A California native, Jamillah R. Gabriel holds an Associate in Arts in English from Cerritos College, a Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies and Journalism from California State University Long Beach, Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
Possessing 16 years of experience in academic, public, and special libraries, Gabriel has worked extensively in acquisitions, serials, cataloging, circulation, and reference services. She is committed to the promotion of information literacy, diversity, and cultural heritage, all of which critically inform her outlook on libraries and their impact on education and community. She has held leadership positions in several professional organizations including the American Library Association, Association of College & Research Libraries, and the California Conference of Library Instruction.
At Purdue, Gabrielís responsibilities include management of the Black Cultural Center Library, as well as an appointment with Purdue University Libraries as African American Studies Information Specialist. Her research interests include cultural heritage literacy, diversity in LAMs, museum libraries, African American librarianship, and cataloging collections.
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