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    Shauntee Burns-Simpson

    Shauntee Burns-Simpson
    President

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    Nichelle Hayes

    Nichelle M. Hayes
    Vice-President/President-Elect

    Nichelle M. Hayes is the leader for the Center for Black Literature and Culture (CBLC) at the Indianapolis Public Library. She received her MLS from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science. Nichelle is a lifelong learner and reader. She began her career as a school media specialist at an elementary school in Indianapolis. She later worked as an Adult Reference Librarian, serving as a subject matter expert in business. Nichelle serves on a number of community boards. A few are the Indiana Black Librarians Network (President), NAACP (Assistant Secretary), Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Nichelle is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. – A Public Service Organization (Lifetime Member PIF). Nichelle has a blog, The Ties That Bind (https://thetiesthatbind.blog/ ) where she discusses genealogy and how to keep families connected.

Our Valuable Team Members

  • Brenda Johnson-Perkins

    Brenda Johnson-Perkins
    Secretary

    Brenda Johnson-Perkins serves as a librarian and Children and Family Engagement Coordinator at Baltimore County Public Library. She has a passion for community outreach and promoting equitable services to underserved groups. She received an MA degree in Black Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in 1996 and a MLIS from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2019. She is a 2015 Spectrum Scholar and a recent graduate of the Maryland Leadership Institute.

  • Michele Fenton

    Michele Fenton
    Assistant Secretary

    Michele Fenton is a catalog librarian at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Michele is a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH), the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), the ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT); and was a 2016 IFLA IMLS Fellow. Michele’s interests include African American history, African American genealogy, international librarianship, and cataloging.

  • Richard Ashby

    Richard E. Ashby, Jr
    Immediate Past-President

  • Latrice Booker

    Latrice Booker
    2019-2021
    Board Member

    Latrice Booker is the Dean of Library Services at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana. Latrice began her career in 2006 as a Serials Cataloger at Murray State University in Murray, KY. She soon became the Interim Head of Cataloging and then Head of Cataloging before returning home to Gary, IN to take a position as the Reference and Library Instruction Librarian in 2008 at Indiana University Northwest. Latrice became the Coordinator of Library Instruction in 2009 and received tenure and promotion in 2014. In July 2017, Latrice became the Interim Director of Library Services at Indiana University Northwest and officially became Dean of Library Services in July 2019.

    She received her MLS from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in 2006 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana University Northwest in 2012. Latrice is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington. She is very active in library associations, including serving as a President-Elect for the Indiana Library Federation, Executive Board Member of the American Library Association, Executive Board Member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Chair of the Indiana Library Federation Ad Hoc Racial Justice and Inclusion Committee, and Past President of the Indiana University Librarians’ Association. Latrice was also a 2009 ALA Emerging Leader.

  • Vivian Bordeaux

    Vivian Bordeaux
    2019-2021
    Board Member

    Vivian Bordeaux, MLS, MSW, is a Librarian III at the Bridgeport Public Library, main branch, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In her library career she has worked as a para professional in an academic and medical library, learning valuable library concepts and practices. Those concepts and practices she now applies to what she does in her current positions as a Customer Services librarian in Bridgeport. She has worked as a volunteer for an African American Historical Library and has helped to create and organized a library in South Africa. What she enjoys about the library profession is how it can transform the lives of those we serve. The library profession is forever changing and it requires those in the field to change with it. She enjoys meeting, working and sharing ideas with others, believing that it is the best way to expand one’s horizon.

  • KC Boyd

    KC Boyd
    2020-2022
    Board Member

    K.C. Boyd is currently a library media specialist with the Washington D.C. Public School System. She has previously worked as the Lead Librarian for the East St. Louis School District #189 in East St. Louis, IL., a Area Library Coordinator for Chicago Public Schools and a District Coordinator for the Mayor Daley Book Club for Middle School Students. She is a second generation educator and holds Master’s degrees in Library Information Science, Media Communications, and Education Leadership. Her favorite quotes, “Reading is the gateway skill that makes all learning possible,” and “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth,” drives her commitment to serving marginalized African-American children, young adults, and school communities.

    During the summer of 2015, Boyd began working for the East St. Louis School District #189 in downstate Illinois. Boyd led a team of librarians in re-starting a dormant district school library program for eight schools. This was a herculean project that included weeding books out of the dated library collections and organizing all collections by the Dewey Decimal System. In addition to this work, performing a ten month retrospective conversion project that included training new librarians on the subjects of cataloging, importing/exporting books and overall functions of the school library program. Boyd also led this team of librarians in the challenging tasks of developing a library culture, love of reading and respect for the library program at their schools. During the 2016-2017 school year marked the first time East St. Louis School Libraries used a web based circulation system and checked out books for its K-12 grade students. Over 15,000 books were checked out in school libraries by students during that school year, a first for this school district.

    In 2014, Boyd was inducted into the CPS ‘Librarian Hall of Fame,’ specifically for her work at Wendell Phillips Academy High School where she was the recipient of the Department of Libraries and Information Services 2012 and 2014 VITAL Technology Grants. Through these grants, Boyd helped successfully help transform the educational landscape for at that time, the Level 1 ranked Phillips high school through integrating technology into the curriculum. As the creator/producer of the award-winning ‘Behind the Paws’ students news YouTube program, she helped change and heighten the image of Phillips Academy within the city of Chicago. This work did not go unnoticed as CPS sought her advice and used her work promoting and ‘branding,’ Phillips Academy as a model for other schools within the school district to follow. In the spring of 2015, Boyd was featured on the CPS ‘Social Media Toolkit Page,’ named a CPS ‘Social Media Trailblazer,’ and was awarded the coveted CPS ‘Ones to Watch Award.’

    A staunch advocate and activist for school libraries/librarians, she is widely known and respected for her work with educating parents, teachers, and district officials on promoting leisure reading for children and teens. Her blog, The Audacious Librarian documents her work with K-12 students, discusses the effective use of technology in k-­12 education, and provides helpful book reviews. Additionally, she is a sought-after and popular keynote speaker and conference presenter at the local, state, and national levels. Boyd has also been featured in a number of national publications such as The Medium, Education Weekly, School Library Journal, PBS Newshour, Library Journal about her work with reluctant/struggling readers and digital literacy. In addition, she appeared on the October 2014 cover of School Library Journal in the article, “Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd.” She has also been recognized by Scholastic Books as one of ‘15 Librarians to Follow on Instagram,’ Library Journal as a ‘2015 Mover and Shaker’ and was awarded the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s, ‘2015 Leadership Award.’

    Boyd is currently serving the greater library community through her leadership in a number of organizations. She is a member of the District of Columbia Public Schools Library Corps Leadership Team, an Executive Board member for the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Advocacy Director for the Washington D.C. Library Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the EveryLibrary Institute. She has reviewed books for Booklist Magazine, School Library Journal, and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. A popular guest lecturer for library science and reading university programs, she has delivered informative, and inspirational messages to graduate students at Rutgers University, University of Illinois – Champaign, University of Maryland and University of South Alabama. She is currently serving on the The Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group and served on the American Library Association’s 2020 Newbery Selection Committee.

    It is Boyd’s belief that all children, despite economic circumstance, have the right to read and should have access to books that reflect themselves and encourage inquiry. Boyd can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube at: @Boss_Librarian.

  • Dolores Brown

    Dolores Brown
    2020-2022
    Board Member

    Dolores Brown is a 2020 ALA Emerging Leader. She is a Library Program Coordinator at Brown Deer MS/HS and a Makerspace facilitator for the Milwaukee Public Library. She has an MLIS from UW-Milwaukee.

  • Valerie Carter

    Valerie Carter
    2020-2022
    Board Member

    I am the proud daughter of Dr. Robert L. Carter, Jr. and the late Emma Lane Harrell-Carter; and the niece of Dr. Dorothy J. Harrell. I am a native of Beloit, WI. I have been a librarian for twenty-four (24) years and is currently the Assistant Director of the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library of the Chicago Public Library System. I hold a Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Women’s Studies from Oakland University located in Rochester, Michigan. I am a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, the American Library Association, Executive Board member for the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Executive Board member for the Christian Community Health Center of Chicago, Illinois, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAAACP), National Association of University Women (NAUW) and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In her spare time she loves reading, genealogy, traveling, listening to music and singing.

  • Rudolph Clay

    Rudolph Clay
    2019-2021
    Board Member

    Rudolph Clay (MLS, MA in Human Resources) has been a member of BCALA for over twenty years, working primarily with membership and coordinating the NCAAL exhibits. He is a founding member of the St. Louis Regional Librarians BCALA Affiliate. At Washington University in St. Louis, he serves as Head of Library Diversity Programs and Policy and manages a summer internship program which seeks to encourage undergraduate students of color to consider academic librarianship as a career

  • James Allen Davis, Jr.

    James Allen Davis, Jr.
    2019-2021
    Board Member

    James Allen Davis Jr. is a Senior Librarian for the Bear Valley Library, a branch of the Denver Public Library. He sits on the Executive Board of BCALA and is currently the President of the Colorado Black Library Association. He is currently serving on the Steering Committee of JCLC and Co-Chair of the Professional Development committee of BCALA.

    James has worked in public libraries for over 17 years and has developed programs and outreach to several communities, he’s an advocate for the professional development and advancement of black librarians and actively works to mentor and assist in recruiting and retention of librarians of color.

    James is a member of the EDI (Equity Diversity and Inclusion) team for the Denver Public Library and is the co-founder of the R.A.D.A. book group. R.A.D.A. stands for Read. Awareness. Dialogue and Action and advocates for intellectual freedom by working collectively with several DPL staff to host social book clubs in several communities by addressing current disparities among marginalized groups.

    The work of R.A.D.A is featured in Intellectual Freedom Stories from a Shifting Landscape. Edited by Valerie Nye.

  • Taryn Fouche

    Taryn Fouche
    2020-2022
    Board Member

    In 2016, Ms. Fouché received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baruch College where she majored in Creative Arts Marketing and minored in Religion and Culture. Since 2016, she has four years of experience at the Queens Public Library where she started as a volunteer Marketing Intern for six months, became part-time as a Government and Community Affairs Assistant and is now a full-time Customer Service Supervisor. Ms. Fouché was the Queens Public Library 2019 recipient of the Excellence in Community Service Award for providing notary public services in the community of Flushing, Queens, New York.

    Ms. Fouché is a recent graduate student from Queens College where she received a Master’s of Library and Science degree with a Certificate in Children’s and Young Adult Services in the Public Library in May 2020. Her goal is to become a children’s librarian in underserved communities of color, to support black communities, and to encourage literacy to all.

  • Derek Mosley

    Derek Mosley
    2020-2022
    Board Member

    Derek T. Mosley is the archivist/division manager at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, a special library of the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System. He previously worked at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Derek earned his master of science (archives management) from Simmons College in Boston, MA, and a bachelor of arts in history from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Derek has served in various leadership roles within BCALA, the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists.

  • Fayrene Muhammed

    Fayrene Muhammed
    2020-2022
    Board Member

    Fayrene Muhammad retired from her position of Assistant Director of Rockford Public

    Library in Rockford, IL, in 2016. She is currently working part-time at the North Suburban Library District in Loves Park and Roscoe, IL. She has a Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign. She has worked in public, academic and special libraries in Joliet, Warrenville, Evanston and Rockford, Illinois. Her areas of expertise are research, reference, community outreach, programming and managing digital collections. She’s currently a member of the American Library Association, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Beta Phi Mu, Rotary International, Rockford African American History Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Order of Eastern Star, and NAACP. She serves on the Boards of Legacy Academy of Excellence Charter School, Kikifer’s Entrepreneurial Academy (KEA), African American Resource Center at Booker, Black Caucus of the American Library Association and Kwanzaa 365. Her community service is centered on literacy, building library spaces urban farming and STEM programs for young women.

  • Tashia Munson

    Tashia Miller (née Munson)
    2019-2021
    Board Member

    Tashia Miller (née Munson) holds dual positions as the Outreach and Engagement Librarian at the University of Michigan and a Reference and Outreach Librarian at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in Written Communication.

    Her passions include outreach, diversity and inclusion, professional development of women of color in academia. She is also an avid enthusiast of comics and graphic novels.

    https://www.lib.umich.edu/users/tmunson
    https://libguides.wccnet.edu/prf.php?account_id=209141

  • Ana Ndumu

    Ana Ndumu
    2019-2021
    Board Member

    Ana Ndumu has over 15 years of experience in academic libraries, specifically the campus libraries at historically Black colleges and universities. She is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Parks iSchool’s MLIS program. Her research, teaching, and service revolve around Black librarianship and the role of libraries and information in the lives of Black diasporic immigrants.

  • Latrice Booker

    Satia Orange
    2020-2022
    Board Member

    Retired from ALA 2009, as Director of the ALA Office for Literacy & Outreach Services (OLOS), 1997-2009; former children’s services staff, Forsyth County (NC) PL, Winston-Salem; Founding Director, TransAfrica Forum’s Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library, Washington, DC.; Program Chair, 1st NCAAL, Columbus, OH, 1992; SLIS, Atlanta (GA) University.

  • Regina Renee Ward

    Regina Renee Ward
    2019-2021
    Executive Board Member

    Regina Renee Ward is the Manager of Reference and Reader’s Advisory for the Pueblo City-County Library District. She is a self-proclaimed library geek with a passion for service. Nineteen years as a public school teacher developed her patience, flexibility, and sense of humor which continue to serve her well in the public library. Regina Renee’s experience with international library development has solidified her dedication to public library service and advocacy. She is the current treasurer of the Colorado Black Library Association, an affiliate of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association of which she is a proud member of the Executive Board. Regina Renee is also co-chair of the Colorado Association of Libraries Readers’ Advisory Interest Group.’

  • Shamika Simpson

    Shamika Simpson
    2020-2022
    Board Member

    My name is Shamika J. Simpson. I am a tenured Collection Development and Outreach Librarian and Associate Professor at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California. I earned my MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in English from Fresno State. I grew up in Los Angeles, CA. I currently reside in Bellflower, CA with my husband and three children.

    I have had a love for libraries from an early age. I never thought of librarianship as a career option. I have worked in academic, public and school libraries in different positions. I am passionate about many things. My current projects include helping food insecure students, spreading the love of literacy via book clubs, training future library technicians and the anti-racism trifecta of EDI (equity, diversity, inclusion) in academic librarianship. I enjoy using engaging teaching technology in instruction and outreach to create innovative and interactive lessons, assignments and events.

    It is an honor to serve as a BCALA Executive Board member.

     

  • Jessica Tingling

    Jessica Tingling
    2021-2023
    Board Member

    Jessica Jackson Tingling is the founder and publisher of J&B Press LLC and the Upper School Librarian at the Baldwin School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her MSLIS from Drexel University and her MA in History from Millersville University.

    Jessica is an avid reader and passionate advocate for information access. Over the last 12 years, she has worked as an Academic Reference Librarian at the university level and supported archival endeavors in both public and private collections.

    Jessica has also facilitated classroom instruction across age groups and with students showcasing an array of capabilities and interests. Throughout this time, Jessica has served on a number of committees. A few include the Franklin & Marshall College African American Alumni Council, the Records Committee of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of ChurchTowne in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Fundraising and Programming Committees of the National Conference of African American Librarians, and the Fundraising and History Committees of the Black Caucus of American Library Association.

    She also supports the organization WOC+Lib as the Marketing & Lead Content Designer. Jessica is proud to serve on the executive board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and looks forward to supporting the organization as it continues to grow, expand, and build upon our noteworthy foundation.

     

  • Yolanda Gleason

    Yolanda Gleason
    2021-2023
    Board Member

    Yolanda Renee Gleason is the Borough Director for the 53 locations in Staten Island and Manhattan at The New York Public Library. A lifelong New Yorker, she received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute.

    Yolanda has been a librarian for more than 20 years. During her tenure at The New York Public Library, she has been a children’s librarian, a branch librarian, and a Network Associate Director. She is a member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, and a life member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, serving as Co-Chair of the Dr. E.J. Josey scholarship committee.

    Yolanda is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

     

  • Denise Lyles

    Denise Lyles
    2021-2023
    Board Member

    Denise K Lyles, currently manages 2 locations of the Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT., Weed Hollander and Harry Bennett Libraries. Denise has thirteen years of library experience. She has worked in a managerial capacity at libraries in New York, including, The New York Public Library and other libraries across the Westchester Library System.

     

  • Tiffani Carter

    Tiffani Carter
    2021-2023
    Board Member

    Tiffani N. Carter is a graduate of Kent State University’s Master of Library and Information Science program. Tiffani has also earned a Master of Arts in Communication with a Minor in Marketing and Cultural Studies with a Certification in College Student Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a Minor in Business Management and Marketing – both from Northern Kentucky University. Tiffani has taught communication courses including Cross-Cultural Communication, Interracial Communication and International Popular Culture. Tiffani’s areas of interest include public librarianship, technology training, staff development, programming and outreach. Tiffani has gained career experience at the Cincinnati Public & Hamilton County Public Library, The Indianapolis Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library and currently Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library.

     

  • Tracy Scott

    Tracy Scott
    2021-2023
    Board Member

    Tracy is a 23-year library veteran that with experience in special, academic and public libraries. Currently, the manager of Tulsa City-County Library’s Literacy, Outreach & Volunteer Services Department, she’s always searching for new ways to connect the library to people and remove barriers to library service. She received her MLIS from the University of Oklahoma and has a Bachelors in Anthropology from George Washington University. She’s completed postgraduate work in public administration and diversity, equity and inclusion and is a graduate of the Oklahoma Library Association’s Leadership Institute. She’s currently pursuing a Master in Integrative Leadership. She recently served as the Local Arrangements Co-Chair for NCAAL XI. She is a member of the Tulsa City-County Library’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Executive Council and led the creation of the library’s Let’s Talk About Race Initiative. An avid non-fiction reader, she wrote the “Life Stories” chapter in Latino Literature A Guide to Reading Interests.

     

  • Tracey Overbey

    Tracey Overbey
    2021-2023
    Board Member

    Tracey A. Overbey is currently an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Libraries. Previously, she served as the Education Librarian at the Cleveland Public Library (Ohio). Tracey has collaborated closely with grass-root organizations and other nonprofits to bring relevant programming to urban communities. She has published in Public Library Quarterly, International Journal of Environmental Health Research and has presented papers at conferences of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). She earned her M.L.I.S from the University of Pittsburgh.

     

  • Wanda K. Brown

    Wanda K. Brown
    2021-2023
    Treasurer

    Wanda Kay Brown is the director of library services at the C. G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University. (WSSU) Prior to her appointment, she served as the Associate Dean of Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Brown has spent some 40 years in the profession. Along the way she has focused on being “professionally active” in state and national library organizations. In June of 2019 she assumed the role of President for the American Library Association (ALA). As ALA president, Brown was the chief elected officer for the largest library association in the world. Brown has held numerous positions with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) including service as treasurer (2016-2018) and service as president (2006-08), treasurer (1992-96) and two terms as an Executive Board member (2001-03, 2014-16). She was the 2011-13 president of the North Carolina Library Association and has held various other positions with NCLA, including treasurer (1991-98) and the 2005-09 chair of the Finance Committee. An ALA member for 30+ years, Brown is an active member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). She has held multiple leadership positions within each division. She is the 2015 recipient of the DEMCO/ALA Black Caucus Award for Excellence, the 2013 BCALA Leadership Award, and the 2012 BCALA Distinguished Service Award. In 2009, she received University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Kovacs Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement, and in 2013, UNCG awarded Brown with the School of Education Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. Brown holds a BA in English, with a minor in psychology from Winston-Salem State University, and an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

     

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