Karina Quilantán-Garza (pronounced kah-ree-nah / kee-lahn-tan / gar-zuh), also known as “Q.”, is an award-winning library media specialist, international presenter, university instructor, and keynote speaker from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She has been an educator for over a decade and has earned array of digital credentials including Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft for Education, and AI certifications. Karina’s love for instructional technology has allowed her to expand her library programming beyond the classroom and she loves finding innovative ways to keep her students and staff engaged in the learning process. In addition to her love of librarianship and professional development, she maintains several social media channels and moderated a professional learning network called RGV Library Squad which earned her the Texas Library Association Media Virtual Presence Award. Karina currently serves as Chair Advisor for the Texas Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Committee, is a TxASL Media Virtual Presence Award Committee member, and is the Libraries Lead for MagiKids. She was also a TCEA Library Media Specialist Finalist in 2021 and was named the 2022 Texas Library Association Librarian of the Year. In 2023, she was recognized as a School Library Journal Librarian of the Year Finalist and a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.