About Me

Headshot of Emily Drabinski in front of a bright blue backdrop. Emily is smiling and wearing blue and black speckled glasses.

I am Critical Pedagogy Librarian at the Mina Rees Library at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. I have worked in libraries for more than twenty years in positions ranging from looseleaf legal filer to library director. I believe in building worker power as a means of transforming our workplaces, communities, and ourselves. I am running for president of the American Library Association because I believe our institutions—school, public, academic, and special libraries—are fundamental infrastructures of the public good. This crucial moment calls for leadership that understands the importance of mass movements for restoring and expanding investments in us. We must help our publics understand the connections between our daily practices of selection, acquisition, description, circulation, and preservation of information to broader movements for a more just society. I believe this is a story I can help all of us tell.

I live in Brooklyn, New York with my partner, Karen, our teenage son, and Gary, Patsy, and Tom, our three beloved cats.

I can be reached at edrabinski [at] gc [dot] cuny [dot] edu.