EAMON C. TEWELL
EamonT@gmail.com | Eamon.Tewell@columbia.edu
M.A. Media Arts, 2016
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
M.S. Library and Information Science, 2008
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
B.A. English, 2006
University of Colorado, Denver, CO
Head of Research Support and Outreach
Columbia University, Science, Engineering & Social Science Libraries, New York, NY
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Senior Library Assistant
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
“The Problem with Grit: Dismantling Deficit Thinking in Information Literacy Instruction.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 20, no. 1 (2020): 137-159.
“Reframing Reference for Marginalized Students: A Participatory Visual Study.” Reference and User Services Quarterly 58, no. 3 (2019): 162-176.
“Critical Information Literacy.” With Emily Drabinski. In The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy, eds. Renee Hobbs and Paul Mihailidis, 2019.
Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis. Co-edited with Kate Adler and Ian Beilin. Library Juice Press, 2018.
“The Practice and Promise of Critical Information Literacy: Academic Librarians’ Involvement in Critical Library Instruction.” College & Research Libraries 79, no. 1 (2018): 10-34.
“Responding to and Reimagining Resilience in Academic Libraries.” With Jacob Berg and Angela Galvan. Journal of New Librarianship 3, no. 1 (2018).
“Learning about Student Research Practices through an Ethnographic Investigation: Insights into Contact with Librarians and Use of Library Space.” With Kimberly Mullins, Natasha Tomlin, and Valeda Dent. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 12, no. 4 (2017): 78-101.
“In Their Own Voices: An Ethnographic Perspective on Student Use of Library Information Sources.” With Natasha Tomlin, Kimberly Mullins, and Valeda Dent. Journal of Library Administration 57, no. 6 (2017): 631-650.
“Teaching and Un-Teaching Source Evaluation: Questioning Authority in Information Literacy Instruction.” With Katelyn Angell. Communications in Information Literacy 11, no. 1 (2017): 95-121.
“Where Students Start, and What They Do When They Get Stuck: A Qualitative Inquiry into Academic Information-Seeking and Help-Seeking Practices.” With Susan Thomas and Gloria Willson. Journal of Academic Librarianship 43, no. 3 (2017): 224-231.
“Resistant Spectatorship and Critical Information Literacy: Strategies for Oppositional Readings.” Information Research 22, no. 1 (2017).
“Putting Critical Information Literacy into Context: How and Why Librarians Adopt Critical Practices in their Teaching.” In the Library with the Lead Pipe (2016).
“Towards the Resistant Reading of Information: Google, Resistant Spectatorship, and Critical Information Literacy.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 16, no. 2 (2016): 289-310.
“A Decade of Critical Information Literacy: A Review of the Literature.” Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 1 (2015): 24-43.
“The Amazing Library Race: Tracking Student Engagement and Learning Comprehension in Library Orientations.” With Katherine Boss and Katelyn Angell. Journal of Information Literacy 9, no. 1 (2015): 4-14.
“Far from a Trivial Pursuit: Assessing the Effectiveness of Games in Information Literacy Instruction.” With Katelyn Angell. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 10, no. 1 (2015): 20-33.
“Tying Television Comedies to Information Literacy: A Mixed-Methods Investigation.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 40, no. 2 (2014): 134-141.
“Critical Reflections on the Next Normal.” Keynote presentation with Fobazi Ettarh. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Delaware Valley Chapter Fall Program, October 16, 2020.
“Unequal Footing: Advocating for Teaching Librarians & Creating a More Equitable Practice of Librarianship.” With Veronica Arellano Douglas, Shanti Freundlich, Joanna Gadsby, Christine Moeller. Library Instruction West, July 23, 2020, Seattle, WA. (Conference canceled)
“Self Care for Library Staff." With Fobazi Ettarh, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, Amanda Leftwich, Jenn Carson, and Madeleine Charney. National Network of Medical Libraries Webinar, April 28, 2020.
“Deficit Thinking and Library Instruction: How to Check Assumptions and Build Upon Students’ Strengths.” Invited workshop. Maryland College Institute of Art, August 13, 2019, Baltimore, MD.
“Coming Clean About Grit: Challenging Dominant Narratives in Information Literacy.” Keynote presentation. Connecticut Information Literacy Conference, June 14, 2019, West Hartford, CT.
“Challenging Deficit Thinking in Academic Libraries: Ideas and Applications.” Session convener. Yi Ding, Chelsea Heinbach, Rosan Mitola, and Amy Pajewski. ACRL Instruction Section Annual Virtual Discussion Forum, June 11, 2019.
“Critical Librarianship: Questioning with Purpose and Hope.” Invited presentation. Penn State University Libraries Instruction Community of Practice, May 15, 2019, State College, PA.
“Reframing Reference Services for Marginalized Students: A Participatory Visual Study.” Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Biennial Conference, April 13, 2019, Cleveland, OH.
“From Value to Values: Information Literacy, Capitalism, and Resistance.” With Nora Almeida, Romel Espinel, and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe. ACRL Biennial Conference, April 12, 2019, Cleveland, OH.
“Situating the Self: Teacher-Librarian Narratives Within and Beyond Institutional Spaces.” With Nimisha Bhat, Brittany Fiedler, Rachel Gammons, and Michele Santamaria. ACRL Biennial Conference, April 11, 2019, Cleveland, OH.
“Social Justice and Reference.” With Kate Adler and Ian Beilin. Reference Librarianship & Justice: Critical Interventions, March 8, 2019, New York, NY.
“Reframing Reference through Participatory Visual Methods.” American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, 24th Reference Research Forum, June 23, 2018, New Orleans, LA.
“Beyond Resilience: Crafting a Caring Organization.” Session moderator. With Chris Bourg, Fobazi Ettarh, Derrick Jefferson, and Karen Schneider. ALA Annual Conference, ACRL President’s Program, June 23, 2018, New Orleans, LA.
“The Problem with Grit: Dismantling Deficit Models in Information Literacy Instruction.” Library Orientation Exchange (LOEX) Annual Conference, May 4, 2018, Houston, TX.
“Questioning What’s Given, for a Better Librarianship.” Keynote presentation. Virginia Library Association College and Research Libraries Chapter (VLACRL) Spring Program, April 12, 2018, Williamsburg, VA.
“Reproducing and Resisting Capitalism through Information Literacy.” With Nora Almeida, Romel Espinel, and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe. Libraries in the Context of Capitalism Symposium, February 2, 2018.
“Learning about Student Research Practices through an Ethnographic Investigation.” With Natasha Tomlin and Kimberly Mullins. Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Biennial Conference, June 19, 2017, Philadelphia, PA.
“Critical Library Practice and Higher Education: Locating Spaces of Agency and Resistance.” With Sofia Leung and Vani Natarajan. Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) Annual Conference, June 1, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.
“Invisible Barriers and Subversive Practice: Critical Librarianship in Higher Education.” With Veronica Arellano Douglas, Joanna Gadsby, Sofia Leung, and Angela Pashia. Identity, Agency, and Culture in Academic Libraries Conference, May 22, 2017, Los Angeles, CA.
“Academic Libraries and the False Promises of Resiliency.” With Jacob Berg and Angela Galvan. Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene Colloquium, May 14, 2017, New York, NY.
“Resilience, Grit, and Other Lies: Academic Libraries and the Myth of Resiliency.” With Angela Galvan and Jacob Berg. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Biennial Conference, March 23, 2017, Baltimore, MD.
“Asking, Listening, and Observing: Learning about Student Research through Ethnography.” With Natasha Tomlin and Kimberly Mullins. ACRL Biennial Conference, March 24, 2017, Baltimore, MD.
“Charting the Unknown through Qualitative Research: Becoming a Practitioner-Researcher.” With Frans Albarillo, Lee Ann Fullington, and Brandon West. ACRL Biennial Conference, March 24, 2017.
“Resistant Spectatorship and Critical Information Literacy: Strategies for Oppositional Readings.” Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS) Triennial Conference, June 28, 2016, Uppsala, Sweden.
“The Practice and Promise of Critical Information Literacy in Library Instruction.” Library Orientation Exchange (LOEX) Annual Conference, May 6, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA.
“Teaching and Un-Teaching Authority: Evaluating Sources in the Critical Library Classroom.” With Katelyn Angell. Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), March 22, 2016, Dublin, Ireland.
“Elevating Source Evaluation: Teaching and Un-Teaching Authority in the Critical Library Classroom.” With Katelyn Angell. LOEX Annual Conference, May 2, 2015, Denver, CO.
“The Amazing Library Race: Brewing Active Learning and Assessment in Library Orientations.” With Katy Boss and Kate Angell. Poster presentation, ACRL Biennial Conference, March 27, 2015, Portland, OR.
“A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Using Popular Media to Teach Information Literacy Concepts.” Poster presentation, Library Assessment Biennial Conference, August 4, 2014, Seattle, WA.
“They’re Fun, But Are They Sustainable? Assessing Games-Based Learning in Instruction.” With Katelyn Angell. Library Instruction West Biennial Conference, July 25, 2014, Portland, OR.
Columbia University, 2019—present
Lead library instruction sessions for undergraduates enrolled in the University Writing Program.
Guest Lecturer for Queens College GSLIS program, 791 Independent Study: Searching + Self: Google, Information and the Individual. Nov. 26, 2018.
Guest Lecturer for University of Washington MLIS program, LIS 580: Management of Information Organizations. Nov. 4, 2017, and Nov. 10, 2016.
Long Island University Brooklyn, 2013—2018
Provided customized class-specific instruction for approximately 60 classes per academic year.
Sarah Lawrence College, 2011—2013
Created and delivered up to two dozen course-specific instruction sessions per semester.
American Library Association
Association of College & Research Libraries
ACRL College & Research Libraries Editorial Board, 2020—2023
ACRL Committee on Professional Values, 2020—2022
ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee, 2017—2019
ACRL President’s Program Planning Committee, 2018—2019
ACRL 2017 Invited Speakers Committee, 2015—2017
ACRL 2017 Conference Innovations Committee, 2015—2017
ACRL Arts Section
2015 Annual Conference Program Planning Committee, 2013—2015
Publications and Research Committee, 2009—2011
2010 Annual Conference Program Planning Committee, 2008—2010
ACRL Instruction Section
Membership Committee, 2014—2016
ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section
2018 Annual Conference Program Planning Committee, 2017—2019
Library Instruction Round Table
Transition to College Committee, 2015—2019
Top 20 Committee, 2009—2011
Progressive Librarians Guild
Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize Committee, 2016—2020
Association of College & Research Libraries, New York Chapter
Executive Board, Member-at-Large, 2016—present
Annual Symposium Planning Committee, 2012—2019
Mentor, ACRL/NY Mentoring Program, 2014—present
AWARDS AND HONORS
2019 Top 20 Award, Library Instruction Round Table, ALA. For “The Practice and Promise of Critical Information Literacy: Academic Librarians’ Involvement in Critical Library Instruction,” selected as one of the 20 best library instruction articles published the previous year.
2018 Top 20 Award, Library Instruction Round Table, ALA. For “Teaching and Un-Teaching Source Evaluation: Questioning Authority in Information Literacy Instruction,” co-authored with Katelyn Angell.
2017 Top 20 Award, Library Instruction Round Table, ALA. For “Putting Critical Information Literacy into Context: How and Why Librarians Adopt Critical Practices in Their Teaching.”
2016 Best Article of the Year Award, portal: Libraries and the Academy. For “Toward the Resistant Reading of Information: Google, Resistant Spectatorship, and Critical Information Literacy,” selected as the best article to appear in the journal during this year.
2016 Top 20 Award, Library Instruction Round Table, ALA. For “A Decade of Critical Information Literacy: A Review of the Literature.”
2016 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research, Library Research Round Table, ALA. For “Far from a Trivial Pursuit: Assessing the Effectiveness of Games in Information Literacy Instruction,” co-authored with Katelyn Angell.
Participated in the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, a competitive application two-week intensive course in research methodologies for librarianship, 2015.
2015 Top 20 Award, Library Instruction Round Table, ALA. For “Tying Television Comedies to Information Literacy: A Mixed Methods Investigation.”
2014 Top 20 Award, Library Instruction Round Table, ALA. For “Collaborating for Academic Success: A Tri-Institutional Information Literacy Program for High School Students,” co-authored with Kate Angell.
Shirley Olofson Memorial Award, New Members Round Table, ALA. $1000 awarded to support attendance at the ALA Annual Conference, 2011.