PALA 2019 Officers
President: Mary Bakija
Mary Bakija is in the MLIS program at Pratt. She is currently a web archiving fellow at the Frick Art Reference Library, and has worked as a graduate assistant in the Pratt Institute Archives and at the Brooklyn Public Library managing a new literacy program called Team Up To Read. Before that, she spent many years as a journalist working mostly for web-only publications. As a result, she has a particular interest in digital preservation and the ways we can ensure today’s news is available for future researchers. She also likes to cook, craft, and collect the pennies she finds on the street.
Vice President:Alicia Hyman
Alicia Hyman is a graduate student in the Pratt Library and Information Science program, with an interest in research libraries with special collections. Most recently, she’s worked as a Public Services Graduate Assistant at the Pratt library, and prior to Pratt she worked in publishing. Outside of school, Alicia is in a band (and handles its social media, booking, and correspondence) and loves being involved in the local music scene. She is excited to become more involved in the School of Information community through PALA.
Secretary: Allee Manning
Allee Manning is a third-semester LIS student with the anticipated graduation date of Fall 2020. She has been working as a library assistant at Berkeley Carroll Middle School since fall 2019, and plans on pursuing a career in youth services public librarianship. She’s also been a public services graduate assistant at the Pratt Institute Libraries since fall 2018, serving as the Information Leader on the Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion taskforce since fall 2019. She has also been organizing with the Prison Library Support Network since winter 2017. Prior to entering this program, she worked in journalism and young adult education.
Treasurer: Valmai Hanson
Valmai Hanson is a library student at Pratt who currently works as an intern for the children’s department at Mamaroneck Public Library, volunteers for reference services with the NYPL corrections department, and is committed to the ways public libraries create access and programming for all. Though she’s only been at Pratt for one semester, she has participated in numerous events and alumni talks presented by PALA, and looks forward to continuing to support these insightful, educational, and enjoyable events as an officer.