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DCLA 2017 Board Nominees

08 May 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous

Nominees for Vice President/President-Elect (candidates presented in alphabetical order):

1) Nicholas Alexander Brown 

Nicholas Alexander Brown has served as a music specialist/concert producer for the Library of Congress Music Division since spring 2012. His duties include programming for the Library's concert series, co-managing outreach initiatives, and promoting the Library's performing arts collections. An active conductor, musicologist and chorister, he is the founder and music director of The Irving Fine Society. He is presently conductor of the Library of Congress Chorale and Washington Sängerbund. A native Bostonian, Brown previously worked in the Harvard University Office of the President and Provost, and held internships in the Office of the First Lady at the White House (Obama Administration) and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Press Office. 

He recently gave conference presentations at the University of Oxford, Technische Universität Dortmund and Carleton University (Ottawa). Brown holds an M.Mus in Musicology from King's College London, an M.S. in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America (Cultural Heritage Information Management concentration), as well as a B.A. in Music (Conducting Performance) and History from Brandeis University. He is the president of the Library of Congress Hispanic Cultural Society, the vice president of Beta Phi Mu-Iota Chapter (the Library and Information Science honors society), and a past chair of the Library of Congress LGBTQ+ employee association (LC-GLOBE). 

Brown was recently appointed to the advisory board for the Department of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America. He is a chorister with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and was a French horn player and junior enlisted conductor in the 215th Army Band. Brown is a contributor to The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (2015), and writes for "HuffPost Blog" and the Music Division's "In the Muse" blog. 

2) Eboni M. Henry 

Eboni M. Henry is the Branch Manager for the District of Columbia Public Library, where she has worked since 2004. She is the current Director of Advocacy for the District of Columbia Library Association and has held positions as Children’s, YA, and School Interests group Co-chair (2004-05) & Chair (2006-2012). 
She is an active American Library Association member since 2001; she has served American Library Association-Allied Professional Association- Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers- Appointed Chairperson (2011-2014), elected to Council At-Large 2013-present,  and Committee on Legislation, 2013-present. She is also a lifetime member of the Black Caucus of American Library Association since 2004. In addition, she has served on the Executive Board, 2010-2013 and Chairperson of the International Relations Committee 2008-present. Eboni earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tuskegee University and a Master in Library Science and Information Studies from Clark Atlanta University.

Nominee for Secretary 

1) Leah Castaldi 

Leah Castaldi is currently a Cataloging Librarian contracted to the Government Publishing Office (GPO). She obtained her Masters’ in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2014 and promptly moved to the DC area for work. Leah engages with the library community through volunteer opportunities and continues to take part in professional development. 

Nominee for Membership Director:

1) Kimberly B. Knight

Kimberly B. Knight served as Career/Leadership Director with DCLA from 2015-2017. Her actions as Career/Leadership Director have included several panel programs, working with the Systems Director to revamp the Jobs Portal, and working to bring DCLA’s first webinar to the membership.  

She is a current ALA Councilor-at-Large and is active with DCLA, PLA, LLAMA, and the Virginia Library Association (VLA).  Kimberly has presented conference sessions and/or webinars with ALA, DCLA, LLAMA, and VLA.  She currently works as a Manager with DC Public Libraries.  Kimberly has enjoyed two years on the DCLA Board and is very excited to continue serving.

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. 

President-Elect/ Vice President


Membership Director

Advocacy Director

Career & Leadership Director

ALA Council Representative

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