Who are we?
Ariana is a librarian at an independent school in the Minneapolis area and was previously a children’s librarian in public libraries. She has also worked in study abroad and at an early childhood consulting firm. Ariana obtained her MLIS and BA in Political Science and History with a minor in Middle East and North African Studies from UCLA (and only two classes away from a minor in Southeast Asian Studies!)
Ariana was selected as an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader for 2014, sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). Ariana is currently chair of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Grants Administration Committee and currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project, which creates an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18. She has previously served on the jury for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT, now known as the Rainbow Roundtable) Stonewall Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award and served two years on the ALSC Notable Children’s Books 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), the Rainbow Roundtable, and MEOC.
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 crochet, caffeine, audiobooks and podcasts (and of course books), comics, finding new halal food places to try out, and attempts to keep up with some manga and the occasional book for adults (that usually ends up being a parenting book or other educational professional development book). She is the mother of a toddler, who will deign to be read to on occasion and constantly attempts to get her Pakistani-American, board-gaming, and BSG loving spouse to read and vote for the Hugo Award.
Hadeal is a children’s librarian in the Mid-Atlantic region. She was previously a Program Coordinator at a public library in Illinois. 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 GLBTRT Stonewall Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award. She is currently a member of ALA, ALSC and GLBTRT. She has previously served on the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) Monarch Committee 2016-2017.
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 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 currently serves as co-Secretary of the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL). She is also 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 the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (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 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.
About the Artist
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