Librarians of Color ForumLeadership

Chair: Olivia Hasan, Hampton Public Library, [email protected]

Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Dorothy Hargett, Regent University Library, [email protected]

Regional Coordinator: Belinda Blue, Loudoun County Public Library, [email protected]

Regional Coordinator: Vivian Washington, Chesapeake Public Library, [email protected]

Regional Coordinator: Demetria D. Edwards, Henrico County Public Library, [email protected]

Social Media Chair: Katrina Lee Spencer, the University of Virginia Library, [email protected]

Academic Librarian Liaison, Alexandra Flores, William & Mary Libraries, [email protected]

Award Committee Chair: Kimberly Knight, Alexandria Public Library, [email protected]

 Librarians of Color Mission and Vision Statement

The mission of the Virginia Library Association Librarians of Color Forum is to inspire and empower and connect librarians and library staff of color through knowledge, opportunities, and mentorship. Additionally, our aim is to provide allies with opportunities to support Librarians/Library Staff of Color in professional growth, retention and overall success within the field.

The vision of the Virginia Library Association LOC Forum is to connect Librarians of Color by sharing national and local news of interest to promote information on scholarships, grants, and fellowships, committee and board appointment opportunities to ensure representation and inclusion, and to create formal and informal career mentorship pathways via social and continuing education events. 

Topic: Free Webinar: Library Workers of Color Pursuing the MBA Degree AKA Master of Business Administration: A Virtual Discussion on the Opportunities and Challenges

Time: Mar 18, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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In this panel discussion, library workers of color from different types of institutions such as public and private universities, school and public libraries will share their experiences, opportunities and challenges in obtaining the Master of Business Administration Degree also known as “the MBA” while pursuing leadership and management opportunities. Does the MBA add value to a librarian’s work? If so, how and how does the degree enhance one’s leadership and management approaches and opportunities? Panelists will reflect and share how their programs have supported their careers. In addition, the discussion will explore topics such as working while doing the degree; paying for the degree; key experiences and skills to gain during the program; and advice and strategies in pursuing the MBA particularly for Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC) to consider. This is an open invitation to all library workers interested in pursuing further education for career advancement, particularly the MBA, but are not sure what paths to consider. This webinar will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Hosted by the Virginia Library Association Librarians of Color Forum

Moderator: Raymond Pun, Alder Graduate School of Education

Latrice Booker, Dean of the Library, Indiana University Northwest
Ying Zhang, Interim Associate Director for Collections & Technical Services, University of Central Florida
Essraa Nawar, Development Librarian, Chapman University
Cindy Hohl, Director of Branch Operations, Kansas City Public Library