Valerie Hawkins (she/her/hers) has been working in libraries for 25 years, including 19 years spent in the Library of the American Library Association. She tweets as @LibrariesVal and displays news and information online on libraries and library workers using The Tweeted Times, Medium, Wakelet, Pearltrees, and Netvibes. She is a member of the Illinois Library Association and of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She holds a B.A. from Roosevelt University in Interdisciplinary Studies (film, writing, media, getting in good trouble).