Loida Garcia-Febo has twenty years of experience in libraries, including academic, public, school and special libraries in Puerto Rico and New York. She is a library consultant and President of Information New Wave, a not-for-profit NGO seeking to enhance the education of ethnically diverse communities working with libraries and information workers. She is an author, educator and mentor to librarians and information workers, and frequently speaks at library association events and at institutions. She often speaks to the media including ABC, CNN, NPR, Univision, Telemundo and New York Times and media outlets in different regions of the world. She has taught in 21 countries in five continents and has advocated on behalf of libraries, access to information and library matters in collaboration with various global NGOs at the United Nations. She has notably spoken at events coordinated by US Embassies in Costa Rica, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Serbia, and Spain.
Garcia-Febo joined the ALA Executive Board in 2015 when she was elected by the ALA Council to this post. She was elected as President-Elect by the ALA membership in 2017 for the ALA Presidential term 2018-2019. At ALA she served as Chair of the ALA Committee on Membership Meetings where she led efforts towards the first ALA Virtual Town Hall and the first two annual ALA Virtual Membership Meetings for ALA’s almost 60,000 members. She chaired the team developing ALA’s Presidential Initiative, Empowering Diverse Voices Leadership Video Series. She also chaired the Intellectual Freedom Round Table, International Relations Committee, International Relations Round Table, and served as a member of the Diversity Council, the ALA Planning and Budget Assembly, and the Intellectual Freedom Committee. She served as President of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking from 2009-2010.
She is a member of the Public Library Association where she chaired the Gordon Conable Award Committee, the New York Library Association where she collaborated with the Membership Committee, and REFORMA, the American Indian Library Association, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and the Chinese American Library Association. She is a member of ACURIL, the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries with which she coordinated an IFLA/UNESCO Internet Manifesto Guidelines workshop for librarians attending the XXXVIII ACURIL Conference in Jamaica.
Garcia-Febo served on the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) from 2013-2017. At IFLA, she chaired IFLA’s Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) from 2015-2017 and served as Secretary and Expert Resource Person of IFLA’s Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee (FAIFE). She founded and coordinated New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations in 2012. This is an international quarterly webinar series hosted by IFLA CPDWL, IFLA New Professionals (NPSIG) and ALA providing online continuing education opportunities in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Currently, she is a member of Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Standing Committee of IFLA. She also works with IFLA’s NPSIG which she co-established in 2004 and advises.
As part of her work with IFLA FAIFE, she has collaborated writing curricula and presenting workshops about human rights, access to information and advocacy in many regions of the world. She has also coordinated programs and pre-conferences including topics of interest to new librarians and new professionals for IFLA Congresses in Oslo, Seoul, South Africa, Quebec, (Bologna) Milan and (Boras) Gothenburg.
She served on various boards including the Access to Learning Award Advisory Board for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Global Libraries, Webjunction, Library 2.0 Advisory Board from the San Jose State University School of Information, Library Advisory Board of Praeger an imprint of ABC-Clio, and the Public Libraries Advisory Board.
Library publications in the USA, Italy, Germany, Spain, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Finland, and Catalonia have interviewed her. Garcia-Febo has published in the Australian Library Journal, Feliciter Canadian Library Association Magazine, inCite News magazine of the Australian Library and Information Association, dvb-Newsletter International published by the Goethe-Institute in Germany, Latino Experience Database (Greenwood Press), Versed (from ALA), Criticas a sister publication of Library Journal, and numerous conference proceedings and books. Her writing focuses on continuing professional development, new professionals, multi-ethnic populations, Latinos and other diverse groups, and library association’s work. Her research interests also include information seeking behavior, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual populations.
Garcia-Febo received the 2015 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award from REFORMA, the American Library Association’s 2010 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award, was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal, and an Outstanding Woman by Impremedia and El Diario/ La Prensa. She is a Notable Member of the ALA International Relations Round Table, and an Outstanding Alumna of the University of Puerto Rico EGCTI.
Garcia-Febo loves being a librarian and the work she does whether at the United Nations, doing grassroots advocacy or working one-on-one with people from different communities. She is passionate about libraries and works with diverse communities globally. She believes that Together, we can bring change, and that Libraries=Strong Communities!