In Louisiana, Lagniappe (pronounced: LAN-yap) means a little something extra. Here you can find out a bit more about my work!

Tune into the Libraries Lead podcast here!

Hosted by Beth Patin, R. David Lankes, and Mike Eisenberg, Libraries Lead in the New Normal is a podcast that covers such topics as lockdown and isolation, social justice, political unrest, mis- and dis-information, kids, family and adult living; education and learning; work, employment, training and jobs; recreation, entertainment, and play; disasters & emergency preparedness; and more. Our focus with all these things is the nature and scope of the role of libraries, librarians, information, library functions, services, and systems.

Ep-I-What? Using the Force to Understand Epistemicide

(Beth Patin & Melinda Sebastian)

2021 Conference Keynote:

Canadian Association for Information Science

"Unexpected and overlooked: Understanding Epistemicide in Information Science"

Abstract: "This year’s conference theme asks us to re-examine our work by seeking overlooked, under-cited, and emergent voices and scholarship, and transformative methodologies, partnerships, and relationships within and beyond our field. Indeed, the information professions need a paradigmatic shift to examine the ways we have systematically undermined knowledge systems falling outside of Western traditions. Epistemicide is the killing, silencing, annihilation, or devaluing of a knowledge system. Epistemicide happens when epistemic injustices are persistent, systematic, and collectively work as a structured oppression of particular ways of knowing. Addressing epistemicide is critical for information professionals because we task ourselves with handling knowledge from every field. There has to be a reckoning before the paradigm can truly shift; if there is no acknowledgement of injustice, there is no room for justice."

The Augusta Baker Lecture Series at USC (1/28/21)

Abstract: "Epistemicide is the killing, silencing, annihilation, or devaluing of a knowledge system and this happens when epistemic injustices are persistent and systematic and collectively work as a structured and systemic oppression of our particular ways of knowing. Thus far, we’ve identified 4 types of epistemic injustices: testimonial, hermeneutical, participatory, and curriculum. Assumptions of neutrality in language, social processes, and professions are part of how we arrived at the present historical moment in time. Acknowledgement of and taking steps to interrupt epistemic injustices and its specific harms are necessary actions towards justice."

Reading: Patin, B., Sebastian, M., Yeon, J., & Bertolini, D. (2020). Toward epistemic justice: An approach for conceptualizing epistemicide in the information professions. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 57(1).


iSchool IDEA Forum

The inaugural IDEA Forum, March 10, 2021, brought together the iSchool community to connect on the critical topics of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) impacting our field and the world. The Forum included collaborations by our diverse faculty, students and professional staff.

Through presentations, panels and open discussion, participants highlighted our commitment to fostering a culture of belonging for each race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and socio-economic status both within our iSchool communities and beyond. Learn more at

iSchool IDEA Forum 2021: Keynote Panel

The Role of Libraries and Telecenters at the 3rd Global Telecenter Forum, Santiago, Chile

Libraries and Telecenters as Information First Responders: The Case of Chile

Media Coverage