Faculty Spotlight – April 2021

Dr. Bharat Mehra, Professor and EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice, has been invited to serve as one of the General Editors of the Routledge Library and Information Science Encyclopedia Online to be published by Routledge (Abingdon, United Kingdom). This extensive undertaking will compile significant contributions of major researchers and practitioners in the field on various historical and contemporary subjects and topics. The major reference resource will present over 225 entries reflecting current issues of relevance in the 21st century, including themes of social justice and social equity, diversity and inclusion, and community-engaged partnerships threading through the collection. It will also represent the growing convergence among the disciplines that influence information and the cultural record and include knowledge and practices from around the world.

Dr. Mehra has also been invited to serve as Series Editor of the Advances in Librarianship book series published by Emerald Group Publishing (Bingley, United Kingdom). In this role he plans to encourage authors to develop books that shift entrenched positionalities in library and information studies, making visible content related to the “margins,” and decenter canons and practices towards equity of representation, inclusivity, and progressive change. The Advances in Librarianship series has a strong reputation in publishing books with in-depth chapters on all areas of LIS and in all types of settings in which information is developed, accessed, preserved, and delivered. It aims to provide critical analyses of issues in the information world. Content is developed based on diverse viewpoints, in-depth literature reviews, and current research, with the aim of improving and producing solutions to current problems in libraries and related fields including the information industry, education of information professionals, management, and operations of all types of libraries.

Dr. Mehra published an article entitled “Elfreda Annmary Chatman in the 21st Century: At the Intersection of Critical Theory and Social Justice Imperatives” in the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies (Vol.3) special Issue themed “Chatman Revisited: Re-examining and Resituating Social Theories of Identity, Access, and Marginalization in LIS” edited by Nicole A. Cooke and Ameila N. Gibson and can be found here.

Dr. Mehra published a chapter entitled “Overcoming Interrelated Challenges to “Diversity by Design” in the LIS Tenure and Promotion Process in the American Academy” in Humanizing LIS Education and Practice: Diversity by Design edited by Keren Dali and Nadia Caidi and published by Routledge (Abingdon, United Kingdom).

Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor, was contacted by AL.com in March for an interview regarding the controversial author and illustrator Dr. Seuss and the move by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to discontinue the publication of six of his works. “Discontinuing racist books isn’t ‘cancel culture’,” can be viewed here.

Dr. Miriam Sweeney, Associate Professor, published the chapter “Digital Assistants” in the book Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data (MIT Press, February 2021). See more about the book here.