Faculty Spotlight – May 2021

Professor John-Bauer Graham, a SLIS alumnus and member of our adjunct faculty, serves as the Dean of Library Services at Jacksonville State University (JSU). Graham was recently promoted to Distinguished Professor and is the first JSU Dean to achieve this highest faculty rank at the university. Congratulations Professor Graham!

Dr. Bharat Mehra published a paper entitled “Enough Crocodile Tears! Libraries Moving Beyond Performative Antiracist Politics” in The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. A link to his publication can be found here.

Dr. Jamie Naidoo was presented with the University of Alabama Excellence in Community Engagement Award for his work with “SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt and Beyond.” Since its launch in 2009, the Book Bonanza has provided brand new children’s and young adult library books for more than 70 schools around Alabama. We are incredibly proud of Dr. Naidoo’s achievement and his dedication to community outreach and engagement!

Dr. Miriam Sweeney presented a webinar, “Listening at the Library: Surveillance in the Stacks Gets Smart” for the University of Rhode Island speaker series, Voices for Information Equality. More information can be found on Dr. Sweeney’s website, which includes a short summary and a link to the event recording.