IFRT Member Spotlight — Roxanne Pico-Lenz

IFRT Member Spotlight, Intellectual Freedom Round Table
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Roxanne Pico-Lenz has dedicated her career to serving her community through programs, exhibits, and services catering to diverse groups within her community while giving her community a window into different perspectives. Born in Chicago, Roxanne grew up with an appreciation of food, celebrations, and traditions of the many countries of her peers. It is her goal to show her community the value of diversity and the beauty and wonder that it adds to life. Roxanne works out of Norman, Oklahoma, where she earned her MLIS at the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of REFORMA and is the chair of the EDII Committee for the Oklahoma Library Association.

1.  What made you want to be part of the Emerging Leaders program (IFRT)?

As a Latina, I am committed to being a visible example for other Latin Americans in the field of librarianship. I hope to inspire and empower individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue leadership roles in libraries. By doing so, I want to contribute to the promotion of inclusivity and diversity in library leadership at all levels. I also really like to network! I love getting to know people, learn about what drives them, how they’re serving their community, and gain some ideas.

2.  What is your favorite part about being in the Emerging Leaders program (IFRT)?

I don’t know yet, but I am excited to find out starting in January!

3. How do you keep up-to-date with Officer of Intellectual Freedom (IFRT) happenings and concerns? 

I am signed up for the newsletter and try to attend the SIFNet meetings when my schedule allows it.

4.  If you could meet your favorite banned book character, who would you meet and why?

I would probably meet Starr Carter, the protagonist of The Hate U Give [by Angie Thomas]. I really admired her resiliency — that drive to seek justice, regardless of the cost, and to stand up for what you believe always are traits that I’d like to emulate.

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