Kelly McElroy, Chair (2012-2014)
As the Undergraduate Services Librarian at the University of Iowa, Kelly supports student success through instruction and outreach. Besides OTR, she is involved with the zine libraries interest group, the Zine Pavilion at ALA Annual, and serves as co-chair of the Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize Committee. She loves getting mail, especially packages of books for OTR.
Bob Graziano, Immediate Past-Chair (2011-2013)
After earning his MLS at Dominican University, Bob started his career as the corporate archivist for Deere & Company in Moline, Illinois. Having lived in New York, Chicago, and Toronto, he learned he just wasn’t cut out to live in a small city. He returned to Chicago and taught English for 9 years at an alternative school for dropouts and youths placed there through the court system.
He became the librarian and worked with this disenfranchised population for the next 25 years, eventually serving as librarian for the high school located within the Cook County Jail. After retiring as an educator, he took a position as librarian with the Chicago Public Library system. He is currently the acting head of the Humanities Department at Woodson Regional Library.
Bob has volunteered with a number of agencies within the LGBT community including Stop AIDS Chicago, Vital Bridges, the Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago House, and IML. In addition, he loves to travel and spends as much time as he can with his partner in Fort Lauderdale. As an avid reader, he has been a member of a number of books clubs over the years and has always enjoyed the discussion of works and sharing his and others enthusiasm for a variety of different genres of literature.
Dave Combe (2013-2015)
After thirty years on the reference side, Dave Combe has just (March 2013) moved to the administrative office of the Ventura County Library (California) with new responsibilities for developing training programs for staff at eleven libraries. With the goal of assisting all staff in providing excellent customer service by improved knowledge and skills in using library electronic resources, ILS, OPAC, and other staff resources and equipment, Dave will be creating training manuals, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, videos, instructional manuals, as well as and maintenance of blogs, discussion groups and other online tools for dissemination of information and exercises to enhance staff training. Dave will also be developing and implementing evaluation techniques to gauge the efficacy of all training. Needless to say, he’ll be looking at what other libraries are doing, and borrowing and adapting liberally to our local situations. Dave is a member of ALA, PLA, the GLBT Roundtable, as well as the Library History and Government Documents Round Tables. He is also a member of the Reference and User Services and the Young Adult Library Services Associations. Dave was a juror for the Stonewall Book Awards in 2011 and 2012, and is entering his first year as a juror on the Over The Rainbow Committee.
Anna Fidgeon (2013-2015)
Originally from Washington State, Anna cannot remember a time when she did not love books. She received her B.A. in Women Studies from the University of Washington, where she began her library work as a student assistant. Anna pursued her MIS from The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently one of two Digital Learning Initiatives Librarians at California State University, Northridge, where she helps students discover library resources in the classroom and at the reference desk as well as through the digital learning objects she creates for the Library website and social media. Anna is very excited to be surrounded by the piles of books she gets to review as an Over the Rainbow juror.
Jessica Jones (2013-2015)
Jessica Jones is the Library Director at Northern New Mexico College, a rural campus in the Espanola Valley that serves an active and supportive GLBTQ community. She grew up in the arts community of Houston, Texas and was inspired by the friendship and acceptance there to remain involved with the GLBTQ community long after her formative years. She went on to complete BAs in American Studies and History from the University of Texas at San Antonio and received her MSI from the University of Michigan in 2009. Jessica has since been living in Santa Fe with her husband and cat and is thrilled to be a part of this committee with the privilege of reviewing so many excellent GLBTQ titles.
Rosalinda Hernandez Linares
Rosalinda is the Diversity Residency Librarian at the University of Louisville. Along with her duties as the subject liaison to Classical and Modern Languages, teaching information literacy sessions, and providing reference services, Rosalinda is involved in various projects in the Louisville community that promote services to Latinos and other diverse groups. As a brand new librarian, this is her first official ALA committee appointment, and she is very excited to ‘get her read on’.
Derek Marshall (2014-2016)
Having only ever worked in libraries, Derek knew he had no choice but to become a librarian. He received his MLIS from the University of South Carolina right after finishing his bachelor’s degree. Derek has found working in libraries as the only economic way of surrounding himself with an appropriate number of books. Derek is currently the Coordinator of the Veterinary Medicine Library at Mississippi State University. Before joining the library faculty at MSU, Derek spent most of his career in public libraries where he was everything from a YA Librarian to a Branch Manager. Derek is excited to work as an Over the Rainbow juror and looks forward to delving into more books!
Louis Muñoz (2013-2015)
Louis grew up in 3 countries – the U.S., Puerto Rico, and New Jersey – but currently makes his home in Brooklyn, NY. His lifelong love of books began in childhood, aided and abetted by great neighborhood librarians and RIF. This has led to his new career as a bilingual Reference Librarian in the Multilingual Center/Languages and Literature Division of the Brooklyn Public Library, focusing on library services to immigrants and their families. (Louis has also been both a linguist-interrogator in the Army and a kindergarten teacher, among other things.)
In his not-quite-seven years as a librarian, Louis has served as Secretary, Vice-President, and President of ALA-REFORMA’s Northeast Chapter, and is currently the Secretary for REFORMA National and on the ALA Diversity Council. Louis has also been active in NYLA’s Ethnic Studies Roundtable and other professional organizations. Louis is very excited in his newest role as a juror on the Over The Rainbow Books Committee, and looks forward to sharing his love of reading and discovery with others.