30 episodes

Hear from librarians of color speak to the fullness of their careers including successes, challenges, and achievements. How do they do it? Join co-hosts Jamia Williams and Jamillah R. Gabriel to find out more about their #LibVoices. Please follow us on all of our social media pages!

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Hear from librarians of color speak to the fullness of their careers including successes, challenges, and achievements. How do they do it? Join co-hosts Jamia Williams and Jamillah R. Gabriel to find out more about their #LibVoices. Please follow us on all of our social media pages!

    Episode 29: Jimmy Zavala on Community Archives, Counternarratives, and Student Empowerment

    Episode 29: Jimmy Zavala on Community Archives, Counternarratives, and Student Empowerment

    Jimmy Zavala is the Teaching & Learning Librarian for UCLA Library Special Collections. Prior to joining UCLA, Jimmy was the Project Coordinator Librarian for Transforming Knowledge, Transforming Libraries, a three-year IMLS-funded research project analyzing the intersection of Ethnic Studies and Community Archives at UC Irvine. He received his MLIS from UCLA and also holds a BA in Latin American Studies and an MA in History from California State University, Los Angeles.

    • 39 min
    Episode 28:Rhiannon Sorrell on Traditional Knowledge, Community, and Tribesourcing

    Episode 28:Rhiannon Sorrell on Traditional Knowledge, Community, and Tribesourcing

    Rhiannon Sorrell (Diné) is an Assistant Professor at the School of Arts, Humanities, and English and is the Instruction and Digital Services Librarian at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. Born to Red House People and Tangle People Clans, Rhiannon has an interdisciplinary background in information literacy instruction, creative nonfiction, digital humanities, and special collections and archival services to Indigenous populations. She is a member of the 2018 cohort of ALA’s Emerging Leaders and serves on the executive board of the American Indian Library Association. Rhiannon is a partner and Diné coordinator for the NEH-funded project, “The Afterlife of Film: Upgrading and Tribesourcing Southwest Materials in the American Indian Film Gallery,” and a member of the 2021-2023 cohort of RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows.

    • 37 min
    Episode 27: Ricky Punzalan on Colonization, Repatriation, and Access

    Episode 27: Ricky Punzalan on Colonization, Repatriation, and Access

    Ricardo “Ricky” Punzalan, Associate Professor of Information and steering committee member of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Michigan, is a scholar of archives and digital curation. In particular, he studies the access and use of digitized anthropological archives and ethnographic data on academic and Indigenous researchers. He believes that archives and legacy research data must not only advance academic research but also contribute to the wellbeing of communities. His research has had the greatest impact in the area of virtual reunification and digital repatriation of cultural heritage collections. This research brought to the fore a critical challenge faced by underserved and Indigenous communities and created dialogues between communities and cultural institutions. To do this work, he designs and carries out community-based, participatory research projects, which incorporate the perspectives of cultural heritage stakeholders beyond academic researchers. He is currently a research associate at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives. He recently concluded his tenure as a Council member of the Society of American Archivists.

    • 46 min
    Episode 26:Stanton Biddle on Community, Representation, and Leadership

    Episode 26:Stanton Biddle on Community, Representation, and Leadership

    Dr. Stanton F. Biddle holds a bachelors degree in government (Howard University, 1965), a masters degree in Library Service (Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, 1966), a masters degree in Public Administration (New York University, New York, NY 1973), and a doctorate in Library and Information Studies (The University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 1988).
    He spent his entire working career as a librarian beginning as a library page in the Rochester (NY) Public Library while in high school and as a library assistant at the U.S. Library of Congress while completing his undergraduate work in college. Upon receiving his library degree, he held increasingly responsible positions at the Municipal Reference and later the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. In 1973 he was appointed Associate Director of Libraries at Howard University in Washington, DC; in 1979 Associate Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and in 1984 Chief Librarian at Baruch College of the City University of New York. Between 1988 and his retirement in 2011, he held a number of senior positions within the College and City University of New York system.
    Stanton has been an active member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for 48 of its 51 years. He served on the Executive Board for three terms, as president from 1994-96 and Treasurer from 2002-2008. He edited the proceedings of the first two National Conferences of African American Librarians and served as Conference Treasurer for five of the ten conferences.
    Dr. Biddle lives in New York City, where he volunteers with a number of genealogy and family history research organizations and institutions and is still actively involved with the Black Caucus of ALA.

    • 30 min
    Episode 25: Jennifer Brown on Leadership, Uplifting Others, and Attribution

    Episode 25: Jennifer Brown on Leadership, Uplifting Others, and Attribution

    Jennifer Brown is a Black speculative fiction writer & Undergraduate Learning & Research Librarian at UC Berkeley. Critical pedagogies not only guide her day-to-day librarianship, but they also bedrock her work as one of the Community Managers for We Here, an organization that provides a safe & supportive community for Black and Indigenous folks, and People of Color, in library and information science professions.
    Learn more about her work by visiting her website, at www.jencbrown.com.

    • 49 min
    Episode 24: Madeline Pena on Mentorship, Community, and Solidarity

    Episode 24: Madeline Pena on Mentorship, Community, and Solidarity

    Madeline Peña is the Digital Content Manager at the Los Angeles Public Library. She comes from a background in graphic design, marketing, and TV production and has worked in public libraries for over 12 years. An active member of REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, she served as 2018-2019 President and was the recipient of the 2015 REFORMA Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year (LOTY) Award.

    • 27 min

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