I work as 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 library and information science (LIS) with a focus on developing an anti-racist praxis.
Prior to joining the faculty at CalArts, I was a librarian at UCLA Library. As soon as I moved to Los Angeles from the Northeast in 2017 to accept that position, I immediately fell in love with sunny Southern California.
When I’m not at work, you can find me enjoying the great outdoors, hanging out with my adorable 10-year-old dog Baxter, and renovating my 1940s bungalow in the San Fernando Valley. I love taking things that are run down and making them sparkle again. This is the third renovation project my partner and I have taken on. Our first was in 2011 for our then landlords when we lived in Austin, TX, and our second project was a house we owned in Maine while I was a science librarian at the University of Maine.
I thrilled to be making my home in the Valley and am so excited to have made the transition to life on the West Coast. If you use social media, feel free to follow both me on Twitter @msmendezbrady and on Instagram @mareeeeeeeeeesa
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