Armacost Library

Shana Higgins

Assoc and Interdisciplinary Librarian

Degrees: M.A. Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Indiana University, Bloomington, May 2006; M.S. Library Science. Indiana University, Bloomington, May 2006; A.B. English (Literature concentration). University of California, Davis, December 2002.

Office: Library, Armacost Library

Office Hours: Thursdays 2:30 - 4:00; and by appointment

Phone: 909/748-8097



Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

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

    Professional Highlights

    Shana Higgins attended the teacher track of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Institute for Information Literacy Immersion ’08 Program. She planned and chaired the selection committee for the¬†inaugural Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award, Spring 2009. She contributes to national librarian professional organizations, such as the Library Instruction Roundtable of the American Library Association, and the Instruction Section and Women’s Studies Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries.

    Courses Offered at Redlands

    • FYS: Bleep! Censorship & Free Speech in the U.S. (with Lua Gregory)
    • Introduction to Latin American Cinema (LAST 220)

      Publications, Presentations and Panels


      Gregory, Lua and Shana Higgins, Eds. Information Literacy and Social Justice: A Radical Professional Praxis. Library Juice Press (under contract).

      Selected Articles, Proceedings, and Reviews

      Higgins, Shana. Review of The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory (2009) eds. Noreen Giffney and Michael O’Rourke. Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources 32.1 (2011).

      Higgins, Shana. Review of The Dictionary of Homophobia: A Global History of Gay & Lesbian Experience (2008) by Louis-Georges Tin. Trans. by Marek Redburn. Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources 30.2 (2009): 21-22.

      Higgins, Shana and Sara Prahl. “A Sexier Literacy: Information Literacy Through Media Literacy.” In Uncharted Waters: Tapping the Depths of Our Community to Enhance Learning: Papers and Session Materials Presented at the Thirty-Fifth National LOEX Library Instruction Conference held in San Diego California, May 1-3, 2007. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Pierian Press, 2009.

      Higgins, Shana. “Feminist Publishing.” College and Research Libraries News 69.8 (2008): 456-457.

      Higgins, Shana. “Afro-Latinas/os: An Annotated Guide for Collection Building.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 47.1 (2007): 10-15. Available electronically:

      Selected Presentations

      “Sharing the Stage: Theatre Arts and Information Literacy.” With Victoria Lewis, PhD. Panel session, Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Los Angeles, California, August 3-6, 2010.

      “Hollywood’s Native Encounters: Representations of Latin America’s Indigenous Peoples in U.S. Mainstream Cinema.” Paper presentation, Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 30-June 3, 2008.

      Professional Affiliations

      • Instruction Section and Women's & Gender Studies Section, Association of College & Research Libraries
      • Library Instruction Roundtable, American Library Association
      • California Academic & Research Libraries

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