Gladys Smiley Bell, JCLC 2006 Steering Committee Co-Chair
Gladys Smiley Bell is a librarian at Hampton University. Bell holds a MLS in library science from the Palmer Graduate Library School at Long Island University and a B.S. in Zoology and Allied Sciences from Howard University. She has previously worked in libraries in New York, Washington, D.C. and Ohio.
Bell received a scholarship to attend the 2006 ALA/ACRL/Harvard Library Leadership Institute and holds honors from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and Kent State University for Excellence in Librarianship. She is co-chair of the first ever Joint Conference of Librarian’s of Color (JCLC2006) and is active in local and national library organizations. Bell has served as an elected councilor-at-large for the American Library Association (ALA) and as past president of the BCALA.
Kenneth A. Yamashita, JCLC 2006 Steering Committee Co-Chair
Ken Yamashita is a Library Division Manager for the Stockton-San Joaquin County (CA) Public Library. He has previously held positions at the Chicago Public Library, the Decatur (IL) Public Library and the Montclair (NJ) Free Public Library. He also worked for CLSI, Inc., the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the New England Library Board. Ken’s MLS was earned at Rutgers University Graduate School of Library Service and his DA is from Simmons College GSLIS.
He is active in ALA, PLA, California Library Association (CLA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). In June 2006, he completed a three-year term on ALA Council which had been preceded by two consecutive four-year terms. He is a past Cluster chair/Board of Directors/Executive Committee member of PLA; a past Section president/ Assembly member of CLA; and a past president of APALA. He was co-chair of the Planning Committee for the National Conference on Asian/Pacific American Librarians, a joint conference of APALA and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA).
John Ayala, JCLC 2006 Steering Committee Member
Ayala’s contributions to Latino librarianship span nearly forty years and include experience in both public and academic libraries. His first position, in the early ’60s, was as a bookmobile staffer for Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library. After a stint in the Air Force which included time in Vietnam, he received his MLS in 1971 from Immaculate Heart College in Los
Angeles. He also received a Master’s of Public Administration from Cal State-Long Beach in 1981. He served in various positions for the Long Beach Community College District before coming to Fullerton as Dean in 1990.
Ayala is a founding member of REFORMA and has affectionately become known as “El Padrino de REFORMA.” He has maintained a close affiliation with the group over the years, serving in a number of capacities. These included holding the presidency (1974-1976) and serving on the REFORMA National Conference Steering Committee in 1996, for the first national conference in Austin.
Toni Bissessar, JCLC 2006 Steering Committee Member
Toni Bissessar is currently the branch manager of two branches of the Arlington (Va.) Public Library system. She has created the Multilingual Center for the Brooklyn Public Library, and is the founder of the Pura Belpre Book Award. Bissessar is also a past-president of REFORMA National, 1999-2000, past chair of EMIERT, 2003-2004. She was also the co-chair of the second REFORMA National Conference (2000) where the idea for JCLC was born.
Ganga Dakshinamurti, JCLC 2006 Steering Committee Member
Dr. Ganga B. Dakshinamurti is the Instructional Services Librarian at the Albert D. Cohen Management Library, the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She was awarded the highest rank of librarian in 1993. Prior to this, Ganga has taught for 8 years in the Province’s library technician program and was the Coordinator of technical services operations in the University of Manitoba for 8 years before switching to the Management Library. She is currently involved in establishing an integrated information literacy program in the University.
Ganga holds an M.A. from India, M. L. S. from the City University of New York, and both secondary and adult teaching certificates as well as Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba. Ganga is the immediate Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and serves as the Finance Chair on the Steering Committee for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2006. She has been a long-standing and actively participating member of IFLA, ALA, and the Canadian Library Association as a speaker, panelist or for committee work. Provincially she served as the President of the Manitoba Library Association and helped to publish the Association’s first directory of libraries and an advocacy guide in Manitoba. She was part of the City’s Library Review Committee that established the foundation and planning for the newly built Millennium Library. For her library service, Ganga was the first recipient of the Association’s Librarian of the Year award in 2001.
Ganga is deeply committed to promoting diversity in workplaces and equality of opportunities, and as a member from Canada with its unique multicultural perspective she is often invited to provide a different and meaningful viewpoint to the issues faced by Asian librarians in North America. Ganga is also very active in the cultural scene in Manitoba, and serves as the Coordinator of an Indian dance company, Manohar Performing Arts of Canada. Ganga is also involved in her community as the librarian for the newly established temple in Winnipeg.
Joan S. Howland, JCLC 2006 Treasurer
Joan S. Howland is the Roger F. Noreen Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Information & Technology at the University of Minnesota Law School. She is recognized for her work in law and technology, American Indian Law, legal research and law librarianship.
Professor Howland received a B.A. degree from the University of California at Davis; an M.A. degree in history from the University of Texas, Austin; and an M.L.S. degree in library science from California State University. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Santa Clara Law School and her M.B.A. degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In 2002, she completed the Academic Leadership Program at the Harvard University Institute for Higher Education.
In 2003, Professor Howland received the prestigious Spirit of Law Librarianship Award in recognition of her extensive volunteer efforts with a variety of legal aid programs serving the legal and technological needs of American Indians living in traditional communities.
Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, JCLC 2006 Steering Committee Member
Forsyth County native Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin began her career in 1968 as a children’s librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia. From there she accepted a position as an Information Specialist at the Benjamin Banneker Urban Center, and then as an Instructional Media Center Director for the Philadelphia Public Schools.
Ms. Sprinkle-Hamlin received a B.S. degree in Education from Winston-Salem State University in 1967 and her MLS degree in 1968 from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has done further studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Maryland and Cheyney State University, Cheyney, Pennsylvania.
Loriene Roy, JCLC 2006 Steering Committee Member
Loriene Roy, professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information, has been elected president of the American Library Association (ALA) for the 2007-2008 term.
Roy was elected as ALA Councilor-at-Large for two terms, 1997-2000 and 2004-2006. She chairs ALA’s Committee on Education and the Education Assembly and served on Council committees and committees of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). She is a past president of the American Indian Library Association (AILA).
In 1999, Roy founded “If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything,” a national reading club for Native children. She also directs “Honoring Generations,” an Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded scholarship program for indigenous students. Roy is widely published, including a festschrift in honor of Marvin Scilken. She serves on several advisory boards/steering committees, including El día de los niños/El día de los libros, the Sequoyah Research Center, and WebJunction.
Library Journal named Roy a 2005 “Mover & Shaker,” and she has received four Texas Excellence Awards for teaching and student advising. Roy received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona. She is Anishinabe (Ojibwe), enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
Victor L. Schill, JCLC 2006 Steering Committee Member
Born and raised in Central Texas, Victor Schill holds an undergraduate degree in History and a MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Schill currently serves as the Assistant Branch/Children’s Librarian at the Fairbanks Branch Library of the Harris County (Texas) Public Library in Houston.
Schill is active in both the Texas Library Association (TLA) and the American Library Association (ALA). He is the co-founder of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Interest Group of the Texas Library Association and the current Chair of the GLBT-IG. Schill is a Past President of the American Indian Library Association, and currently co-chair of the AILA Native American Youth Services Literature Award. He also has served on several reading committees for both TLA and ALA.
Schill is also a storyteller, and is affiliated with the Official Guild Storytellers of the Houston Storytellers Guild, and is a workshop trainer for the “Ready to Learn” program through Houston’s PBS station, Channel 8.
Linna C. Yu, JCLC 2006 Steering Committee Member
Mrs. Linna Chien Yu recently retired from the Queens Library after 38 years of service. She served as President of CALA for 1998/1999 and has initiated countless programs specifically geared for the large number of new immigrants in her community.
Mrs. Yu is a leader and advocate in her community. She has been a member of the Chancellor’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council for the Board of Education of the City of New York. She is currently the President of NY Chinese American Association and serves as a General Assembly member in Queens and on Community Board #7. She has had many articles published in China, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong in library field journals and has been invited many times to speak to librarians in foreign countries.
Mrs. Yu is highly committed to promoting the Chinese culture to non-Asians. In 1997, Yu received a proclamation from Mayor Giuliani in recognition for her contributions to the Chinese community. She was also a founding director of the Kuei Luck Education Center, established to teach Asian-American children Chinese culture as well as helping new young immigrants during their assimilation into American life and culture.
Mrs. Yu has received many awards including CALA’s Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award from Cheng Kung University’s Alumni Association of Greater New York. She has been named one of the Outstanding Queens Women by Newsday newspaper and has received a City Council Citation as an outstanding citizen of New York City.
Liana Zhou, JCLC 2006 Steering Committee Member
Liana Zhou serves as Head Librarian of the Kinsey Institute Library at Indiana University, and has more than 14 years of experience working with special collections that focus on sexuality, gender and reproduction. She is associated with the ALA, CALA, ACRL, the Chinese Sexology Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Zhou has served as vice chair and chair of CALA’s Indiana Chapter in 1994 and 1995. Immediately after that she became the president-elect and president in CALA’s Midwest Chapter in 1995 and 1996. She then served as president of CALA in 2003. In addition to these leadership positions, Liana also served in many of CALA’s committees, including being the co-editor of CALA’s 30th anniversary publication “Bridging the Cultures: Chinese American Librarians and Their Organization: A Glance at the Thirty Years of CALA, 1973-2003,” published by Guangxi Normal University Press in 2004.
Marcellus Turner, JCLC 2006 Secretary
Marcellus Turner is the Deputy County Librarian for the Jefferson County Public Library in Lakewood, CO, a suburb of Denver, CO. He holds a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Tennessee. Turner is currently a member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Colorado Association of Libraries. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Library Association.
Satia Marshall Orange, JCLC 2006 ALA Staff Liaison
Satia Marshall Orange was the director of the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) of the American Library Association (ALA) for twelve years. OLOS serves the Association by identifying and promoting library services that support equitable access to the knowledge and information stored in our libraries, especially targeting traditionally underserved populations. The office oversees the Association’s support of resources, technical assistance, and staff development for library staff serving traditionally underserved populations.