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NICANOR DIAZ

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
REFORMA VICE-PRESIDENT

Nicanor Diaz is a Senior Librarian with the Denver Public Library working at the Athmar Park Branch Library. He has worked in libraries since 2005, including a 6 month practicum at the Argentinean National Library in Buenos Aires. He has been involved with Reforma since 2007 as a member and more recently as the Chair of the Translation Committee and the President of the Colorado Chapter of Reforma.

Over the past several years Nicanor has dedicated myself to serving our Spanish Speaking community. As a member of Reforma Colorado he started a Translation Service that assists libraries that do not have the necessary resources to pay for translations of important information about their policies and guidelines. The Reforma Colorado Translation Service uses volunteers who provide translation to libraries that request their services. He also helped organize three incredibly successful Reforma Mini Conference that gave Professionals and Paraprofessionals working in Libraries a chance to learn how they can better serve their Latino Community.

TWANNA HODGE

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION LIBRARIAN

Twanna Hodge (she/her) is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian at the University of Florida Libraries. She holds an MLIS from the University of Washington. Her research and professional interests include diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility issues and efforts in the workplace and LIS curriculum, library residencies and fellowships, cultural humility, and the retention of underrepresented and BIPOC library staff in librarianship. She is the National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) XI Conference Programming Committee co-chair, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2021 Scholarship Committee, co-chair, and more. She is a 2013 Spectrum Scholar and 2018 ALA Emerging Leader.

CAROLE LINDSTROM

CALDECOTT MEDALIST AUTHOR
"WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS"

Carole Lindstrom is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of We Are Water Protectors, Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle and other forthcoming books for young readers. She is Anishinaabe/Metis and a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe Indians. She was born and raised in Nebraska and currently makes her home in Maryland. We Are Water Protectors, a picture book inspired by Standing Rock, and all Indigenous Peoples fighting for clean water, is the winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal, the first book written and illustrated by a Native author to receive this prestigious award. Carole has spoken to both children and adult audiences on topics ranging from environmental justice to the importance of Native Representation in Children’s Books.

JANE SANDBERG

AUTHOR
"ETHICAL QUESTIONS IN NAME AUTHORITY CONTROL"

Jane Sandberg is the Electronic Resources Librarian at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. Jane brought together library scholars from the U.S., Canada, Israel, and Iran for a 2019 book called Ethical Questions in Name Authority Control. This edited volume studies how library catalogs represent personal and place names, and offers ways forward that honor people’s privacy, autonomy, and history. Outside of cataloging, Jane is interested in queer studies, transgender studies, open source software, and open pedagogy.

PATTY WONG

SANTA MONICA PUBLIC LIBRARY DIRECTOR
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
PRESIDENT-ELECT

Patricia “Patty” Wong is currently President-Elect for the American Library Association, and will become President in June 2021.  Wong is the City Librarian for the Santa Monica Public Library, in service since March 2017. In her 34-year career she has held positions throughout CA at Yolo County Library, Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, Oakland Public Library and Berkeley Public Library, and Oakland Unified School District and has been a bookseller during her student life.  Her work in managing change, equity and diversity, youth development, developing joint ventures and collaborations between public libraries and community agencies, and fundraising has been published in a number of journals, conference proceedings and edited collections.  

Ms. Wong has worked as a school librarian, children’s librarian, cataloger, and special librarian as well as her leadership roles in public libraries. She provides continuing education for practitioners at national and regional conferences. Patty has been an active leader within the American Library Association for 35 years. She is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker, recipient of the ALA Equality Award (2012), Faculty of the Year, and Woman of the Year in her voting district.  In addition to her role as board member for a number of nonprofit institutions, Ms. Wong is also adjunct faculty for the iSchool at San Jose State University where she has taught hundreds of students since 2004 to serve young people and write grants to benefit local and regional communities and make the world a better place.