Joining the UCLA C2i2 Scholar’s Council

Today, UCLA announced that the Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2), led by Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble and Dr. Sarah T. Roberts, received a $2.9M Award to launch the Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power. As the C2i2 website explains,

“This initiative will critically investigate the social impact of digital technologies on communities and the broader public good. It will create new paradigms for the public to understand the harms of tech platforms, predictive technologies, advertising-driven algorithmic content, and the work of digital laborers.”

I am excited and incredibly humbled to announce that I have been invited to join the Scholars’ Council at the Center with a number of amazing “scholars, artists, activists and leaders who share a commitment to standing up to unjust technologies and systems. As such, they are an integral part of our growing community and represent the breadth and depth of the work we can do together.”

Now, it’s time to get to work.

JoCI Accepting New Submissions

Community Informatics LogoI am excited to announce that after a brief pause and transition in editorial leadership, the Journal of Community Informatics is once again accepting new submissions here: http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/information/authors

The scope and aims of the Journal are located on the website here: http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/about

It is my honor to lead the Journal as the third Editor-In-Chief since the journal was launched by Michael Gurstein with its first issue published in 2004. I want to thank Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla for his leadership over these past years. I also want to thank Tom Denison who has joined Eduardo as the Journal’s Associate Editors.

I am also excited to announce our esteemed Editorial Board with both new and returning members. We are preparing our next issue to be published in Sept/Oct. 2020, and we look forward to receiving new submissions in the months and years ahead.

Research Cited in CSR Report

Congressional Research ServiceThe Congressional Research Service is a department within the Library of Congress that has been providing timely research to the U.S. Congress that is “objective, authoritative and confidential, thereby contributing to an informed national legislature,” since 1914.

I am honored to share the news that my research on Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption published by the Benton Foundation was featured in a April 6, 2020 report by the CSR, titled “State Broadband Initiatives: Selected State and Local Approaches as Potential Models for Federal Initiatives to Address the Digital Divide.”

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Decentering Whiteness in LIS

Simmons SLIS LogoOver this academic year, our Simmons SLIS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has been working collaboratively with input from faculty, students, and staff to develop a new course for our graduate curriculum that addresses many of the challenges that have been identified by scholars and practitioners of color in our field. For example, in their (2018) paper “A Holistic Approach for Inclusive Librarianship: Decentering Whiteness in Our Profession,” Isabel Espinal, Tonia Sutherland, and Charlotte Roh outline the current scholarship on whiteness in LIS, which highlights the harms to librarians of color that include racial “microagressions” and other negative impacts that result from whiteness, white privilege, and systemic white supremacy that have and continue to shape public libraries in the U.S. today.

In response, our DEI Committee, with support from our graduate students, introduced a new course for our graduate curriculum which we have titled “Decentering Whiteness in LIS.” I am proud to announce the course proposal received overwhelming support from our SLIS faculty and will join our graduate curriculum. Continue Reading

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Yesterday, the Dean of my College and Provost of my University visited my office with a bottle of champagne, as is Simmons tradition, and informed me that I received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. It’s been quite a ride in academia so far, and recognizing how grateful I am to a magnitude of people who helped me get to this point in my life, I decided to share 10 things on Twitter yesterday in celebration of this moment with many of those folks. Here’s a screen capture below of the first of ten, which can be found online here.