Learning Beyond Borders, B Sides, Fall 2010.
Abstract: “Dwelling in a ‘Borderland’ between academic and narrative writing, and drawing from the work of Gloria Anzaldúa, bell hooks, and Michel Foucault, this essay critically confronts and transgresses the disciplinary structure of information production, both inside the Academy and out. Scholars of Hip-Hop will be especially interested in the author’s analysis of Hip-Hop as a scholarly discourse, and her argument that different genres of scholarly discourse, such as Hip-Hop and MLA-style English, can and indeed should be blended within the Academy to stimulate new ways of thinking.”
Public Praxis: A Vision for Critical Information Literacy in Public Libraries, Public Library Quarterly, June 2010.
Abstract: “Public libraries in the United States have a radical opportunity to incorporate information literacy into their service missions. This article explores the reasons why public libraries are not addressing information literacy and engages the educational theories of John Dewey, Paolo Freire, and New Literacy studies to argue that critical information literacy in public libraries is essential to the vitality of democratic societies. In order to deliver these services to their communities, public libraries must provide not only the technologies and instruction for information literacy, but also the impetus for action—what Freire called ‘praxis.’”
Abstract: “This paper explores the possibility of creating and implementing an interactive library OPAC interface, called Reading Rants!, that would be designed for and used exclusively by teens. An interactive interface such as Reading Rants! would allow teenagers to interact with their library catalog by contributing content to bibliographic records. Content creation is an integral aspect of the Web 2.0 experience; it transforms the user’s experience with the catalog into a dynamic conversation. By providing this highly valued service for teenagers, public libraries would elevate their worth to future library supporters and become more essential to and embedded in the community.”
Trade Publications and Book Reviews
Book Review: Crazy Loco Love, by Victor Villaseñor, Lawrence Public Library Connections, February 2011.
Book Review: It’s Not Him, It’s You!, by Dr. Laura Berman, Lawrence Public Library Connections, January 2011.
Library Daze: An Alum Discusses Her Career, The Macalester Waverly, May 2010.