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Shana Higgins: Subject Librarian

Interim Library Director/Interdisciplinary & Area Studies Librarian/Library Instruction Coordinator

Shana's Research Guides



Gregory, L. & Higgins, S. (Eds.). (2013). Information literacy and social justice: Radical professional praxis. Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press.

Articles & Chapters

Gregory, Lua and Shana Higgins. “In Resistance to a Capitalist Past: Emerging Qualities of Critical Librarianship.” In The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Librarianship, edited by Karen Nicholson and Maura Seale. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2018.

Higgins, Shana. "Embracing the Feminization of Librarianship." In Feminists Among Us: Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership, edited by Shirley Lew and Baharak Yousefi. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2017.

Gregory, Lua and Shana Higgins. “Critical Information Literacy in Practice: A Review Essay.” Communications in Information Literacy, 11.2 (2017). 

Gregory, Lua and Shana Higgins. “Reorienting an Information Literacy Program Toward Social Justice: Mapping the Core Values of Librarianship to the ACRL Framework.” Communications In Information Literacy, 11.1 (2017). Available at:

Battista, Andrew, Dave Ellenwood, Lua Gregory, Yasmin Sarkar Harker, Shana Higgins, & Jeff Lilburn. “Seeking Social Justice in the ACRL Framework." Communications in Information Literacy, 9.2 (2015): 111-125

Gregory, Lua and Shana Higgins. “Forces of Oppression in the Information Landscape: Free Speech and Censorship in the United States.” In Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis. Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press, 2013.


Higgins, S. (2016, April). “Embracing the Feminization of Librarianship.” Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Gregory, L., Higgins, S., Lowe, S., Miller, R., & Theiss, D. (2015, March). “We’ve only just begun”: Determining the value of information literacy instruction in the first year. Panel presentation at Association of College and Research Libraries conference, Portland, OR.

Gregory, L. & Higgins, S. (2014, October). Information literacy and first-year students: What do they know, what do they learn, and what do we learn? Presentation for the European Conference on Information Literacy, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Gregory, L. & Higgins, S. (2014, July). Invited speakers. Information literacy and social justice: Revisiting our professional core values. Keynote presentation at the Annual Building a Teaching Community, Chapman University, CA.

Gregory , L. & Higgins, S. (2014, April). Activism as leadership: Lessons from Occupy library workers. Presentation for the California and Academic Research Libraries Conference, San Jose, CA.

Gregory, L., & Higgins, S. (2013, October). Critical information literacy: Using social justice pedagogy to deconstruct power structures. Presentation for the European Conference on Information Literacy, Istanbul, Turkey.


M.A. Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  Indiana University, Bloomington, 2006.
M.L.S.  Indiana University, Bloomington, 2006.
A.B. English (Literature concentration).  University of California, Davis, 2002.

Academic Interests & Areas of Expertise

  • Information literacy social justice issues, especially as they intersect information flows (consumption, production, dissemination)
  • Research practices
  • Scholarly communication
  • Assessment practices
  • Feminist and socially just leadership practices
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino cultural productions, and representations of Latin America in U.S. media and film