Leah T. Dudak

trauma scholar,

Librarian, artist.

PhD Student

The Work THat I do

My research looks at public libraries and the trauma that library staff encounter giving attention to supporting library workers, systemic issues underlying library labor, trauma-informed care, and librarianship.

My credentials

University of Dayton

BA in Music 2011-2015

University of Illinois

Masters of Library and Information Science 2015-2017

Syracuse University, 2021-present

Some Past Projects

The Eye in I

A quilt looking at my reflectivity as a scholar

Trauma Study

Urban Library Trauma study with Urban Librarians Unite

Body Utility, Body Grief

A quilt looking at the loss of body to the workplace

Critical Librarianship, Social Justice, DEIA and Libraries, Public Libraries, Trauma in Libraries, LIS Education, Readers Advisory, Reference, Design Thinking, Feminism, Disability Justice, and Information Seeking Behavior.

Research Interests

My Current Projects

  • Urban Library Trauma Study Peer Support Network
  • Reference Repertoire Project with Dr. Rachel Clarke
  • Pathways Project with Dr. Rachel Clarke
  • Library Bodies at Work Study
  • Library Trauma and Book Banning with Jieun Yeon
  • Autoethnography on chronically ill bodies in academic spaces with Jesselyn Dreeszen Bowman

Photos from ALA 2022

Leah T. Dudak

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