SOCIAL JUSTICE TENET

Libraries and universities are vital public spheres. I am  honored to serve in both.


Libraries and universities are no longer detached, neutral realms. When it comes to training future LIS and IT professionals, the time is ripe for administrators, faculty and staff to evaluate their roles, particularly in light of recent civic unrest and division. Who better than information professionals to speak on reading and information access, privacy and security, cyber warfare and cyberbullying, the digital divide, and other social issues? Indeed, LIS and higher education professionals have a responsibility to serve and empower constituents who belong to families, live in communities, align themselves with ideals, participate in society, and negotiate the effects of social strife.


Equality matters. As a librarian, instructor, and developing researcher, I am uniquely positioned to help resist discrimination in all of its forms: ageism, ableism, religious oppression, racism and sexism. To me, equality is bifold. One aspect entails a fair distribution of resources and privilege. The second lies in recognition and inclusion (Ahmed, 2012; Smith, 2009). Each is paramount, and information plays a critical role in overcoming disparities. So, my goal is to promote just practices within libraries and/or campuses; invest in the celebration of identity and heritage; and embed cultural literacy within the curricula, collection, programs, or services (Cooke & Sweeney, 2017; Morrone, 2014). I endeavor to make a meaningful impact as an information professional.


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Ahmed, S. (2012). On being included: Racism and diversity in institutional life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Smith, D.G. (2009). Diversity’s promise for higher education: Making it work. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Cooke & Sweeney (2017) along with Morrone (2014) highlighted on the right.


CAMPUS & CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

  • iSchool Agraphia Writing Support Group, facilitator
  • College of Communication & Information Doctoral Student Association, better known as CCI DSA, co-President
  • School of Information Outreach Committee, member
  • FSU Program in Instructional Excellence (PIE), associate
  • FSU Every Nation Student Organization, sponsor
  • FSU Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Committee, member
  • Sisters of the Academy, member
  • Podemos Hablar Toastmasters, member
  • Good News, volunteer
BOOK ROLL CALL 



Teaching for Social Justice: Implementing social justice in the LIS classroom
Nicole A. Cooke and Miriam Sweeney, Eds. (2017)
Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.



Informed agitation: Library & information skills in social justice movements & beyond.

Morrone, M. (2014)

Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.