Nominee for Advocacy Director:
1) Saadia Raines
Saadia Raines is a technician for Preservation Technologies at the Library of Congress. She has been working as an information professional for 15 years in various information centers and libraries spanning from government, education, and international organizations.
She obtained her Master of Library science degree from the Catholic University of America, preceded by a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising/textile design from Howard University. Her expansive qualifications include: research instruction, records management, archives, and digital preservation.
Nominee for Career and Leadership Director:
1) Claudia Guidi has worked as a User Support Specialist at the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. She provides technical services that include supporting a large publishing platform, consulting on software development, and systems training. She is also a recent graduate from the Catholic University Library Science program, where she obtained a Masters of Science in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Digital Libraries.
She is also an active member of the ALA (American Library Association) and DCLA. She has helped with planning and outreach for the ALA Chicago 2017 Video Round Table Gala event. In addition, she has served on the DCLA Emerging Technologies Committee where she has helped to coordinate a webinar for job seekers and co-produced a video to make the webinar available nationwide. By volunteering for Career and Leadership at DCLA, Claudia seeks to help students, recent graduates, and professionals at any stage of their journey to find satisfying jobs, advance their careers, and become leaders.
Nominees for ALA Chapter Councilor:
1) Richard Huffine
Richard Huffine is a librarian at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, DC and was DCLA President in 2010-2011. Richard has also served on the SLA Board of Directors and was a founding member of the SLA Government Information Division. Within ALA, Richard has served as President of the Federal and Armed Forces Round; Chair of the ALA Committee on Legislation Government Information Subcommittee; Member of the Office of Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee; and member of the ALA Legislative Assembly.
He has held prior positions with ProQuest, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of the Interior, and the General Services Administration. He earned his MLIS from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and is currently an Adjunct Professor for the Catholic University of America's Library and Information Science graduate program.
2) Tracy Sumler
Tracy Sumler has been working in public libraries for over 19 years. She worked in 5 library systems and is currently working for the DC Public Library as the Outreach and Inclusion Manager. She is currently serving on the ALA Council as a Councilor-at-Large until June 2017. She has volunteered and is currently serving on committees for YALSA and ALSC.