Alumna named to 'Library Journal' 2023 Movers and Shakers List
Library Journal has named School of Information Sciences alumna Regina Gong to its 2023 Movers and Shakers list in the Innovators category. The list recognizes leaders in the library profession and profiles up-and-coming, innovative, creative individuals from around the world who are providing inspiration and model programs for others.
According to Lisa Peet, executive editor of Library Journal, “The past three cohorts of Movers were defined, in many ways, by how they took on those challenges through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, while not 'post-pandemic'—if that term will ever apply— the capacity of libraries and library staff continued to expand.”
The 2023 cohort reflects the people who are addressing the biggest issues facing libraries today, including racism, ableism, intellectual freedom, access to information and more.
Regina Gong, a 2009 graduate of the School of Information Sciences, is associate dean for student success and diversity at the University of San Diego Copley Library. She launched a student-centered Open Education Resources (OER) program in 2019 to address the barriers of affordability and access students faced. Her collaboration and working relationships made OER an integral part of the Associated Students of MSU’s strategic initiatives, ensuring sustainability in the coming years.
One of Gong’s primary focuses is making education more accessible, equitable, and empowering for students, especially the underserved. She works with library faculty and staff to foreground diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in all areas of library work.