Associate and Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor
Dr. Nadioo’s research interests focus on the representation of minority populations in media for children and young adults. He is particularly interested in the use of youth media to promote cultural literacy and to assist in the self-identification processes of marginalized children and youth adults. His other research interests include storytelling as meaning-making, library services to Latino children, the School Library Media Center’s role in assisting underserved student populations, the history and influence of children’s toys and media on children’s book publishing, bibliotherapy practices and procedures in the library, the presence of controversial children’s literature in the School Library Media Center, and the history of queer (LGBTQ) children’s literature and library services.
The focus of Dr. Naidoo’s research is on qualitative and quantitative examinations of the various manifestations of cultural diversity in library services, collections, and programs for youth and their families. He also analyzes the depiction of particular cultural groups in film, literature, and other media for children and young adults to better understand the social construction of culture and how it influences the self-identification processes of marginalized youth. His particular areas of emphasis focus on Latino youth and their families and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) families and their children. In 2009, he received the Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for contribution to the professional literature regarding multicultural literary experiences of youth from Kent State University.
Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Library and Information Studies in 2008, Dr. Naidoo was an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s literature, literacy/library services to Latinos, and materials and programs for libraries serving young children. He has more than 10 years experience working in both school and public libraries in Alabama. He holds both a MLIS (2000) and a Ph.D. (2006) in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Naidoo has received grants from the American Library Association (ALA) Office of Diversity and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In 2012, he published Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children’s Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content which highlights some of his grant research on LGBTQ children’s book and is one of the first books to provide information on the history of gay children’s picture books and beginning chapter novels.
One of Dr. Naidoo’s most recent grants from the ALA Office of Diversity focuses on public library services to Spanish-Speaking and Latino patrons in states with anti-immigration laws. The research for this grant will be conducted with SLIS student Lance Simpson.