About Loida


LoidaHeadshotShort Bio about Loida:

Loida Garcia-Febo is the 2015 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award from REFORMA, an Outstanding Alumna of the University of Puerto Rico EGCTI, and a recipient of the   ALA’s Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. She is passionate about libraries and works with diverse communities globally.

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. She 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. Garcia-Febo is Principal at LGF International Strategies where she help organizations, libraries and professional associations to carry out global research, strategize international relations, access to information, services to diverse populations and communities. Additionally, she is an expert coordinating educational events, leadership programs and developing curricula for the mentioned subject areas. She enjoys working with students and new professionals. Garcia-Febo is pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Studies. Her areas of expertise also include grant-writing, international relations, internships & exchanges, customer service, collection development, outreach, and services to immigrants and multicultural populations. 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.

Garcia-Febo has notably spoken at events coordinated by US Embassies in Tokyo, Mexico and Spain. Currently, promotes access to information and advocates about 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.

*Recently, Garcia-Febo was interviewed by publications from the German Library Association, University of Puerto Rico and the  Colegi Oficial de Bibliotecaris-Documentalistes de Catalunya (COBDC) (Official College of Librarians and Archivists of Catalonia).

Expanded Bio

Garcia-Febo received the 2015 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award from REFORMA, 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.

Her 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. Garcia-Febo was born, raised and educated in Puerto Rico.

LoidaGarcia-Febo_colorRecently, she was elected President-Elect of the American Library Association. She is a member of the ALA Executive Board and the Chair-Elect of the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table. She is the Liaison from REFORMA to the  Freedom to Read Foundation, and the Co-Chair of the 2017 REFORMA National Conference. Garcia-Febo served as President of REFORMA, Chair of ALA’s Committee on Membership Meetings, Chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and Chair of the ALA International Relations Committee. She served as a member of the Diversity Council, the ALA Planning and Budget Assembly, and the Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Currently, she is serving her second term as member of the IFLA Governing Board, and is the Chair of IFLA’s Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP). She is a member of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Standing Committee of IFLA. She served as Secretary of IFLA’s Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee, a Core Activity of IFLA where she served as an Expert Resource Person. She also works with IFLA’s New Professionals Special Interest Group which she co-established in 2004 and advises. 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 providing online continuing education opportunities in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

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 a member of the Public Library Association where she chaired the Gordon Conable Award Committee, the New York Library Association where she collaborated with the Membership Committee, American 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 Access to Learning Award Advisory Board for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation\ Global Libraries, Library 2.0 Advisory Board from the San Jose State University School of Information, Library Advisory Board of Praeger an imprint of ABC-Clio, and the Public Libraries Advisory Board.

Loida Garcia-Febo is an experienced urban public library manager specializing in the areas of services for immigrants and outreach to special populations. Loida’s career includes experience as an academic library manager and as a school librarian.

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

Loida’s work has received the following recognitions:

Loida supports the Leroy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund and the Freedom to Read Foundation.

Contact and Web Presence:

Loida Garcia-Febo on You Tube.

Twitter name: loidagarciafebo

Email: loidagarciafebo@gmail.com


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15 thoughts on “About Loida”

  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
    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.

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. As a current MLIS graduate student I must say you are a great role model and inspiration to Latinas. Thank you.

  6. 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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