Areas of Interest and Research: 

  • Diversity in Children's Literature, Everyday Diversity

  • Information behavior of children

  • Youth services in public libraries with an emphasis on diverse users

  • Critical Theory in LIS Education and information organizations

Graduate Assistantships:



  • Research Assistant to Dr. Katherine La Barre for the iSchool in Color Diversity Committee



  • Doctoral Student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. School of Information Sciences

  • Doctorate: expected in Fall 2020.

  • MLIS, University of Washington-Seattle

  • BA, Psychology, Indiana University-Bloomington


Courses Taught: 

  • Children's Literature 

  • Resources for Digital Age Children

  • Young Adult Literature

  • Youth Services in Public Libraries

  • Management of Information Organizations

  • Instruction for Information Professionals

  • Information Literacy in a Digital Age


 Papers, Presentations, and Posters: 

  • African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture Conference, Madison 2014: Creating Justice in Children’s Literature: Charlemae Rollins’ Quest for Publishing Equity paper


  • Library Research Seminar VI, Champaign 2014: Closing the App Gap: From Plan to Project I poster


  • ASIS&T Conference, Seattle 2014: Closing the App Gap: From Plan to Project I poster


  • ALISE Conference, Chicago 2015: Closing the App Gap: From Plan to Project I poster


  • Library History Seminar XIII, Boston 2015: Charlemae Rollins, Children’s Programming at the Hall Branch Library, and the Chicago Black Renaissance paper


  • ALISE Conference, Boston 2016: We Need Diverse Books campaign and Critical Race Theory poster


  • iConference, Philadelphia 2016: We Need Diverse Books and Critical Theory: A Call to Action poster


  • SHARP Conference, Paris 2016: The Language of Illustrations presentation


  • The Information Behaviour Conference, Zadar 2016: Doctoral workshop and co-author of  Writing and reading the results: the reporting of rigour strategies in information behaviour research as evident in the published proceedings of the biennial ISIC conferences, 1996 - 2014 presentation

  • IRSCL Congress: Silence and Silencing, Stockholm, Sweden, 2019: The Shout of Everyday Diversity in Picture Books Against Whiteness as a Silencer presentation