Loida Garcia-Febo

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Loida Garcia-Febo
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Loida Garcia-Febo speaking at a library conference in the Dominican Republic, 2016
President of the American Library Association
Assumed office
Preceded byJames G. Neal
Succeeded byWanda Kay Brown
Personal details
CommitteesInternational Federation of Library Associations

Loida Garcia-Febo is a Puerto Rican American librarian and library consultant. Garcia-Febo serves on the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2013-2015 and 2015-2017[1][2] and she is a member of the Executive Board of the American Library Association.[3] She was President of the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) from 2009-2010.[4] Garcia-Febo is the President of Information New Wave,[5] an international charity seeking to enhance the education of minority groups in the USA and in developing countries.[6] She was a candidate in the 2017 election for President of the American Library Association.[7] In April 2017, she was elected president-elect of the American Library Association 2018–2019.[8]


Garcia-Febo has served as an elementary school librarian in Puerto Rico, librarian at the Centro de Informacion (PRATP) of the Unidad de Servicios Bibliotecarios para Personas con Impedimentos (SBPI) de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, [University of Puerto Rico, Library Services for Persons with Disabilities’ Assistive Technology Information Center], Chief of the SBPI, and Manager at Queens Library.[9]

Garcia-Febo was a co-founder of the IFLA New Professionals SIG (Special Interest Group), an international forum for library and information services students and newly qualified librarians.[10]

Garcia-Febo has served on the Access to Learning Award Advisory Board for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Global Libraries,[11] the Library 2.0 Advisory Board from the San Jose State University School of Information,[5] Library Advisory Board of Praeger an imprint of ABC-Clio, and the Public Libraries Advisory Committee[12] and has been associated with REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking) serving on the board from 2008–11, including a term as president from 2009-10.[10]

Garcia-Febo represented the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions as a speaker at the United Nations Development Programme Meeting on Data Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda in New York.[13]

Garcia-Febo is president of the American Library Association 2018–2019.[14]


  • Garcia-Febo, L. 2016. Working together: access to information and our power to cause change. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH.
  • Garcia-Febo, L. 2015. “La privacidad y la proteccion de datos.” In Analysis sobre tendencias de informacion propuestas por la IFLA. Mexico: UNAM, 2015.
  • Garcia-Febo, L. 2013. Fundamental Freedoms, Library Services and Multi-Lingual Populations. Special Issue of Indiana Libraries: Intellectual Freedom & Censorship 32 (1): 45-46.
  • Garcia-Febo, L. and R. Kear. 2012. “Worldwide Perceptions of New Librarians.” In Wolf-Fritz Riekert and Ingeborg Simon (Eds.), Information in e-motion Proceedings BOBCATSSS 2012 – 20th International Conference on Information Science. Amsterdam, 23–25 January 2012. Bad Honnef, Germany: Bock+Herchen Verlag, p. 122-125.
  • Martínez Arellano, F. F. and L. Garcia-Febo. (eds.). 2011. Servicios bibliotecarios en America Latina: tres casos prominentes = Library services in Latin American: three outstanding cases. México UNAM, Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas : Federación Internacional de Asociaciones e Instituciones Bibliotecarias para America Latina y el Caribe.
  • Garcia-Febo, L. 2011. “ALA, IFLA and their relationship with Latin America.” In John Ayala and Sal Guerena (Eds.), Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship. California: Libraries Unlimited.[15]


  • 2015 REFORMA Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award[16]
  • Notable Member on ALA’s International Relations Round Table[17]
  • 2010 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award[18]
  • 2007 Library Journal Mover & Shaker Freedom Fighter[19]
  • 2004 ALA/IFLA Fellowship for the 2004 IFLA Congress where she co-founded the IFLA New Professionals[20]


  1. ^ "IFLA -- 2015-2017 Governing Board". www.ifla.org. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  2. ^ Eberhart, George. "Libraries Improving Lives in Asia and Oceania | American Libraries Magazine". American Libraries. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Executive Board Directory". American Library Association. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Press release - REFORMA Announces 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) Winner" (PDF). REFORMA. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b "International Advisory Board". www.library20.com. Library 2.0. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Information New Wave". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  7. ^ "American Library Association gears up for 2017 ALA election". News and Press Center. 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  8. ^ "Garcia-Febo Wins 2018–2019 ALA Presidency". American Library Association - News and Press Center. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Yo soy Queens Library: Loida Garcia-Febo: Queens Library". Library Journal. 132 (5): S38. March 2015.
  10. ^ a b Price, Gary. "Loida Garcia-Febo and Terri Grief are the Candidates For 2018-19 ALA Presidency". LJ INFOdocket. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Access to Learning Award ATLA". Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Public Libraries Advisory Committee". 10 October 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Biography in Context: Loida Garcia-Febo". American Libraries. 56. May 2014.
  14. ^ "Garcia-Febo Wins 2018–2019 ALA Presidency". American Library Association - News and Press Center. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  15. ^ Ayala, John L; Güereña, Salvador; EBSCOhost (2012), Pathways to progress : issues and advances in Latino librarianship, Libraries Unlimited, ISBN 978-1-59158-644-9
  16. ^ "Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award". REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Notable IRRT Member". American Library Association. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Loida García-Febo receives 2010 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award". IFLA. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Loida García-Febo - Movers & Shakers 2007". Library Journal. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  20. ^ "IFLA Congress in Milan". Loida Garcia-Febo. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2016.

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
James G. Neal
President of the American Library Association