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Julie Ann Winkelstein worked as a librarian for the Alameda County Library system for 20 years in a range of positions, from jails and prison librarian to Family Literacy coordinator to children’s and young adult librarian. In 2012 she received her PhD in Communication and Information from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where her research topic was homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) and public libraries. Since 2008 she has taught online and face-to-face undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature, as well as courses in race and gender.

If you were to ask Julie what she liked most about her librarian work, she would tell you it is the confluence of libraries and community. There are many ways that confluence happens and she continues to explore as many of these as possible.