Bios

Who are we?

Ariana

366f7-img_8479Ariana is a school librarian in the Twin Cities metro area and was previously a children’s librarian in public libraries. Ariana obtained her MLIS and BA in Political Science and History with a minor in Middle East and North African Studies from UCLA.

Ariana was a 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader, sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). She has served on the jury for the Stonewall Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children’s Books Committee, and two years as chair of the ALSC Grants Administration Committee. She is a proud lifetime member of APALA where she served on the Executive Board as a Member-at-Large, as co-chair of the Family Literacy Focus Committee/Talk Story, and was on the APALA Literature Awards: Picture Books Committee. She has also served on the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC), Middle East Book Award: Youth Nonfiction. She is a member of ALA, ALSC, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), and the Rainbow Roundtable.

Ariana is currently serving as a member of the ALSC Board of Directors and as a member of the Rise: A Feminist Book Project, which creates an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18. Ariana has reviewed for Kirkus, Horn Book, and School Library Journal.  

Ariana identifies as a Muslim Indonesian-Okinawan American woman, who wears and accepts the colloquially used term, hijab. She was born and raised in California. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. Ariana enjoys crafts, coffee, reading kidlit in various formats, and spending time with her family.

Hadeal

7a4534c6-0e1d-44c5-80ed-49b2b7a54d40Hadeal is a school librarian in Washington DC and has previously worked in public libraries as a children’s librarian and in other roles. She holds a BA in English and MLIS from Dominican University.

Hadeal is currently serving as co-chair of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Building Partnerships Committee. She has served on the jury for the Rainbow Roundtable Stonewall Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award. She is currently a member of ALA, ALSC and the Rainbow Roundtable. She has previously served on the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) Monarch Committee 2016-2017. Hadeal most recently served on the 2021 Walter Awards,  which celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers and is administered by We Need Diverse Books. Hadeal has reviewed for Kirkus. 

Hadeal is serving on the 2022 Newbery Awards, administered through ALSC and the American Library Association. Because of her role on the jury, Hadeal will not be commenting, posting, contributing, or participating in discussion of any Newbery eligible 2021 published books. 

Hadeal identifies as a Muslim Palestinian Arab-American woman who wears and accepts the colloquially used term, hijab. She was born and raised in Illinois. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. She is passionate about children’s and young adult services, reader’s advisory, children’s programming and outreach. Hadeal enjoys talking, reading, dancing, singing (badly), and eating chocolate. She is loud, cheerful and committed to helping children and their families find the resources they need to succeed!

Mahasin

Image result for mahasin abuwi aleem oaklandMahasin is a children’s librarian in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to working in libraries, Mahasin taught middle and high school social studies and also worked for non-profits. Mahasin earned an AB in Political Science from Brown University and her MLIS from San Jose State University’s School of Information.

In 2016, Mahasin was selected as an ALA Spectrum Scholar and also received the California Library Association’s Begun Scholarship, which is awarded to library school students who demonstrate a commitment to becoming children’s or young adult librarians in a California public library. 

Mahasin is serving on the 2022 Coretta Scott King Award jury, administered through the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) and ALA. Because of her role on the jury, Mahasin will not be commenting on, posting, contributing, or participating in discussion of any CSK eligible 2021 published books. Mahasin has served on the ALSC Membership Committee. Mahasin formerly served as co-Secretary of the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL). She is a member of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the California Library Association (CLA), the Public Library Association (PLA), the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and EMIERT.

A native Georgian who reps the Peach State whenever she can, Mahasin is a second-generation African American Muslim. She prefers the use of the Quranic Arabic term “khimar”, or the English “headscarf”, to refer to her own crown, historically used terms in some African American Muslim communities.

Mahasin loves working with children and their families and developing culturally-responsive, participatory library programs. “Sweet tea”, family hikes in the Redwoods, and long laughs with good friends bring her joy.

Sara

17388969_10209168968729460_6847532926866073365_oSara is a General Services librarian in Pennsylvania where she provides programming for millennials, catalogs children’s material,  does reference, and reader’s advisory. She previously worked at the medical library for Drexel University. She obtained her BA in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Temple University and her MLIS at Drexel.

Sara was selected as an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader for 2014. In 2016, she was an International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) National Committee Fellowship Grant recipient. She served as a panel participant on the ‘No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity Panel’ in 2016 and presented a poster on Millennial programming at the 2017 IFLA conference. She is currently an intern for the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) Committee and a member of the IRC Europe Committee. She has also served on the PLA Continuing Education Committee. 

Sara identifies as a Muslim Egyptian American woman who wears and accepts the colloquially used term, hijab. In her spare time, Sara enjoys hanging out with family and friends, reading, binge-watching shows, trying new foods, traveling and running. She is an active Bookstagramer and YouTuber. She aims to share her passion for reading and her slight (although not really) obsession of Harry Potter with as many people as possible.

Our Contributors

Nada

Nada is currently a Youth Programming Librarian in the Chicago suburbs and a recent graduate from the MSLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Nada has previously written for Off-Kilter Magazine, Runwayaddicts, Performance! for the Society of American Archivists, and Brainchild. Nada identifies as Muslim Palestinian-American and uses the pronouns she/her. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, K-dramas, video games and making books.

About the Artist

Hannah

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Hannah (Young) Kim is the artist behind the logos on Hijabi Librarians. An architect and artist by training and passion, her greatest artistic and architectural influences are Mies van der Rohe; Takeshi Ohgushi, and lalayena, to name just a few. Hannah identifies as a Korean American woman, and has spent significant time abroad. This has led her to record her experiences and develop her artistic taste and spatial awareness. A creative creator and aspiring illustrator, more of Hannah’s works can be viewed or commissioned on her Instagram @artsbyhannahk