|CLA Elections 2016 - Adriana (Ady) Huertas|
Adriana (Ady) Huertas, San Diego Public Library
If given the opportunity to serve on the board, I would bring my passion to advocate for the underrepresented in the organization and explore creative ways to leverage our resources to create new opportunities that engage folks across the spectrum of the profession.
I’m excited about the changes CLA has undergone through innovative outside-the-box approaches that have strengthened the organization and would be honored to have the opportunity to contribute to that momentum. As CLA continues to evolve, I believe it is important to increase diversity within the organization by continuing to broaden our reach to all types of libraries and enhance opportunities for the diverse workforce that drives California libraries. There is so much creativity and passion in the profession at all levels, from librarians, to support staff, to specialized positions, to students and volunteers, which CLA can cultivate by creating opportunities that promote inclusion. As someone who grew up in the library system and benefited from opportunities to learn and grow within the profession, I strongly believe in growing our future leaders that represent the diverse populations of the communities we serve, by offering mentorship, support and professional development. Within its various interest groups, CLA has an opportunity to promote collaboration and encourage the sharing of resources and ideas between groups that can contribute to a stronger presence together while increasing diversity through networking and advocacy.
Ady has worked in San Diego libraries for almost 20 years and is currently the Branch Manager of the Logan Heights Branch Library in the San Diego Public Library system. Prior to this, she worked in youth services for five years as a Youth Services Librarian and Teen Center Manager. She is the Co-Chair of the Seguimos Creando Enlaces Committee, which has put on five bi-national librarian conferences bringing together library staff from the United States and Mexico to collaborate, exchange ideas and share best practices. She has been involved with LIBROS, the San Diego chapter of REFORMA for 9 years, and has held leadership positions including President in 2013. She is currently the International Relations Committee Chair for REFORMA National. She is also involved with REFORMA's Children in Crisis Task Force, where she collaborates with local immigrant youth shelters to provide library services, books and library tours in Spanish for immigrant and unaccompanied refugee youth from Central America and Mexico. Ady is passionate about providing inclusive and impactful services to underserved communities through outreach, and is proud of being able to serve and engage with LGBTQIA teens, teen moms and refugee youth through libraries. Ady is a 2008 ALA Spectrum Scholar and grant recipient, 2015 Eureka! Leadership Institute Fellow, and 2016 REFORMA Librarian of the Year. She has a BA in Chicana/Chicano Studies San Diego State University, an MLIS from San Jose State University.