Jeanie Austin

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Areas of Research: 

My research interests and activities include the provision of library services to youth in juvenile detention and the complex political and social systems that surround this work (especially the gendered, racialized, and ability-centric systems that affect youth and their overlap with publishing). Previously, I was the project coordinator for Mix IT Up!, an IMLS-funded project that recruits traditionally underrepresented students to work with underserved youth in a variety of settings. I am interested in the incorporation of critical praxis in LIS, in academia as well as in the library.

Field Exam Area: 

Youth Literature and Services


Libraries for Social Change: Centering youth of color and/or LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth in library practice


MS, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

BA, Psychology, 2005

Courses Taught: 

Adjunct professor, Youth Community Engagement (at University of Hawaii at Manoa), Spring 2016

Teaching Assistant LIS 404: Literature and Resources for Young Adults, Spring 2016

Teaching Assistant LIS 490: Youth Services Community Engagement, Fall 2015

Teaching Assistant, LIS 202: Social Aspects of Information Systems, Spring 2011

Teaching Assistant, LIS 501: Information Organization and Access, Fall 2010

Selected Publications, Papers and Presentations: 

Austin, J. (in press). "Reform and revolution: Juvenile detention center libraries in the 1970s."  Libraries: Culture, History, and Society.

Austin, J. (2012). "Critical Issues in Juvenile Detention Center Libraries," Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults.

"Questioning 'Positive Development': Towards Centering YA Library Practice on the Lived Realities of Youth." Chapter for Rioux and Mehra’s Progressive Community Action: Critical Theory and Social Justice in Information Science. Library Juice Press. 2016.

"Queering Libraries," UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference. 2015.

"Changing Course: Collaborative Reflections of Teaching/Taking ‘'Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Information Professions'," JELIS, 55 (3). 2015. (with Noble, S., Sweeney, M, McKeever, L., and Sullivan, E.)

"Who has a say?: Power dynamics and their effect on juvenile detention center librarianship." Presentation at GSEIS, UCLA. 2012

"Critical Issues in Juvenile Detention Center Libraries," Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. 2012

Honors and Awards: 

Baker & Taylor Collection Development Grant. 2017

First place poster, Diversity and Outreach Fair, American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. 2011

Social Justice Award, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. 2010

Related Topics

Libraries and Librarianship, Youth Literature, Culture, and Services, information access and retrieval, social and community informatics