Archives Bazaar Participant Bios

Daniel Alonzo is the Digital Archivist for the Texas General Land Office in Austin, Texas. He is a founding member of the Austin Archives Bazaar, which began in 2014. He has served various roles in the Archivists of Central Texas and is currently the Vice-President of the Society of Southwest Archivists. Presentation: Archives Bazaar: From the Southland to the Southwest

Azatuhi Babayan is currently the L.A. as Subject Resident Archivist at the USC Digital Library. Early in her career, she has been learning about building relationships with community archives, workflows for co-creating metadata and organizational policy, and how archival work can be integrated in activist spaces. She received her MLIS from UCLA in 2017 and holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley. Azatuhi is the Co-Chair of the Programming Subcommittee of the Los Angeles Archivists Collective and has been involved with the group since 2016. Participating in L.A. as Subejct Resident Archivist Presents workshop video and Reference Room.

Carribean Fragoza is an artist, writer, and journalist from South El Monte. She is a graduate of UCLA and CalArts MFA program. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including Aperture, BOMB, Artnews, and KCET. She is the author of the short story collection Eat the Mouth that Feeds You (City Lights Publishers, 2021).  Presentation: In Search of Greater El Monte's Radical Past: SEMAP, La Casa, and Public History                                                            

Romeo Guzmán is an award-winning public historian and the founding director of Fresno State’s Valley Public History Initiative (2016-2020). He co-edits Boom California and SEMAP with Carribean Fragoza. Guzmán is an assistant professor at Claremont Graduate University. Presentation: In Search of Greater El Monte's Radical Past: SEMAP, La Casa, and Public History     

Alison Rose Jefferson, M.H.C, Ph.D. is a third generation Californian, historian and heritage conservation consultant. She reconstructs the stories of the African American experience which have been left out or marginalized in the telling of American history as a tool in the struggle for social justice. She is currently working on applied history projects dealing with the African American experience during the Jim Crow era. Working with Santa Monica’s Belmar History + Art project and the Central Avenue heritage trail with Angels Walk L.A, Jefferson is drawing on her research to guide and enrich these public programs at these Southern California locales that feature historical significance as well as contemporary consequence. Her book, Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era was honored with the 2020 Miriam Matthews Ethnic History Award by the Los Angeles City Historical Society for its exceptional contributions to the greater understanding and awareness of Los Angeles history. Her work has been noted in KCET-LA programming, Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, AltaObsura.com, and other media outlets. Learn more about Jefferson’s work at: www.alisonrosejefferson.com. Presentation: Black History in the Archives: Black Leaders of Leisure in the West during the Struggle for Freedom during the Jim Crow Era

Home Movie Day Los Angeles has been organized annually by local archivists since 2003. Home Movie Day Los Angeles makes it possible for individuals to watch and reconnect with their own family films by providing access to equipment and discussing how best to care for collections at home. This year's Home Movie Day will be online for the first time as part of the Virtual Archives Bazaar, presenting a program of materials curated from a diverse array of Los Angeles cultural institutions, as well as reels collected from Angelenos and digitized in advance. For information about future events, follow us at https://twitter.com/homemoviedayla

Wil Lin began his career at UCLA Libraries as a Library Assistant in 1993.  He joined the UCLA Library Preservation and Conservation Department at its inception in 2002 as a Conservation Technician, and he has been the Collections Conservator since 2015. Presentation: The Los Angeles Preservation Network (LAPNet) Presents: An Introduction to Book Structure, Handling, Assessment, and Care for your Personal Collections

Los Angeles Public Library Specialists: Mara Alpert, Subject Specialist, Children's Literature; Robert Anderson, Subject Specialist, Literature & Fiction; Amanda Charles, Subject Specialist, Teen'Scape; Suzanne Im, Acting Senior Librarian, Digitization & Special Collections; Eileen King, Subject Specialist, Art, Music, & Recreation ; Richard Kraus, Subject Specialist, Business & Economics ; Stella Mittelbach, Acting Senior Librarian, Science, Technology, & Patents; Greg Reynolds, Subject Specialist, Social Sciences, Philosophy, & Religion; Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection ; David Turshyan, Acting Senior Librarian, International Languages; Kelly Wallace, California Subject Specialist, History & Genealogy. Presentation: More than an Architectural Icon: The Collections of Central Library

Diego Flores Magón is a cultural producer, entrepreneur, and curator in the field of archives, publishing, and the museum. He is founder and director of La Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote in Mexico City, and has directed many archival and heritage-related projects, for which he was given a Mención Nacional al Mérito Archivístico by the Archivo General de la Nación de México in 2011. Presentation: In Search of Greater El Monte's Radical Past: SEMAP, La Casa, and Public History

Ron Matteson UCI Alum BA History, SJSU MLIS, 26 Years of experience as Bindery Prep and Repair Coordinator at UC Irvine and 10 year member of LAPNet Steering Committee. Presentation: The Los Angeles Preservation Network (LAPNet) Presents: An Introduction to Book Structure, Handling, Assessment, and Care for your Personal Collections

Patrisia Prestinary, M.L.I.S., C.A., manages the University Archives & Special Collections at Pollak Library at Cal State University, Fullerton. Prior to joining CSUF, she was the Research Librarian for American Zoetrope where she managed the library and conducted research for feature films, television shows, and documentaries. Her work history is eclectic, having previously worked as a Resource Librarian for an Architecture and Design firm in San Francisco, and starting her library career as a law library assistant. She is also the author of Napa State Hospital (Images of America), published by Arcadia Press in 2014.

Liza Posas is the Coordinator for LA as Subject (LAAS), a collaborative network hosted by the USC Libraries that works to promote and preserve the rich history of Los Angeles and Southern California.  She has held this appointed faculty position with the USC Libraries since 2009. To this end, Liza faciliatates collaborative projects with different organizations and individuals within the LAAS membership. These projects include the LA as Subject Resident Archivist program, grant-funded by IMLS, the Monomania LA video series funded by CalHumanties, and the annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar co-hosted with the USC Libraries. The California Historical Records Advisory Board awarded Ms. Posas in 2018 wth the Archival Award of Excellence for her work with LA as Subject. She has also worked at the Autry Museum of the American West since 2005 where  she currently serves as the Head of Research Services and Archives. Presenations: Coffee with the Coordinator and Archives Bazaar: From the Southland to the Southwest

Dr. Krystal Tribbett is the Curator for Orange County Regional History in the University of California, Irvine Libraries. In this role, she develops, makes accessible, and advocates for archives and special collections materials, as well as facilitates oral history and documentation initiatives relating to the history of Orange County, California. She is especially focused on supporting the creation, preservation, and accessibility of histories underrepresented, misrepresented, or absent from dominant narratives of the region. Dr. Tribbett was a member of the research team for the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant project “Transforming Knowledge/Transforming Libraries,” which examined the intersection of ethnic studies and community-centered archives. She is also part of the UCI Libraries research team examining the impact of incorporating inclusive histories in primary source workshops on learning outcomes as part of the American Research Library, Research Library Impact Framework Pilot Project. Prior to becoming the curator for regional history, she was the 50th Anniversary Project Historian for the UCI Historical Documentation Project. Dr. Tribbett holds a B.A. in Geology from Vassar College, and a M.A. in History of Science and Ph.D. in History of Science - Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining UCI, she worked as a corporate researcher investigating the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. Dr. Tribbett is a co-founder of the Orange County Archives Bazaar and was recently named an Andrew W. Mellow Fellow for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage (Rare Book School – Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellowship). Presentation: Archives Bazaar: From the Southland to the Southwest

Dr. Daniel E. Walker is a product of Head Start, a historian, filmmaker and social change agent. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book No More, No More: Slavery and Cultural Resistance in Havana and New Orleans and the Executive Producer of the award-winning television documentary How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles (KCET). He also served as the co-curator of the exhibits How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles, with Tyree-Boyd Pates, at the California African American , Sunshine and Central, with Matt Gainer, for USC’s Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and It’s Been Said All Along: Rage, Hope and Empowerment, with Nwaka Onwusa, currently running at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Dr. Walker is the founder and curator of the Gospel Music History Archive and was the lead scholar for the U.S. section of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Archive, both housed at the USC Digital Library. The founding director of the Long Beach Indie International Film and Entertainment Festival, he holds a B.A. from San Diego State University, a Master’s Degree (with distinction) in Latin American History from the University of California at Riverside, and a doctorate (with distinction) in Latin American and African American History from the University of Houston.  In 2018 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Claremont Graduate University for his global contributions to art, design and innovation. Presentation: The Garifuna: a people, a culture, a language—and vibrant L.A. community

James Williamson is the Digital Preservation Librarian at Southern Methodist University. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with two degrees. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2009 and a Masters of Library and Information Science in 2011. He currently lives in Dallas, TX with his wife Felicia Williamson, Director of Library and Archives at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Since 2018, he has been a member of the Steering Committee and the chair of the PR Committee for the DFW Archives Bazaar. Presentation: Archives Bazaar: From the Southland to the Southwest