2019 was a busy year for Librarians at Stevens Institute of Technology:
Romel Espinel, Web Services Librarian, presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference in Cleveland, Ohio in March. He presented on a panel entitled “From Value to Values: Information Literacy, Capitalism, & Resistance” which explored how academic information literacy is intertwined with capitalism, and in particular, how information literacy instruction promotes information commodification and the production of capitalist subjects. Presentation slides can be found here.
Leah Loscutoff, Head of Archives & Special Collections, participated in a panel titled "Community Connections: Unleashing the Potential of Programs and Services Aimed at Underserved Stakeholder Communities" at the annual Society of American Archivists (SAA) conference in August. Ms. Loscutoff discussed a project documenting the North Jersey embroidery industry, which involves collecting materials and oral histories from the predominantly immigrant communities that made up this industry for over 100 years.
Vicky Ludas Orlofsky, Instruction & Scholarly Communication Librarian, blogs occasionally for the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom blog. For her September 11, 2019 post, “Windows, Not Walls: Defending Incarcerated People’s Right to Read,” she explored the role of librarians who work with incarcerated people and how they work to maintain access to reading material within the restrictions of state policies. You can read the article here.
This article was originally published in the Fall 2019 CUS/ACRL-NJ Newsletter.