Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, keynote speaker
Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D., is a professor and coordinator of the School Library Media Program in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also President-Elect of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In her current research, she focuses on social justice issues in youth library services, diverse youth literature, and the role of school library media specialists in education reform. She has written and presented extensively on culturally relevant pedagogy, critical race theory, and the role of libraries in serving diverse youth. Her latest book, Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research and Practice (Libraries Unlimited, 2017), which she co-edited with Pauletta Brown Bracy and Casey Rawson, serves as a call to action for the library community to address the literacy and life outcome gaps impacting Black youth. It provides strategies that enable school and public librarians to transform their services, programs, and collections to be more responsive to the literacy strengths, experiences, and needs of Black youth.
Melissa Aaronberg will graduate from St. John’s University with her MLIS with concentrations in Archives and Academic Libraries in December 2016. Before attending St. John’s, she earned her M.A. in History from Queen Mary, the University of London, and her B.A. in History and Philosophy from Rutgers University. She currently serves as a librarian at Briarcliffe College in New York.
Tahirah Akbar-Williams is the director of the Diversity Immersion Institute and the education and information science librarian for the University of Maryland Libraries.
Ahmed Alwan is a Faculty Librarian at California State University, Northridge in the Oviatt Library. In the most recent years leading up to his appointment at CSUN, Ahmed was the Information Literacy Librarian at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Ahmed has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religious Studies from York University and a Master of Information Science from the University of Toronto. He is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology through Michigan State University.
Veronica Arellano-Douglas is a Research & Instruction Librarian at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Frank Aviles is a third year doctoral student in the college of communication and information sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. As a person of Mexican descent from an immigrant family, he is committed to using his education and career to conduct research on and to support the advancement of people from marginalized communities.
Rebekah Bachhuber is an alumni of the 2016 Diversity Immersion Institute, a Baltimore county librarian, and a graduate of the University of Maryland.
American University developed a collection in support of student retention and student success. Called the Student Success Collection, we were able to focus on materials that students might find useful. We collaborated with the Academic Support Center, Learning Services Program, and Campus Life, to identify areas that students needed help in developing. This new collection is not only a valuable addition, but has bolstered our outreach efforts while better serving our students.
Caitlin Carter is a second year MLIS student and Research and Teaching Fellow with the University of Maryland's iSchool and McKeldin Library. She splits her time working as a graduate assistant with Collection Development at McKeldin and the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM). Her research interests include open access publishing, access to scholarly output, and information literacy initiatives for diverse populations. Caitlin was recently elected to serve on the iSchool's iDiversity executive board.
Morgan Davis is a graduate student in the library science program at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. As a first generation college graduate, Morgan holds a bachelor of arts from the University of North Texas. She is currently a graduate library assistant for the music library at UNT where she specializes in music cataloging. In addition to music librarianship, her interests include information architecture, special collections and archival work, information technology policy, Brazilian and Romani music and culture, and the preservation of America’s rich jazz history and culture.
Miriam DesHarnais is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Towson University and liaison to the College of Education. Her interests include culturally responsive librarianship and the use of comics and wordless books as literacy tools. She reviews middle grade and teen titles for School Library Journal.
Creator of the Mother Goose on the Loose early literacy program, Betsy Diamant-Cohen, MLS, DCD is known for educating children’s librarians by combining research findings with practical programming. In 2013, Betsy was a proud recipient of the 2013 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award for “revolutionizing the way librarians work with children from birth to age 3.” Her new innovative program, Mother Goose on the Loose Goslings, brings together community partners while extending programming to an underserved audience: preterm babies, their parents, and caregivers.
Joy Doan is a Faculty Librarian at California State University, Northridge in the Oviatt Library. Prior to joining the faculty at CSUN, Joy held a position at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she served as the Music Inquiry and Research Librarian. Joy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Music from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in Music History from Case Western Reserve University, and an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University.
Rebecca Dowling is a doctoral student in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Erin Durham is an alumni of the 2016 Diversity Immersion Institute and in the HiLS program at the University of Maryland.
Luz Maria Flores
Luz Maria Flores is an alumni of the 2016 Diversity Immersion Institute and a current graduate student in the MLIS program at the University of Maryland.
LaVerne Gray(BA, MSEd, MLIS) is currently a doctoral candidate and American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Doctoral Fellow at the College of Communication and Information with a concentration in Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her former positions include; Learning and Outreach librarian at Texas A&M University, Reference Librarian at University of Illinois at Chicago, and Diversity Resident Librarian at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her broad research interests include black feminist informational networks, social justice movements in library communities of service, diversity in the academic library profession, and critical pedagogy in information literacy environments.
Karina Hagelin is a current MLIS graduate student at the University of Maryland, a 2016 Diversity Immersion Institute alumni, the Social Media Manager for iDiversity, and the MLIS representative to the iSchool Assembly. They work for University of Maryland Libraries in the Digital Systems and Stewardship department and also served as an assistant organizer for the 2016 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science.
Gwen Hambright is a current MLIS graduate student at the University of Maryland and a 2016 Diversity Immersion Institute alumni.
Catherine Hollerbach is the Chief of Public Services and Branch Management for Anne Arundel County Public Library. She has worked for PGCMLS for 3 years, and worked for Anne Arundel County Public Library for 22 years. She is a 2003 graduate of the UMD College of Information Studies.
Eric Hung is a current MLIS graduate student at the University of Maryland and a 2016 Diversity Immersion Institute alumni.
Brenda Hussey-Gardner is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Adjunct Faculty of Special Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, and head of the University of Maryland Children's Hospital NICU follow-up clinic.
Earlier this year, children’s library Naomi Keppler and outreach librarian Erin Snell began a series of booktalks at all 6 of their county’s public high school gay-straight alliances. Naomi Keppler will share their experiences from the planning, approval, and financing stages to the book selection and presentation preparation stages, all the way through to the evaluation and follow-up stages. She will share tips on communicating with LGBTQ students and allies about library materials, programming, and other resources. She will also discuss some new and noteworthy materials that will appeal to LGBTQ young adults and allies.
Bill Kules is Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Maryland’s iSchool.
Nancy Lovas is an MLIS student at Maryland’s iSchool and the 2016-17 Treasurer of iDiversity, an organization promoting awareness of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility within the information professions. Her year as program assistant at the Library of Congress’ The John W. Kluge Center and participation in the inaugural cohort of UMD Libraries’ Research & Teaching Fellowship make her equally at home in academic and government libraries. Nancy is interested in the interaction of diversity/inclusion with library instruction, pedagogy, and student success. Previously, she studied Adam Smith and other economists—dead or alive—to earn a B.A. in economics from Berry College.
Alyse Minter is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Towson University and liaison to the College of Education. She is passionate about student success and retention, with a focus on at-risk populations. Her research interests include community and sociocultural informatics, education and literacy, critical race theory, and the intersection of gender studies and African American studies.
Dave Pantzer works for the Maryland State Law Library managing the Maryland People's Law Library (PLL) website. Dave works with pro bono attorneys, libraries, students, universities, government agencies, and legal services providers within the state of Maryland, to build a corps of volunteers to create, update, and translate public legal reference information. Dave provides training on clear writing principles to lawyers and law students. Dave chairs the Section on Delivery of Legal Services for the Maryland State Bar Association, and serves as a board member of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.
Summer Rosswog is a MLS-Early Childhood Specialist at the Port Discovery Children's Museum.
Lisa Shanty is a doctoral student in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Susan Sonnenschein is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Cynthia Sorrell is the director of the Diversity Immersion Institute and the Assistant Head of Collection Development at the University of Maryland Libraries.
Beth St. Jean
Beth St. Jean is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies, the Assistant Director of the Information Policy and Access Center, and an affiliate faculty member of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Her research aims to improve people's long-term health outlooks by exploring the important interrelationships between their health-related information behaviors, their health literacy, their health-related self-efficacy, and their health behaviors.
Amanda VerMeulen is a Research & Instruction Librarian at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Selvon Waldron is the executive director of the Life Pieces to Masterpieces organization.