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Kia ora! I was born in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand); and am Ngāti Paoa Māori. My academic credentials include a BA in Social Sciences from Auckland University of Technology, and a Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Washington Information School. My pronouns are She and They.
I joined the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center in the Fall of 2019. As the Instruction/First Year Experience Librarian, I help welcome freshman and transfer students to Gleeson Library, and connect them with our people, services, and materials. I also teach information literacy classes for undergraduates; which can include working together on formulating a research question, brainstorming keywords and search terms, accessing and evaluating different types of resources, and thinking critically about information sources and societal power structures. I teach with the perspective that academic research is a skill that everyone is capable of learning, and that everyone brings their own subject expertise and lived experiences with them into the classroom.
As a first-generation scholar myself, I can relate to the expectations and challenges which are part of participating in a college setting for the first time. If you are experiencing precarity, I encourage you to explore resources including the USF Food Pantry, Gender Affirming Clothing Closet (for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students), or Student Services. I am happy to help you seek out this information and connect you with my USF colleagues who are experts in these services.
Professionally, my research interests include examining the diversity "pipeline" and curriculum within library & information science; Critical Librarianship (#critlib); and Indigenous knowledge practices. I learn best in community and strive to make my teaching content as collaborative and accessible as possible.