Currently, I am the Reference & Instruction Librarian at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Library, where I’m the liaison and selector for the School of Critical Studies. My personal scholarship centers on applying a critical lens to theory and practices surrounding librarianship with a particular interest on decolonizing library spaces. As I enter my 5th year as a professional librarian, I am becoming increasingly aware of how racial inequities impact the professions ability to diversity and my research has increasingly focused on the intersection of critical race theory (CRT) and library and information science (LIS). You can find some musings from my fellow library workers of color here: https://medium.com/librarieswehere
As a reference provider and teacher librarian, I often encounter the ways in which the proliferation of digital technologies problematizes traditional modes of teaching research and writing. With a firm background in information studies, I hope to keep pursuing this intersection of information literacy and digital literacy. My passion for understanding the role of digital technologies in academic librarianship first emerged at the School of Information (iSchool) at the University of Texas at Austin.
At the iSchool, although I was working as a reference provider, my academic focus was archival studies, specializing in digital collections. I became interested in the power that archives have in shaping the informational landscape while studying history at Haverford College. My undergraduate thesis drew from the archival material at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and it was in this capacity that I embarked on my archival journey. This journey was transformed as I gained a firmer understanding of the ways in which the digital world impacts how people interact with informational resources. Haverford was also where I began my involvement with academic libraries as a student circulation assistant. I have been employed in libraries ever since.
Working in academic libraries sparked a passion for information literacy. Studying archives transformed this passion into digital literacy. In all of my future endeavors I hope to better understand the role of digital technologies and how to utilize their affordances. As I continue my career in academic librarianship, I look forward to helping researchers understand the breath of complexity in the modern informational landscape.
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