Faculty Spotlight – August 2021

Dr. Bharat Mehra had a number of publications debut this month:

Elena Lopez, Bharat Mehra, and Margaret Capse edited a book entitled A Librarian’s Guide to Engaging Families in Learning that was published by Libraries Unlimited (Santa Barbara, CA) in August 2021. Bharat Mehra and Scott Sikes published two chapters in the book entitled “Research Paradigms for Engaging Families in Public Libraries” and “Information Needs of Rural Libraries: A Social Justice Imperative.” Read more about this title here.

Rong Tang, Bharat Mehra, Jia Tina Du, and Yuxiang Chris Zhao published their “Paradigm Shift in the Field of Information Special Issue Editorial” in the Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology. Access the editorial here.

Bharat Mehra published an article entitled “Social Justice Design and Implementation: Innovative Pedagogies to Transform LIS Education” in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 62(4). Early access to the article abstract can be found here.


Dr. Bob Riter presented at the 2021 Society of American Archivists (SAA) Research Forum, held on July 21st and July 28th. His paper, entitled “Artifactual Pluralism: The Relationship Between Narrative and Artifactual Criticism” analyzes the relationship between narrative and artifactual pluralism, provides a historical contextualization, and an examination of contemporary conceptualizations.


Dr. Steven Yates and Dr. Jessica Ross (PhD, ’18) presented at the 2021 United for Libraries Virtual Conference on August 18. Their presentation was titled “Every Volunteer an Advocate: Empowering Boards and Friends for Action” and guided attendees through the environmental scanning process as part of developing library volunteers into advocates for local, state, and national resources for libraries of all types.