NOMINEES FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS
Vice President/President-Elect – Nichelle M. Hayes
I am the leader of the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), Indianapolis Public Library. I graduated from Indiana University – School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) with my MLS. I am a lifelong learner and reader. I began my library career as a Library Media Specialist at an Elementary School in Indianapolis. Later I worked as an Adult Reference Librarian serving as a subject matter expert in Business. I serve on a number of community boards. A few are the Indiana Black Librarians Network (IBLN) as President, NAACP as Assistant Secretary, Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. A Public Service Organization (Lifetime Member PIF). On my blog https://thetiesthatbind.blog/ I discuss genealogy and how to keep families connected.
Spearheaded the creation and implementation of the Center for Black Literature & Culture Center for Leadership Development Minority Achievers Awards 2019 & 2020 Fellow (2009 – 2011) Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity
I am running for President Elect. My passion and dedication for Information Professionals and the profession of Librarianship make me a good candidate to remain on the board of the BCALA. I currently serve on the board as well as the Programming Co-Chair of NCAAL and the President of Indiana Black Librarians Network. I am organized, steadfast, technically savvy and forward thinking. I am committed to expanding the diversity, equity and inclusion of black people in the profession of librarianship. My professional focus is on programming geared to illuminating the African Diaspora. I am comfortable working as a leader as well as collaboratively. I am also committed to mentoring librarians new to the profession as well as those new to the BCALA.
- Idea 1: Connect Library School Students/Young Professionals with Retirees.
- Idea 2: Increase publicizing of the work of the BCALA on multiple platforms
- Idea 3: Fully engage the members of the Caucus.
Secretary – Brenda Johnson-Perkins
Brenda Johnson-Perkins serves as a librarian and Children and Family Engagement Coordinator for Baltimore County Public Library. She has a passion for community outreach and promoting equitable library services to underserved groups. She received an M.A. Degree in Black Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1996 and a MLIS for the University of Maryland, College Park in 2019. She is a 2015 Spectrum Scholar and a recent graduate of the Maryland Leadership Institute. I presently serve as the Secretary to the BCALA Executive Board
- Idea 1: Enhance the onboarding process : Creation of a standardized process for welcoming general members and elected officials. This process would provide an overview of the function of BCALA teams, role of affiliates and general priorities of the organization. This process would also capture data to identify particular areas of strength or interest of new team member (in teams, roles or current BCALA projects) to best motivate and optimize new talent for BCALA.
- Idea 2: Promote mentorship of upcoming librarians as a role of each member
- Idea 3: Enhance recruitment efforts through offering training for all members and organizing a special event, such as a BCALA annual recruitment week.
Asst. Secretary – Michele Fenton
I am a catalog librarian at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. I received my MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My interests include African American history, African American genealogy, international librarianship, and cataloging.
- Idea 1: Make the BCALA Newsletter available in Braille to reach members who are visually impaired
- Idea 2: Produce more publications ( for example, we need a new edition of the Handbook of Black Librarianship)
- Idea 3: International collaboration with other library associations/caucuses in the African Diaspora.
Treasurer – Brandy McNeil
Brandy McNeil is a serial innovator who focuses on community needs through game-changing innovations to build successful digital literacy programs. As an award-winning Director of digital literacy education for the New York Public Library, Ms. McNeil has played a significant role in paving the way for successful series based programming as well as coding workshops in public libraries. Building the highly successful TechConnect Department at the New York Public Library from the ground up, Brandy has a proven track record of delivering results and has tripled program attendance, making the New York Public Library one of the largest attended digital literacy programs in the U.S. Under her stewardship of the 89 branches across NYC, Brandy has established partnerships with organizations such as Google, MIT, and the U.S. Embassy to name a few, and developed a team of effective professionals and support staff.
Brandy is a sought-after speaker, panelist, and international tech education authority and has been featured on television, in newspapers, blogs, and other media outlets. Previously, Brandy worked for several Fortune 500 companies in which she facilitated tech education and instructional design for corporate staff globally. Brandy is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business and holds an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship. She serves on a number of boards and committees and in her spare time, she is an entrepreneur and speaker of diversity and inclusion.
- Idea 1: More advertising that you do not need to have your MLIS degree to join
- Idea 2: Would like to see more mental health issues
- Idea 3: I like to see us implement shadowing programs like PLA for conferences and such.
NOMINEES FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
K. C. Boyd
- Idea 1: Recruitment of young librarians
- Idea 2: Recruitment of school librarians
- Idea 3: Stronger presence on social media and other outlets
- Idea 1: Student Chapters
- Idea 2: More outreach to non-professional library staff
- Idea 3: New member outreach
- Idea 1Increase BCALA membership recruitment by hosting a membership drive to the public in the community where not only we have a reception, but invite other organizations to learn more about BCALA by having the BCALA president and officers give a presentation about BCALA, its mission, vision and goals.
- Idea 2Enhance the mentor/mentee program for in BCALA by having a time set aside at the meetings (BCALA, ALA and mid-winter ALA) for the caucus to have time for mentor/mentees to have one-on meetings for 30 minutes to share/have discussions, questions, concerns they may have at their libraries or in the library profession.
- Idea 3Create a committee within BCALA to recruit African American librarians to the profession of librarianship not only at BCALA, ALA and mid-winter ALA, but going to colleges and universities in their respective communities to recruit African Americans to the field of librarianship.
- Idea 1: New members should receive a welcome package – email, personalized membership card, consistent newsletters that includes information about the BCALA and its events & resources
- Idea 2: Mentorship program for library school students
- Idea 3: Presence and partnerships that give support to black communities that encourages literacy to all
Angela Khristin Brown
- Idea 1: Voting rights
- Idea 2: Education Research
- Idea 3: Economic growth
Derek T. Mosley is the Archives Division Manager at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History in Atlanta, GA. He is active in BCALA, ALA and the Society of American Archivists. Derek earned his BA from Morehouse College and MS in Archives Management from Simmons University.
Please list all BCALA Involvement: Past Executive Board Member 2012-14 Member, EJ Josey Scholarship Committee.
- Idea 1More engagement on social media
- Idea 2More virtual meetings and conferences
- Idea 3Refreshed mentor program
- Idea 1Continue to work on increasing visibility and membership
- Idea 2Increase professional development
- Idea 3Improve our social media presence
- Idea 1: Increased national visibility with local library personnel on all levels
- Idea 2: Collaboration with African American booksellers
- Idea 3: Continuation of collaboration with NALCo (national associations of librarians of color) toward increased presence in ALA.
I am a tenured Collection Development & Outreach librarian and associate professor. I am passionate about increasing the diversity, inclusion and equity efforts for the student body. I am also passionate about ensuring food insecure students and underrepresented students get the resources they need to succeed. I have always been an advocate for extending the library and its services outside of the traditional brick and mortar buildings. I hold a BA from CSU Fresno and a MLIS from San Jose State. I began my career as a Library Aide in a community public library. The public library was the spark that the lit the flame of my library career. I have worked in a variety of library types and I have worked in various library positions.than membership.
- Idea 1: Awareness of the BCALA
- Idea 2: Awareness of benefits of membership
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO VOTE FOR YOUR CANDIDATE:
Only current members of BCALA may participate in the election and you will only be allowed to vote once, so please review your ballot before voting.
If you do not have online access or do not wish to cast an electronic ballot, please contact Rudy Clay, Membership Chair at [email protected]. Rudy will assist you in getting a printed ballot that can be mailed in.
THE BALLOT WILL CLOSE ON APRIL 29, 2020.
Please follow the steps below to cast your 2020 Election Ballot:
- Follow this link for the ballot: 2020 – 2022 Executive Board Election.
- The Candidate page can be found at:https://www.bcala.org/2017-candidates
- Log on toMemberize. If you don’t use this software, (or never have), the software will guide you toward completing a log-in name and a password.
- Enter the survey password: Ivoted2020
- You will be given the opportunity to input your name, though you may remain anonymous if you so choose. Either way, you will only be able to complete the ballot once.
- Complete the ballot
- Submit your survey and you have cast your ballot.
Memberize will tabulate the results of the vote which will be verified by the Organizational Director and the Nomination and Election Committee chair (BCALA Immediate Past President).
Thank you for your attention, support and participation,
2020-2021 BCALA Nomination and Election Committee
Denyvetta Davis, Chair
BCALA Immediate Past President