Monica Figueroa – Staff Diversity Award
Music Cataloging Librarian and Interim Librarian for Inclusive Excellence, University Libraries
Monica Figueroa is the Interim Librarian for Inclusive Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries. In this capacity, she serves as a strategic advisor to the Library Leadership Team and Department Heads on various library priorities related to transforming the Libraries’ services, programs and scholarship. She is passionate about social justice issues related to race, gender and economic inequity, and her professional goals include exploring new ways of leveraging the infrastructure of the libraries to serve under-served communities of patrons. Drawing on her library technical services expertise, she collaborates with other UNC-CH libraries on strategies for decolonizing the presentation of information and data in research.
Monica participates in other forms of advocacy, serving as Co-Director of the Carolina Academic Library Associates Program (a partnership between the University Libraries and the UNC School of Information and Library Science), Chair of the Libraries’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Council, and Chair of the University’s Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Faculty Committee.
A native of Ann Arbor, MI, Monica earned her MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University in 2014, after having earned an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago in 2011 and a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. She worked previously at the University of Chicago Library and the State Library of North Carolina before joining UNC-CH as Music Cataloging Librarian, a position she has held since 2016.