Candidate Statements Summer 2016

The Elections for the LISSA Summer 2016 Board are here! Below are the submitted candidate statements for the various Board positions.

Voting is open through Sunday, May 1. You can cast your vote here: 



My name is Krystal Baker and I am asking for your support as President of the DU LISSA chapter for for the upcoming Summer 2016 semester.  My primary goal for this year is to continue to strengthen LISSA as a supportive and collaborative student organization for the graduate students in Library and Information Science here at Dominican. We find ourselves coming together from various backgrounds with various professional and academic interests, with most of us commuting from off campus, so it can sometimes feel difficult to connect with our classmates in fulfilling and meaningful ways outside the classroom. I am eager to make LISSA activities more accessible to more students, and hope to bring a larger sense of cohesion and community to the students in the program.  

I began the MLIS program in the Fall of 2015, returning to school after working as a paralegal for a number of years. I graduated with a History degree from UCLA in 2006, where I was a founding member of the Honors Fellows Student organization. I was also a board member of the UCLA chapter the National History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta.  Prior to that I was President of my high school Student Council and board member of our NHS chapter, our class committees, and the Key Club.  More recently I have worked as a student assistant in the GSLIS office before recently taking on a full time position at Northwestern Law School’s Library. This position allowed me to work closely with the Dean, Assistant Dean, and the entire faculty and staff of GSLIS, an experience that was both educational and rewarding. I have also recently been selected as the Co-Editor of our open access journal, INKunabula. What’s more, I plan to pursue the accelerated MLIS/PhD track beginning this fall, with a perspective graduation date of Spring 2019, so I will be around for some time to come!

I believe my diverse background provides me with the knowledge and experience necessary to help LISSA continue to not only bring us together as graduate students but also become a more powerful advocate for us as well. 

Thank you for your support!




My name is Anjelica, and I would like to be your next Vice President. I started attending LISSA meetings Summer 2015. I volunteered to be a Board Member-at-Large Fall 2015 and became Secretary Spring 2016This semester, I attended and recorded minutes at monthly meetings as well as attended faculty meetings on the President’s behalf. Part of my duties as Secretary included promoting upcoming events on the website calendar and in classes. I enjoyed doing that so much that I want to take the next step and become Vice President, a position that requires substantial marketing.  

I have about another year left in DU’s school library media program. After graduation, my Plan A is to become a school librarian. Plan B is to become either a youth services or young adult librarian. As Vice President, I will continue to keep the student body informed and help Board members with old and new endeavors.  It will be my pleasure to serve as your representative.


Anjelica Rufus-Barnes



Hi there! My name is Morning. I am in my second semester at Dominican and am contending to be Secretary in our Student Association. I’ve lead discussions, hosted gatherings, facilitated meetings, and recruited professionals to give presentations. I’m interested in public librarianship, critical information literacy, underserved populations, the d.i.y. ethic, and affecting change. I’ve self-published three books and am co-editor of LISSA’s open access journal, INKunabula. I’m interested in fostering more relationships between peers (soon-to-be-colleagues) and making our time at Dominican what we hope and expect it to be. Hope to meet you someday!