Faculty Spotlight – October 2021

Dr. Bharat Mehra published a paper entitled Libraries Reclaiming “Social Justice Warriors” during “Miss Rona’s” Global Pandemic Crises in The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy 91(4), 385-401The publication may be accessed here:  https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/715919.

Dr. Mehra and Joseph Winberry (PhD candidate, University of Tennessee) published a chapter entitled “’Politic’ Talks to Address the Global Democracy Recession in Academic Libraries of the South: An Exploratory Website Analysis” in Libraries and the Global Retreat of Democracy: Confronting Polarization, Misinformation, and Suppression (Advances in Librarianship: Vol. 50) edited by Natalie Greene Taylor, Karen Kettnich, Ursula Gorham, and Paul T. Jaeger (pp. 183-210) published by Emerald Group Publishing (Bingley, United Kingdom).  Access the abstract for the publication here: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/S0065-283020210000050008/full/html.

Dr. Bob Riter and former SLIS students Jeff Hirschy and Kim McDade recently published an article in collaboration with community partner Bob Friedman. Friedman is the director of the Birmingham Black Radio Museum. The article is entitled “Preserving the History of Birmingham Black Radio: A Discussion of Preservation, Outreach, and Collaboration.” Their article can be found here.

Dr. Steven Yates recently presented at the 2021 national conference of the American Association of School Librarians, held October 21-23 in Salt Lake City. He presented “COVID Taught Me to Collaborate! Using High-Touch Marketing to Elevate Your Practice” with Dr. Michelle Wilson (MLIS ’05). He also moderated the panel “Federal and State Advocacy for School Libraries: New Challenges and Opportunities” featuring panelists Amanda Kordeliski, Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for Norman (OK) Public Schools, and Kevin Maher, Deputy Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the American Library Association.