As a Librarian and Information Specialist, I look to broaden my experiences and knowledge of information sciences and library skills in ways that move my profession into the 21st century. My purpose as an Activist Librarian is to translate into action and steps to create change, information that otherwise would get lost among the information bombardment that we encounter every day. I take into consideration language, cultural and geographic characteristics and uniqueness when approaching the work. My title is a direct action as a community advocate utilizing technologies, along with librarian and information skills, for social and health justice causes and community advocacy among disenfranchised groups in Puerto Rico and the United States. My work pays special attention to library access, social justice and health disparities among communities of color and LGBTT populations, and addresses how the lack of information, data, resources and supermarkets directly affect the health, social and economic parity for these communities. I am constantly exploring the role that information and libraries play in community development and engagement.
My involvement in health promotion began in 2001 when I transitioned into the non-profit world after 10 years of working for academic libraries and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. My experiences in health issues include tobacco, alcohol, obesity and nutrition, cultural competencies, influenza, cancer, and the reduction of health disparities. I have managed special libraries/information centers at the National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention (LCAT), The Praxis Project, the Art Museum of Puerto Rico, and the Sila M. Calderón Foundation. I received a BS in Marketing and a Minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of Maryland.
After living and working for 17 years in the United States, I returned to my native Puerto Rico to be closer to my family, volunteer my time to local causes, and enjoy the beach to keep a healthy life. During that time, certified as a yoga instructor for adults and submerged myself in establishing community partnerships and coalitions like the Citizens Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico and the Consortium of Electronic Libraries of Puerto Rico. I relocated to Washington, D.C. on July 1, 2016.
Hablo español. Soy completamente bilingüe.