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Faculty: Andrea Jamison

Andrea Jamison

Andrea Jamison

Lecturer in Library Science
Christopher Center, Room 263
(219) 464-6420
Andrea.Jamison (at)

Professor Andrea Jamison recently joined Valparaiso as a Diversity Fellow and Lecturer. Before joining the Christopher Center, she received her Master of Library Science degree from Dominican University School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, Illinois. Her major included a focus on school libraries and youth services. She is currently completing doctoral work in Information Studies at Dominican University. Her current research involves examining the marginalization of African Americans in children's literature.

Professor Jamison has over 17 years of experience working in schools and libraries. She speaks internationally on issues related to creating inclusive learning spaces for youth and the interplay of race, power, and privilege in children's books. She was recently selected as a reading ambassador for diverse children's books by Lee and Low Publishing. In addition to her current duties at Valparaiso, she also reviews for the School Library Journal and serves as chair for ALA's Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable's David Cohen/Multicultural Awards.

Prof. Jamison previously worked as an adjunct reference librarian at Prairie State College.


Ph.D. Candidate (Information Studies) – Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois

MLIS – Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois

MA in Teaching (urban schools concentration) –Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois


Jamison, A. (2018, May 04). Where Do We Stand? Libraries and Self-Published Authors [ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog]. Archived at

Jamison, Andrea. (2018, February 26). The "Uncompromising" Compromise of Beaverton School District's Book Ban [ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog]. Archived at

Jamison, A. (2017, December 18). The Hate She Received: Why the Banning of Angie Thomas' Book was an Insult to the Black Lives Matter Movement. [ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog]. Archived at


Creating Windows to the World: A Discussion of Why Diversity in Books Matter More Today Than Ever Before, San Jose State University iSchool: School of Information, July 2018.

Using Coretta Scott King Award - Winning Books to Enrich Programs and Instruction in Public, School, and Academic Libraries: ALA's Coretta Scott King Awards Committee: Invited panelist, American Library Association Annual Conference, June 2018.

Bridging the Gap: Why Diversity Still Matters, Bibliothekartag: Invited speaker, German Library of Congress in Berlin, June 2018.

Steps to Becoming a More Inclusive and Diverse Library for Young Readers, PCI Webinars: Invited speaker, December 2017

Using Diverse Books to Enhance Reading, AISLE (formerly Illinois School Library Media Association): Presenter, AISLE's Annual Conference, November 2017.

Diversity: Why it Still Matters, Salt Lake County Public Library Systems, Staff Professional Development Session: Invited Speaker, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2017.

Diversity: Why it Still Matters, ALA's Ignite Session: Presenter, American Library Association Annual Conference, June 2017.

Professional Memberships and Activities:

American Library Association

  • Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), board member
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
  • Information Freedom Roundtable, liaison

Association of Illinois School Library Educators

  • Advocacy Committee
  • Program Committee

Research Interests:

Library Inclusivity
The Intersection of Race and Ethnicity in Children's Literature
Open Access Publishing

Other Interests:

Faith, humanitarianism, social justice, music, writing, and film. Professor Jamison lives with her son, Justice. They share an affinity for Marvel superheroes, traveling, and dessert.