Portrait of Carolyn Caffrey.

Carolyn Caffrey, M.L.S.

Title: Associate Librarian
 University Library
Email: ccaffrey@csudh.edu
(310) 243-3072

Contact Preference: Any

Areas of Expertise

Algorithmic Literacy, Information Literacy, Critical Library Pedagogy, Library Instruction, Library Assessment, Academic Libraries

Professional Background

Caffrey’s scholarship focuses on information literacy applications in higher education and information-seeking behavior of various populations. She has researched the phenomenon of illicit research article sharing through #icanhazpdf and SciHub and the implications for information access. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as College & Research Libraries, Library Quarterly, and Reference Services Review. Her co-edited book, “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices, and Contexts,” was published by ACRL in 2020. Most recently her work is exploring the application of critical pedagogy to library instruction environments through the inclusion of algorithmic literacy concepts.


M.L.S., Indiana University Bloomington

B.A. Feminist Studies, University of CA, Santa Cruz

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