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Michael-Wallace Davis Jr.
Collection Development & Acquisitions Manager, Alameda County Library System

Michael-Wallace Davis Jr.

Michael-Wallace Davis Jr. is the Collection Development & Acquisitions Manager for the Alameda County Library System. In his role, Davis has focused on broadening and diversifying the collection. He has worked to achieve equitable access by re-examining the Collection Development Policy, purchasing materials from local businesses to add local authors to the broader collection, and adding materials from emerging new voices that have traditionally been silenced in libraries.

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Angela Ocaña
Community Services Manager, Eugene Public Library

Angela Ocaña

Angela Ocaña (she/her) has been the Community Services Manager in Eugene, Oregon, for the past five years. Unfortunately, Eugene faces one of the highest unhoused rates per capita of unhoused individuals. Since beginning her work with the city, she has fiercely advocated for unhoused youth in her community. Before her move to the Pacific Northwest, she was born and raised in Santa Clara, where she spent twenty years with the Santa Clara City Library. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and San Jose State’s iSchool.

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Imani Singleton
MLIS Student at SJSU and Library Clerk at Chaffey College

Imani Singleton

Imani Singleton is a library clerk at Chaffey College in California and a student in the fully online Master of Library and Information Science degree program to the SJSU School of Information. She is primarily studying cataloging and has an interest in learning best practices for incorporating DEI principles into metadata creation and maintenance.

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Tina Fontenot
MLIS Student at SJSU and Reader at the Evergreen Branch, SJPL Children’s Department

Tina Fontenot

Tina Fontenot is in her final year of the Master of Library and Information Science degree program at the SJSU School of Information. Fontenot is a first-generation college student whose interests include volunteering for the Girl Scouts of Northern California and serving as a reader at the Evergreen Branch of the San Jose Public Library’s children’s department. Some of the LIS organizations that she is involved in include BCALA, CLBC, YALSA, and ALSC. Fontenot is a passionate advocate for information accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Jian (Lily) Chen
Lecturer at North Carolina Central University Department of Nursing; WAVES Project Director

Jian (Lily) Chen

Jian (Lily) Chen is a nationally Certified Nurse Educator, passionate community organizer, mental health advocate, and mental health disparity researcher. She started her community work in the Chicago Chinese Community more than a decade ago, promoting public health especially in the underserved communities. She successfully coordinated multiple national and local programs including the UCA Youth Mental Health Collaborative WAVES (Wellness, Advocacy, Voices, Education, Support) since 2016 to promote Mental Health in AAPI communities.

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Kara (K. René) Price
Bridging Knowledge Scholar; MLIS Student at San Jose State University

Kara Price

Kara (K. René) Price (they/she/y’all, Mvskoke) is an Afro-Indigenous information professional living and working in the traditional homelands of the Wichita, Kiowa, Osage, and Sioux.

K. René graduated from the University of Kansas in August 2021 with a Master of Science in Digital Content Strategy. At KU, their work culminated in a portfolio focusing on U.S. digital foreign policy and diplomacy in the era of Big Data, namely in Indigenous data sovereignty, librarianship, and digital inclusion in Indian Country.

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Vogue M. Robinson
Poet, Author, Mentor, Teaching Artist

Vogue M. Robinson

Vogue M. Robinson – poet, author, mentor, and teaching artist – has an appreciation for human beings who put truth and heart into words. She served as poet laureate of Clark County, Nevada and is the first Black woman to receive the Silver Pen award from the Nevada Writers’ Hall of Fame. Her first poetry collection, Vogue 3:16 is available in both print and audiobook format. Robinson serves as a teaching artist within classrooms, community centers, nonprofits, retirement communities, and of course, inside your computer. Vogue resides in Las Vegas, NV, with her family.

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Annie Pho
2022-2023 APALA President, Head of Instruction and Outreach at University of San Francisco Library

Annie Pho

Annie Pho is the Head of Instruction and Outreach Department at the University of San Francisco Library. She has a Bachelor’s in Art History from San Francisco State University and a Master’s in Library Science from IUPUI. She is the co-editor of the book Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS, as well as the co-editor of the Critical Race and Multiculturalism Series for Library Juice Press. Her research interests include intersectionality and women of color in LIS, student research behavior, and feminist pedagogy in information literacy instruction.

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Alanna Aiko Moore
APALA Executive Director, Head of Community Engagement and Inclusion, Librarian for Ethnic Studies at University of California, San Diego

Alanna Aiko Moore

Alanna Aiko Moore is the Head of Community Engagement and Inclusion and Librarian for Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego where she manages diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging-related Library projects in collaboration with campus colleagues. Alanna is the Executive Director (and Past President) of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association.

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Dawn Frood
Former Collection Development Librarian and Liaison Coordinator, Florida Atlantic University Libraries

Dawn Frood

Dawn Frood is the former Collection Development Librarian and Liaison Coordinator for Florida Atlantic University Libraries. She has worked at FAU for 5 years. Dawn earned an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida in 2007 and an M.S. in Information Systems and Technology in 2017. She has held several leadership positions within the Palm Beach Library Association that include: Vice-President, President and Immediate Past President. She has also represented Academic Libraries on the PBCLA Board of Directors.

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Homayoon “Amir” Abtahi
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University

Homayoon “Amir” Abtahi

Homayoon “Amir” Abtahi, is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University.  He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1981 and joined Florida Atlantic University in 1983.  In addition to his academic activity, he has a wealth of practical experience, much of which has been obtained as a practicing design-build engineer installing solar energy systems.

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Loida Garcia-Febo
SJSU iSchool Health and Wellness Ambassador

Loida Garcia-Febo

Loida Garcia-Febo is a Puerto Rican American librarian and International Library Consultant expert in library services to diverse populations and human rights. President of the American Library Association 2018-2019. Garcia-Febo is worldwide known for her passion about diversity, communities, sustainability, innovation and digital transformation, library workers, library advocacy, wellness for library workers, and new librarians about which she has taught in 44 countries.

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Leah Plocharczyk
Director, MacArthur Campus Library

Leah Plocharczyk

Leah Plocharczyk is a University Librarian and the Director of the MacArthur Campus Library where she oversees library operations.  She has published articles and book chapters on subjects about managing conflict in libraries, literacy support for individuals with intellectual disabilities, creative library outreach, and library collaboration with marine mammal stranding networks.  She is the co-author of the book, Libraries and Reading: Intellectual Disability and the Extent of Library Diversity.  She is active in mentoring students and library outreach.  Her areas are

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Kristin M. Jacobi
Retired, J. Eugene Smith Library

Kristin M. Jacobi

Librarian Emeritus Kris Jacobi spent the last 26 years as a tenured library faculty member at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut. Kris was Head of the Cataloging Department and chief original cataloging librarian. During her tenure, she was elected President of the New England Library Association and elected as President of the campus AAUP (American Association of University Professors) Chapter.

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Nick Buron
Chief Librarian, Queens Library

Nick Buron

Nick Buron is the Chief Librarian for the Queens Library. He oversees all library services in the 66 Queens Library locations, including programming, outreach and collections. He has been with the Queens Library since 1993 when he started as a front line librarian. In 2016, he moved into his current position.  Nick has direct and indirect supervision for over 700 employees. He assesses current needs and plans for the future service needs of the community.

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Iryna Karnaukh
Chief Librarian, V. H. Korolenko State Scientific Library of Kharkiv

Iryna Karnaukh

Iryna Karnaukh is a Ukrainian research librarian, network information analyst, youth worker, educator at the School of Library Journalism, tutor of distance learning courses for librarians, member of the Kharkiv Regional Branch of the Ukrainian Library Association.

She has more than 20 years of experience: worked in public libraries, the library of one private university, and the Kharkiv Educational Library. Since 2012, she has been working at V. H. Korolenko State Scientific Library of Kharkiv.

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Natalia Petrenko
Director, V. H. Korolenko State Scientific Library of Kharkiv

Natalia Petrenko

Natalia Petrenko is the Director of V. H. Korolenko State Scientific Library of Kharkiv, Head of the Kharkiv Regional Branch of the Ukrainian Library Association, an all-Ukrainian public organization.

Research interests: automation of library and bibliographic processes, digitization of documents, history of librarianship, popularization of reading.

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Dr. Blanche Woolls
Professor Emerita, San José State University

Dr. Blanche Woolls

Blanche Woolls is a graduate of Indiana University where she holds a bachelors in fine arts and a masters and doctorate in library and information science. She began her professional career as a school librarian in Hammond, Indiana in a K-8 elementary school with 1,245 students. She was appointed the first coordinator of school libraries in that city and served for two years until she moved to Roswell, New Mexico as coordinator there.