Lydia Willoughby believes that access to information is a human right and a civil right and that how we use information to build knowledge can make us more compassionate and joyful. Her work is about manifesting personal liberation balanced with community engagement. Willoughby has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the Palmer School at Long Island University (2011), a Master of Arts in English Literature from The University of Montana (2006), and is a graduate of Bard College (2003). In 2013, Willoughby was selected as one of Library Journal’s “Movers & Shakers” in the community builder category. In 2014, she was awarded the Vermont Pride Award for Activism in the LGBTQ community. She loves living in the Hudson Valley with her wife and two dogs, and is a nerd for maritime history.