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Reed Garber-Pearson: Education & Background

Integrated Social Sciences Librarian

About Me

I consider myself an interdisciplinary learner. While I have degrees in Women and Gender Studies and Librarian Science, my most profound learning has happened through community engagement: protests and community marches, book groups, and individual interactions. A primary reason that I became a librarian was to continue exploring and learning within a range of fields and interests. I am excited by inquiry, and witnessing the research process develop for others is incredibly gratifying. I know that learning is not solely about research and studying, it's also about relationships and civic engagement. At the core of my work in higher education is learning to identify and break down structural inequities. 

My professional passions are always close to home: transgender services in libraries, critical digital pedagogy, community-building online, and addressing institutionalized white supremacy.

I am white, queer, and identify as gender non-binary. Outside of work, I enjoy reading speculative fiction, hiking, and making puppets.

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Accessibility improvements (Feb 2021). With Sara Cohen and Aimee Kelly. Digital poster for SOLA+R Summit for Online Learning Leadership and Administration Roundtable. 
  • Addressing white supremacy in librarianship through communities of practice (Sep 2020). With Lia Friedman, Althea Lazzaro and Lindsey Shively. Workshop presented at the Critical Librarianship & Pedagogy Symposium, University of Arizona. 
  • Why Choose Asynchronous (Aug 2020). With Aimee Kelly and Sara Vannini for the UW Center for Teaching & Learning Teaching Everywhere Blog.
  • Digital Scholarship & digital citizenship: teaching research identity & accountability to undergraduates (July 2019). In R. Chin Roemer & V. Kern (Eds.), Academic Libraries & the Culture of Digital Scholarship. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 
  • When research gets trolled: digital safety for open researchers (April 2019). With Madison Sullivan, Verletta Kern, Madeline Mundt, and Elliott Sevens. Panel presentation for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, Cleveland, OH. 
  • Equity in the LMS: exploring inclusive online learning practices (April 2019). With Chelsea Nesvig. Roundtable for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, Cleveland, OH.
  • Practicing community-building online (March 2019). With Nikki Dettmar and Perry Yee. Workshop facilitated for Online Northwest, Portland, OR. 
  • Transgender inclusion for libraries (Jun2 2018) with Kehrein, M., Kim, S., & Yogi, B.. Webinar presented for the First Tuesday professional development series, Washington State Library.
  • Disrupting the LMS: critical approaches to online learning (April 2018). With Chelsea Nesvig. Workshop facilitated for the Distance Learning Services Conference, San Antonio, TX. 
  • Reimagining transgender 'inclusion' in libraries (Nov 2017) with Kehrein, M., Kim, S., & Yogi, B.Workshop presented at the Washington Library Association Annual Conference, Tacoma, WA. 
  • Modeling effective faculty-librarian collaboration (June 2017) with Polly Myers. Blog post for At the Center, University of Washington Center for Teaching and Learning. 
  • Keeping up with... digital pedagogy (2017) with Robin Chin Roemer. Writing for the ACRL Current Awareness Publication.

Select Projects



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165 Suzzallo Library
Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
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