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Dr. Claudette S. McLinn, Ed.D., Executive Director

Dr. McLinn is a retired District Supervising Librarian in Library Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District with over 34 years of experience as a teacher, librarian, and administrator in elementary and secondary education. She was the owner of a children's bookstore and also an Adjunct Professor at California State University, Long Beach where she taught graduate courses in children’s

literature and young adult literature with a focus on multicultural literature. She has been active in the American Library Association (ALA), including serving on the Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, and Caldecott Award Committees. She was an inaugural member of the Kirkus Prize Committee for Young Reader's Literature and judge for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. Since 2011, Dr. McLinn created the CSMCL Día Grant with an African America Focus, which is funded by CSMCL in partnership with the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) and author Pat Mora, the founder of Children’s Day, Book Day/ El día de los niños, El día de los libros; often known as Día. She is a member of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology's Board of Visitors at Pepperdine University.


Dr. McLinn received her Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership and Master's of Science degree in School Administration and Management from Pepperdine University. She received her Master's of Science Degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. 


She is currently serving as immediate past executive chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, past chair of the Coretta Scott King 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, and Board of Directors, USBBY.  She has received numerous awards including the 2014 Dorothy C. McKenzie Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Children's Literature presented by the Children's Literature Council of Southern California and was recently named the recipient of the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2020 Distinguished Service Award. 

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Dr. Naomi Caldwell, Ph.D.

Dr. Naomi Caldwell (Ramapough Lenape / Munsee Delaware) holds a PhD in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a MSLS and BS in Education from Clarion University. Dr. Caldwell is an associate professor and coordinator of Library Education Media graduate online program at Alabama State University. In addition, Dr. Caldwell serves as an indigenous specialist/ instructional designer consultant for Montana State University, School of Education, School Library Certification grant program. The grant is designed to integrate indigenous perspectives into the school library curriculum. 

She has taught in kindergarten through twelve, graduate education, advised hundreds of graduate students and participated in several doctoral research projects related to diversity. 

Dr. Caldwell is dedicated to the notion that the indigenous perspective is valuable and that the people tell their own stories. 

Katherine F. Goodwin

Katharine Goodwin is a retired K-8 district librarian and middle school language arts teacher. She taught Literature for Children in the Library Media Teacher program for Sacramento State University, has served on the California Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve committee, and was a 2016 recipient of the Margaret Lynch Exemplary Service Award given by The California Reading Association.


She is the author of In Search of Cinderella: A curriculum for the 21st Century. Degrees include a BA and MA from St. Bonaventure University, an MBA from Golden Gate University, as well as teaching and LMT credentials from National University and California State University, Sacramento.

Dr. Darwin Henderson, Ed.D.

Dr. Henderson is a professor emeritus of Education at the University of Cincinnati where he holds a joint appointment in Early Childhood Education and Literacy. His research interests lie in 20th century African American writers and illustrators of literature for children and youth. He is a former Chair of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Coretta Scott King Book Awards jury, a member of the Notable Children’s Books Committee, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Committee of ALA’s Association for Library Services Advisory Board. He has served on the board of the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature, at Kent State University.

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Dr. Sujin B.E. Huggins, Ph.D.

 Dr. Huggins is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University, River Forest, IL. Among many professional associations, she is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) and the United States Board of Books for Young People (USBBY). Her research interests include children’s literature of the Caribbean with specialization in children’s literature of Trinidad and Tobago. 


Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada

Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada is the Adult Services Assistant Manager at the Palos Verdes Library District in Southern California and will serve as the 2022-23 President of the American Library Association. She serves as the Executive Director and is a Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). A former children’s librarian, much of her work focuses on services to youth and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries, librarianship, and her local community.

Lettycia Terrones

Lettycia Terrones is a doctoral student in the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Latina/o Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she researches picturebooks and children’s literature by and about Latinx peoples. Lettycia is a student representative of the American Studies Association (ASA), a member of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and REFORMA’s Children’s & Young Adult Services Committee (CAYASC). She has served on the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award and Pura Belpé Award committees and currently reviews for The Horn Book Magazine. Her essays appear in the Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, and the book Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks: Outsiders in Chicanx and Latinx Young Adult Literature, published by the University Press of Mississippi. 

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Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, Dr. Claudette S. McLinn, Dr. Sujin B.E. Huggin, and 

Lettycia Terrones presenting at the 2018 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color