June 11-15, 2018. Represented the American Library Association and our partnership with the German Library Association. Honored to have been interviewed by German Library magazines. Greeted the Mayor of Berlin and attendees at an event hosted by the Mayor.
June 3-5, 2018. ACURIL 2018 Annual Conference (the Caribbean Library Association) in Dominican Republic. My keynote speech: “Towards a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Open Access: OA at the intersection of social justice.”
May 8-9, 2018. ALA National Library Legislative Day in Washington, DC. Many meetings to advocate for libraries. We need everyone's support. Here with Congressman Donovan from NY and Congresswoman Gonzalez-Colon from Puerto Rico.
May 2-4, 2018. CIBI 2018 International Library Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, and an interview for a library radio program. Keynote speech: "Libraries leading: empowering ourselves for challenging times."
April 3, 2018. Masters of Information Colloquium at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Title of my presentation: "Helping Puerto Rico's Libraries."
April 18-22, 2018. ALA Executive Board at ALA HQ in Chicago.
March 25, 2018. NYC Feminist Zine Fest at Barnard College.
March 13-17, 2018. Convegno Stelline by the Milan Library Association. Keynote speech: "Libraries are for everyone: developing communities, providing access, and saving lives."
Marzo 8-11, 2018. Alaska Library Association Annual Conference in Anchorage. Keynote speech: "Together we can: libraries building community."
February 28, 2018. Convocation Reception of the Art Librarians Society of North America 46th Annual Conference in New York City at Cathedral St. John the Devine.
February 8-13, 2018. American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO.
January 26, 2018. Interviewed by Christopher Platt, VP Library Services, during the Public Service Managers Meeting of the New York Public Library.
January 16-29, 2018. Tour of Puerto Rican Libraries.
I grew up in Puerto Rico, and my mother was my school’s librarian, which helped foster my own love of libraries. My heart is still permanently linked to Puerto Rican libraries, so last September while reading about the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on these libraries, all I wanted to do was visit my colleagues to show my love and support and explore ways to help them... Together with REFORMA National, the Reforma Puerto Rico chapter, ALA’s Chapter Relations and Public Awareness offices, and many other ALA staff members, we coordinated visits to academic, public, and school libraries across the island. (Special thanks to Elizabeth Borges Ocasio, president of Reforma-Puerto Rico, for her excellent onsite coordination.) Read more on my article: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/02/01/rebuilding-puerto-rican-libraries/
December 12-15 Keynote Speech at the Serbian Library Association Annual Conference. Keynote speech: “Together we can: empowering ourselves to advocate in challenging times,” and Guest speech at the US Embassy/ American Corner in Belgrade, Title: "Access to Information for All: Libraries Building Communities"
Supporting Equity of Access and Net Neutrality in New York City
November 14-18 Keynote Speaker at the VIII Jornada Temas Actuales en Bibliotecologia (hosted by Medical Library in Mar del Plata, Argentina). Keynote speech: "Importance and impact of libraries in sustainable development: each one of us can contribute from where we are"
October 29-30 Meeting with my Advisory Board during the week the ALA Executive Board Fall Meeting at the ALA HQ in Chicago.
October 5, 2017 New York Comic Con
September 24-26, 2017 Keynote Speaker at the Arkansas Library Association Annual Conference. Keynote speech: "Librarians Lead: Empowering Ourselves to Advocate in Challenging Times"
August 18-23 IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2017
Here from left to right: IFLA's New Professionals, Donna Scheeder IFLA President 2015-2017, Colombian librarians, and speakers at the IFLA's Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) session. It was an honor to Chair the ALP Committee and the session.
August 10-11 10th National Conference of African American Librarians, Atlanta
July 28 Keynote speaker at the University of Puerto Rico EGCTI's Tarde de Logros. Keynote speech: "Sea intrépido en la búsqueda de lo que enciende su alma en fuego" (Be fearless in the search for what ignites your soul on fire)
July 26 Keynote speaker at NELA Diversity Summit. Title: "Libraries are for Everyone: serving the needs of our most vulnerable populations"
July 17 Launch of DA2I Report
July 10 - Visit to Montclair Public Library