Academic Background

Current Rank Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies

Appointment August 2018

Education Ph.D. Information, Florida State University

Instruction & Advising

LBSC602: Serving Information Needs

LBSC713: Planning & Evaluating Information Service

LBSC706: Seminar on Comparative & International Librarianship

INST610: Information Ethics

INST352: Information User Needs and Assessment

Advisees - Connie Siebold (Ph.D. student), Manuel Mendez (Ph.D. student), Kurubel Belay (Ph.D. student), Maryanne Onianwah (Undergrad student)

Leadership & Service
Lifetime Member, American Library Association (ALA)
Board Member, Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
Past Chair, ALA Serving Information Refugees, Immigrants & Displaced Persons (SRIDP) Committee
Past EDI Taskforce Co-Chair, Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)

Afro-Latine Affinity Group Facilitator, National Association for LIS Service to Latinos/Spanish Speaking (REFORMA)
Member, Association for LIS Education (ALISE)

Research & Scholarly Activities
Edited Books

Burns-Simpson, S.; Hayes, N.M.; Walker, S.; & Ndumu, A. (2022). The Black Librarian in America: Reflections, Resistance, and Reawakening. Rowman & Littlefield.


Ndumu, A., ed. (2021). Borders & belonging: Critical examinations of library approaches toward immigrants. Library Juice Press.

Select Peer-Reviewed Articles

Ndumu, A., & Walker, S. (2021). Adapting an HBCU-inspired framework for Black student success in U.S. LIS education. Education for Information, 37(2), 219-229. https://content.iospress.com/articles/education-for-information/efi211511

Ndumu, A. (2021). Critical Perspectives on Diversity and Equality in U.S. LIS Practice: Four HBCU-affiliated Leaders Weigh in. Libri, 71(3), 267-277. https://doi.org/10.1515/libri-2019-0187

Ndumu, A. (2021). Shifts: How changes in the U.S. Black population impact racial inclusion and representation in LIS education. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 62(2), 137-161. https://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/jelis.62.2.03

Ndumu, A., & Chancellor, R. (2021). DuMont, 35 Years Later: HBCUs, LIS education, and institutional discrimination. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 62(2), 162-181. https://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/jelis.2019-0076

Ndumu, A., & Mabi, M. (2021). “(Information) Poor, huddled masses?”: Chatman’s contribution to understanding contemporary immigrant settlement experiences. Journal of Critical Librarianship and Information Science. http://journals.litwinbooks.com/index.php/jclis/article/view/145


Ndumu. A. (2020). Disrupting digital divide narratives: Exploring the U.S. Black diasporic immigrant context. Open Information Science, 4(1), 75-84. https://doi.org/10.1515/opis-2020-0006


Ndumu, A. (2020). Toward a new understanding of immigrant information behavior: Information overload among U.S. immigrants. Journal of Documentation. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-04-2019-0066


Conference Preceedings

Ndumu, A., Mabi, M., & Oduntan, O. (2022). Preliminary findings from a scoping review of immigrant-related Information poverty research in LIS. Proceedings of the 85th Annual Association for Information Science & Technology Annual Conference.


Worrall, A.; Ndumu, A.; & Hammond, L.G. (2022). Sentiment and Network Analysis of Twitter reactions to the U.S. birthright citizenship ban controversy. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference, iConference 2022.


Oltman, S., Knox, E., Burgess, J.T., Ndumu, A. (2021). “Information injustice and intellectual freedom: Polarizing concepts for a polarizing time” Proceedings of the 84th Annual Association for Information Science & Technology Conference.

Grants & Sponsored Research

Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services

Category: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian

Title: Libraries, Integration, and New Americans: Understanding immigrant acculturative stress

Year: 2021-2024

Amount: $379,957

Role: Principal Investigator

Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services

Category: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian

Title: Breaking Barriers: National Forum on the Future of Black Librarianship

Year: 2019-2022

Amount: $100,000

Role: Co-Principal Investigator alongside Shauntee Burns-Simpson (BCALA President, 2020-2022)

Funder: Association for Library and Information Science Education

Category: Community Conn@ct Mini-grant

Title: Careers in Libraries for Immigrants

Year: 2020-2021

Amount: $750

Role: Co-Principal Investigator alongside Dr. Michelle Villagran (San Jose State University)

Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services

Category: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian

Title: Counted In: Libraries, Census 2020, & New Americans

Year: 2019-2020

Amount: $101,592

Role: Co-Principal Investigator alongside Dr. Paul Jaeger