My Leadership Journey

“My Leadership Journey” (MLJ) is a series of conversations with leaders from the library and museum profession.  In these one hour conversations, guests share their personal leadership journey, experiences and leadership philosophy.  MLJ sessions are free and open to the greater library community.

2021-22 “My Leadership Journey” Line-Up

“My Leadership Journey” 2122 ed w/ Anthony Chow
Recorded on Thurs, Nov 18, 2021
Director, San Jose State University, School of Information
Dr. Anthony Chow was appointed director of the San José State University’s School of Information last July. Before his appointment at the iSchool, Anthony was an associate professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Chow’s academic career spans 21 years during which time he has worked as a faculty member; served as coordinator/director of online learning; published two books and two book chapters and 141 peer-reviewed publications, proceedings, presentations, and posters.
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Recording MLJ w/ Anthony Chow

“My Leadership Journey” 2122 ed w/ Ray Pun
Recorded on Thurs, Dec 9th, 2021  
Education and Outreach Manager, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University
Ray Pun is currently the president of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the incoming president of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). Ray holds a Ed.D in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fresno, an MA in East Asian Studies from St. John’s University, an MLS from Queens College in New York and a B.A. in History. Ray is presently the Education and Outreach Manager at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University.
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Recording MLJ w/ Ray Pun

“My Leadership Journey” 2122 ed w/ Shauntee Burns-Simpson
Recorded on Thurs, Jan 13th, 2022
Associate Director of School Support & Outreach, New York Public Library
Shauntee Burns-Simpson (MLIS) currently serves as the 2020-2022 President of BCALA. She is the Associate Director of School Support & Outreach for The New York Public Library. An ambassador for libraries and Youth Librarian, President Burns-Simpson enjoys connecting people to the public library and its resources. She works closely with at-risk teens and fosters a love of reading & learning with her innovative programs. In addition to leading BCALA, she chairs the American Library Association Office of Diversity, Literacy, & Outreach Services (ODLOS) Committee on Diversity.
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Recording MLJ w/ Shauntee Burns-Simpson

“My Leadership Journey” 2122 ed w/ Yolande Wilburn
Recorded on Thurs, Feb 10th, 2022

Library Director of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Ms. Wilburn is the newly-appointed director of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, a joint powers of authority library system that consists of 10 libraries that serve the cities of Capitola, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz County. Yolande has held a variety of leadership positions in public, academic, rural and urban libraries, that also includes an international stint in Dubai. Yolande is a member of the California Library Association’s board of directors. Ms. Wilburn received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from University of Illinois.
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Recording MLJ w/ Yolande Wilburn

“My Leadership Journey” 2122 ed w/  Dr. Romelia Salinas
Recorded on Thurs, March 10th, 2022
Dr. Romelia Salinas serves as the Dean of Library & Learning Resources at Mt. San Antonio College. She is currently the Vice-President/President Elect of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. Dr. Salinas has worked in higher education libraries for over 25 years as staff, faculty, and now as an administrator. She earned a Ph.D. in Library & Information Science from UCLA and holds a bachelor’s degree in Law & Society and Chicano/a Studies. Her research interests center on the digital divide, representation in digital content, information barriers, and services to marginalized communities.
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Recording for MLJ w/ Dr. Romelia Salinas

“My Leadership Journey” 2122 ed w/ Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada
Recorded on Thurs, April 14th, 2022 
Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada is the 2022-23 President of the American Library Association and Adult Services Assistant Manager at the Palos Verdes Library District in Southern California. She serves as the Executive Director and is a Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). Much of her work focuses on promoting and achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries and librarianship. Find out more about her at
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Recording for MLJ w/ Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada

“My Leadership Journey” 2122 ed w/ Jill Bourne
Recorded on Tues, May 10th, 2022 
Jill Bourne is the City Librarian of the San José Public Library and lead of the City of San José’s education and digital equity initiatives.  With a focus on expanding access, partnerships, innovation, and educational outcomes, she is committed to enhancing the relevance and leveraging the value of public libraries in the communities they serve.  Because of her leadership, Bourne has been recognized as a “2009 Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal, one of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “2015 Women of Influence,” Library Journal’s “2017 Librarian of the Year,” a member of the 2018 “Upstart 50” by the San Francisco Business Times, and honored with the “2019 Cinequest Visionary Award.”
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Recording for MLJ w/ Jill Bourne

“My Leadership Journey” 2122 w/ Greg Lucas , California State Librarian
Recorded on Friday, June 3rd, 2022
Greg Lucas was appointed California’s 25th State Librarian by Governor Jerry Brown on March 25, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Greg was the Capitol Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Chronicle where he covered politics and policy at the State Capitol for nearly 20 years. During Greg’s tenure as State Librarian, the State Library’s priorities have been to improve reading skills throughout the state, put library cards into the hands of every school kid and provide all Californians the information they need – no matter what community they live in. The State Library invests $10 million annually in local libraries to help them develop more innovative and efficient ways to serve their communities. Since 2015, the State Library has improved access for millions of Californians by helping connect more than half of the state’s 1,100 libraries to a high-speed Internet network that links universities, colleges, schools, and libraries around the world. Greg holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from California State University San Jose, a Master’s in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, and a degree in communications from Stanford University.
Recording for MLJ w/ Greg Lucas

You can access previous event recordings on our Archived Webinars page.