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ALA advocacy panel at New York Comic Con

ALA panel speakers at New York Comic Con 2017.This year, New York Comic Con (NYCC) is teaming up with The New York Public Library to expand offerings for educators and librarians by providing them with a space for panels, networking, and workshops on Thursday, October 5.

ALA has organized a panel that will take place in the Celeste Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. The panel, Citizen-Centric Library Advocacy: Building People Power for Your Branch, will offer a space to talk about how library staff and patrons can use personal stories to advocate for their library. The following panelists will join us:

Ricci Yuhico
Managing Librarian, Young Adult Services, The New York Public Library (NYPL)

Ricci is a recent transplant to NYC from Miami. In the daytime, she is the Managing Librarian for Young Adult Services in NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library. Outside of work, she is the Advocacy Chair for Urban Librarians Unite. In previous experiences in the political realm, she co-founded a political action committee in 2013 to 2015, CALM, Community Advocates for Libraries in Miami, with other librarians and library advocates and advocated heavily for fully-funding the Miami-Dade Public Library System. CALM also partnered with local organizations and stakeholders to form the Coalition to Save Our Libraries.

Davis Erin Anderson
Program Manager, Technology, Culture, and Libraries, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

Davis Erin Anderson’s work focuses on the cultural impact of internet technologies as they effect libraries. Davis manages projects like METRO’s contribution to the Mozilla Web Literacy for Library Staff pilot program and NYC Digital Safety, a new initiative that will train frontline library staff on internet privacy and security. Her work includes planning, developing, and recruiting trainers for a wide range of professional development events in the library field and beyond.

Robin Lester Kenton
Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)

Robin is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at BPL, the nation’s fifth-largest public library system. She is charged with overseeing most of BPL’s public-facing communications, including social media, print materials, website management, press relations and email marketing. Her team promotes library services and materials and encouraged Brooklynites to become more involved in the success of their local branch. Prior to her role at BPL, Robin served as the Director of Strategic Communications for the NYC Department of Transportation, driving community involvement in local projects such as the planning and rollout of the city’s bike share program.

Nicholas Higgins
Director, Outreach Services, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)

Nicholas is the Director of Outreach Services at BPL, where he oversees services for older adults, correctional services, immigrant services and outreach to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. From 2009 to 2013, he oversaw NYPL’s Correctional Services Department, developing several innovative programs, including mobile libraries at city jails, an early literacy and book-recording program for incarcerated parents, and a 12-week literature class offered for men in federal prison. He received a MLS from the Pratt Institute and a BA in British Literature from Hunter College.

Hours for Comic Con at NYPL are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (enter at 42nd Street near 5th Avenue). This is a free, ticketed Comic Con event for librarians, teachers, and educators; a NYCC badge valid for Thursday is required for entry.

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Emily Wagner

Emily is a deputy director of Advocacy Communications in the ALA's Advocacy and Public Policy Office. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master's in library and information science from Catholic University.

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