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“Disciplines as Domination,” title slide.

Originally presented as a keynote presentation for the Triangle Research Libraries Network Annual Meeting, July 31, 2020. This version has been edited for Medium. For inquiries about presenting the full presentation, please contact me.

Just having returned from an artist residency earlier this year, I really appreciate the opportunity to reflect and speak on my work as artist and librarian. What I hoped to accomplish through this talk is to provide a frame of reference for research for a non-traditional discipline as a means to interrogate research within traditional disciplines, and how research is associated with power and domination, particularly outside European and Western culture. …


Neutrality is Hostility: The Impact of (False) Neutrality in Academic Librarianship

Originally presented as a guest lecture for Rachel Gammons and Lindsay Inge Carpenter’s Seminar in the Academic Library class at University of Maryland’s School of Information on February 6, 2018. This version has been edited for Medium.

This presentation is focused on my personal experiences as a woman of color and librarian at an academic institution. However, my experiences are reflected in the scholarship of this profession.

A little information about myself: My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m a first-generation American Latina, whose librarianship is guided by anti-neutrality, and critical perspectives. I practice critical librarianship.

Here’s a brief description of critical librarianship, also shortened to critlib or #critlib, from Kenny Garcia’s article, Keeping Up with Critical…


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Jennifer Ferretti and Alexsandra Mitchell presenting at Art+Feminism at the Museum of Modern Art, March 11, 2017.

This conversation originated from a panel hosted by Art+Feminism at the Museum of Modern Art on March 11, 2017. The panelists, Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Alexsandra Mitchell, Reference Librarian and Archivist at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture discussed intersectional politics, critical librarianship, and Wikipedia.

Q: What does intersectional feminism mean to you?

AM: When I think of intersectional feminism, I’m immediately drawn to Kimberlé Crenshaw, and the work she has done around the term “intersectionality,” as a black and the way the term relates to me as a Black woman. …


Exploring the research methodologies of artists in Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ #libeyrianship

Yesterday I published a research guide on Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. Below explains why I, as a librarian, am interested in this body of work.

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From Beyoncé’s video Formation.

I was blown away by Beyoncé’s Formation video and her performance at the Super Bowl. I considered myself a bigger fan of Beyoncé than her music, but now I can’t stop listening to her latest album Lemonade. She’s collaborating with different artists and expressing powerful ideas visually through the one hour visual album released Saturday. For these reasons I want to know more about what I’m seeing and hearing.

I should not fail to mention that I’m a huge nerd. I was a terrible student in middle and high school. Besides a few great teachers, I was mostly treated like a lost cause. I didn’t learn the way everyone else did and we were all too impatient to realize this. I was terrible at being a child student. I’m awesome at being an informed adult, or at the very least, an adult who can find information. That’s why I love being a librarian — a career I never thought about pursuing before graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where I currently work. …


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bLAMcollective at a ‘Say Hello’ Happy Hour.

Building relationships with people broadly and narrowly associated with my profession is something I consider to be part of my job, even though it mostly happens off the clock.

Making connections with the people around me is imperative to my own success.

The library and information science (LIS) profession is advanced by stepping outside of one’s institution, openly sharing, asking questions, and giving responses.

While in graduate school at Pratt Institute in New York City, if I wanted to talk about Digital Humanities projects on a Saturday morning in a coffee shop on 8th Avenue, several people would show up from various other colleges and universities and professions. …

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🇳🇮🇸🇻🌋 Digital Initiatives Librarian, @mica. Critical pedagogy & cumbia. @librarieswehere ✊🏽. She/Her. From Baltimore, The City That Reads.

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