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Liz Kennedy

Latina, Librarian, Public Speaker, Author, Consultant

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Hello! My name is Liz Kennedy, MLIS, MA.
My current and previous professional and academic experiences allow me an unique perspective as a librarian and an educator. My degrees and careers involved researching  and educating others by curating information in digestible and innovative ways. I am passionate about equity, representation, inclusion, culturally responsive practices, and antibias/antiracist practices as they translate into all types of library spaces and services. I pride myself on being a lifetime learner and want to bring that spirit into the changing face of library services.  


Let's chat about how I can make your vision a reality.

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Publications

June 2023: 

AASL/ALA Neal-Schuman Publication: Embracing Culturally Responsive Practices in School Libraries

  • June 3, 2022: Presenter at New Jersey Library Association Conference: "Creating a Brave Space"

  • December 7, 2021: Presenter at New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference: “How to Engage Culturally Diverse Students”

  • June 3, 2021: Panelist at New Jersey Library Association Conference: “Serving Latinx/Hispanic Communities”

  • June 3, 2021: Presenter at New Jersey Library Association Conference: “Supporting & Empowering Our Young Patrons with Culturally Responsive Research Initiatives”

  • March 9, 2021: Presenter at NJECC Statewide Educational Technology Conference: “Supporting & Empowering Our Students with Culturally Responsive School Libraries”

  • Sept. 29, 2020: Presenter at Digital Learning App Smash for Future Ready Librarians® Webinar

  • April 2020 - Present: Presenter and meeting facilitator of District Equity training

  • Sept. 2020 - May 2021: Active participant and leader of training revolving around Courageous Conversations, Gender and Sexuality, Cultural Responsiveness, Equity, Social Emotional Learning

  • Oct. 2019 - English Department Speaker: College Readiness Gap regarding research skills/programs

  • New Jersey Library Association Executive Board Member:

    • Diversity and Outreach Committee &  Young Adult Services

  • NJASL & AASL 

  • District Equity/Ad Hoc Team - Hackensack Public School District

  • District Tech Facilitators Team - Hackensack Public School District

  • District Learning Support Team - Hackensack High School

  • New Jersey Education Association

  • American Library Association

  • New Jersey Library Association

Curriculum developer and instructor for 2 local adult courses - News Media and Content Creation

Public speaking

Commitee membership

Consulting

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