Brief info

Mimosa Shah (she/her) is a library worker, museum nerd, and humanist. In May 2022, she earned a master’s degree in library and information sciences from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Information Sciences. Prior to this, she coordinated public programs for and with community members over the course of six and a half years at Skokie Public Library. Before working in libraries, Mimosa worked as a grant-writer and program manager for several nonprofit organizations in Chicago.

In 2019, she was selected to be an Emerging Leader and worked on a project sponsored by ALA’s Learning Round Table. In 2020, Mimosa was selected to be an ALA Spectrum Scholar. For the past two years, Mimosa has served on ALA’s Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee, providing support to ALA’s Public Programs Office staff and advocating for the interests of programming librarians, and is currently the committee chair. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including: APALA (Asian Pacific American Library Association), ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America), and the Museum Computer Network (MCN).

Her professional interests include critical information literacy; inclusive pedagogical practices; online communities and their patterns of media consumption and production; zines and book arts; and representation and cultural appropriation in visual media. Mimosa received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has a Master of Arts in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where she wrote a thesis examining the role of melodrama as a site of emerging feminist identity in Satyajit Ray’s 1960 film “Devi.” Photo credit: Anjali Pinto