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What was your previous position and where?Prior to joining the faculty in August 2012, I was a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Teaching and Research Fellow at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina.
What brought you to LSU?I wanted to be a part of a faculty where I could make a difference in public libraries and the community, especially in the lives of youth of color. LSU was my top choice.
What is your research interest?My research focuses primarily on equity in library services, particularly for children, teens and their families.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I hope to help the next generation of librarians discover the best ways to make public library services available and engaging to everyone in every community.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?Two things have really impressed me: my students and the collegiality among the faculty across the campus.
What are your major accomplishments?My most recent accomplishment was serving on the 2013 Pura Belpré Award Committee. This book award is given yearly to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator “whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.” The award is co-sponsored by two organizations that I am honored to serve: the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.