Elvis Bakaitis is an adjunct reference librarian at The Graduate Center Library, a coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and current board member of the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS). They hold an MLIS from Queens College, and Certificate in Geriatric Care Management from the Brookdale Center at Hunter College.
Allison Cabana is a doctoral student in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology Program. Her research has utilized Participatory Action Research and collective knowledge making. Allison is currently an adjunct instructor at LaGuardia Community College.
Janet Hyunju Clarke is associate dean for research & user engagement at Stony Brook University Libraries. She has a Ph.D. in English from Stony Brook University and an MLS from Queens College. Her research areas include diversity in librarianship, information literacy, and Asian American Literature. She is a past president of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (2015-2016).
Christine Dulaney is associate librarian and director of technical services at American University in Washington, DC. She has served as a technical services librarian in various libraries in the Washington, DC area, including Catholic University Law Library, George Washington University Law Library, and the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress.
Robert Farrell is an associate professor in the Library department at Lehman College, City University of New York, where he works as coordinator of information literacy & assessment. He has published and presented widely on topics related to library management and information literacy, and his poems have appeared in Magma, Posit, Brooklyn Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, Poetry South, and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, Meditations on the Body (Ghostbird Press, 2017), and co-edited Managing in the Middle (ALA Editions, 2013).
Violet Fox is a library metadata expert who occupies a Schrodinger’s cat-like state of living in both Washington DC and Minnesota. Her research interests include the intricacies of zine cataloging and the ethical implications of classification.
Jenna Freedman is the zine librarian at Barnard College.
Lorin works as a Research and Instruction Resident Librarian at Swarthmore College, a proud recipient of a 2019 Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Excellence in Academic Libraries award. Before becoming an academic librarian, Lorin worked with under-served youth for a decade. Lorin graduated from Haverford College with a BA in Philosophy and Education and from the California Institute of Integral Studies with an MA in Philosophy and Religion. For Library and Information Science, Lorin received her MI from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Rhonda Kauffman is the metadata management librarian at the University of Connecticut at Storrs and a zinester. Her interests include applying the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion to cataloging and metadata.
Brian Lym is currently dean of libraries and chief librarian for Hunter College, City University of New York. He has been an academic library dean for the last several years, first serving as the dean of university libraries at Adelphi University, and now most recently appointed dean of libraries at Hunter College in 2019. He has been an academic librarian for the last 25 years, with his career beginning as an adjunct instruction librarian in the community college system in California. All of his degrees are from the University of California, Berkeley–MLIS, MS (Wildland Resource Science), and BA (Humanities).
LaQuanda T. Onyemeh works as the Diversity Resident Librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries, where she receives cross-training in several departments (Learning and Outreach, Information Resources, Digital Initiatives, Administration and Special Collections.) LaQuanda is a 2017-2018 ALA Spectrum Scholar. She received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has a B.S. dual degree in Psychology and Sociology from SUNY Brockport. LaQuanda is completing her M.Ed. in Education Technology at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. She has a passion for creating inclusive and accessible learning environments.
Sheena Philogene is a reference & instruction librarian at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. Her current research interests include pedagogical design, information literacy, emerging technologies, data visualization, and Open Educational Resources. She earned her MLS from Queens College in 2018 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in GeoInformatics from Hunter College.
Jennie Pu is the dean of college libraries at Hudson County Community College. She is the chief administrator of a multicampus, urban academic library, and currently serves on the college’s OER Steering Committee and President’s Advisory Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Her diverse library experiences include K-12 public schools, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries, Weill Cornell Medical Library, and New York Public Library. She is the 2019-2020 vice-president/president-elect of the Chinese American Librarian Association Northeast Chapter. Jennie holds a MLS from Queens College and a New Jersey School Media Library Specialist certification.
Jennifer Shimada is the library director at the Relay Graduate School of Education. As the solo librarian, she manages a primarily digital library that serves 17 campuses across the United States. Jennifer served as a chair of her institution’s Diversity Steering Committee Culture Sub-committee for four years, organizing discussion groups and other events for faculty and staff to promote cultural competence and inclusivity. She also leads her institution’s Asian American Pacific Islander affinity group. Jennifer’s professional interests include distance librarianship, information literacy instruction for educators, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries.
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an assistant professor and the head of reference at the Graduate Center Library of the City University of New York. She is a coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, board co-chair and chair of the Archives Committee for the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), and visiting professor at the Pratt Institute School of Information. Shawn holds a BS in Queer Women’s Studies from CUNY, an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction, and an MLS with a focus on Archiving and Records Management, both from Queens College.
Anu Vedantham joined Princeton University Library in 2019. She leads the Research Services (RS) department in the Scholarly Collections and Research Services (SC&RS) division. She guides support for social sciences, sciences, and engineering, as well as general research assistance and scholarly communications. Anu holds her doctorate in Higher Education Management from Penn’s Graduate School of Education, her New Jersey Principal Certificate, her master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and her bachelor’s and master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Georgia Westbrook is an MSLIS student at Syracuse University (graduating in December 2019) and a graduate research assistant with the iSchool Public Libraries Initiative; she previously worked as a graduate assistant in the Learning Commons at Bird Library at Syracuse. Georgia has a BA in art history from Binghamton University.
Betsy Yoon earned her MLS in May 2019 and is currently living and working in New York City.