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Ryan P. Randall

Instruction Coordinator & Faculty Outreach Librarian at the College of Western Idaho ∴ Literary, media & cultural studies ∴ Web Editor at In the Library with the Lead Pipe ∴ Sous les pavés, la plage ∴ We are, as always, stubborn, stoked, and petrified - GY!BE

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About Me

As the Instruction Coordinator and Faculty Outreach Librarian for the College of Western Idaho, I'm working with students, other librarians, and faculty to promote critical information literacy and library use.

I'm also a (part-time) student in Idaho State University's Ph.D. in English and the Teaching of English program, which focuses more on pedagogy than most English programs. I'm the Web Editor for In the Library with the Lead Pipe, an open access, open peer reviewed library journal. I'm also on the Idaho Library Association's Social Justice Committe.

Prior to librarianship, I picked up an MA in English from the University of California, Riverside and an MA in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. While a graduate student, then as an adjunct, I taught what librarians call information literacy skills as the instructor for many first-year writing seminar courses and lower-division American Studies and Film/Media courses. I have also been a college writing tutor for undergraduate and graduate students. The path of librarianship took me to IU Bloomington's MLS program, where my favorite courses emphasized critical information literacy, humanities subject librarianship, and digital humanities.

Outside of that, I've hosted a college radio show on KUCR & WRUR, been in at least one band, and learned how to put into praxis many of the insights from my cultural studies & other reflective pursuits through participation in various do-it-ourselves communities. If you're looking for communities related to librarianship, you might start by checking out #critlib and Hack Library School, each of which I often look to for insights.


If all of this somehow leaves your curiosity unsated, here's my CV.

Recent Posts

ALA Annual 2018: My Schedule, Our Notes

Where I intend to be for ALAAC2018 and how I think we can make group notes.

WA 2017 Week 09: Badges, Type, BibTeX

Briefly linking to Emily Ford’s article about badges, a short reference about using type on the web, and getting going with a bibliography tool.

WA 2017 Week 01: Journaling, Pedagogy, and Advocating for our Patrons

Can I make routinely time for these round-up posts this semester? Let’s find out, shall we? Links about journaling, pedagogy, and advocating for our patrons.

Featured Posts

critlib #feelings

Why do I #critlib? Because another librarianship is possible.

Freire and Critical Librarianship

For Week One of the Critical Pedagogy MOOC MOOC, I write about Paolo Freire’s problem-posing method and its potential links to critical librarianship.