Committed to service to the profession, Dr. Hands is immediate past chair of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of ALA and served as an elected board member of the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) . She has previously served as:
* Chair of the ALSC Children and Libraries Editorial Advisory Committee
* Chair of the ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and their
* Co-chair of the ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee
Dr. Hands also serves as a peer reviewer for academic journals.
Dr. Africa S. Hands is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at University at Buffalo. Dr. Hands graduated from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia; she was in the 2014 cohort of the San Jose State University Gateway PhD program. She holds an MLIS degree from San Jose State University and an MS in Applied Counseling Psychology from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.