Closing Session Facilitator Biographies

Deborah Lee

Deborah Lee is a Cree & Metis librarian (also with French-Canadian roots on her mom's side), originally from Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Metis Nation, near amiskwaciy waskahigan (now known as Edmonton).

She started her librarian career at Library and Archives Canada but has been working at the University of Saskatchewan for the last 15 years in various Indigenous-related librarianship roles, all of which have had decolonization and Indigenization at their core.  For the last two years, she has also been working (part-time) as Indigenous Knowledge Coordinator for the Council of Prairie & Pacific University Libraries (or COPPUL), a consortium serving academic libraries in Western Canada. Deborah has presented and published widely on a range of Indigenous Librarianship topics and has considerable experience facilitating sharing circles and workshops from an Indigenous perspective.

Obianuju Mollel

Obianuju Mollel has a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta. In addition to working as an academic health sciences librarian, in the United States and Canada, Obianuju has also taught Health Information Librarianship, and consulted with the World Health Organization‘s initiative that provides lower income countries access to online health information resources, training for managing e-collections, and health information services.

Obianuju has advocated for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) throughout her career. As a health system‘s library manager, she increased the diversity of the library team in Alberta, before EDI was recognized as essential for improving the health system for all. Obianuju Mollel is committed to actions that further the inclusion of all equity deserving groups to the library and information profession. She continues to contribute to advancing the profession, and to mentoring information professionals in Canada and beyond.