Florida State University, Tallahassee FL
Master of Science in Information
Durham University, Durham UK
Master of Arts in Greece, Rome, and the Near East
University of Florida, Gainesville FL
Bachelor of Arts, Classics
UF Smathers Libraries
Visiting Education Librarian (Fall Semester, 2022)
UF Smathers Special And Area Studies Collection
Intern – LGBTQ Collections (Summer 2022)
UF Smathers Libraries, Architecture & Fine Arts Library
Evening and Weekend Services Manager (2021-Present)
UF Smathers Libraries
Library Assistant (2020-2021)
Publications & Presentations
Ward, Kestrel et al. (2022) What: Contextualizing digital violence prevention within library work. In Walker, Paige, Adam Jazairi, and Chelcie Rowell (eds.), Digital Literacy Against Digital Violence: A Handbook for Library Workers. https://nfpcsa.pubpub.org/handbook
“UNLOCKING THE STACKS: TOOLING EXCEL FOR COLLABORATIVE INVENTORIES” Kestrel Ward, Janice Dees. November 17th, 2021. 2021 Access Services Conference. Atlanta GA.
“BEST PRACTICES FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO LIBRARY ONLINE EVENTS” Kestrel Ward, Twanna Hodge. October 15th, 2021. Florida Association of College and Research Libraries 2021 Conference. Virtual.
“DIGITAL LITERACY AGAINST DIGITAL VIOLENCE: A HANDBOOK FOR ACADEMIC LIBRARY WORKERS” Kestrel Ward. June 26th, 2022. ALA Annual Conference 2022. Washington D.C.
“BEST PRACTICES FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO ONLINE EVENTS” Kestrel Ward, Keith Manuel, November 17th, 2022. Access Services Conference 2022. Atlanta GA.
Ward, Kestrel. (2021) Untitled. Reserve and Renew: the LIS Mental Health Zine.
ALA Rainbow RoundTable
Advocacy & Resources Committee (2021-Present)
ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section
Conference Planning Committee (2021-2022)
Membership Committee (2021-Present)
ALA Graphic Novels & Comics RoundTable
Will Eisner Growth Grant Committee (2020-2022)
Membership & Outreach Committee (2022-Present) Co-chair
United Campus Workers UF Union Local
Steering Team (2021-Present)
National Forum on the Prevention of Cyber Sexual Abuse
IMLS Grant Tufts University
Project member (2021-2022)
Middle Grade and Young Adult Books with Black, Indigenous People, and People of Color: Where Are They?
IMLS Grant Project University of Florida
Social Media subgroup member (2022-Present)