Associate Librarian and Coordinator, Diversity Alliance Residency Program
Nikhat J. Ghouse (pronounced NIK-Khahth GAWS) is the Associate Librarian for the Social Sciences and Coordinator of the Diversity Alliance Residency Program at American University (AU). In addition to working in libraries, Nikhat is also an Organization Development Consultant/Trainer and specializes in change management, diversity, equity, and inclusion, team development, coaching, strategic planning, and facilitation.
Nikhat received her Master of Science in Organization Development from American University. She earned her Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Cleveland State University. Nikhat is an alum of the 2011-2012 Association of Research Libraries’ Leadership & Career Development Program (LCDP) Fellow and a 2004 Teacher Track attendee of the ACRL Immersion Program. Additionally, Nikhat earned a Professional Certificate in Cultural Competence from the Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Nikhat’s research explores inclusive organizations utilizing the principles of organization development. Her past research and presentations include mentoring, and information literacy instruction, particularly to diverse and international student populations. Nikhat has co-authored a 2008 article on the development of mentoring programs and has presented at the LOEX Conference (2012 & 2014), The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (2018), and the ACRL Conference (2004 & 2019) and ARL's Library Assessment Conference (2018), Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2018), and Leadership Symposium (2019)
Prior to AU, Nikhat was at the University of Kansas for nearly 11 years as a tenured Associate Librarian where she held numerous positions at the libraries including supporting the social sciences, outreach, information literacy instruction, collection development, graduate research, and learning commons. Ghouse has also worked at the College of Wooster Libraries as a Resident Reference Librarian as well as the University of Pittsburgh Libraries as a Reference Librarian.