Alonso Avila is an early-career librarian at the University of Iowa Libraries. He received his Master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to UIUC, Alonso worked as a special education tutor at a charter high school in Chicago, and also served two years in Peace Corps Jordan. Alonso’s research interests include the intersection of culture and social justice, as well as the interrelationship between librarianship and hip-hop’s 5th element ‘knowledge,’ information literacy. Furthermore, he is interested in hip-hop as an international liberation movement in which the culture’s elements enable underrepresented communities to discover, grow, build, create, connect, and heal.
Forrest Foster is the Head of Public Services at C.G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). His librarianship experience includes work at East Carolina University’s J.Y. Joyner library; North Carolina A&T State University’s Bluford Library; and Winston-Salem State University’s C. G. O’Kelly Library. He has presented at numerous workshops, conferences and has also been published by Journal of Learning Spaces, Computers in Libraries, Diverse Issues in Higher Education and EDUCAUSE Review Online. Foster is also the host of a talk radio show called Let’s Talk Learning Spaces. His research interests include value of library assessment, learning spaces, digital literacy and strategic planning.
kYmberly Keeton is an Academic Librarian, Assistant Professor, and the Arts Library Coordinator at Lincoln University Missouri, Inman E. Page Library. In 2014, she received a Master’s in Library Science degree and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Content Management from the University of North Texas. She completed her Graduate Practicum Studies at the Hirsch Library, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The Houston Museum of African American Culture. The artistic librarian serves on the ACRL Framework Information Literacy Advisory Board, founded & published the online Hip Hop LibGuide, and is the Art Editor and Creative Director of ART_library deco. Keeton is a member of the ALA Emerging Leader Class of 2016 and Alumni of the 2016 ACRL (AiA) Assessment in Action Program. She is a mentee participant in the 2016-2017 LLAMA Mentoring Program | Library Leadership & Management. The creative mixologist is a published experimental fiction writer, poet, and visual artist. Learn more about kYmizsofly at: www.blacknesspersonified.wordpress.com.
Max Macias is an independent librarian who teaches information literacy part-time for Portland Community College. He grew up in San Jose, CA, but has lived in the Northwest since 1992. Max’s life was saved by the public library–it kept him out of trouble and introduced grand ideas that he had never been exposed to before. Max’s love of Fiction, Philosophy, art and Ideas led to him becoming a librarian after working in libraries for over 20 years as a technician. His intellectual interests include, Information and Hip-Hop, Whiteness in Education, Racism in the US, Colonialism and Education. His recent primary focus has been on Whiteness in Education and in Libraries.
Genevia M. Chamblee-Smith has five years of experience working in technical services at academic and special libraries. She currently works at Towson University as a Library Associate-Resource Description & Access. She works primarily with collection and database management. She also helps with serials cataloging, project management, and training staff with using Aleph ILS. In the near future she hopes to pursue a master’s degree focusing on archives. Her research interest includes promoting diverse and inclusive work environments in libraries, peer mentoring, and evidence-based research. She is an avid football fan and enjoys knitting socks.
Kai Alexis Smith is the Subject Librarian at Cal Poly Pomona. She liaises to the College of Environmental Design, Ethnic and Women’s Studies and Foreign Languages. Past institutions include University of Notre Dame, City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, Housatonic Community College, and Pequot Library. Kai’s foundation in art librarianship was formed through internships at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia Libraries, Barnard College, Whitney Museum, Natural History Museum, and Smithsonian’s Biodiversity Heritage Library. She was a 2014 ALA Emerging Leader and a 2013 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Career Enhancement Program Fellow at the University of Michigan. In 2013, Kai was the Art Library Association of North America (ARLIS/NA) Wolfgang Freitag Internship Award winner, which she completed at the National Gallery of Art. Kai currently serves as the chair of Academic College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Art Section and was the chair of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)’s Diversity Committee. Her research interests include socially conscious art history, visual culture and literacy, hip hop information literacy, and educating with Wikipedia. Learn more about Kai’s work at http://www.kaialexis.com.
Damon McGhee. Archivist and Librarian at South Suburban College Library in South Holland, Illinois. African American. Male. 29. Writer. Traveler. Storyteller. While a stay-at-home father he began to write short stories to entertain his newborn son, and has since become interested in pursuing comic book writing as a way to tell stories. Learn more about Damon at: www.damonmcghee.com.
Dave Ellenwood is the Research & Instruction / Social Sciences Librarian at University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College. He received graduate degrees in Library and Information Science and African studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dave’s research focuses on the ways in which critical pedagogy, Critical Race Theory, whiteness, and hip-hop intersect with libraries.