Julie Stivers is the librarian at Mount Vernon Middle School, an alternative public school in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her work has been published in Knowledge Quest, School Libraries Worldwide, School Library Journal, and YALS, and she was named a 2019 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She worked alongside her ALA Emerging Leaders group to create Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries. Her research and practical interests include culturally sustaining pedagogy, building inclusive library spaces, and exploring the power of manga and anime with her students. She was named 2023 School Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal. Find her on Twitter: @BespokeLib.