Shauntee Burns-Simpson

    Shauntee Burns-Simpson


    Nichelle Hayes

    Nichelle M. Hayes

    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

    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.

  • Brandy McNeil

    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 a couple of 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 in tech.

  • Richard Ashby

    Richard E. Ashby, Jr
    Immediate Past-President

  • Latrice Booker

    Latrice Booker
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
    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
    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
    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
    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)
    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.


  • Ana Ndumu

    Ana Ndumu
    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
    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
    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
    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.


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