Gina Macaluso joined the School of Information as the assistant professor and manager for the Knowledge River program in 2013. Knowledge River is an educational experience within the School of Information that focuses on educating information professionals who are committed to serving the informational needs of Latino and Native American populations. Since its inception, Knowledge River has become the foremost graduate program for training librarians and information specialists with a focus on Latino and Native American cultural issues.
A former public librarian for over 27 years, she has held various positions in adult, children’s and young adult services in small, medium and large libraries, branch management and administration. As member of American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA), she served on the Youth Participation Committee, Organization & Bylaws Committee and the Teen Website Advisory Committee. She is a current member of the Arizona Library Association (AzLA), former chair for the Arizona Librarians for Young Adult Services division, former chair for the AzLA Service Awards Committee and currently Past President for the Arizona Library Association.