School Librarian, Mount Vernon Middle School
Julie Stivers (she/her/hers) is the librarian at Mount Vernon Middle, an alternative public school in Raleigh, NC. Her work has been published in Knowledge Quest, School Library Journal, and YALS. As a 2018 ALA Emerging Leader, she helped develop AASL’s Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries. She is the recipient of AASL’s 2017 Frances Henne Award and was named a 2019 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She served as the Chair for the YALSA Presidential Taskforce: Youth Activism through Community Engagement and is a facilitator in her district’s Office of Equity Affairs Summer Writing Institute for high-school students. Her research and practical interests include culturally sustaining pedagogy, building inclusive library spaces, and exploring the power of graphic novels, manga, and anime with her students. She earned her MLIS from SILS at UNC—Chapel Hill.