Us in Wonderland: BIPOC Women Leadership in Academic Libraries

The panel is composed by a group of BIPOC women leaders who work in middle management in academic libraries in North America. This presentation will share the panelists’ pathways of building trust with their teams while navigating through many changes at either personal level or in professional context. The panelists will shed light on their challenges, solutions and strategies in their individual journeys and the skills they developed along the way. This discussion attempts to share our experiences and encourage peers who might have similar backgrounds with us to step forward in their career and pursue leadership positions.

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Oct 20 2023


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm




  • Afra Bolefski
    Afra Bolefski
    Head, Social Sciences Division, University of Manitoba

    Afra Bolefski is an Associate Librarian at the University of Manitoba Libraries and leads a team of librarians in six faculties in her role as Head, Social Sciences Division. She is a 2022-23 Association of Research Libraries’ LCDP fellow and holds an MLIS from Western University.

  • Mai Lu
    Mai Lu
    Head, Public Services and Outreach, University of Toronto Mississauga Library

    Mai Lu is the Head, Public Services and Outreach at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library. Prior to this, she was the Access and Inclusion Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries and was a 2022-2023 ARL LCDP Fellow. Mai holds a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University.

  • Xiying Mi
    Head of Resource Description, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Xiying is the Head of Resource Description at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. She is passionate about data, metadata, linked data and leadership skills.