San Jose State University
Mantra grew up in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in eastern India. She moved to the United States to pursue her PhD in English with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender. Following a brief college-teaching career, she completed a short but rewarding stint at the Global Libraries Program at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation during her MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Science) program. Inequity of "access" to information and scholarly research drew her to the world of librarianship and informational services. Now she is a Collections Strategy Librarian with a focus on equitable and global scholarly communications and Open Access, among other areas.
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