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Built for whom? Library Discrimination of the Past and Present

Libraries are seen as some of the most inclusive and progressive areas in United States society, but bias and defaults are still rampant in library world. The history of libraries reveals how little time libraries have been interested in diversity and how far they still have to go. 

Faculty Member: Kayla Reed, assistant professor of discovery, systems, & digital strategy librarian
Discussion Date: Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m.

Meet Professor Reed

Kayla ReedKayla Reed’s research and teaching focuses on diversity and LGBTQ+ issues, with a focus on Asexuality, intersection, and cooperation of library departments, as well as emotional labor in the workforce.  Her chapter, Erasing Invisibility: Asexuality in the Media, will be published in Global LGBTQ+ Concerns in a Contemporary World: Politics, Prejudice, and Community.

She attended Missouri Southern State University where she got her BA in Theatre, English Literature and English Creative Writing in 2012. While attaining her degrees, Kayla worked at the library as a student worker and decided to pursue library science. While developing as a Cataloger, Kayla obtained her MLIS from Kent State University in 2017. In 2017, Kayla became the Access Services Librarian at Missouri Southern State University, then in 2020 took on the Systems Librarian position. In 2020 she earned her Masters in Science of Management from Missouri Southern State University. Kayla came to Grinnell in 2021.

While working at Missouri Southern State University, she worked extensively with Open Access resources and obtained her Creative Commons Certificate, as well as a Certificate in OER Librarianship from the Open Education Network.

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