Abigail Morales

2024 Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year Award

Abigail MoralesAbigail (Abby) Morales is a first-generation college graduate. She received her MLIS from the University of North Texas. Abby has a diverse background in library services, having worked in academic, public, joint-use and K-12 libraries over the last 28 years. Her expertise expands to branch management, youth services, outreach, and technology automation. Her personal mission is to provide access to everyone. She is a mentor to library personnel and works with students and staff to achieve their professional library goals. She is an active longtime REFORMA member and is currently serving as a Co-Chair for the REFORMA National Conference Coordinating Committee.

Abby is an Implementation Project Manager with Innovative a part of Clarivate and is an adjunct librarian at Cypress College and Long Beach Community College. By day she installs library software to libraries globally and by night she teaches the next generation of library personnel the advancements in our profession.

Her passion is Children’s Literature, having some of the highlights of her career be the work she accomplished by serving on book award committees that align with that passion. She served on the ALA Newbery Medal Committee in 2019, Pura Belpré Medal Committee in 2016 and was a part of the Pura Belpré Expansion Task Force to integrate a Young Adult medal component to the award.

Comments from colleagues about Abby Morales

Her genuine passion has served as a source of inspiration for her colleagues and peers, motivating them to integrate similar principles into their endeavors Maria Estrella

Her creativity and forward-thinking mindset have resulted in the implementation of groundbreaking projects that have significantly enriched the library experience for students of all ages and backgrounds Star Khan

In each presentation, she put in a lot of energy to keeping the attention of the filled to capacity crowd. Her dedication to our communities was evident in the passion she exhibited Ana-Elba Pavon

Her passion for promoting literacy, bilingual programming, and diversity within the library profession is further demonstrated through her active participation in conferences, workshops, and task forces. – Dr. Romelia Salinas