Introducing Gleeson Library’s newest Librarian: Annie Pho

January 24th, 2019 by Claire Sharifi Leave a reply »

Annie is joining the Reference and Instruction team and will serve as the Instruction Coordinator and Assessment Librarian. Please join us in welcoming her!

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In her role, Annie will lead the library’s information literacy instruction program. The library instruction program allows librarians and faculty to collaborate on lesson plans and instruction sessions that support student learning, particularly in the areas of research and information literacy. Instruction sessions are usually taught in the library’s electronic classroom, which allows for hands-on activities and active searching. Annie was drawn to the Instruction Coordinator & Assessment Librarian position primarily because it focuses on teaching and learning. In her previous role at UCLA’s Powell Library she was the Inquiry and Instruction Librarian, and the Team Lead for Research Assistance.

Another factor that drew Annie to USF was the institution’s commitment to social justice. Annie is is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of information literacy and social justice. She recently co-edited the book Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in Library and Information Science. The 2018 text (Library Juice Press) uses intersectionality as a framework to experiences of women of color in library and information sciences.

Annie and her co-editor, Rose L. Chou, found there was very little published on the experiences of women of color in librarianship, and even less that used a feminist perspective. The edited volume has been very well received– Annie states that “there’s a recognition that this is something that is missing from Library and Information Science literature, and our book is meant to just be the start of the conversation.â€�

Her next project expands on topics addressed in Pushing the Margins by using critical race theory to analyze data on women of color in librarianship, with a particular focus on emotional labor, invisible labor, and self-care practices.  Annie and her co-author will be presenting preliminary findings at the Association for College and Research Libraries conference this spring, and will then move on to drafting their book chapter.

When Annie isn’t teaching, writing, or conducting research, she likes to explore art museums, ride her bike, and  hang out with her spouse and two cats. We are so happy Annie has joined USF and Gleeson Library. Welcome, Annie!

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