Culture Convo w/Makiba FosterMonday 8/17
ArtServe Live presents Makiba J. Foster, the manager of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center for Broward County Libraries. Throughout her career, Makiba has enjoyed providing traditional research and reference services, but increasingly she has invested her energies in helping libraries re-imagine services to better serve and positively impact the community. Her work includes faculty and community collaborations focusing on the role of libraries and archives in advancing social justice through digital archives like Documenting Ferguson, oral histories, and GIS mapping related to the LGBTQ community. Makiba is an author and her most recent piece appears in Library Trends' special issue Race and Ethnicity in Library and Information Science: An Update, where she discusses using library collections to promote historical literacy on the Black experience where she specifically talks about the Negro Motorist Green Book. Since relocating to South Florida, Makiba has made steady strides in the community. She was recently recognized by Florida Library Association with the 2020 award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution and selected by Legacy South Florida Magazine as a member of the “50 Most Influential and Powerful Black Professionals of 2020.”
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