Speakers

Speakers

Eric Acree Eric Kofi Acree
Eric Kofi Acree is currently Director of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library and Coordinator of Fine Arts and Music Libraries at Cornell University. He is the African/African American subject specialist for Cornell University Library and is responsible for providing reference and library instruction/consultation in the area of Africana Studies. In addition to his library duties, he teaches a one credit class titled Research Strategies in Africana and Latino Studies through the Latino Studies Program at Cornell. This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with resources, research strategies, and the critical thinking skills needed for finding materials in Africana and Latina/o (Latinx) Studies at Cornell University Library.
Quetzalli Barrientos
Quetzalli Barrientos
Quetzalli Barrientos is the Arts and Humanities Research and Instruction Librarian at Tufts University. She is a liasion to the history department and provides instruction, outreach to faculty, and research support. She also teaches library instruction for the first year writing program. Her research interests include library residency programs and instruction. She graduated with her MLIS from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2015.
Naomi Binnie Naomi Binnie
Naomi Binnie is the Digital Education Librarian at University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor. She supports undergraduate instruction through both online and in-person teaching, and leads e-learning initiatives throughout the university’s undergraduate and graduate libraries. She received her MLIS from Florida State University in 2014 and Masters in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology in 2017. Her interests include teaching and learning, serving diverse learners, critical pedagogy, and promoting peer-mentorship and professional development opportunities for early career librarians.
Alyssa Brissett Alyssa Brisset
Alyssa Brissett is the Social Work Librarian at the University of Southern California. She provides instruction, reference, outreach, and research support for the Master of Social Work (MSW), Doctor of Social Work (DSW), and Social Work PhD programs. She graduated with her MLIS from Wayne State University in 2016 and has an MA in childhood education from New York University. Her current research interests include anti-racist pedagogy and online information literacy.
Danielle Cooper Danielle Cooper
Danielle Cooper is a Senior Researcher in Libraries and Scholarly Communications at Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit specializing in higher education. To date, she has had the privilege of working with over 200 librarians on collaborative qualitative research.
Tony Cosgrove Tony Cosgrave
Tony Cosgrave is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Cornell University’s Olin and Uris Libraries. Tony teaches course-related and credit-bearing library classes, including Research Strategies in Africana and Latino Studies. He is the liaison to the Philosophy and Psychology departments, and selects materials on the subject of higher education.
Jess deCourcy Hinds Jess deCourcy Hinds
Jess deCourcy Hinds is the founding library director at Bard High School Early College Queens, a public school partnership with Bard College. Students earn both high school diplomas and college associate’s degrees. Hinds is a solo librarian responsible for collections, interlibrary loan and instruction. She runs the Speaker Series, and teaches a course called Guest Writers in which students meet contemporary authors after reading their books.
Alexandra de Luise Alexandra de Luise
Alexandra de Luise is a librarian at Queens College, the City University of New York, where she is Reference Coordinator in the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library. Her research interests tend towards social practices in libraries, ethnic identity, censorship and information access. She is an active member of the Italian American Studies Association.
Kenya Flash Kenya Flash
Kenya Flash is the librarian for Political Science, Global Affairs, and Government Information at Yale University. She also provides instruction, reference, outreach, and research support for the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and the Ethics, Politcs, and Economics programs. She earned her MLIS from Drexel University, her MA in Political Science from East Stroudsburg University, and her BA in Government and Law from Lafayette College. She has written and presented on a number of topics in librarianship, including uses of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, assessing the needs of graduate students, and diversity and cultural initiatives led by academic libraries.
Nancy Godoy Nancy Godoy
Nancy Godoy is the Associate Archivist of the Chicano/a Research Collection at Arizona State University Library. She is responsible for collection development, archival arrangement and description, community outreach and exhibits, instruction, and specialized reference services. As a Knowledge River (KR) alumna, she’s a passionate advocate for the Latino community in libraries and archives. In addition, she helped co-establish the Arizona LGBT History Project, an initiative to preserve local history and make archival material accessible to future generations. In 2017, she received the Arizona Humanities Rising Star Award and was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to preserve the history of historically marginalized communities in Arizona.
Yoko Ferguson Yoko Inagi Ferguson
Yoko Inagi Ferguson is a project cataloger at George Mason University. Previously she was an assistant professor and the Chief of Cataloging and Materials Processing and Conservation at the City College of New York. She has a B.A. in English literature from University of California at Los Angeles, a M.A. in English literature from the City College of New York, and a M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include cultural study of citation standards and practices, and trust and team building in technical services.
Kelleen Maluski Kelleen Maluski
Kelleen Maluski is currently the Research Services and Outreach Librarian at Sarah Lawrence College’s Esther Raushenbush Library. She supports research and information literacy through instruction, spearheading outreach initiatives & developing outreach materials, overseeing social media, assessment, and more. Her interests include promoting student success (especially centered around non-traditional & diverse student bodies), critical information literacy, feminism and gendered labor, and building support channels for early career librarians.
EDITED Lorrie McAllister Lorrie McAllister
Lorrie McAllister is Associate University Librarian at Arizona State University Library. She is a senior administrator commited to helping all scholars and learners achieve success. She is currently co-PI for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded grant project “Engaging, Educating, and Empowering: Developing Community- Driven Archival Collections” and co-PI for “The Future of the Arizona State University Library Print Collection: A Collaborative and Data-driven Approach to Stack Design and Curation,” also funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lorrie has an MLIS from Dominican University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Rachelle Monteau Rachelle Monteau
Rachelle Monteau is a Year 2 student at Bard High School Early College Queens. Rachelle enjoys reading, trying new things and kick boxing. Two of her favorite classes are Chemistry and Gender Studies. She has been a library intern since her freshman year, so being in the library and helping her librarian, Jess, is a big part of her life.
Diana Moronta Diana Moronta
Diana Moronta is currently the Instruction and Technology Librarian at New York Institute of Technology-Manhattan Library. She supports research, reference, outreach, and information literacy through instruction, information literacy workshops, and outreach initiatives. She earned her MSLIS from Pratt Institute and her BA from Hunter College, City University of New York. Her research interests are critical information literacy and anti-colonial pedagogy.
Tom Ottaviano Tom Ottaviano
Tom Ottaviano is a Business and Economics Librarian and Reference Services Coordinator at Cornell University’s Mann Library. Tom provides research and instruction support for the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and is responsibile for policies and procedures of the library’s reference department. Tom also co-teaches three classes, including a one-credit information literacy class that is part of a bridge program for prospective students at the University.
Layla Ralekhetho Layla-Aurivelise Palesa Ralekhetho
Layla-Aurivelise Palesa Ralekhetho is a Year 1 student at Bard High School Early College Queens. She is principally South African and Puerto Rican, and ambiguously Black, and her background has led her to a diversity of experience and varied exposure to different languages and cultures. She is a library intern, and currently enjoys studying the literature of tribal and ethnic people of color and the history of modern nations and prehistoric and precolonial nations of Africa. She is interested in pursuing a humanities-related education in the future.
Kathryn Shaughnessy Kathryn Shaughnessy
Kathryn Shaughnessy is the Open Education Librarian at St. John’s University, and current PI for the National Archives/National Historic Public Records Commission grant-funded project “Queens Immigration History”. She holds an MA in Philosophy and Applied Ethics from Fordham and an MLS in Digital Librarianship from St. John’s University. Her research interests include information ethics, with special emphasis on the ethical dimensions of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) access, and ICT-literacy in education & library environments.
Khadij Tandja Khadij Tandja
Khadij Tandja is a Year 2 student at Bard High School Early College Queens. Khadij volunteers at a nursing home and is a strong supporter of all things relating to PanAfricanism. She enjoys reading and often helps out in the school library. Reading provided a means for her to escape her world and problems. She also speaks five languages and can often be spotted at school taking pictures of herself.