Sarah Shelley Quezada
- School of Library and Information Science
Shelley Quezada is a consultant for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, 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 "Science is Everywhere," "Full Steam Ahead," "Citizenship Corners" (for English Language Learners), "Serving People with Disabilities," and "Mind in the Making: Creative Playspaces in Libraries." 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 LIS 422 Literacy and Services to Underserved Populations: Issues and Responses at both the Boston and SLIS West campus and also teaches LIS 481 Children's Literature and Media 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 was the 2011 recipient of the New England Library Association's (NELA) Emerson Greenaway Award for Distinguished Service in Librarianship and most recently served on the 2015 John Newbery Medal Committee for the most distinguished children's book published in a given year. She is active in ALSC, ASCLA and International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY).