EveryLibrary Advisors

EveryLibrary is fortunate to have a network of formal and informal advisors helping us reach the public and the library world about the importance of political action for libraries.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich advises EveryLibrary on library campaign success.  She is Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid-Hudson Library System (NY) and is the co-creator of the Public Library Vote Toolbox.  For the past decade, Ms. Smith Aldrich has worked with communities throughout New York to build and organize campaign teams and motivate and mobilize voters. To date, she has worked on close to 100 public library vote campaigns, for both operating and building referendum. She is active in NYLA and ALA, where is a founding member of the Sustainability Roundtable. Named a LJ Mover & Shaker in 2010, Rebekkah is a frequent national speaker on topics related to the future of libraries, leadership and capacity building, and is the author of the upcoming book for ALA, “Sustainable Thinking”. She tweets @Rebekkah.

K.C. Boyd is a School Libraries advisor to EveryLibrary. As the Lead Librarian for the East St. Louis School District in East St. Louis, IL., she advocates heavily for school librarians. She is a proponent of street literature for teens and she has given presentations for librarians and teachers at the local, state and national levels. K.C. is a reviewer for the Street Lit. Book Award Medal and serves on the advisory board for Booklist Online. Previously, K.C. held library positions at the elementary, high school and administration levels for Chicago Public Schools, and as an adjunct professor of Library Information Science at Chicago State University and Dominican University. She is currently a is a doctoral candidate at Dominican University’s Library Information Science program. Please follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @Boss_Librarian.

Michele Cobb is a Strategic Advisor to EveryLibrary on the audio book industry.  Ms. Cobb is the Executive Director of the Audio Publishers Association (APA), where she recently served as President, and is consultant to the library and publishing industries.  She is a noted industry expert who has spoken at numerous audiobook workshops, events and panels focused on the public library market. She can be reached at mleecobb@hotmail.com.

Kyle K. Courtney is the Libraries & the Law Advisor to EveryLibrary, focusing on the civic and political matrix between units of government and citizens. Mr. Courtney is Copyright Advisor at Harvard University at the Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication and teaches first year legal research sessions for the Law School’s Legal Research & Writing Program, while holding a dual appointment at Northeastern University teaching on cyberlaw issues. A nationally recognized authority on copyright, technology, libraries, and the law, he holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and an MSLIS.  He tweets @KyleKCourtney

Francine Fialkoff is a Strategic Advisor to EveryLibrary on issues and intersections between the publishing, author, and agent community and the role that stable, well funded libraries play in life long literacy and the marketplace for published works.  Ms. Fialkoff was most recently Editor-In-Chief at Library Journal where she oversaw the creation and development of key projects including the Movers & Shakers awards, the Best Small Library in America Award, and the new LibraryAware Award that shine a light on the work of librarians and libraries.  She is currently a consultant to the library community (ffialkoff@gmail.com) and project manager on Movers & Shakers and the LJ Design Institute.

Dustin Fife is Editor for The Political Librarian, our journal of tax policy and public policy for libraries. Mr. Fife is the Director of Library Services at Western State Colorado University. Before moving to Colorado, he served as the Outreach and Patron Services Librarian for Utah Valley University and Library Director for San Juan County Public Library System. Dustin studied history and philosophy at the University of Utah and library science at Emporia State University. Dustin was a 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, the 2015-2016 Utah Library Association President, and 2016-2017 ALA LearnRT President. His research interest include open education, leadership and management, and advocacy. Please email him at dustin.fife@everylibrary.org.

Ed Garcia is a campaign advisor to EveryLibrary. He is the Director of the Cranston Public Library in Cranston, RI. A newly minted librarian, prior to earning his MLIS from the University of Rhode Island in 2008, Ed was a marketing professional for 10 years at Sony Music and the Boston Phoenix. He was also Rhode Island Director of the American Diabetes Association and the Executive Director of the Diabetes Association of Greater Fall River. Ed was named both a ALA Emerging Leader and a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010. He is active in ALA and is a current ALA Councilor-at-Large, member of the Committee on Diversity and RUSA Board of Directors. In Rhode Island, Ed is a current member of the RI Council of Economic Advisors and Congressman Jim Langevin’s Education Advisory Committee. Ed is also a happily married father of twin sons. He tweets @edgarcia401.

Mel Gooch is a former EveryLibrary board member who understands the ecosystem of library advocacy, from front-line staff to citizen leadership.  A 2002 MLIS graduate from Rutgers University, she is Librarian III – Main Library 5th Floor Manager for the San Francisco Public Library. Ms. Gooch is active in the American Library Association where she is an at-large member of their governing Council, serves on the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Program Committee and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Program Committee.   She is a co-founder of  Bay Area Off Desk,  a professional group created to promote and support libraries, library staff, and librarianship in the Bay Area. She tweets at @mel_gooch.

Sara Kelly Johns is a Strategic Initiatives Advisor on School Librarians and Libraries helping EveryLibrary scope out ballot-level solutions for funding programs and positions. A longtime school library activist and consultant on school library programs, she has written and presented nationally and statewide on school librarians and advocacy. Ms. Johns is a Past President of NYLA, the American Association of School Librarians and the School Library Section of NYLA. She was an online instructor for Mansfield University’s School Library and Information Technologies and an adjunct professor for bibliographic instruction/information literacy for Plattsburgh (NY) State University Feinberg Library. Johns has been a trustee on the Plattsburgh Public Library Board of Trustees as well as member and president of the Saranac Lake Free Library Board of Trustees. She is a recent past member of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and is a current member of the ALA’s Executive Board, Council and Conference Committee. She tweets at @skjohns

Oleg Kagan is Contributing Editor for the EveryLibrary Magazine on Medium. As media advisor to EveryLibrary, he is helping to shape and explore what a consumer-focused publication can do in the advocacy and messaging space. Mr. Kagan serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the County of Los Angeles Public Library. During the past 15 years, he has held positions ranging from volunteer to branch manager at six different library locations, with short stints at several others. Mr. Kagan interests include library service to writers, advocacy, and community outreach. He is currently compiling Inspiring Library Stories, a book of library impact stories. Please email article suggestions to oleg.kagan@everylibrary.org.

JP Porcaro is a Senior Advisor to EveryLibrary, helping develop our core philosophy of “Make It Happen for libraries at the ballot box”.  Mr. Porcaro is Head of Acquisitions and Technological Discovery at New Jersey City University, founder of the influential gaming blog 8-Bit Library, a key convener of the Library Think Tank, and sits on the Board of the New Jersey Library Association.  He is a frequent and sought after speaker, convener, and master of ceremonies. More on Mr. Pocaro’s work can be found on LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter.

Nicole Powell is a branch supervisor for the Sacramento Public Library. Nicole has been involved with nonpartisan voter registration drives for 16 years. In 2004, Nicole served as the minority relations Outreach Team Leader for Rock the vote and Rap the Vote in Kansas City, Missouri. She worked with Project Vote, ACORN and local media outlets to bring hip hop events, political rap battles and special concerts to the area. Rap the Vote efforts and get-out-the-vote campaigns contributed to a significant increase of youth voter turnout from the all-black neighborhoods of eastside Kansas City, Missouri during the 2004 Presidential election. Nicole continued to serve as Kansas City Rock the Vote team Leader through 2008. Starting as a Deputy Registar in 1999, Nicole has been advocating for voter registration drives in libraries from Missouri to California. Nicole has been published in Ink magazine.

Lindsay Sarin is a Strategic Advisor and former EveryLibrary Board member focusing on developing our publishing program, and is our frequent delegate to meetings in Washington, D.C. She is MLS Program Coordinator at Maryland’s College of Information Studies, is Reviews Editor of The Library Quarterly, and a Research Fellow at the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC). Ms. Sarin has published on how politics and policy impact library funding, and has co-authored Public Libraries, Public Policies, and Political Processes (Spring 2014). She should be followed at @lcsarin.

John Shableski is a Strategic Advisor to EveryLibrary on the comic and graphic novel publishing industry.  Mr. Shableski is a nationally recognized expert on the development of the graphic novel category in libraries and educational markets.  He has served as a member of the Book Expo America Advisory board, was a judge for the 2008 Eisner Awards for Comic Con International, and serves as a consultant for the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation.  He now works for iVerse Media as the Library Program Manager for Comics Plus: Library Edition.

Ian Singer is a Strategic Development Advisor to EveryLibrary.  As Chief Content Officer for Credo Reference, he leads their business development initiatives and oversees their publisher relations activities and content acquisition strategy. For over two decades Mr. Singer has been committed to innovation in the field of information services and has held leadership positions at some of the library industry’s most well-respected companies. Before joining Credo he served as Vice President, Group Publishing for Media Source, Inc., where he was responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day operations of such prestigious publications as Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book.

Kate Tkacik is a Senior Advisor to EveryLibrary and a key early supporter of our work across social media channels.  Ms. Tkacik is a business librarian with the Bank of Montreal Business Research Group in Chicago and is a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. Her blog, The Lifeguard Librarian, is a top followed library-related site on Tumblr.  She is a frequent speaker on library outreach issues and regularly answers questions from the public about libraries and the profession through her blog and @lifegdlibrarian.

Andrew (Andy) Woodworth is a Social Media Advisor to EveryLibrary on outreach to the blogger and twitter community.  He is himself a well respected blogger on library, intellectual freedom, and access issues at Agnostic Maybe, which was named an LISNews “Top 10 Librarian Blogs to Read” in 2010.  Mr. Woodworth is a Librarian at Burlington County (NJ) Library System, an organizer of state and national library projects, and a classic social media connector at @wawoodworth and Idea-Lab.


2017 Intern

Allison Randall Gatt is a student at San Jose State University and an intern for the 2017 spring semester. She plans to receive her MLIS in May and pursue a career in youth librarianship, determined to bridge the educational gap by growing life-long learners at an early age. For the past three years, she has been the lead writer for the SJSU iStudent Blog and has published articles in BayNet and Hack Library School. On Instagram and her blog, she is known as the Bohemian Librarian.

2014 Intern

Rachel Korman was our 2014 Intern. As a then-recent MLIS graduate from Drexel University, her Internship helped to shape our public-facing training and orientation programs. She wrote extensively for our weekly Libraries Politics Rodeo sharing news and insights from around the library world. She is currently an Information Assistant at Vaughan Public Libraries, Ont., and has continued her volunteer work with EveryLibrary a member of The Political Librarian editorial team. Ms. Korman holds a with a BA in Geography from the University of Toronto and is a Board Member and the Treasurer for The Soapbox, an independent publishing center in West Philadelphia. She tweets at @RachelKorman2