Loida Garcia-Febo

 Short Bio about Loida:

Loida Garcia-Febo is an international librarian and consultant, researcher, speaker and writer of topics such as human rights, access to information, advocacy, diverse populations, new professionals and continuing professional development. Loida is President of Information New Wave, an international charity seeking to enhance the education of minority groups in the USA and in developing countries. She is an expert strategizing services for diverse and multi-ethnic groups. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Studies. Her areas of expertise also include grant-writing, international relations, internships & exchanges, customer service, collection development and outreach. She has spoken about these topics at ABC, CNN, NPR, Univision, Telemundo, New York Times and media outlets in different regions of the world.

General information in Spanish, here. Informacion general en el siguiente enlace.

She has notably spoken at events coordinated by US Embassies in Tokyo, Mexico and Spain. Currently, promotes advocacy and library matters in collaboration with various global NGOs at the United Nations. Additionally, Loida has participated in worldwide strategic meetings to streamline library services. Countries include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Peru, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa and Spain.

Expanded Bio:

Loida received the American Library Association’s 2010 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award, was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal, and an Outstanding Woman by Impremedia and El Diario/ La Prensa. She is a Notable Member of the ALA International Relations Round Table.

Loida’s writing has been published in the Australian Library JournalFeliciter Canadian Library Association Magazine, inCite News magazine of the Australian Library and Information Association, dvb-Newsletter International published by the Goethe-Institute in Germany, Latino Experience Database (Greenwood Press), Versed, Criticas a sister publication of Library Journal, and in various books and proceedings. Her writing focuses on continuing professional development, new professionals, multi-ethnic populations, Latinos and other diverse groups, and library association’s work. Her research interests also include information seeking behavior, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual populations. Loida was born, raised and educated in Puerto Rico. 

Currently, she is an ALA Councilor-at-Large and is a member of the IFLA Governing Board. She is a member of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Standing Committee of IFLA. Loida is Past President of REFORMA, Immediate Past Chair of ALA’s Committee on Membership Meetings, chaired the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table and former Secretary of IFLA’s Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee, a Core Activity of IFLA where she is now an Expert Resource Person. Loida also works with IFLA’s New Professionals Special Interest Group which she co-established in 2004. She currently coordinates New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations, an international quarterly webinar series hosted by IFLA CPDWL, IFLA NPSIG and ALA.

As part of her work with the Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), she has presented workshops about human rights, access to information and advocacy in many regions of the world. Loida has also coordinated programs including topics of interest to new librarians and new professionals for IFLA Congresses in Oslo, Seoul, South Africa, Quebec, (Bologna) Milan and (Boras) Gothenburg. She was a Co-Convenor of the first Pre-Conference hosted by IFLA NPSIG with IFLA CPDWL in Bologna (August 2009). She was the Co-Convenor of the 2010 NPSIG Pre-Conference, The Global Librarian in Boras, Sweden (August 2010). 

Loida is also member of the Public Library AssociationNew York Library AssociationAmerican Indian Library Association, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and Chinese American Library Association. She is a member of ACURIL, the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries with which she coordinated an IFLA/UNESCO Internet Manifesto Guidelines workshop for librarians attending the XXXVIII ACURIL Conference in Jamaica.

Loida has experience as a member of various boards including the Library Advisory Board of Praeger an imprint of ABC-Clio, Public Libraries Advisory Board and the Access to Learning Award Advisory Committee for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation\ Global Libraries.

Loida Garcia-Febo is an experienced urban public library manager specializing in the areas of services for immigrants and outreach to special populations. She worked at Queens Library overseeing the mentioned areas and also managed the award-winning Queens Library HealthLink which was recognized with the 2010 Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award,  Urban Libraries Council 2010 Top Innovator Award, and runner-up of The Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award 2008 from the New York State Library Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and the Friends of New York State. As part of Queens Library’s Faces Campaign, her picture was on the NYC buses and buses’ shelters. Loida’s career includes experience as an academic library manager and as a school librarian. 

General information in Spanish, here. Informacion general en el siguiente enlace.

Loida’s work has received the following recognitions:

Contact and Web Presence:

Loida Garcia-Febo on You Tube.

Twitter name: loidagarciafebo

Email: loidagarciafebo@gmail.com

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15 responses to “Loida Garcia-Febo

  1. Who is the chair for the black caucus – what is programme at IFLA quebec of black caucus- soem of us would like to meet up with them at ifla
    Lucille
    Durban South Africa

  2. Hi Loida,

    I am currently recruiting for an opening that we have available for a Director of Medical Library. The position is with a hospital in Manhattan. They do not require any experience managing a medical library. If you are interested in an opening like this or if you know of anyone who may be interested in a position like this, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

    Thanks,
    Trisha Blair
    Staffing Remedies
    295 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    (p) 212-497-9597
    email: tblair@staffingremedies.com

  3. Loida…. esto está increíble! mis felicitaciones y adelante con tu labor encomendable en el campo que tanto queremos. Eres un ejemplo para muchos emular. Sigue adelante con ese entusiasmo que te caracteriza.
    ivan

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  5. Hola Loida, soy una alumna de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (España) y estoy haciendo el trabajo final de master sobre porgramas sociales en bibliotecas públicas. Mi tutor Pedro López López ya se ha puesto en contacto con algunos de sus colegas con los cuales seguramente coincidiste en las jornadas de Murcia de la biblioteca pública frente a la recesión. En la publicación que se origino a traves de estas jornadas esta tu capítulo de Porgramas sociales y educativos de la Biblioteca Pública de Queens.

    Ya mi tutor le escribio, como te dije a otros compañeros suyos, y a alguno de ellos le pedía tu correo para contactar contigo, yo he encontrado este blog tuyo y por medio de este mensaje quisiera saber si me puedes guiar en esta línea de investigación. Muchas gracias de antemano.

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    • Dear Cynthia! You are very kind and I appreciate your words. I’ve read about your experiences in Guatemala. It would be nice to talk about that. There is so much need. Saludos!

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