K.C. Boyd

K.C. Boyd is currently a library media specialist with the Washington D.C. Public School System.  She has previously worked as the Lead Librarian for the East St. Louis School District, a Area Library Coordinator for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and a District  Coordinator for the Mayor Daley Book Club for Middle School Students.  Boyd is also a doctoral candidate of Library  Information Science at Dominican University and holds Master’s degrees in Library Information Science, Media Communications, and Education Leadership.

In 2015, Boyd began working for the East St. Louis School District #189 in downstate Illinois to restart a dormant district school library program for eight schools.  This was a herculean 10 month retrospective conversion project that included weeding, ordering and training new librarians.  During the 2016-2017 school year marked the first time East St. Louis School Libraries used a web based circulation system and checked out books for its K-12 grade students.  Over 15,000 books were checkout out in school libraries by students during that school year, a first for this school district.   In 2014, Boyd was inducted into the CPS ‘Librarian Hall of Fame,’ for her work at Wendell Phillips Academy High School where she was the recipient of the Department of Libraries and Information Services  VITAL/ReVITAL Technology Grants.  As the creator/producer of the award-winning ‘Behind the Paws’ students news YouTube program, she helped change and heighten the image of Phillips within the city of Chicago. This work did not go unnoticed as CPS sought her advisement and used her work promoting and ‘branding,’ Phillips Academy as a model for other schools within the school district to follow.  During the spring of 2015, Boyd was featured on the CPS ‘Social Media Toolkit Page,’ named a CPS ‘Social Media Trailblazer,’ and was awarded the coveted CPS ‘Ones to Watch Award.’

Boyd has also been featured in a number of national publications such as Education Weekly, School Library Journal, PBS Newshour, and Library Journal about her work with reluctant/struggling readers and digital literacy.  She has also been recognized by Scholastic Books as one of ‘15 Librarians to Follow on Instagram,’ Library Journal as a ‘2015 Mover and Shaker’ and was awarded the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s (BCALA), ‘2015 Leadership Award.’  Boyd serves on the advisory boards for Booklist Magazine and EveryLibrary and reviews books for Booklist Magazine, School Library Journal, and the BCALA.  A popular guest lecturer, she has delivered informative, and inspirational messages to graduate students at Universities of Illinois and Hawaii and Rutgers and Dominican Universities.

Boyd can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @Boss_Librarian and her blogs, The Audacious Librarian and MissDomino, where she documents her work with K-12 students.