Co-Interim University Librarian & Associate University Librarian for Learning and Engagement
Santa Clara University
Nicole Branch is currently serving as Co-Interim University Librarian and Associate University Librarian for Learning & Engagement at Santa Clara University. Prior to joining the Santa Clara University Library Nicole served as Librarian for Research & Digitization at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Nicole’s decade-long experience working in non-profit organizations advancing educational justice in public schools and school districts informs her approach to librarianship. Nicole’s research focuses on the intersections of critical theory, research methodologies, and information literacy. Her article Illuminating Social Justice in the Framework: Transformative Methodology, Concept Mapping, and Learning Outcomes Development for Critical Information Literacy (Communications in Information Literacy, 2019) was recognized by the Library Instruction Round Table Top Twenty committee. Nicole’s co-authored article Critical Information Literacy and Critical Service Learning: Potential Partners in Students' Social Justice Learning? s forthcoming in the Michigan Journal of Service Learning.