Co-Director BCALA/IMLS Grant #LG-246429-OLS-20
Black Caucus American Library Association
Shauntee Burns-Simpson (MLIS) serves as the 2020-2022 President of BCALA. She is the Associate Director of School Outreach for The New York Public Library. An ambassador for libraries and a Youth Librarian, she enjoys connecting people to the public library and its resources. She chairs the ALA’s Office of Diversity, Literacy, & Outreach Services Committee on Diversity.
Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown, Co-Project Director of the BCALA/IMLS grant “A Taxonomy of Black History Month Programming in Public Libraries,” and is Professor, Library Science at Missouri State University, where she serves as a Research & Instruction Librarian. Previously she served for eighteen years with the Indiana University Libraries. She is currently the Chairperson of the Springfield African American Read-In Committee.
Amita Lonial (MLIS) is the Assistant Library Director for Tacoma Public Library. She has worked in public libraries for nearly a decade focusing on programming and marketing. She is deeply committed to exploring how libraries can create racially just and equitable community through public programs and services. She currently serves on the PLA Board of Directors’ and PLA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Taskforce.
Dr. La Vonne I. Neal is Professor Emerita and Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance (RET.), Northern Illinois University. Neal is co-editor for the Black History Bulletin (BHB); recipient of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Mary McLeod Bethune Service Award; and the Association of Black Women Historians, Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award.
Dr. Deborah Robinson, Co-Director of the BCALA/IMLS grant “A Taxonomy of Black History Month Programming in Public Libraries,” is a Research Investigator at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and has over 15 years’ experience in survey research methodology and has worked on several major national studies.