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Libraries in Alternative Locations: A Conversation with Libraries Without Borders U.S.
Thursday, April 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Libraries are all about meeting people where they are, and Libraries Without Borders US has been doing some interesting work in the US, Puerto Rico and Colombia that brings library services to alternative locations, like laundromats and mobile home parks. LWB is always looking for new partners in their work and has been the recipient of grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Join a conversation with LWB and find out if they’re doing work in your state and learn how you or libraries in your state can become involved.
Speakers to Include:
Aaron Greenberg – Executive Director of Libraries Without Borders US
Aaron is an educator, labor organizer, and public servant, he has held many positions. While earning his PhD at Yale University he led the campaign for a graduate teacher union and represented his community on the New Haven Board of Alders (its city council) for five years. Most recently, he led workforce development initiatives, electoral campaigns, and federal lobbying for the hospitality workers’ union in Southern California, Phoenix, and Atlanta
Kat Trujillo – Deputy Director/Director of Education at Libraries Without Borders US
Kat has spent the past 5 years launching pop-up libraries in Baltimore, Detroit, the Bronx, Oakland, San Antonio, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico. Previously, she worked to advance educational equity and opportunity at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, National Head Start Association, and Humanity in Action. Born and raised in South Central LA, Kat is a proud Cal alum and lifelong Angeleno.
Alexis Taylor – Project Coordinator
Alexis joined the Libraries Without Borders US (LWB US) team in May 2021. With a strong passion for helping underserved communities, Alexis has thoroughly enjoyed engaging Baltimore residents in opportunities that increase access to technology, information, and educational, cultural, and workforce development resources. Prior to her role as a project coordinator, Alexis worked as an educator with Baltimore City Public Schools. Under her coordination, the Baltimore LWB US team has helped expand and further develop the idea of “library services” into a model that uses technology to address Baltimore residents on a holistic level. During her time with LWB US she has overseen the commission of 10 equity boxes (Little Free Libraries), coordinated a GED Fair and pop-up library services with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and helped facilitate poetry workshops and open mics funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.