2019-2021 BCALA Executive Board Election Nominees

Latrice Booker
Latrice Booker

Name
Latrice Booker

Organization
Indiana University Northwest

Position
Interim Director of Library Services (Dean of Library Services beginning July 1, 2019)

Organization Type:
Academic Library

Biographical Sketch

I am currently the Interim Director of Library Services at Indiana University (IU) Northwest and will become Dean of Library Services in July 2019. I previously worked as the Coordinator of Library Instruction beginning in 2008 and received promotion and tenure in 2014. I have received my B.A. in Spanish from IU Northwest in 2003, MLS, 2006 from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and MBA, 2012 from IU Northwest. I am currently pursuing my Ed.D. in Instructional Systems Technology with a pending graduation date of 2021 from Indiana University Bloomington. I currently serve as a Board Director-at-Large for the Indiana Library Federation and Councilor-at-Large for the American Library Association. I have served as Co-chair of the Association of College and Research Libraries Scholarships Committee (2013-2015), Chair for the ILF District 1 Planning Committee (2014-2015) and President of the Indiana University Librarians’ Association (2014-2015), in addition to being a 2009 ALA Emerging.

BCALA Involvement
2012-2015 International Relations Committee
2018-Present Technology Advisory Committee
2018-Present 50th Anniversary Committee, Co-Chair

Professional Activities & Extra-Curricular: (Volunteer, offices held, honors/awards, publications, etc.)

American Library Association Member 2005-present
2014-2020 Councilor-at-Large
2019-2020 Council Committee on Organizations
2018-2019 Council Committee on Committees
2010-2011 Committee on Diversity Taskforce
2009-2011 Committee on Diversity, Intern

Association of College and Research Libraries Member 2005-present
2011-2018 Diversity Committee
2016-2017 Appointments Committee
2011-2015 Scholarships Committee
2013-2015 Co-Chair
2011-2013 Posters Session Committee

Indiana Library Federation 2008-present
2017-present Board Director-at-Large
2017 Strategic Visioning Steering Committee, Co-Chair
2017- Membership Committee
2017-present Indiana Academic Library Association Advisory Board
2011-2016 District 1 Planning Committee
2014-2015 Chair
2013-2014 Vice-Chair
2012-2013 Secretary

Indiana University Librarians’ Association 2010-present
2015-2016 Immediate Past President
2014-2015 President
2013-2014 Vice-President/President Elect
2012-2013 Board Representative-at-Large
2012-2015 Ad Hoc Writing and Publishing Committee
2010-2013 Membership Committee
2011-2013 Chair
2010-2011 Vice-Chair/Chair-elect
2011-2012 Ad Hoc Website

Accomplishments/Awards & Honors:

2009 ALA Emerging Leader

What skills/experiences make you a good candidate to be a board member of BCALA?

I am a great candidate for the BCALA Executive Board because I have leadership experience at ALA, serving as Councilor-at-Large, and on the state level serving as a Director-at-Large on the Indiana Library Federation Board. I work well with people to understand all perspectives and respectfully give my opinion on the issue on the table. I am a forward thinker, always thinking about what we need to do to improve. I have also served on the board of the Indiana University Librarians’ Association as a Representative-at-Large, and Vice-President Elect, President and Immediate Past President.

Name 3 specific things you see that need to be done to strengthen the Black Caucus.

Engage members throughout the year with programming, virtual meetings, mentorships, etc.
Survey members and ask them what they want out of BCALA
Market more to members and potential members about BCALA and tell the world that we are the organization to promote and advocate for literacy within the Black community and that we are here to support people and agencies in those endeavors.

Vivian Bordeaux

Name
Vivian Bordeaux

Organization
Bridgeport Public Library

Position
Librarian

Biographical Sketch
I have been in the profession for a while and I have seen many changes. But one thing remains it is important for us to share the information with as many people that we can in whatever format that is available. On my job I meet so many people from other countries, I know that I learn from them and I hope that when they leave my area they have learned something from me. I believe BCALA to be a platform for me to work with others in the profession and to make a difference.

BCALA Involvement

past member of the Executive Board;
co-chair of the International Relations Committee

Professional Activities & Extra-Curricular: (Volunteer, offices held, honors/awards, publications, etc.)

Member of ALA Council, member of ASGCLA,
past member of ALA International Relations Committee
member of the Connecticut Chapter of BCALA
member of the Connecticut Library Association

Accomplishments/Awards & Honors

I consider it an accomplishment to be elected to ALA council, ALA council teller and the policy committee; Also being asked to work with the BCALA president and a representative from AFLIA.

What skills/experiences make you a good candidate to be a board member of BCALA?

I believe in the mssion of the BCALA. I believe that we need to be able to share our skills and experiences with each other and to be a positive mentor for those who are entering into the field. I believe that BCALA is trying to fulfill the dream of the founder and I believe there are good things to come for this organization and the people who support it.Q11Name 3 specific things you see that need to be done to strengthen the Black Caucus?

  • Fundraising/marketing
  • Increase membership and have an active membership
  • Become more visible in the states as well as internationally
Rudolph Clay
Rudolph Clay

Name
Rudolph Clay

Organization
Washington University – St. Louis

Position
Head of Diversity Initiatives and Outreach Services

Biographical Sketch

I believe BCALA is a great organization needed today as much as it was needed when it was formed in 1970, to provide leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians. I have personally benefited from the leadership provided by the past presidents, executive board members, and general members. I would like to make a greater contribution to the organization by serving on the executive board.

BCALA Involvement

Membership Committee, Co-Chair NCAAL-11th Exhibits Committee, Co-Chair

Professional Activities & Extra-Curricular (Volunteer, offices held, honors/awards, publications, etc.)

Clay, Rudolph and James McLeod. 2008. African-American Students: Recruitment and Retention. In The College Admissions Officer’s Guide. Edited by Barbara Lauren. Washington, DC.: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Clay, Rudolph. 1999. A model workshop to increase knowledge of African-American reference sources for public services library staff. Journal of Library Administration. 29 (1):47-57.

Accomplishments/Awards & Honors

President of the Friends of the Julia Davis Branch Library (the branch of the St. Louis Public Library serving the predominantly African-American community) Member:
American Library Association (ACRL, LAMA)
ACRL 75th Anniv. Task Force Programs & Events Working Group

What skills/experiences make you a good candidate to be a board member of BCALA?

I am committed to BCALA’s mission and purpose. I have strong communication skills. I believe in both review and action to accomplish organizational goals. I will devote the time necessary to accomplish the tasks of an executive board member.

Name 3 specific things you see that need to be done to strengthen the Black Caucus

  • Continue to partner with other organizations to attract African American students to librarianship
  • Continue to support our BCALA Affiliates
  • Continue to look for effective ways to stay connected with our retired BCALA members
Marna Clowney-Robinson
Marna Clowney-Robinson

Name
Marna Clowney-Robinson

Organization
University of Michigan

Position
Associate Librarian Access & Information Services

Biographical Sketch

I hold an MLIS from Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science; as well as an MSW degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. I am currently an Access & Information Services Librarian with the University of Michigan Libraries, where I have worked as a supervisor and librarian for several years. I also am a licensed clinical therapist where I specialize in Identity issues; eating disorders; trauma issues, and identity issues. My current projects include identifying strategies for multicultural community-based research and practices in social work and librarianship, Trauma Informed Librarianship methods and training for academic and public libraries, and identifying effective practices for social justice within libraries.

BCALA Involvement

BCALA Student member and now professional member

Professional Activities & Extra-Curricular:(Volunteer, offices held, honors/awards, publications, etc.)

Member of several professional organizations: ALA, NASW, APA, ACRL, BCALA, MI-ALA, MLA,
Offices Held: Secretary of Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT); Secretary of University of Michigan Librarians’ Forum Board;

Publication: recently had a publication in the ACRL EDI Discussion Series February 2019

Accomplishments/Awards & Honors

Awarded Library Diversity award from the University of Michigan; 2016 – 2017 New Leaders Afrocentric Scholars Program University of Michigan School of Social Work.

What skills/experiences make you a good candidate to be a board member of BCALA?

My communication and organization skills that I have gained serving in roles on other committees; my management skills working within a social service agency; and my background doing social justice work as a social worker.

Name 3 specific things you see that need to be done to strengthen the Black Caucus.

  • Develop more recruitment of new and past members by reaching out to students, new career librarians, and past members;
  • Increasing the web and social media presence to speak to issues that are important to members and supporters;
  • Grow the affiliate program to gain new members on the local level and build a larger national presence.
James Davis
James Davis

Name
James Davis

Organization
Denver Public Library

Position
Adult Services Librarian

Biographical Sketch

I am an Adult Services Librarian for the Denver Public Library and have over 12 years of professional library experience. During my time of working for the Denver Public Library I have worked in three different positions in a library setting, as support staff I have worked in both security and circulation, which has given me the experience and wisdom I needed to become an effective and knowledgeable, professional.

I received my MLIS from Emporia State University and as a Professional Librarian, I have worked in three different branches as a Learning and Language Librarian, catering to the informational needs of three very diverse communities.

In addition, I have also worked as a Interim Senior Librarian for two different branches of the Denver Public Library, and as an experienced professional, I have supervised volunteers, summer youth workers and support staff. I have created poetry programs, college readiness and recently co-partnered with another colleague to create a social book group (R.A.D.A) to address prevailing issues in the communities the library serves. Today R.A.D.A. is ran by a great team of devoted group of colleagues that work together to make sure that the book discussions are impactful and relevant.

If chosen for one of the seats of the Board of Directors, I will bring my 16 years of library experience and my devotion to serving our communities through mentoring and leadership to the position.

BCALA Involvement

Currently a member of the Webinar Committee, Current President of the Colorado Black Library Association (still working on affiliation)

Professional Activities & Extra-Curricular: (Volunteer, offices held, honors/awards, publications, etc.)

Active Member of the Denver Public Library’s EDI committee
Created R.A.D.A. program which has been featured in YALSA publication as well as American Libraries Publication 2019.
Currently run a mentoring program for young men (school-age)
Past President of the Denver Public Library Staff council 2007

Accomplishments/Awards & Honors

Co-creator and operator of the Denver Public Library Social book Club Started an Affiliation of BCALA here in Colorado CBLA Colorado Black Library Association. 2017 Graduate of the Leaders Academy of the Denver Public Library Graduate of Peak Academy Black Belt improve work processes through coaching and training. Honored in who’s who in the Urban Spectrum

What skills/experiences make you a good candidate to be a board member of BCALA?

I have worked in the Public Library for over 15 years during which I have mentored library professionals and have actively recruited others in the information profession. I am an active member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team at my library. Work as Collection Development represented for the Books and Borrowing Department at the Denver Public Library. I have mentored others and trained in areas of leadership development. I have great interpersonal skills and communication skills often working to bring groups together for a common goal.

Name 3 specific things you see that need to be done to strengthen the Black Caucus.

  • Mentoring and Recruitment is a very important goal for any organization that wants to be relevant and innovative
  • Having a well defined advocating strategy that aligns with BCALA organizational goals, will help define what the mission of BCALA is as it relates to our goal of creating a strong culture with ALA as an organization that makes decisions through and EDI lens
  • Having a consistent and well thought out branding guide, that will be used as the road map of communication, both in print and online, as well as a means of collaborating with stakeholders. By employing the use of analytics to rightfully interpret the voice of our customers, we can maintain our image as a Professional organization.
Tracey Hunter Hayes
Tracey Hunter Hayes

Name
Tracey Hunter Hayes

Organization
Delaware State University

Position
Director of Libraries

Biographical Sketch

During my 30-year career as a librarian, I have a proven track record as an American Library Association fellow, former tenured faculty member and consummate professional “bibliometrician” that create new performance thresholds and build sustainable services. I have served as the Director/Dean of Libraries at several HBCU’s, the oldest Protestant Seminary in United States, a military library and as a Faculty Librarian at two ACRL’s. During my career, I have raised more than $20 million and renovated a historic library while earning a Middle States Commission of Higher Education commendation. My servant leadership library philosophy is, ‘Welcome, which in library speak is ACCESS.’

BCALA Involvement

BCALA Life Member since 2008
BCALA Board Member in the 1990’s
National Conference Planning Committee

Professional Activities & Extra-Curricular (Volunteer, offices held, honors/awards, publications, etc.)

Distinguish Services Awards for Librarianship and in academia.
Awarded tenure at 40 years old
Produced national publication on the recruitment of ‘People of Color’ which launched the Spectrum Initiative

Accomplishments/Awards & Honors

First African American ALA Minority Fellow (1992-1993) Snow Bird Leadership in Librarianship participant

What skills/experiences make you a good candidate to be a board member of BCALA?

Thirty years of professional library experience. Twenty years of Library Management Experience

Name 3 specific things you see that need to be done to strengthen the Black Caucus.

  • Increase membership
  • Production of peer review content and documents
  • Creation of a centralized presence and promotion of archives
Tashia Munson
Tashia Munson

Name
Tashia Munson

Organization
University of Michigan

Position
Access Services and Outreach Librarian

Biographical Sketch

I am an Access Services and Outreach Librarian at the University of Michigan since 2014 and I received my MLIS from Wayne State University. My undergraduate degree is from Eastern Michigan University where I concentrated in Technical Communication and minored in Sociology. In my work, I strive for greater recognition of the growing need of new library services to support the increasing number of underserved and underrepresented students on college campuses.

BCALA Involvement

2017 NCAAL X Poster Presenter
2020 NCAAL Conference Committee member – A/V Logistics Chair

Professional Activities & Extra-Curricular (Volunteer, offices held, honors/awards, publications, etc.)

Michigan Library Association
-2018 Academic Libraries Conference workgroup Chair
-2019 Annual Conference workgroup
ALA Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC)
– member ACRL CHOICE Editorial Board member

Accomplishments/Awards & Honors

2018 cohort for the Michigan Leadership Academy

What skills/experiences make you a good candidate to be a board member of BCALA?

I want to contribute more to the organization that I have greatly benefited from over the years. I believe in working hard and cooperative collaboration between people, that not everyone has to fight to be “the leader” when we can all play a role in leadership.

Name 3 specific things you see that need to be done to strengthen the Black Caucus.

  • Website improvements. Information is difficult to find on the website aside from the newsletter and the next conference. Streamline/combine member page with the overall website.
  • Documentation of the work BCALA does outside of the newsletter. Little to no information on how to join, how to join the listserv, or what to do when you are a member.
  • Specific and transparent goal setting that we can all see ourselves participating in. We have a pyramid scheme-esq goal for increasing membership, but how can we get people to join if they can’t find relevant info on the website or find the listserv?
Ana Ndumu
Ana Ndumu

Name
Ana Ndumu

Organization
University of Maryland

Organization Type
Library School

Position
Faculty

Biographical Sketch

I first came to the library and information science field in 2004, and earned my MLIS in 2007 from Florida State University. Thereafter, I became an academic librarian at an HBCU in Miami – Florida Memorial University. During this time, I gained various leadership, teaching, fundraising, and research skill sets. Throughout the last 15 years, I’ve been a member of ALA, FLA, ALISE, REFORMA, and BCALA. I credit the latter’s leadership institute with helping me to grow professionally and personally. Specific to BCALA, I have attended NCAAL, presented at JCLC, and am currently assisting with new marketing and student chapter initiatives.

In 2013, I read Dr. Nicole Cooke’s article on diversifying the LIS faculty, which piqued my interest in becoming an LIS professor. I earned a Ph.D. last August and, shortly thereafter, joined the University of Maryland, College Park’s iSchool faculty. My service, teaching, and research are unapologetically Afrocentric. Drawing on my experience as a former HBCU librarian as well as my heritage an Afro-Latina (whose partner happens to be African), I recognize the beauty and vastness of the Pan-African diaspora. My hope is to highlight both HBCUs and Black immigrants within LIS. With support from the Digital Library Federation, I am developing the HBCU-LIS Pathways Project, a collection of studies that not only measure the impact of HBCUs in fostering Black librarians but also explores the viability of permanent, reciprocal, and cultural responsive HBCU-LIS pipelines. I’ve also developed the Toolkit for Library Services to Black Immigrants; although there exists substantial LIS literature on Asian, Middle Eastern, and mainstream Latinx immigrants, there is a marked gap in dedicated services and knowledge of African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx immigrants. I am committed to addressing this disparity.

Finally, LIS education is changing in that faculty are less involved in traditional library associations. I believe, however, that spaces like BCALA are where the real impact occurs. There is an opportunity to bridge connections between BCALA and LIS programs. I am guided by Dr. Maya Angelou’s belief that “you can only be accomplished at something you love.” I wholeheartedly love librarianship as well as Black communities. If elected to the board, I will use my professional strengths of ideating, activating, arranging, and connecting to serve the BCALA community.

BCALA Involvement

New Student Chapter initiative
New PR & Marketing Committee initiative
NCAAL participant
JCLC participant

Professional Activities & Extra-Curricular: (Volunteer, offices held, honors/awards, publications, etc.)

ALA, REFORMA, BCALA, EMIERT, ALISE, ASIS&T 2019-2020 DLF-HBCU Authenticity Project, mentor 2019-2020 DLF Scholarship Committee, member 2018-2020 ALISE Innovation Award Committee, member 2019-2020 REFORMA, Education Committee, member

Sample publications:

Ndumu, A. (July 2019). Shifting: Changes in the U.S. Black population and their influence on LIS Education. Journal of Education for Library & Information Science, 61(3).

Ndumu, A. (September 2019). Coming to America: How Black immigrants in the U.S. experience and negotiate information overload. Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 51(3).

Ndumu, A. (October 2019). Borders & Belonging: Critical examination of library approaches toward immigrants. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Ndumu, A., Betts-Green, C. (2018). First impressions & diversity: A review of North American LIS program websites. International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 2(2).

[Ndumu], A., McCoy, R. (2013). A glimpse at discovery tools within the HBCU library landscape. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 19(24), 297-311.

[Ndumu], A., Wilcher, C., & Ba, F. (2013). The history of Florida’s four HBCU libraries. Florida Library Journal, 55(2), 38-42.

Accomplishments/Awards & Honors:
Sample accomplishments/honors:
2018-2019 President’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow
2018-2019 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Futures Fellow
2018 FSU President’s Academic Leadership Award
2018 FSU College of Communication & Information Outstanding Doctoral Student Award
2018 ALISE Jean Tague Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster, 3rd Place winner
2017 ALISE Doctoral Student Conference Grant recipient
2009 HBCU Library Alliance Leadership Institute participant

What skills/experiences make you a good candidate to be a board member of BCALA?

I believe that I can help advance BCALA’s mission and vision through my energetic, strategic and collaborative work style.

Name 3 specific things you see that need to be done to strengthen the Black Caucus.

Establish a national (LIS program-independent) online student chapter
Encourage greater partnerships between BCALA and LIS faculty, especially faculty of color
Recruit and represent Black immigrants

Regina Renee Ward

Name
Regina Renee Ward

Organization
Pueblo City-County Library District

Position
Circulation Manager

Biographical Sketch
I am a public librarian and former public school teacher. I have also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana and the Philippines where I worked to provide equal access to information and resources. I am passionate about social justice, intellectual freedom, labyrinths, and popcorn. I earned my MLIS from the University of Denver, and my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, from Morgan State University. I taught in the public school system for 19 years, including 13 years with Baltimore City Public Schools. My career in teaching and having close ties with the local public library, and later working in a school without a library, prompted my transition from classroom teacher to public librarian.

Professional Activities & Extra-Curricular(Volunteer, offices held, honors/awards, publications, etc.)

Colorado Black Library Association, Treasurer and charter member Colorado Libraries Circulation Network, member JCLC 2018 Co-Presenter “Social Change Book Club…” Read Awareness Dialogue Action – R.A.D.A. Facilitator Leadership Academy Customer Service Team Community Engagement Initiative Team Adult Advisory Steering Committee Collection Maintenance (Training Sub-Group) CLEL Bells Selection Committee memberQ9Accomplishments/Awards & Honors:

Successful Supervisor graduate (2019) Mountain States Leadership Academy Graduate (2017) Employee of the Year Nominee (2017) Mental Health First Aid – Adult and Youth (2016-2019) ALA certified evaluator of Young Adult Literature(2015) National Technical Association Outstanding Teacher Mayor Citation recipient.

What skills/experiences make you a good candidate to be a board member of BCALA?

I am a critical thinker with excellent organizational skills. I am a student of both time and project management. My experience includes serving on the board of Western Friends Magazine and central committee for Friends General Conference. I have also developed effective communication skills as a result of my time spent as a classroom teacher, Peace Corps Volunteer, and department manager. I believe that having critical thinking skills, efficient organization systems, and effective communication strategies make me a good candidate for this position.

Name 3 specific things you see that need to be done to strengthen the Black Caucus.

  • Official Mentoring Program
  • Orientation committee for new members
  • A professional development component for members