ALA President's Program

Sunday, June 30: 3:30PM―5:00PM PT


Top Row: Christina Gavin, Gerald B. Moore
Bottom Row: Kathleen Nubel, Angela Watkins
Far Right: ALA President Emily Drabinski: Moderator

Photo of panelists and ALA president

The Heart of Our Story: A Celebration of Library Workers—a panel session


Libraries strengthen communities, expanding access to resources with every door opened, book shelved, WiFi signal, and program planned. Librarians do this good work in big cities and rural communities, in the public eye and just outside it. We circulate materials well beyond books, enable access to the internet and the worlds it opens, advocate for ourselves and our colleagues, and connect people to resources that help all of us thrive. Join ALA President Emily Drabinski and four outstanding library practitioners for a celebration of library workers, the heart of our story.


  • Christina Gavin is a librarian at Midwood High School in Brooklyn, NY. Previously she was a campus librarian for 6 high schools in the Northeast Bronx where she worked to revitalize a dormant library program and school librarian for a special education high school in the South Bronx. Christina is an elected union delegate at her school and a librarian member of the United Federation of Teachers contract negotiations committee.
  • Gerald B. Moore is Branch Manager for the Dorchester Road Branch Library in North Charleston, South Carolina. While actively serving his state library association (SCLA), Gerald is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA). When he is not transforming lives by offering library resources, programming, and services, Gerald enjoys listening to music, reading, and Writing. He is currently writing his first novel and a short story collection.
  • Kathleen Nubel is an adult services librarian at the Des Moines Public Library in Des Moines, Iowa. She leads the team responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Library of Things and the maker space, Tech Central, both of which are located at the main branch, Central Library.
  • Angela Watkins is the Director of the Aztec Public Library in Aztec, New Mexico. In addition, she is a certified Cultural Heritage Technician and has served on the boards of the Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village Board, the San Juan County Historical Society, and the Aztec Chamber Board. Watching her grandmother teach herself to read after being denied an education past third grade has left a mark on Angela and inspires her to work in libraries.