Maplewood Memorial Library Board of Trustees
Members of the Board of Trustees
Dr. Katherine McCaffrey, President
Dr. Katherine McCaffrey was appointed to the Maplewood Library by Mayor Vic DeLuca in January 2010 and has served as President of the Board since 2014. She is an associate professor of anthropology at Montclair State University and has conducted long-term research in Vieques, Puerto Rico. An innovative educator and scholar, she has created, organized, and led summer field schools in Guadalajara, Mexico and Vicos, Peru, in addition to service learning trips to New Orleans, LA and Ecovillage Ithaca, NY. A former director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Montclair State, she has served in numerous leadership roles in the Latin American Studies Association, including Chair of the Environmental Section. She is the author of Military Power and Popular Protest: the U.S. Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico, numerous academic articles and book chapters, and was a founding editor of Anthropology Now magazine which she lead for seven years. In addition to her academic work, Dr. McCaffrey has been a visible public scholar, and was invited to speak at the White House before the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico. She has been interviewed on WNYC radio, Al Jazeera America, and other media outlets. She received her BA from Tufts University and her doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Carol Buchanan, Vice-President
I have loved living in Maplewood for over forty years. When I began to get more involved in Maplewood’s community life, I joined the Memorial Library Board of Trustees which has been a very fascinating and exciting experience. I think the Library serves such an important role as the center of our community.
Twenty-one years ago, I was one of the founders of the Hilton Neighborhood Association and have continued to enjoy working to keep our neighborhood a vital and a lovely place to live. I spent my professional career as both a mathematics teacher and children’s librarian in Rutherford, East Orange and Bedminster. I earned my undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education at Montclair State College, and later earned my Masters of Library of Science degree at Rutgers University. While working as a school librarian in East Orange, I served on the Head Start Board of Directors for several years. In my last position in Bedminster, I was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by the Bedminster Board of Education.
After I retired, I worked at the Westfield Public Library as a children’s librarian, taught mathematics at Union County College, and served as a volunteer tour guide for the South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. My husband Jim and I were honored by both the Rotary Club and the Maplewood Civic Association for our volunteer work.
Jim and I have one lovely, hardworking daughter Rebekah who lives with her husband Rabbi Greg Harris and our three wonderful grandchildren in Bethesda, Maryland. My husband Jim grew up in Maplewood, and we both feel truly blessed to have spent so much of our adult lives here. We purchased our small home in the Hilton area many years ago. Now we say that was when we bought our retirement home too!
Jennifer Latimer, Superintendent’s Alternate
Jennifer Latimer was appointed to the Maplewood Library Board of Trustees as the Superintendent’s Alternate for the South Orange Maplewood School District in September 2016. She is the School Media Specialist at Clinton Elementary School in Maplewood and an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Technology at New Jersey City University. A leader in educational technology, she is a frequent presenter at state conferences on alternate forms of literacy education. She is a contributing author of the International Society for Technology in Education book Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age. In 2015, she received the Jean E. Harris Progressive School Library Media Program Award for her work at Clinton Elementary School. Jennifer received her BA from The Pennsylvania State University and her MLIS from Rutgers University.