Social Sciences

Unity Through Diversity
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Shevon Desai

Karen Downing

Meredith Kahn

Hailey Mooney

Jennifer Nason Davis

Darlene Nichols

Alexa Pearce (Head)

Charles Ransom


The Library’s Social Sciences Team members provide services and develop collections to support and enhance the research, teaching, and learning activities of faculty, students, and staff in the social sciences. We offer deep knowledge of scholarly communication practices in social sciences disciplines, with significant expertise extending to research data, including: data sharing and reuse, management and documentation, and publication.

We provide a full spectrum of research support and collaboration, from tailored instructional programming to service on curricular and other committees of the schools and departments we serve.

We are available to assist researchers with the following activities, through consultations and instructional support:

  • Identifying and accessing relevant sources in all formats, including: scholarly literature, published tests and instruments, and data sets and statistical sources
  • Developing sound data management practices
  • Identifying and utilizing specialized tools, such as citation management applications
  • Navigating options for publication and preservation of all scholarly outputs, including data, in relevant subject repositories, Deep Blue, and Deep Blue Data
  • Developing research assignments and instructional programming for students
  • Identifying and acquiring materials, including videos and datasets, to support research and teaching



Disability Studies



Information and Library Science

LGBTQ Studies

Multiculturalism and Diversity



Social Work

Women’s Studies


Liaison Units on Campus

African and African American Studies

American Culture

Center for Research on Learning & Teaching

Cognitive Sciences

Communication Studies


Institute for Research on Women and Gender

Literature, Science & the Arts

Organization Studies

Population Studies Center


School of Education

School of Information

School of Social Work



Women’s Studies

Recent Publications & Presentations

Downing, K. (2013). Using Problem-Based Learning to Facilitate Learning Across the Curriculum. In Imagine, Innovate, Inspire: The Proceedings of the Acrl 2013 Conference (pp. 621–624). Indianapolis: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Downing, K., Rivera, A., & Winston, M. (2012). Library Leadership 2.0: Leading from Throughout the Organization. In Library and Book Trade Almanac. Medford, NJ: Information Today.

Kahn, M. (2016). Disrupting Publishing Economics: Open Access as Feminist Praxis. Presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Mooney, H. (2016). Scholarly Communication and Data. In Databrarianship: The academic data librarian in theory and practice (pp. 195–218). Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved from

Nichols, D. (2016). Developing Intergroup Relations and Intercultural Competency. Panel presented at the ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference, Seattle, WA.

Nichols, D., Downing, K., Rivera, A., Look, H., & James, L. (2014). Tragic Mulatto to Self-Authorship: An Analysis of Literature By and About Interracial People. Presented at the Global Mixed Race, Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, Chicago.

Nichols, D., & Schnitzer, A. E. (2015). Developing Inclusive Research Libraries for Patrons and Staff of All Abilities. Research Library Issues, (286). Retrieved from

Nichols, D., Spencer, D., & Campe, R. (2013a). Library Diversity Committees: The Basics. Presented at the Academic Library Association of Ohio  (ACRL Chapter) Diversity Committee, Columbus, OH.

Nichols, D., Spencer, D., & Campe, R. (2013b). Making the Case for a Diversity Committee. Presented at the Academic Library Association of Ohio  (ACRL Chapter) Diversity Committee, Columbus, OH.

Tempelman-Kluit, N., & Pearce, A. (2014). Invoking the User from Data to Design. College & Research Libraries, 75(5), 616–640.



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