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Yago Cura
President, REFORMA/LA & Bilingual Outreach Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

Yago Cura

Yago S. Cura is a Bilingual Outreach Librarian with the Los Angeles Public Library and President of the Los Angeles Chapter of REFORMA (www.reformala.org). Cura runs HINCHAS Press, which publishes the Librarians with Spines series, with the help of Max Macias and Autumn Anglin, and the online literary journal, Hinchas de Poesia (www.hinchasdepoesia.com), with the help of Jim Heavily and Jennifer Therieau.

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Dr. Ana Ndumu
Assistant Professor, UMD College of Information

Ana Ndumu

Dr. Ana Ndumu is an Assistant Professor at the UMD College of Information. Her research and teaching center on libraries and immigrants and achieving racial realism and representation in LIS. Her forthcoming edited book is entitled, Borders and Belonging: Critical Examinations of Library Approaches Toward Immigrants.

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Jamie Lin, MLIS

Jamie Lin

Jamie Lin is a librarian, educator, and designer living in Southern California. She’s a 2014 graduate of the San José State University School of Information, and has worked as a corporate researcher, as well as an instructional designer in online higher education. 

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Kiera Vargas

Kiera Vargas

Kiera Vargas is an educator who realizes that one of the key components in life is to love. This same key component is needed to educate children. Within this profession, educators, parents, and stakeholders must realize that this is one of the secrets to improving so many things in education. With her diverse educational background, practical experiences, and most importantly love for students, she has experiences, stories, and tools to assist with the plight of the educational system. Vargas has taught grades K-12 through college seniors.

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Emily Drabinski
Critical Pedagogy Librarian and Liaison to the School of Labor and Urban Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Emily Drabinski

Emily Drabinski is critical pedagogy librarian and liaison to the School of Labor and Urban Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She sits on the editorial boards of College & Research Libraries and Radical Teacher, and edits Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books. Drabinski is an ALA Councilor at Large and chair of ALA’s International Relations Committee.

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Dr. Valerie Hill
Director of the Community Virtual Library in Second Life, Avacon, and Kitely

Dr. Valerie Hill received her PhD in Library and Information Science in 2012. She served as a school librarian for twenty years and taught language arts and information literacy at all grade levels from kindergarten through college. She is currently an information literacy consultant with a research focus on the intersection of information literacy and libraries with virtual worlds and digital culture and a professor at Peninsula College.

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Junia Yasenov, MARA
Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order

Junia Yasenov

I am the Director of the Archives for the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order for the states of Montana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. I have worked at their headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, since October 1, 2018. During this time, I have transformed the archives from an unorganized storage unit into a professional vault. Before this, I worked for the state archives in Lansing, Michigan, for three years and volunteered at Michigan State University Archives.

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Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MLS, LEED AP) is the executive director of the Mid-Hudson Library System. She currently serves as the co-chair of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, as an advisory board member for the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, and is a founding board member of the ALA Sustainability Round Table and the co-founder of the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Initiative.

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Dr. Lisa Daulby
Lecturer, School of Information, San Jose State University

Lisa Daulby

Dr. Lisa Daulby is an information/data governance professional with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Lisa hold a doctorate/Ph.D. in Information Technology and is a Certified Records Manager (CRM) and Certified Information Governance Professional (IGP). Lisa is also a Lecturer at the School of Information, San Jose State University in both the Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Programs.

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Helen Streck
President and CEO, Kaizen InfoSource

Helen Streck

Helen Streck has 32 years of experience in records and information management. She has successfully described and defended her RIM program designs and practices to the U.S. Attorney’s office. She served as director of corporate records and information management for pharmaceutical companies and records manager and consultant for municipal government agencies and law firms. She has crafted information management program strategies for a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients. Streck is active in ARMA International and has presented at international conferences.

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Matt Seguin
Curator of Husbandry and Records, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Matt Seguin

My primary duty is overseeing the health/husbandry of the fish and invertebrate collection. I work closely with the veterinary staff to maintain biosecurity within the aquarium, ensuring that all animals go through proper quarantine treatments before being added to the collection. I also serve as the registrar for the aquarium, securing proper permits and maintaining accurate physical and digital records of the animals in the collection.

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Josh Courteau
Training Manager, Species360

Josh Courteau

I have a background in conservation science and over ten years experience with information technology management and online education. I thrive on collaborative projects that move our world towards sustainability and interconnectedness.

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Sunny Kim
Teen Librarian

Sunny Kim

Sunny Kim is deeply honored to live and work in Seattle as a teen librarian. They love building strong relationships with young people, geeking out over science fiction and comic books, and serving the community. They also recently served on the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Young Adult Literature Awards Committee during the first year APALA was included in the ALA Youth Media Awards. They have presented at the Washington Library Association conference, ALA Midwinter, and the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color on transgender inclusion and cultural humility.

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Reed Garber-Pearson
Integrated Social Sciences & Online Learning Librarian at the University of Washington

Reed Garber-Pearson

Reed Garber-Pearson is the Integrated Social Sciences & Online Learning Librarian at the University of Washington where they have worked since 2016. Garber-Pearson is currently serving as the President-Elect for the Washington State Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). They organized the Social Justice and Libraries Open Conference in 2016, the UW Libraries’ Practicing Critical Librarianship Unconference in 2017, and have presented at local and national conferences on critical digital pedagogy and transgender inclusion.

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Micah Kehrein
Library Associate II at Seattle Public Library

Micah Kehrein

Micah Kehrein is a current MLIS student at the SJSU iSchool and a Library Associate II for the Seattle Public Library. They grew up in a small town where the public library was central to the community and have been passionate about libraries ever since. Kehrein believes that public libraries must explicitly center equity and social justice in order to truly provide access for all. Once they have completed the MLIS program, Kehrein hopes to go back to their roots and practice radical, welcoming librarianship in rural America.

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Bean Yogi
Library Associate IV at the Seattle Public Library

Bean Yogi

Bean Yogi is an Indigenous (Uchinanchu/Shimanchu) public library worker and an San José State University School of Information MLIS student, based on Duwamish land. Their work in libraries centers the intersectional lives of queer and trans Black, Indigenous, and Brown people, through a transformative justice lens. The best book they’ve read in 2019 is Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights by Juno Mac and Molly Smith. For resilience, Yogi practices somatic healing, keeps up with the Seattle Storm, and accepts all karaoke invitations.

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Pari Swift
University Records Manager, The Ohio State University

Pari Swift

Pari Swift is the Records Manager for Ohio State University. She has also served as Senior Records Manager at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Local Government Records Archivist and then as Assistant State Archivist in the State Archives of Ohio. She has served as chair of the Ohio Electronic Records Committee and Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, was President of NAGARA, and is President of the Greater Columbus ARMA. She chairs NAGARA’s Professional Development Committee.