On Saturday we’ll have our second Zine event with Simmons Progressive Librarians Guild, and we can’t wait! We’ll start with a panel discussion on critical librarianship and visual literacy in LIS, with some rad LIS professionals. We’re really pleased to introduce our panelists, below.
Meet the panelists!
Siân Evans is the Instruction Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Decker Library. She is also the co-founder of the Art+Feminism Wikipedia collective, which has been working to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia since 2014. Her work, both at MICA and with Art+Feminism, is informed by a deep commitment to a critical and feminist pedagogical praxis.
Digital Initiatives Librarian
Jennifer Ferretti is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Decker Library. She’s worked in libraries, archives, and museums for over 10 years. She’s a first generation American Latina whose librarianship is guided by critical perspectives and anti-neutrality. As a MICA fine art undergraduate and Pratt Institute School of Information alum, she firmly believes art is information.
Stephanie H. Grimm
Art and Art History Librarian
Stephanie Grimm is an art librarian and sometimes-illustrator, with a background in museum, public, and academic libraries. Her personal and scholarly interests include minicomics and small-press comics, as well as the preservation issues inherent to digital illustration and webcomics. Within libraries, her work often centers on visual literacy, and critical approaches to visual literacy for art and design students. She is a recent transplant to the D.C. metro region, where she serves as the Art and Art History Librarian at George Mason University.
Research and Instruction Librarian, Zine Librarian
Dawn Stahura is a Research and Instruction Librarian for the Social Sciences (WGST, Sociology, Psychology, Behavioral Analysis, Education, and African Studies) and the Zine Librarian at Simmons College. She is an adjunct instructor for the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons teaching a course on reference and information sources. Aside from research consultations and instruction sessions, she works closely with several faculty members to embed zines into their course curricula. Partnering with the Coordinator of Violence Prevention Outreach at Simmons allows Dawn to host various zine workshops throughout the academic year on a variety of social justice topics. Outside of work, she is an active zinester tabling at several zine fests throughout the year as well as coordinating zine workshops for several youth organizations in the Boston area. She also founded a nonprofit that raises money and awareness to help young folks who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. She resides in Salem, MA with her husband, two cats, and a feminist dog.
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