University of Toronto (UofT). She is responsible for developing a sustained and coordinated approach to collection development and management activities across UofT campuses. In addition, she oversees collaborative science collections initiatives to support research and teaching in one of the largest academic libraries in North America.

Her career in library and information services has included various positions, including a health science librarian at McGill University, a solo-librarian position at a community hospital, an information specialist in a large hospital library network.

She has served as the Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA) executive member. In addition, she co-led library-wide fundraising campaign activities supporting the United Way for two consecutive years at McGill University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Canadian Health Libraries Association as President-Elect.

She is honoured to be part of the 2022–2023 LCDP cohort to enhance her leadership skills and competencies. She is confident that this experience will be invaluable in shaping her to be a better EDI steward.

Mea Warren headshot.Mea Warren

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Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning
University of Houston Libraries

Mea has been at the University of Houston for 6 years, starting as the natural sciences and mathematics librarian before being promoted to associate librarian and to the role of assistant head of teaching and learning. In her current role, she primarily manages relationships between the libraries and units on campus devoted to student success, integrating information literacy concepts into areas like residential life, career services, and athletics. Her professional work has included articles and presentations on library outreach initiatives and planning, promotion and navigating the tenure track, and science librarianship. Her awards include being an ALA Emerging Leader, SLA Rising Star, John P. McGovern Outstanding Librarian at UH Libraries, and participating in the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians. Her undergraduate degree in history and African and African-American studies is from Duke University and she received her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When she isn’t working, she likes to travel, watch TV and movies, play mobile or Nintendo Switch games, and listen to podcasts and audiobooks.

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