Forum Schedule

Path to Leadership Agenda (Please note time zones below)

Date/Time: January 27, 2022, Thursday, 11-2 pm PT / 1-4 pm CT / 2-5 pm ET

Day 1 Program (in Pacific Time):

11:00 – 11:10 am PT:
Welcome & Introductions to Program and Agenda Day 1

11:10 – 12:00 pm PT:
Keynote Speaker: ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong  
Moderated by Ling hwey Jeng

12:00 – 12:15 pm PT:

12:15 – 1:00 pm PT:
Brainstorming Session in Break Out Group Discussions

1:00 – 1:40 pm PT:
Reflecting Together: Sharing out responses from Break Out Discussions

1:40 – 1:45 pm PT:

1:45 – 2:00 pm PT:
Regroup and Conclude for today & Q&A from Participants

2:00 pm PT: (OPTIONAL)
Break Out Groups on Special Topics such as Library Directors, Technical Services Librarians, etc

Date/Time: January 28, 2022, Friday, 11-2:30 pm PT / 1-4:30 pm CT / 2-5:30 pm ET
Day 2 Program (in Pacific Time):

11:00 – 11:05 am PT: Welcome Back & Agenda Day 2

11:05 – 11:15 am PT: Information and Data to Path to Leadership Forum Participants

11:15 – 12:30 pm PT: Forum Panel & Q&A 
Panel of Speakers:
Amy Breslin
Adriene Lim
Lalitha Nataraj
Sine Hwang Jensen
Moderated by Alanna Aiko Moore

12:30 – 12:45 pm PT: Break

12:45 – 1:30 pm PT: Brainstorming Session in Break Out Group Discussions

1:30 – 2:00 pm PT: Reflecting Together: Sharing out responses from Break Out Discussions

2:00 – 2:15~ pm PT: Concluding Thoughts and Adjournment: Next Steps for Spring 2022 (Webinar Series) and Reunion event update in June 2022 & Q&A from participants

Forum Keynote Speaker

Patricia “Patty” Wong is the city librarian of Santa Clara, California. Wong is the President of the American Library Association (ALA) for the 2021-2022.

Forum Panelists

Amy Kyung-Eun Breslin began as an Outreach Librarian for the Lorain Public Library System (OH) in January 2022 and is formerly a Children’s Library Assistant. As a public library worker, Amy’s professional projects aim at building effective partnerships with community stakeholders, serving multigenerational households and empowering intersectional, intergenerational communities of color. Her work also focuses on developing inclusive library collections and disrupting colonial hegemony through popular/political education. She holds an MLIS degree from Kent State University (OH). She was a protégé in the APALA Mentorship program, a 2019 ALA Spectrum Scholar, and is currently a Co-Chair for APALA’s Family Literacy Focus Committee. Amy co-authored the “APALA Rubric to Evaluate Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Literature” with APALA colleagues Sarah Park Dahlen, Kristen Kwisnek, and Becky Leathersich.

Dr. Adriene Lim is the Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining the University of Maryland in late 2019, Lim was Dean of Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair at the University of Oregon. She also served as Dean of Libraries at Oakland University in Michigan, in a variety of leadership roles at Portland State University in Oregon, and for many years as the Head of Digital Library Services at Wayne State University. Lim earned her Ph.D. in library and information science (LIS) at Simmons University. A first-generation college student and native of Detroit, she holds a master’s degree in LIS and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Wayne State University. She currently serves on the boards of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), and is now Vice Chair of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) consortium. 

Lalitha Nataraj is the Social Sciences Librarian at California State University, San Marcos. She holds an MLIS from UCLA and a BA in English and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley. Lalitha also spent several years as a public librarian championing the inclusion of diverse materials in children’s and teen library collections and continues to write professionally for School Library Journal. Her research interests include feminist pedagogy, critical information literacy, South Asians in librarianship, and scholarly inquiry and the research cycle. Lalitha has authored and co-authored several papers and presentations focused on the application of Critical Race Theory and Librarianship, most recently “Nice White Meetings: Unpacking Absurd Library Bureaucracy through a Critical Race Theory Lens” with fellow CSUSM colleagues, Holly Hampton, Talitha Matlin, and Yvonne Meulemans.

Sine Hwang Jensen
(they/them) is the Asian American and Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian at the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library. They earned their MA in History and MLIS at University of Maryland, College Park and have contributed writing to the anthology Asian American Librarians and Library Services: Activism, Collaboration and Strategies and the Asian American Literary Review. Their work in libraries and archives is deeply informed by their lived experience as a queer, nonbinary Chinese American and they believe in the transformative power of intergenerational histories of resistance, organizing, and social movements.