Mario Ascencio, M.L.S.
College Librarian at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. Former Library Director, Corcoran College of Art + Design. International leader, instructor, speaker, advocate. Frequent speaker on topics such as library instruction, reference, social media, collection development and leadership. On a national and international level, Mr. Ascencio has presented lectures, keynote addresses, workshops, and radio and television interviews throughout the United States, Argentina, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico, and Panama. Additionally, he has conducted research in USA and Italy. Topics have included InfoDiversity, Libraries and Civil Societies, Web 2.0 Technologies in Libraries, and Library Services to Latinos and Spanish-speakers. Mr. Ascencio holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Italian from California State University, Northridge.
Robin Kear, M.L.S.
Teaching academic librarian in Pittsburgh, USA. International leader, instructor, speaker and writer. Ms. Kear has served at the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) over the last ten years in various roles including Chair. She was selected and then reappointed to serve on the ALA Website Advisory Committee. Ms. Kear served as an information services intern for the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya, and has taught in Vietnam and Kazakhstan. She enjoys publishing, presenting and contributing to international librarianship. She was named an ALA Emerging Leader for 2008 with IRRT sponsorship and named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2008 for having a global focus.
Loida Garcia-Febo, M.L.S.
Loida Garcia-Febo is an international librarian, researcher, speaker and writer of topics such as human rights, access to information, advocacy, services to diverse populations, new professionals and continuing professional development. She is an expert strategizing services for diverse and multi-ethnic groups. Loida is Principal at LGF International Strategies where she help businesses, organizations, libraries and professional associations to carry out global research, strategize international relations, access to information, services to diverse populations and communities. 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, National Public Radio, Univision, Telemundo, New York Times and media outlets in different regions of the world.
She has notably spoken at events coordinated by US Embassies in Tokyo, Mexico and Spain, and 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.
García-Febo has served as a member of ABC-CLIO, Praeger Publications Advisory Board, the International Advisory Board of San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science\ Library 2.0 (2011-Present) Worldwide Virtual Conferences, the Public Libraries Advisory Board, and the Global Libraries ATLA Advisory Board. She was a member of Advisory Boards at Webjunction, online cooperative developed by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, and Global Libraries from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Garcia-Febo is an experienced urban public library manager specializing in the areas of services for immigrants and outreach to special populations. Her career also includes experience as an academic library manager and as a school librarian. Honors include:
- Elected to the IFLA Governing Board 2013-2015, 2015-2017
- Elected to the ALA Executive Board 2015-2018
- 2015 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award fromREFORMA
- Expert Resource Person of the Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Core Activity of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
- Outstanding Alumna of the University of Puerto Rico EGCTI
- 2010 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award
- Notable Member of the International Relations Round Table of the American Library Association
- Library Journal Mover & Shaker
- Outstanding Woman by national media conglomerate Impremedia and El Diario/La Prensa