School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University
I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University. My research focuses on diversity and inclusion in library services and media, particularly for youth and their families. Primarily through reader response criticism and critical discourse analysis, I explore contemporary media for children, teens, and new adults. I use critical and sociocultural theories to explore the ways in which race, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, and other types of identity alternatively marginalize and privilege certain communities of users both within and outside of traditional library spaces. I have presented nationally in the areas of collection development for diverse populations, equitable library access, and multicultural library media and services for youth.
I am an active member of several professional organizations, including the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). I have served on various process and selection committees both within and outside of ALA and am currently the committee chair of YALSA's 2015 William C. Morris YA Debut Award.
I teach a variety of graduate courses on youth and adult media and services for public, school, and academic library settings. As a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Teaching and Research Fellow at the School of Library and Information at the University of South Carolina, I taught graduate courses in library materials and services for children, young adults, and adults. Prior to my doctoral program, I worked in public, academic, and special libraries.
Friday, January 8
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM