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IDEAL ’19: Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives—Travel Awardees Selected


Symposium participants in conversation
image © WD Yeager Photography

IDEAL ’19 is awarding 50 scholarships for individuals to attend the conference, hosted by The Ohio State University, August 6–7, in Columbus, Ohio. Each scholarship awardee will receive $1,000 for travel to and participation in the conference. These awards are intended to encourage participation and engagement of library staff and faculty who might not have the financial resources to attend the conference.

IDEAL ’19 is presented by The Ohio State University Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The conference aims to foster awareness and appreciation of workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion  issues through the exploration of exemplary practice, contemporary theory, thought leadership, and strategy development for all those in the academic and public library, archives, and museum sectors.

“The Ohio State University Libraries is honored to host IDEAL ’19 and to welcome the library community to Columbus,” said Damon Jaggars, vice provost and director of The Ohio State University Libraries. “Advancing equity, diversity, inclusivity, and access is central to our values at Ohio State. We are proud to help further this conversation—one that is vitally important for our profession, institutions, libraries, and society.”

These scholarships were funded by the IDEAL community, including numerous academic and public libraries, library consortia, and other partners. Many thanks to these organizations and libraries for their generous support.

Recipients of the IDEAL ’19 travel awards are:

  • Kalani Adolpho, processing archivist resident, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Jill Anderson, outreach services assistant, Queens Public Library, and student, Queens College, CUNY
  • Anicka Austin, graduate research assistant, Wilson Special Collections Library, University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Gretchen A. Avery, senior library associate, Bowling Green State University
  • Heather Baker, student, North Carolina Central University
  • Drew Balduff, electronic resources librarian, University of Findlay
  • Kelsa Bartley, manager, library services–learning, research, and clinical information services, Louis Calder Memorial Library, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
  • Shelly Black, marketing specialist, associate, The University of Arizona Libraries
  • Claramarie Burns, music copy cataloger and processing lead, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Christina Bush, student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jenny Josefina Carlos, graduate student, UNC Greensboro
  • Regina Sierra Carter, teaching and learning librarian, University of Virginia
  • Zakiya Collier, project archivist, Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Bridgette Comanda, research and instruction librarian, Trinity Washington University
  • Melina Kristine Dabney, MLIS student, San Jose State University
  • Amy Dickinson, student, University of Maryland
  • Amber Dierking, MLIS student, The University of British Columbia
  • Carlos Duarte, outreach and intergeneration librarian, Kraemer Family Library, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Sarah Frankel, open access and repository coordinator, University of Louisville
  • Alessandra Gonzalez, library technician, Anaheim Public Library
  • Samuel Hansen, mathematics and statistics librarian, University of Michigan
  • Christina Hilburger, graduate student, School of Information Studies, McGill University
  • Natalie Hill, Consuelo Artaza and Carlos Castañeda Diversity Resident Librarian, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Tori Linville Hopper, library and information studies student, UNC Greensboro
  • Lorin K. Jackson, research and instruction resident librarian, Swarthmore College
  • Stephen G. Krueger, access and outreach services librarian, Randolph College
  • Michelle Lee, library assistant (Interlibrary Loan), Georgia State University, and student, Valdosta State University
  • Angela Lieu, youth services librarian, Edmonton Public Library, and gender and social justice studies graduate student, University of Alberta
  • Ayaba Logan, research and education informationist, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Sol María López, media cataloging coordinator, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Valentina Ly, information specialist, Sinai Health System
  • Svitlana Maluzynsky, reference librarian, University of Manitoba
  • Ebony Sable McDonald, African and African American studies diversity librarian, Louisiana State University
  • Admira Milinkovic, library technical assistant, Georgia State University
  • Amber N. Moore, library associate II, Georgia State University
  • Jeanie Pai, student, Queens College, CUNY
  • Claire Payne, graduate student, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, and content management research assistant, University Libraries, UNC–Chapel Hill
  • Matthew Prigge, reference librarian, South Milwaukee Public Library
  • Astrid Ramos, student, Western University
  • Kristina Richey, information services librarian–tech emphasis, Dayton Metro Library
  • Mark Sandoval, librarian, Cumberland University
  • Nelson Santana, assistant professor and collection development librarian, Bronx Community College, CUNY
  • Kaiya Schroeder, MLIS student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and education and outreach assistant, Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver
  • Dani Scott, technology librarian, Monson Free Library
  • Jung Mi Scoulas, clinical assistant professor and assessment coordinator, The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mahogany Skillings, library associate, Richland Library
  • Brittani Sterling, reference and instruction librarian, Georgia State University
  • Laura Tadena, Consuelo Artaza and Carlos Castañeda Diversity Resident Librarian, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ariana Varela, reference student and technology coordinator, Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco, and student, San Jose State University
  • Jen Waite, MLIS student, UNC Greensboro

For additional information about IDEAL ’19, visit the conference website at www.go.osu.edu/IDEAL19.

About The Ohio State University Libraries

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About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

About the Association of College & Research Libraries

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 10,500 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.