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Why Do I Stay in Librarianship IV? — The DEI Perspective

Mar 25, 2024

As a follow up to popular series “Why I Left the Profession –DEI Perspective” — “Why Do I Stay –The DEI Perspective” series is taking a closer look at resiliency and optimism in the face of many obstacles and challenges. This series was inspired by the wonderful Kenya Flash who passed away last year after a short illness.


April M. Hathcock is the Director of Scholarly Communications and Information Policy and Faculty Affairs Coordinator at New York University Libraries on Manhattan, an ancestral island of the Lenni Lenape. She leads an amazing team whose work involves educating the campus community on issues of openness, rights, and the use of digital methodologies in the research life cycle. April’s research centers on anti-racism and anti-oppression in librarianship and higher education, cultural creation and exchange, and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others.

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, MSLS earned her MSLS from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Her research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of communities of practice in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and author of two annotated bibliographies. In her daily and long-term work, Kendrick has transformed library programs, services, and culture via creativity, leadership, and advocacy. She is committed to centering well-being, creativity, and empathy in the workplace and promoting career clarity and rejuvenation to workers. In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Scott A. Hughes is the Director of Libraries for Goodwin University and the University of Bridgeport. His previous professional experience includes positions as senior librarian for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision; city librarian for the Bridgeport Public Library; director for the Trenton Free Public Library; executive director for the Geneva Free Library; and library development specialist and regional consultant for the New York State Library.

Scott is recognized for building community relationships, establishing a long-term vision, and empowering self-directed, accountable, and collaborative teams. Hughes led library referenda in New York and Connecticut to secure sustainable funding, working across the political spectrum and reaching out directly to the community to enable their voices to be heard regarding the value of libraries in their communities. Scott earned his B.A. in Africana Studies from SUNY at Albany and his M.S.L.S. in Library Service from Clark Atlanta University.   Hughes also received a certificate in Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.

Facilitator:  Twanna Hodge