Kafi D. Kumasi

Associate Professor, Wayne State University

Kafi D. Kumasi is an associate professor of library and information science (LIS) at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, where she teaches in the areas of school library media, urban librarianship, multicultural services and resources, and research methods. A Laura Bush 21st Century scholar, she holds a PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a master’s degree in LIS from Wayne State. Her research interests revolve around issues of literacy, equity, and diversity, particularly in urban educational environments spanning K–12 and graduate school contexts. She has received numerous awards, including the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity “Exemplary Diversity Scholar Citation” and the Association for Library and Information Science’s 2011 Best Conference Paper Award. Her work has been published in numerous journals including (among others) Library and Information Science Research, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, School Libraries Worldwide, School Library Research, and Urban Library Journal. Her service commitments are extensive, ranging from editorial board member of Library Quarterly journal to mentor for Project Lilead, an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project aimed at studying, supporting, and building community among school library supervisors