Dar, Williams Promoted at SLJ Reviews

Mahnaz Dar has been promoted to senior editor of professional reading and reference review. Ashleigh Williams has been named associate editor of chapter books and middle grade reviews.

Mahnaz Dar and Ashleigh WilliamsKudos are in order. Longtime members of the School Library Journal reviews team are rising through the ranks.

Mahnaz Dar has been promoted to senior editor of professional reading and reference reviews for SLJ and sister magazine Library Journal; Ashleigh Williams has been named associate editor of chapter books and middle grade reviews.

“I’m excited to recognize Mahnaz and Ashleigh’s excellent work and indispensable talents. I know they will continue to show dedication to the team and most importantly, our reviewers,” shares reviews editor Shelley Diaz. “They will be valuable assets as we continue to make a concerted effort to diversify our reviewer pool; examine ourselves, the materials we review, and our work with an eye toward cultural competency; and, of course, provide thousands of reviews during these uncertain times.”

Dar, who has a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences degree, began her SLJ career in 2012 as a book room assistant. Since then, she has taken on several roles including assistant managing editor for both magazines and editor of SLJ nonfiction reviews and Series Made Simple supplement. She’s been the point person for reference and professional reading since 2017, managing the LJ Reference supplement with great success. Dar has also stepped in as the editorial lead for several virtual events and has an active role in SLJ’s cultural competency workshops.

She will also continue to oversee SLJ’s graphic novels coverage.

Williams has been with the team since 2013 and got her start in the book room, while also writing the Erotica column for LJ reviews. In 2014, she became the SLJ editorial assistant, and in 2019, she stepped into the role of assistant editor of chapter books and middle grade reviews. This year, she took on the leadership of Middle Grade Magic, our all-day virtual event on all things tween. Additionally, Williams contributes her talents to the SLJBeTeen newsletter and SLJ’s coverage of the publishing industry’s happenings. She recently completed her Master’s in Women’s and Gender Studies.

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