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  • This page introduces LIS faculty and academic librarians involved in disability and accessibility advocacy and research: Dr. Keren Dali, Dr. Kim M. Thompson, and Merinda McLure. Read about Disability and Accessibility Advocacy in Academic Work.


    Dr. Kim M. Thompson 


       Refereed Chapters

    • Copeland, C. A. & Thompson, K. M. (in press). Equity, diversity, and inclusion in the LIS education and practice sectors: Creating accessible learning environments and informing social justice through universal design. In B. Mehra (Ed.), Social Justice Design and Implementation in Library and Information Science. Routledge.
    • Thompson, K. M., Jaeger, P. T., & Copeland, C. A. (in press). A tripartite approach to designing an inclusive hiring experience and an inclusive workplace. In C. A. Copeland (Ed.). Differing abilities and the library: Fostering equity for patrons and staff with disabilities. ABC-Clio.
    • Thompson, K. M., & Copeland, C. (2021). Making the diversity, equity, and inclusion mindset indispensable in the LIS classroom through design, content, communication, and assessment. In K. Dali & N. Caidi (Eds.). Humanizing LIS education and practice: Diversity by design (pp. 63-76). Routledge.
    • Thompson, K. M. (2011). Providing services for the underserved in public libraries through an understanding of information poverty and access. In J. C. Bertot, P. T. Jaeger, & C. R. McClure (Eds.). Public libraries and the Internet: Roles, perspectives, and implications (pp. 131-144). Libraries Unlimited.

       Refereed Journal Articles

    • Muir, R., Thompson, K. M., & Qayyum, A. (2020). The diversity we seek: A document analysis of diversity and inclusion in the Australian LIS sector job advertisements. Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, 69(4), 473-495.
    • Jaeger, P. T., Bertot, J. C., Thompson, K. M., Katz, S. M. & DeCoster, E. J. (2012). The intersection of public policy and public access: Digital divides, digital literacy, digital inclusion, and public libraries.  Public Library Quarterly, 31(1), 1-20.
    • Burnett, G., Jaeger, P. T., & Thompson, K. M. (2008). Normative behavior and information: The social aspects of information access. Library & Information Science Research, 30(1), 56-66.

       Refereed Conference Proceedings

    • Copeland, C. A., Cross, B., & Thompson, K. M. (2020). Universal design creates equity and inclusion: Moving from theory to practice. South Carolina Libraries, 4(1).
    • Muir, R., Thompson, K. M., & Qayyum, A. (2019). Considering “atmosphere” when facilitating information seeking by people with invisible disabilities in public libraries. Proceedings of the 82nd ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Information…Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, Anyway, 56(1).
    • Thompson, K. M., Muir, R., & Qayyum, A. (2019). Australian library job advertisements: Seeking inclusion and diversity. Information in Contemporary Society (pp. 817-825), Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-15742-5_77

       Refereed Conference Presentations

    • Thompson, K. M., Muir, R., & Qayyum, A. (2020, October 20). Transforming LIS education through disability inclusion: Disability in LIS educational content. Panel discussion and roundtable for the SIG Disability in LIS session, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) 2020 Conference, 14-22 October, virtual.
    • Muir, R. Thompson, K. M., & Qayyum, A. (2019, October 18). Considering “atmosphere” when facilitating information seeking by people with invisible disabilities in public libraries. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
    • Copeland, C. A., & Thompson, K. M. (2019, September 24). Diversity, accessing ability, and LIS education practices. Paper presented at the Association for Library and Information Science Education 2019 Conference: Exploring Learning in a Global Information Context, 23-26 September, Knoxville, TN.
    • Thompson, K. M., Muir, R., & Qayyum, A. M. (2019, April 3). LIS job advertisements: Seeking inclusion and diversity. Paper presented at iConference 2019, Washington DC.

       Invited Journal Articles

    • Thompson, K. M. & Copeland, C. A. (2020). Inclusive considerations for optimal online learning in times of disasters and crises. Information and Learning Sciences, Special Issue: A Response to Emergency Transitions to Remote Online Education in K-12 and Higher Education, 121(7/8), 481-486.; DOI 10.1108/ILS-04-2020-0083.
    • Thompson, K. M. (2016). Multiple layers of digital inclusion. Online Currents, 30, 38-40.

       Professional Magazine Articles

       Keynote and Plenary Presentations

    • Thompson, K. M. (2018, April 18). What do library job ads tell us about professional diversity? Plenary panelist for the College of Information and Communications Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Symposium, University of South Carolina.


    Dr. Keren Dali 


    • Co-organizer of Awareness Events (with AAG):
      • "'Unexpected' Workers and Users No More: Accessibility and Disability Inclusion in Libraries of All Types" by Michelle Hahn, ​Music Librarian and Adjunct Professor, Indiana University Bloomington; Debbi MacLeod, Director, Colorado Talking Book Library, Colorado State Publications Library; ​Jill Rothstein, Chief Librarian, Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library at The New York Public Library. Organized by the LIS Accessibility Group, RMIS, MCE, DU. April 22, 2021.
      • "Joint Progress Toward Inclusion" by Adrian Petterson and Amy Farrow, Accessibility Interests Working Group, iSchool (Faculty of Information), University of Toronto (Canada). Organized by the LIS Accessibility Group, RMIS, MCE, DU. March 18, 2021 - Present
      • "Crafting Accessible Learning Environments Through Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning" by Dr. C.A. Copeland and K.J. Mallary. Organized by the LIS Accessibility Group, RMIS, MCE, DU. February 18, 2021.

    Awards & Honors 

    • Featured in the Gallery of Information Behavior Gratitude created by Dr. Jenna Hartel, iSchool, U of Toronto, Canada, for the article: “​The Lifeways We Avoid: The Role of Information in Discrimination Against People with Disabilities” (2021)

    Peer-Reviewed Articles & Editorials

    • Dali, K. & Brochu, L. (2020). The right to listen: A not so simple matter of audiobooks. Library Resources & Technical Services, 64(3), 109-116.
    • Dali, K. (2019). Avoiding a senseless endurance test: Hidden disabilities and interviewing in LIS. The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 3(1)
    • Dali, K. (2018). The lifeways we avoid: The role of information avoidance in discrimination against people with disabilities.” The Journal of Document ation, 74(6), 1258-1273.
    • Dali, K. (2018). The right to be included: Introducing a New Model of an Oppressive Workplace Environment Experienced by People with Disabilities. Information & Learning Science, 119(9/10), 486-513.
    • Dali, K. (2018). Culture fit’ as ‘anti-diversity’: Avoiding human resources decisions that dsadvantage the brightest. The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 2(4).

     Conference Presentations & Invited Talks 

    • Dali, K. Invited Talk/Webinar. (2021). The role of information avoidance in discriminatory attitudes toward disabilities. U of Toronto, iSchool, (February 10, 2021)
    • Dali, K. (session convener). “Transforming LIS Education through Disability Inclusion” (SIG Disabilities in LIS session at for the 2020 ALISE conference, Pittsburgh, PA)
    • Dali, K. & Brochu, L. “Advocacy for Audiobooks and Diversity by Design” (paper presentation as part of the "Technical Services Education: Transformation and Advocacy" session, for the 2020 ALISE conference, Pittsburgh, PA)
    • Dali, K. (convener). "Including Disability in LIS Education and Workplaces: From Local Concerns to Global Vision" - an ALISE Academy session; the 2019 ALISE conference (with Mirah Dow, Kim Thompson, Brady D. Lund, and Kevin J. Mallary).
    • Dali, Keren, Kim M. Thompson, and Paul T. Jaeger (2019). “Beyond Representation: Developing Inclusive Workplaces for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities.” Workshop presented at the 2019 iConference, March 31, 2019, Washington, DC.
    • Dali, Keren. “The right to be included: A curious case of an oxymoron, missing legislation, and academics with disabilities” (paper presented at the Diversity by Design Symposium, Toronto, ON, September 2017).
    • Dali, Keren. “There is no pill for an unkind heart: The duty to accommodate and limitations of policies in academic settings” (paper presented at the University of Maryland Disability Summit 2017 “Disability in a Polarized Nation” (April, 2017);


     Merinda McLure, MLIS

    Associate Professor and Health & Human Sciences Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

    • Merinda leads the University Libraries’ Researcher Engagement Section and serves as one of the Libraries’ three Open Educational Resources (OER) Co-Leads. She is the Libraries’ subject specialist and liaison librarian for CU Boulder’s departments of psychology and neuroscience; integrative physiology; and speech, language, and hearing sciences. Merinda joined the University Libraries in 2017 and has previously worked at Colorado State University, The University of Montana, and The University of Alberta, since completing her Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) at The University of British Columbia in 2002. 

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