Consultant, Library Services to the Unserved, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Library Commissioners
Shelley Quezada is a consultant for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (the state library agency), where she manages grant-funded projects to libraries using Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds. She coordinates and develops library-based literacy and ESOL programs in Massachusetts libraries; promotes outreach to special needs populations, including the educationally and economically disadvantaged and people with disabilities; promotes library service to multicultural populations; and works as liaison with Massachusetts correctional libraries. She has developed and manages many popular grant programs including "Serving Tweens and Teens," "Mother Goose on the Loose," "Conversation Circles" (for English Language Learners), "Serving People with Disabilities," "On the Same Page" (One Book/Community Reads) and "Readers' Advisory." She conducts numerous workshops on proposal writing, evaluation, developing literacy/ESOL programs, services to multicultural populations, readers advisory services and outreach to diverse underserved target groups. With a background in library service in Brazil and Mexico, in recent years she has been active in conducting program evaluation of library programs and services in both Indonesia and West Africa. She has taught the course Literacy and Services to Underserved Populations: Issues and Responses (LIS 422) at both the Boston and SLIS West campus and also teaches Children's Literature and Media (LIS 481) at SLIS West. A longtime advocate of library support for family literacy, Quezada was a recipient of the Massachusetts Library Association "Hall of Fame" award in 1998. She is also the 2011 recipient of the New England Library Association's (NELA) Emerson Greenaway Award for Distinguished Service in Librarianship.