Akilah Nosakhere

Akilah Nosakhere is a 2012 - 2014 Executive Board Member of BCALA

Akilah Shukura Nosakhere is the Director of Library Services for New Mexico State University Carlsbad and has served in that capacity since September 2009.

An avowed ‘generalist’ with many skills and interests Ms. Nosakhere has held a variety of management positions in academic and public libraries. She holds a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Ball State University and has an undergraduate background in African American Studies and Journalism.

A graduate of the historic School of Library and Information Studies at Atlanta University she served as intern with the Congressional Research Service before embarking on a library career in the nuclear fuel industry and academic libraries in the Atlanta area. 

A former subject editor for the American Library Association’s classic reference set, Resources for College Libraries Ms. Nosakhere currently serves on the editorial board of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ CHOICE REVIEWS, a seminal resource used by college librarians nationwide for selection of learning material.

Ms. Nosakhere is one of the three editors of the award winning book, The 21st Century Black Librarian in America:  Issues and Challenges a collection of essays by librarians chronicling their professional experiences.

Ms. Nosakhere is an advocate of life-long learning and enjoys teaching technology and information literacy skills to adult learners.  She is active in creating and planning programs for NMSU students, faculty, staff and the Carlsbad New Mexico community.  After successfully leading the development of the library strategic plan, Ms. Nosakhere is dedicated to the renovation of the NMSU Carlsbad library. Her primary goal is to make the campus library Carlsbad students’ first choice for information.