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Bri M. Watson
PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

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Bri Watson (@brimwats) is a disabled, white, queer & nonbinary settler hailing from N’dakina in Aln8ba8dwaw8gan (colonially: New Hampshire), now living in Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səlilwətaɬ.

They are a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar and fourth-year PhD. Candidate at the University of British Columbia’s iSchool. Their research focuses on the multiple histories of information and the contemporary practices of equitable cataloging in galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and special collections.

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Chloe Misorski
Cataloging Librarian, Cleveland Museum of Art

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Chloe Misorski (she/her) has been the Cataloging Librarian at the Ingalls Library at the Cleveland Museum of Art since January 2020. While in this role she served on a two-person library system implementation task force during while working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is proud to have implemented critical cataloging policies at the library including alternative subject headings, reparative description, and reclassification of materials.

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Devon Murphy
Metadata Analyst, University of Texas at Austin

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Devon Murphy (they/them) is a metadata and digital collections professional, currently working as the Metadata Analyst at the University of Texas at Austin. In this role, Murphy oversees standards, policies, and data models for the Libraries’ holdings. Murphy previously worked as the Metadata Librarian for Latin American Resources and as the TARO Metadata Analyst at UT Austin, and as a Getty Graduate Intern (2019-2020), creating Getty Vocabulary records and policies.

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Richard Ashby Jr.
Director of the Sharon Hill Public Library

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Richard E. Ashby, Jr. is a dedicated librarian and community leader who has made a significant impact in the field of librarianship. His passion for making a difference in people’s lives has driven his remarkable journey.

Let’s explore his accomplishments, awards, and offices held:

Professional Background

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Raymond Pun
Academic and Research Librarian, Alder Graduate School of Education

Raymond Pun

Raymond Pun (he/him/his) is the academic and research librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education. In this role, he supports all library services from research to scholarly communication. With over 17 years of experience, Ray has worked as a librarian in institutions such as Stanford University, Fresno State, New York University Shanghai, and the New York Public Library. He has published and presented extensively and is an active member of the American Library Association.

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Ricky Punzalan
Associate Professor, University of Michigan. Focus on Reparative Approaches to Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan

Dr. Ricardo L. Punzalan

Dr. Ricardo L. Punzalan (he/him) is an associate professor at the School of Information and director of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Michigan. A scholar of archives and digital curation, he recently has been inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. He studies community access and use of anthropological data in archives, as well as the digitization of ethnographic records held in libraries, archives, and museums. His research has established and shaped practices of virtual reunification and digital repatriation of cultural heritage collections.

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Erlinda Naputi
President, Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives, and Museums Director, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library

Erlinda Cabrera Naputi

Hafa adai! With over 32 years of professional public librarian experience, Erlinda Cabrera Naputi is the President of the Pacific Islands Association for Libraries, Archives, and Museums and the Library Director/NMI State Librarian of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library-CNMI State Library under the Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Erlinda is passionate about the important role of public libraries, museums, and archives in developing vibrant and engaged communities, and she is actively engaged in numerous local and national boards and advisory groups.

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Evelyn Keolian
Children’s Librarian at Chicago Public Library, Founder and Co-chair of the CPL Diversability Advocacy Committee, and Adjunct Professor of American Sign Language at Oakton College

Evelyn Keolian

Evelyn Keolian is a Children’s Librarian at Chicago Public Library. She is the founder and co-chair of the CPL Diversability Advocacy Committee. She is an adjunct professor of American Sign Language at Oakton College. She received her MLIS from University of North Texas. Born Deaf, Evelyn has been an ASL user since adulthood. Previously, she has worked at the Pasadena City College Shatford Library (CA), Granada Elementary School (CA), volunteered with Pasadena Public Library (CA) and the Anixter Center Literacy Program (IL) for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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Erin Hollingsworth
District Librarian North Slope Borough School District

Erin Hollingsworth

Erin Hollingsworth has been a librarian in the American Arctic since 2011. She currently works as the District Librarian for the North Slope Borough School District; her position requires her to visit all eight remote communities on Alaska’s North Slope. Prior to that, she worked as the Public Services Librarian at Tuzzy Consortium Library at Iḷisaġvik College, in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. Erin has experience working in academic, public, K-12 school, special, and tribal library settings in Alaska, Montana, and British Columbia, Canada.

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Laura London
Branch Supervisor Rockrimmon Library, Pikes Peak Library District

Laura London

Laura London has worked in libraries for over 25 years and in many capacities. She began as a volunteer when her children were small, then began subbing for several school libraries. She received a position as elementary school librarian and has also worked in a middle school library, as well as a university library. She joined the Peace Corps twice; the first time serving in the island nation of Palau where she taught English to elementary grades and worked as the community librarian.

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Svitlana Moiseeva
Director of the Luhans’k Regional Universal Scientific Library, Vice-president of Ukrainian Library Association

Svitlana Moiseeva

Svitlana Moiseeva started her professional career in 1987 in the Luhans’k Regional Universal Library, where she still works. Over the years, she have made her professional way from a librarian to library manager. She have been the head of this library since 2017.

Moiseeva received her professional education at the Kharkiv State Institute of Culture (now the Kharkiv State Academy of Culture) in 1996.

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Krystyna Tumasova
Director of the Municipal Institution Pokrovsk City Public Library

Krystyna Tumasova

Krystyna Tumasova was born on April 16, 1977 in Abovyan (Armenia), an Assyrian, now is a citizen of Ukraine. 

On December 29, 1988, she moved to Ukraine with her parents for permanent residence in the city of Krasmnoarmiisk, Donetsk region. 

From the 5th to the 9th grade, studied at the secondary school No. 12 in Krasnoarmiisk. From September 1992 to June 1996, studied at the Krasnoarmiisk Pedagogical College, after which received a Junior Specialist Diploma in Labor Training.

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Brenden Gilbert
Technology Leader, CEO, and Accessibility Advocate in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Brenden Gilbert

Brenden Gilbert, a Deaf technology leader and American Sign Language user, stands at the forefront of innovation, seamlessly bridging accessibility gaps and tackling complex technological challenges.

As the visionary CEO and founder of Deaf Eye Consulting, Brenden’s expertise empowers companies such as VSL Labs (www.vsllabs.com), where he guides technology and product strategy, or Convo Communications (www.convo.global).

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Brad McKenna
Technology Librarian, Wilmington Memorial Library in Massachusetts

Brad McKenna

In 2014, after 14 years in the IT department at Partners Healthcare, Brad McKenna became the technology librarian for the Wilmington Memorial Library in Massachusetts. His main duties center around supporting anything with a plug, including computers, printers, databases, the library website. He also digitizes old VHS tapes and 8mm reels for patrons, demystifies technology for patrons through one-on-one tech help sessions, and teaches patrons how to use the 3D Printer.