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Meet Our Staff

Multicultural Books and Videos is a full-service provider of world language books and DVDs. We have been in business for 25 years and are experts at servicing the foreign language needs of public, school, and university libraries throughout the United States and Canada. The Company sells only foreign language materials.

Rakesh Kumar, president of the Company, has a master's degree in social work (MSW) and more than 30 years of business experience. He founded Multicultural Books and Videos in 1988 as a way of providing movies from his native India to libraries in his adopted home town in Canada. Since that time he has expanded his business to include foreign language books and audiovisual materials from all over the world with distribution to libraries across North America. Additionally, the Company now has three offices in Ontario, Canada, Michigan, USA and Guadalajara, Mexico.

The main office, which is in Michigan, includes a 7,000 sq. ft. warehouse and distribution center. The Michigan office has a staff of 16 people in the areas of management, materials selection and ordering, cataloging, physical processing, and receiving, shipping and billing.

Staff
Multicultural Books and Videos employs numerous professional, multilingual, and experienced staff:

Rakesh Kumar, President

Mr. Kumar founded Multi-Cultural Books and Videos in 1988 as a way of providing movies from his native India to libraries in his adopted home town. Since that time he has expanded his business to include foreign language books and audiovisual materials from all over the world with distribution to libraries across North America. He has a master's degree in social work (MSW) and more than 30 years of business experience.

 

Joel Samuel, General Manager

Mr. Samuel has worked for Multi-Cultural Books and Videos for more than 20 years. He has a degree in computer science and is responsible for the oversight and assignment of duties to various staff members for the completion of the various library orders and projects.

 

Maria Cecilia Caride, MLIS

Maria earned a Master of Science in Information degree from the University of Michigan, where she learned cataloging in the Asia Library. She is proficient in Spanish and Japanese and can also catalog in Portuguese.

 

Joseph Kaczkowski, MLIS

Joseph has a Master Degree in Library Science after working a support position at a public library. He spent seven years working in the commercial book market, learning the intricacies of the publishing industry.

 

Benjamin Meeth, MLIS

Ben earned a master's degree in library and information science from Wayne State University. He has several years experience in handling library materials and has been responsible for physical processing of materials in all formats and languages for 2 years.

 

Michael Kovnat, MLIS

Michael earned his Master Degree in Library Science from Kent State University. He comes to us with experience in cataloging and linguistics, with a specialty in Judaic related materials. He is fluent in Yiddish.

 

Vasumathi Rangarajan

Indic language selector and cataloger, she is a native Tamil speaker and fluent in Hindi. With 4 years of experience, she can also catalog in Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi and Marathi. She has a degree in engineering.

 

Chao Yang

Chinese and Korean language selector, she is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. She has a degree in business English and often travels to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China to select materials. She has worked at MCBV for 6 years.

 

Michael Harris

European language selector, he has 15 years experience in the book industry and 7 years of experience with our company.

 

Ferdinand Cruz

Lead quality control officer, he is responsible for ensuring all materials are properly packed and shipped to the library free of damage and errors and has been with us for 6 years. He is also responsible for oversight of physical processing and is a native Spanish speaker.

 

Carla Cruz

In addition to Spanish language selector and cataloger, she is also responsible for physical processing of materials in all formats and languages and is a native Spanish speaker. She has 5 years of experience with MCBV.

 

Eduardo Almaguer

With several years of library experience, Eduardo is pursuing a teaching degree at Wayne State University. He has responsible for physical processing of materials in all formats and languages for a year and a half with MCBV.

 

Batool J Muhsin

Arabic, Persian and Urdu language selector. She is a native Arabic speaker with a good knowledge of Arabic culture. She has a degree in mathematics.

 

Harkirat Kaur Mann

Indian language selector. She is fluent in Punjabi and Hindi. She also helps in the selection of materials in Gujarati, Marathi and Bengali. She has a degree in Engineering.