Instructors

Anastasia CollinsAnastasia “Stacy” Collins (she/her/hers) is a Liaison Librarian at the Simmons College Beatley Library where she provides research, teaching, and learning support with an emphasis in critical and anti-oppressive education. She developed an Anti-Oppression Guide for her library and has given several presentations on equity work in many facets of LIS. Outside of librarianship, Stacy is a children’s literature scholar and reviews children’s and YA books for Horn Book Magazine and Kirkus Reviews, addressing the role of reviewing in the production and dissemination of diverse books for children and young adults. Through all her professional roles, Stacy is an equity & justice educator and facilitates anti-oppression courses and workshops with the Anti-Racism Collaborative in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Mahnaz DarMahnaz Dar is assistant managing editor at School Library Journal, where she handles graphic novels, reference materials, and professional reading titles, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
Shelley DiazShelley Diaz, MLIS, has worked in several areas of children’s publishing, from licensing to book scouting. She was the coeditor of Caridad Ferrer’s So She Dances and Gloria Whelan’s The Disappeared. Currently Reviews Manager and YA Editor at School Library Journal, she edits book reviews, conducts author interviews, and writes news articles on diversity issues. She can be found tweeting about books, TV shows, and movies @sdiaz101. She has moderated and participated in panels on children’s and young adult literature at the Comadres Writers Conference, New York Comic Con, Book Riot Live, Bank Street School of Education.
 
Kiera ParrottKiera Parrott is the reviews director for Library Journal and School Library Journal, where she oversees a talented staff of editors and several thousand reviewers. In 2016, Kiera and colleague Shelley Diaz organized and taught an intensive eight-week training course on diversity and cultural literacy for reviewers. Before joining SLJ and LJ, Kiera was the head of children’s services at Darien Library (CT) and began her career at the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, a librarian, and their cat, Larry.
 


 
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