Sheila Afnan-Manns


Together with colleagues Reyes Medrano and Kandice Mickelsen, Sheila Afnan-Manns is the recipient of the 2012 EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Award for her work on the Medrano Project, which has been presented at Loex, Sloan-C 5th International Symposium, CCCOER, the American Association of Community Colleges 93rd Convention, and more locally. Sheila received her Master's in Library and Information Science from UCLA where she concentrated on information literacy and critical pedagogy while serving as coordinator of the Pacific Bell/UCLA Initiative for 21st Century Literacies. She holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School, a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Information Management from the University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science. In summer 2007 she was accepted to ACRL's Information Literacy Immersion Program, and in 2007/08 she served as a member of the national evaluation team for an Institute of Museum & Library Services grant awarded to Emporia State University School of Library & Information Management to increase the number of ethnic minorities within the profession. Sheila worked two years at Portland Community College (OR), one year at Glendale Community College (AZ), and three years Paradise Valley Community College before transferring to Scottsdale Community College (SCC) in August 2011 as an information literacy faculty librarian. Her current focus includes outreach to under-served populations including participation in the SCC Indigenous Scholars Institute and library-based OER strategies to increase student access and engagement with learning.

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