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Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture

Safiya Umoja Noble, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Department of Information Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

"Google Searching for Black Girls: Old Media Stereotypes in New Media Practices"

Friday, September 18 at 3 pm
Diane Gregg Pavilion, Lewis & Clark College

A reception will follow the event.

Critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values, that is, that it is not the result of the actions of impartial, disembodied, unpositioned agents. Technology consists of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics. Critiques of technology include the rhetoric around the digital divide, as if access, skills and connectivity are the primary issues facing women and girls of color in the realms of the digital. These critiques, however, largely serve to depoliticize the ways that social systems of power are embedded in technology practices. This talk is based on a forthcoming book (NYU Press) about identity for sale in commercial search engines, where I look deeply at how Google mediates access to information on racialized and gendered identities in biased ways that reinforce oppressive social relations.

Safiya Noble, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She conducts research in socio-cultural informatics; including feminist, historical and political-economic perspectives on computing platforms and software in the public interest. Her research is at the intersection of culture and technology in the design and use of applications on the Internet.

Johannah Sherrer

Aubrey R. Watzek Library
Lewis & Clark
July 1993-September 1998

The Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service was established in 1999 by James J. Kopp to commemorate the contributions and legacies of a respected friend, colleague, and champion of service.

Known for her warm smile, her boundless energy, vitality, and drive, her compassion and friendliness to all creatures great and small, and her devotion to service in all its connotations, Johannah Sherrer was a friend, a colleague, a mentor, a leader, and a champion of libraries.

Johannah came to Lewis & Clark in 1993 from Duke University where she served as Head of Reference.  She held positions as Coordinator of Reference Services and Collection Development and then Director of Public Services at the University of Northern Colorado.  She worked at the University of Dayton from 1970 to 1979, initially as Reference Librarian and then as Head of Reference.  She received her MSLS from the University of Kentucky, an MA in History from the University of Dayton, and her BA degree from the University of Portland.

Johannah authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters and was a frequent speaker and panelist at library conferences.  She chaired the ALA's Professional Ethics Committee and several other committees at the national, regional, and state levels.

If you are interested in contributing to the Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture Fund, you can do so through the College's Online Giving Form.

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Previous Sherrer Lecture Presentations

2014 -- "Discovering Information:  Investigations into How Students Search"

Andrew Asher, Indiana University

2013 -- "What Librarians and Faculty Should Know about Today's Students and Their Research Practices"

Alison J. Head, Project Information Literacy

2012 -- "Coming Soon to Campus:  The New "Free Agent" Learner - Are You Ready?" 
Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow 

2011 -- "Forward Thinking: Aligning Library Services with Faculty Needs"
Roger C. Schonfeld, ITHAKA S+R

2010 -- "Think with Me: The Possibilities of Public Conversations in Cultural Institutions"
Dr. David Carr, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2009 -- "Straws In the Wind: Emerging Models of Library Service"
Lizabeth (Betsy) A. Wilson, University of Washington

2008 -- "Aligning Academic Libraries with Real User Needs"
Susan Gibbons, University of Rochester

2007 -- "A Convergence of Pathways:  Re-imagining Image Collections for Tomorrow's Teachers and Learners"
Elisa Lanzi, Smith College

2006 -- "Peering Through the Net:  Student Perspectives on the Net Generation--A Panel Presentation"
Craig Beebe, Tyler Caffall, Charlotte Helmer, Mahria Lebow, Mindy Ross, Eric Valentine

2004 -- "On the Same Path:  Faculty, Librarians, and IT Collaboration"
Susan L. Perry, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Council on Library and Information Resources

2003 -- "The Changing Face of Service:  A Panel Presentation"
Patricia Cutright, Victoria Hanawalt, John Helmer, Elaine Heras, Scott Smith

2002 -- "Service in a Collaborative Way"
Joan K. Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information

2001 -- "The Importance of Being Learned"
Elizabeth A. Dupuis, University of Texas

2000 -- "The Fate of Service in an Increasingly Digital and Commercial World"
Jerry D. Campbell, University of Southern California

1999 -- "Service in a Complex Future"
Walt Crawford, Research Libraries Group

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