Gina Schlesselman-Tarango, MSS, MLIS

about me

Hello, and thank you for visiting! I am an associate professor and academic health sciences librarian. I have worked in university libraries for more than a decade and have developed expertise in information literacy instruction, evidence-based practice, and scholarly communication. My research interests include race and gender in librarianship, critical information literacy and peer learning in higher education, and the intersections of reproductive labor and information work.


After a lengthy stint in California, I now live in Iowa with my people, cats, and chickens. In my free time, I enjoy exploring nature, kayaking, gardening, and rediscovering the beauty and idiosyncrasies of the Midwest.

Photo by Shandy Mikkelsen


I am available for speaking and writing engagements. If you are interested, please contact me at


my work

Most notably, I wrote "The Legacy of Lady Bountiful: Race & Gender in LIS" (2016) and was editor of Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science (Library Juice Press, 2017). I have served as a journal editor and reviewer, authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and presented at numerous library science, gender studies, and higher education venues.


You can find my work in College & Research Libraries, Library Trends, Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, Credit-bearing Information Literacy Courses: Critical Approaches, and more.



See my curriculum vitae for a complete list of publications, conference presentations, and other work. 


Selected Talks


From Lady Bountiful to Librarian Cute: Tracing Race and Gender in LIS


Reproductive Failure: Neoliberal Bodies & Invisible Labor (20:00)


On Structures & Self-Work: Locating Anti-Racist Politics in LIS, with David James Hudson

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