LaTesha Velez, Ph.D.
Library & Information Science (LIS) Department
Office: 460 SOE Building
- Critical social histories and theories of information communication technologies (ICTs) with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality
- Critical look at how people of color use information spaces
- Information and the role of information institutions in society, history of race and space in the academic library setting
- Ph.D. Library and Information Science, University of Illinois
- MLS, North Carolina Central University
- B.A. English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
LaTesha focuses on uncovering invisible norms and bias that may hinder the LIS profession from providing its highest level of service. After working in libraries off and on since 1994, Dr. Velez is now focused on teaching new professionals to thrive in a growingly diverse and globalized field. LaTesha’s research critically examines and contextualizes information in society and the role of information institutions in society. Her specific interests include the history of race and space in the academic library setting, social histories and theories of information communication technologies (ICTs) with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality, and a critical look at how information institutions can serve as counter-spaces.
Velez, L. & Villa-Nicholas, M. (2017). Mapping Race and Racism in U.S. Library History Literature, 1997–2015. Library Trends, 65(4), 540-554.
Yoo-Lee, E., Lee, T. H., & Velez, L. (2013). Planning library spaces and services for Millennials: an evidence-based approach. Library Management, 34(6/7), 498-511.
Bradshaw, A. K., Velez, L., & Holmes, G. (2013). Mock interviews for ACE scholars preparing for the professional job search. College & Research Libraries News, 74(4), 192-194.