Webcast Speakers

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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.

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Deb Sica
Deputy County Librarian, Alameda County Library

Deb Sica

Deb Sica, MFA, MLIS, has been in research, education and libraries since 1993. She is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, Naropa University and San José State University. She has been an archivist, an academic and a public library administrator in both the Texas Gulf Coast and San Francisco Bay Area. She spent the last decades in public libraries working to transform dated, discordant policy into socially just, fully inclusive practice. Sica has been politically active for more than 30 years and continues the fight for equity, diversity and inclusion in libraries and in life.