LIBROS Elections FY 19-20
The 2019-2020 LIBROS Board Election is open until Friday June 28, 2019. All active members are eligible to vote in this election. Please vote today! LIBROS looks forward to your vote!
Itza Vilaboy is a bilingual Library Intern at San Diego Mesa College and the San Diego Museum of Art. She has served on the LIBROS board the last two years in the roles of Secretary and Acting Chair. Her goals for the LIBROS 2019-2020 year are to raise funds and resources for Children in Crisis, Border Angels, and San Diego Rapid Response Network, and to collaborate with the Chicano Park Steering Committee and the Centro Cultural de la Raza on various projects and programs. She is a writer and artist with forthcoming publications including a book chapter (co-authored with April Ibarra Siqueiros) in "Borders and Belonging: Critical Examinations of Library Approaches toward Immigrants" (Library Juice Press, May 2020) and "The Librarians" art exhibition catalog with essays (Taller California, July 2019).
April Ibarra Siqueiros
April Ibarra Siqueiros is a bilingual community college librarian and artist. She has served as the LIBROS Treasurer and Webmaster over the past year and would like to continue to serve as a board member. During her year with LIBROS she has also introduced new projects, such as the Yearbook Zine as a way to document the year and an organizational handbook to serve future boards. April has also assisted with design for event flyers and translation. She is currently co-authoring a chapter focusing on San Diego and Tijuana librarians with Acting Chair Itza Vilaboy for a forthcoming book titled, Borders & belonging: Critical examinations of LIS approaches toward immigrants. April would like to focus the next year on member engagement and organizational growth for the chapter.
As the Internship and Work Readiness Program Coordinator for the City of San Diego since 2016, I manage the City’s internship and work readiness programs and conduct training for mentees, interns, mentors and intern supervisors. I obtained federal funding for the City of San Diego Opportunity Youth Mentoring Program to pay 450 youth ages 16-24, not working and not in school, to receive work experience in the City. I work collaboratively with over 30 City departments and offices, the County Office of Education, California Department of Rehabilitation, San Diego Workforce Partnership, and County high schools, colleges and universities to provide work readiness opportunities to over 700 mentees and 300 interns annually. In addition, I work on the San Diego Promise Zone project, increasing access to jobs and work readiness programs for residents in Southeast San Diego, Logan Heights and Barrio Logan.
At the San Diego Public Library 2006-2016, I launched Career Online High School, ensuring funding through the California State Library and the San Diego Public Library Foundation. I created the system-wide Volunteer Program, working collaboratively with Human Resources, Library administration, and the State Library. I created and co-chaired the Seguimos Creando Enlaces Committee, and we are now planning the 8th annual bi-national conference. I created and chaired the Advisory Group for Older Adults, working with San Diego County’s Aging and Independence Services and creating system-wide programs.
I have strong inclusive leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. I am a recent graduate of the City of San Diego’s Management Academy and completed training programs with National Conflict Resolution Center related to conflict resolution and inclusive communication. I am currently working on a Mediator Credential, and recently received Certification in Volunteer Management.
I was a member of LIBROS in 2015 and 2016 and served as Secretary during that time. Around that time my daughter was diagnosed with autism and ADHD and most of my free time was spent with doctors, teachers, administrators, therapists and others, working to meet her needs. Now my daughter is in a good place and I have more time in my life to devote to a passion of mine- promoting library and related non-profit and government services to the Spanish-speaking, especially new San Diegans. I feel that I would be an excellent asset to LIBROS as Treasurer.