Alexsandra Mitchell is the manager of education and public programs at the California African American Museum & Art + Practice, and adjunct professor of African American Literature at Los Angeles Valley College. Alexsandra served as a reference librarian and an archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. Prior to joining the staff in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division, Alexsandra was a lecturer at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and worked with institutions such as National Geographic Television, The Library of Congress, The West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, The New York Historical Society, and The Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York. She has appeared on the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum”, ABC& LA, Spectrum News, and NPR. Alexsandra is was a visiting professor at Pratt University’s School of Information, where she created her own course: Archiving the Diaspora: Collections, Community, and Culture.
Her many fellowships and awards include a National Diversity in Libraries Conference travel award, The Academy Awards Documenting Cinema Film Librarians Conference travel award, and two University of Virginia’s Rare Book School scholarships. Alexsandra is the former curator of the Schomburg Center’s, “Live From the Reading Room: Correspondence” podcast series, ‘Live From the Archive’ programming series, and The Schomburg Center’s community archives program, ‘Everyday Archives’. She is co-author of Research Techniques and Strategies for the Study of Black Writings, Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming), and a contributor to Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in Library and Information Science.