2018 Symposium Student Scholarship Winner – Sarah Nguyen

By Sarah Nguyen Sarah Nguyen

I attended my first ACRL/NY 2018 Symposium: Libraries in Direct Action for a day-long gathering of academic librarians in the greater New York Metropolitan area. The hike through midtown Manhattan’s hustle-bustle and into Baruch College’s conference space left me with validating practices, visionary tools, and an empathic network. The highlight reel:

Rachelle's journey with Dewey




Presentations offered ideas on how to communicate and represent marginalized peoples in information organization, but this slide from Wrestling with Dewey[1] stood out. Student worker, Rachelle Monteau, highlighted Library Bytegeist, a close-to-home project as I’m a member of METRO’s Preserve This Podcast team; and intersectionality and misrepresentation in traditional practices—related to recent readings from my Research Design and Methods course.[2]

Sarah Nguyen is a first year MLIS candidate at the University of Washington’s online iSchool program. Currently, she feels extraordinarily lucky to be a member of three different grant-funded projects that are helping her delve into the library and archive fields: CUNY City Tech’s OER Fellowship, Preserve This Podcast at the METRO, and the Dance Heritage Coalition/Mark Morris Dance Group Archive Project. When she’s not following library Twitter, she’s keeping up with conversations around diversity and inclusion, open source-open access, managing data responsibly, archiving dance and audio, and community/self-care. Twitter: @snewyuen

[1] Hinds, J., Monteau, R., Ralekhetho, L., & Tanja, K. Wrestling with Dewey: Reclassifying Books on People of Color, Women, Immigrants, and LGBTQ for the Greater Visibility. December 2018. Bard High School Early Career College Queens.

[2] Marisa Elena Duarte & Miranda Belarde-Lewis (2015) Imagining: Creating Spaces for Indigenous Ontologies, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 53:5-6, 677-702, DOI:10.1080/01639374.2015.1018396 and Sandra Littletree & Cheryl A. Metoyer (2015) Knowledge Organization from an Indigenous Perspective: The Mashantucket Pequot Thesaurus of American Indian Terminology Project, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 53:5-6, 640-657, DOI: 10.1080/01639374.2015.1010113