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It’s Not Rocket Library Science: Reconceptualizing American Librarianship as a Design Field
Formerly the cataloging librarian at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Rachel Ivy Clarke is currently an assistant professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Her research focuses on the application of design methodologies and epistemologies to facilitate the systematic, purposeful design of library services and education. Her multiple-award-winning dissertation argues that librarianship is more appropriately viewed as a design field rather than a scientific one. Current projects include the IMLS-funded Designing Future Library Leaders, which investigates the integration of design methods and principles in graduate level library education, and The Critical Catalog, an OCLC/ALISE funded project using critical design methodology to provoke the exploration of diverse library reading materials. She holds a BA in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a PhD from the University of Washington.
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