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Episode 18: Shannon Jones & Beverly Murphy on Representation, Retention, and Trailblazing
Shannon Jones (she/her/hers) is the Director of Libraries for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Prior to her arrival at MUSC, Shannon worked as the Associate Director for Research and Education for Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Shannon focuses her research on staff recruitment and retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries, and leadership in academic health sciences libraries. Shannon is the co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success. She holds an MLS from North Carolina Central University and an M.Ed. in Adult Learning from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Leadership at Charleston Southern University. Beverly Murphy (she/her/hers) serves as the Assistant Director of Communications and Web Content Management at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives where she manages and maintains the Library’s website, marketing, and digital communication. Beverly has been a librarian for 40 years and is an alumnus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, where she received a BS in Biology and a Masters in Library Science. She is a Distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has served in a variety of capacities for the Medical Library Association (MLA) including serving as the first African-American President of the Association, an MLA Fellow, MLA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Board Liaison (now Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee), and Chair of the MLA Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee. In addition to MLA activities, Beverly is active in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA and the Association of North Carolina Health and Science Libraries (ANCHASL). Along with Shannon Jones, Beverly is co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success which was published in August 2019.
Episode 17: LaQuanda T. Onyemeh & Lorin K. Jackson on Empowerment, Intentionality, and Solidarity
LaQuanda T. Onyemeh is from Western New York and currently resides in Houston, TX. She is a Training & Consulting partner at ProQuest. LaQuanda is the Co-Founder of WOC+Lib and serves as the Director of Marketing & Outreach. Prior to her current roles, LaQuanda was employed as a mental health professional, teacher, and academic librarian. LaQuanda’s academic accomplishments are just as varied as her professional ones. She is a 2017-2018 ALA Spectrum Scholar, 2018 NASIG’s John Riddick Student Grant Recipient, and 2020 Past-Chair of American Library Association, NMRT Online Programs Committee. LaQuanda earned a dual Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from State University of New York, Brockport. She received her Masters of Library of Information Studies from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a Masters of Education in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University. In her spare time, LaQuanda enjoys painting, visiting family and friends, and music.
Lorin works as a Research and Instruction Resident Librarian at Swarthmore College, 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 in the non-profit and educational sector for a decade. During this time, she held positions as a teacher and Program Associate in after-school youth development programs in the Bay Area. In her spare time, Lorin likes animation, photography, DJing, and crafting.
Episode 16: Jina Duvernay on Leadership, Representation, and Self-Advocacy
Jina DuVernay is the Program Director for Engagement & African American Collections at Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library. Jina was the Collection Development Archivist for African American Collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. Prior to that, she was the Special Collections Librarian at HBCU, Alabama State University while pursuing her MLIS from the University of Alabama. Jina serves as an editor of both Women of Color and Libraries (WOC+LIB) and the new Library Diversity and Residency Studies journal. She is passionate about engagement and outreach to communities of color, as well as recruiting, promoting, and retaining library professionals of color. Jina was a 2018 ALA Emerging Leader.
Episode 15: April M.Hathcock on Effective Communication, Compassion, and Openness
April M. Hathcock is the director of scholarly communications and information policy at New York University on Manhattan, an ancestral island of the Lenni Lenape. Her work involves educating the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research life cycle. She has a JD and LLM in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law and, before entering librarianship, practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her research interests include anti-racism and anti-oppression in librarianship and higher education, cultural creation and exchange, and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others. She was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2018. April identifies as queer, femme, Black, and Indigenous and is the author of the article “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS,” as well as the blog At the Intersection, which examines issues at the intersection of feminism, libraries, social justice, and the law.
Episode 14: Joyce Gabiola on Care, Intentionality, and Amplifying Voices
Joyce (pronouns: they/them) is the brand spankin' new Head Archivist of Lambda Archives of San Diego, a community-driven organization that preserves and shares LGBTQ+ history.
They co-created and are an inaugural editor for up//root, a new publication/media space for Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC) to share research and meditations on knowledge, systems, experiences and/or ways of being associated with libraries, archives, and other information environments. Partnered with We Here, up//root is an intervention that endeavors to unapologetically center and uplift the works of BIPOC exclusively.
Lastly, Joyce would like to take this moment to give a shout-out to their beautiful theyby, Evan. Your laughter brings never-ending joy, even during a pandemic.
Episode 13: Rose Chou & Annie Pho on Advocacy, Mentorship, and Publishing
Rose L. Chou (she/her/hers) is Budget Officer at the American University Budget Office, where she works with academic and administrative units on budget oversight and development. Previously, Rose worked in a number of roles at AU Library: Budget & Personnel Manager, Budget Coordinator, Reference Librarian, and Circulation Specialist. She was also Reference Archivist at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives. Rose received her MLIS from San Jose State University and BA in Sociology from Boston College. Rose is co-editor of Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS, and is a series editor of the Litwin Books/Library Juice Press Series on Critical Race Studies and Multiculturalism in LIS. Annie Pho is the Instruction Coordinator and Assessment Librarian at the University of San Francisco. She has a Bachelor's in Art History from San Francisco State University and a Master's in Library Science from IUPUI. She is the co-editor for the book Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS, as well as the co-editor of the Critical Race and Multiculturalism Series for Library Juice Press. Her research interests include intersectionality and women of color in LIS, student research behavior, and feminist pedagogy in information literacy instruction. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her cat, explore the SF Bay Area, and spends way too much time reading comments on the internet.
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