CLELCON 2021 Keynote Speakers

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Janet Damon Ed. S, MLIS 

Janet Damon is the Senior Manager for Culturally Sustaining Libraries at Denver Public Schools supporting inclusive and affirming libraries in an urban district serving 92,000 students.  She is also the co-founder of Afros and Books, a collective of librarians of color & LGBTQ+ staff who promote liberation through libraries.  Her literacy partnerships include youth athletic leagues, mental health providers, local artists and storytellers, scientists, naturalists, and outdoor education organizations.

Janet centers literacy as a social justice issue and activates the community as both readers and storytellers through projects like Black Dads Storytime, Black to Nature Book Club, and pop-up literacy events across the city.  Janet has been recognized by Library Journal as a 2020 Mover and Shaker Change Agent and awarded the Leadership Lamp for Equity in Denver Public Schools.

Lucia M. Gonzalez

Lucia M. Gonzalez started her career in library services to children in 1988 after receiving her Masters in Library Science from the University of South Florida. Since then, Gonzalez has worked in different capacities for the Miami-Dade Public Library System including system-wide Programs Coordinator. She was Associate Director for Broward County Libraries in charge of Outreach, Family Literacy, and Youth Services before coming to the City of North Miami. Gonzalez is currently City of North Miami Library Director.

Lucia is the author of three award-winning children’s books: The Bossy Gallito, winner of the 1996 Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal and part of New York Public Library’s 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know. Señor Cat’s Romance and Other Favorite Stories from Latin America, an Américas Award Commended Title. The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos, winner of the 2009 Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal for narrative, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Honor Book, and the Américas Award.

Lucia is also Past-President of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (2010-11), National Co-Chair of REFORMA’s Children and Young Adult Services Committee (2006-2010), two-time recipient of national Library Journal Movers & Shakers Award for her contributions in shaping the future of libraries, and the 2020-21 President of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a Division of the American Library Association.

Adriane Juarez

Adriane Herrick Juarez is the Executive Director of the Park City Library in Utah. She is the host of Library Leadership Podcast a twice-monthly show that features guests who share their ideas, innovations, and strategic insights in the library profession. She believes leadership is an ever-evolving practice that is enhanced through thought-provoking conversations and the sharing of ideas. She holds an MBA from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah and an MLS from Emporia State University in Kansas.