Publications

2010
Mehra B, Black K, Singh, V., Renfro N, Reynolds D, Simmons S, Williams KC. Rural Library Professionals as Change Agents in the 21st Century: Integrating Information Technology Competencies in the Southern and Central Appalachian Region. Tennessee Libraries. 2010.
Mehra B. Information Behaviors of Children and Youth with Special Needs in the Rural Southern and Central Appalachian Libraries: An Exploratory Study (Abstract). ASIS&T 73rd Annual Meeting: Navigating Streams in an Information Ecosystem. 2010.
Mehra B, Olson HA, Ahmad S. Integrating Diversity across the LIS Curriculum: An Exploratory Study of Instructors’ Perceptions and Practices Online. In: Proceedings of the World Library and Information Congress: 76th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) General Conference and Council. Gothenburg, Sweden; 2010. Website
Mehra B. Bringing Research out of the Closet: Libraries, Librarians, and LGBTQ Collections [Invited Panelist]. In: Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies. San Francisco; 2010.
Mehra B, Black K, Singh, V., Lee S. Collaborations between LIS Education and Rural Libraries in East Tennessee: Improving Librarian Technology Literacy and Management Training (paper presentation). In: Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference: Creating a Culture of Collaboration. Boston, MA; 2010.
Mehra B. Creating a ‘Culture of Collaboration’ Across Cultural Borders: MOUs in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee (panel presentation). In: Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference: Creating a Culture of Collaboration. Boston, MA; 2010.
2009
Mehra B, Robinson WC. The Community Engagement Model in Library and Information Science Education: A Case Study of a Collection Development and Management Course. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. 2009;50 (1):15-38.
Mehra B. Education of Public Library Management and Services: A Course Case Study Applying Library 2.0 Practices. 2009 ALISE Conference (Participatory Papers) Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE): Transforming LIS Education for the 21st Century. 2009.
Mehra B, Sandusky RJ. LIS Students as Community Partners in Elective Courses: Applying Community-Based Action Research to Meet the Needs of Underserved Populations. In: Roy L, Jensen K, Meyers AH Service Learning: Linking Library Education and Practice. Chicago: American Library Association (ALA) Editions; 2009.
Mehra B. A Road Map for Integrating Socially Relevant Research Projects into a Required Library and Information Science Course: From a Service Model to Community Engagement. In: Roy L, Jensen K, Meyers AH Service Learning: Linking Library Education and Practice. Chicago: American Library Association (ALA) Editions; 2009.
Mehra B, Dessel A. The Role of LIS Education in the Development of Community Health Information Services for People Living With HIV/AIDS: Perspectives of Directors/Managers of Public Libraries. ALISE Conference (Participatory Papers) Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE): Transforming LIS Education for the 21st Century. 2009.
Mehra B, Rioux K, Albright K. Social Justice in Library and Information Science. In: Bates MJ, Maack MN Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. New York: Taylor & Francis Group; 2009.
2008
Mehra B. The Cross-Cultural Learning Process of International Doctoral Students: A Case Study in Library and Information Science. Saarbrucken, Germany: Vertag Dr. muller; 2008.
Mehra B. International Information Infrastructure: Perspective of IT Businesses in India. Proceedings of the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 2008: People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People. 2008.
Mehra B, Lambert CA. Priority Information Needs of African American Graduate Women: A Pilot Study. Communication & Social Change. 2008;2 (1):105-123.
2007
Mehra B, Bilal D. International Students’ Information Needs and Use of Technology. In: 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 2007: Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science. Vol. 44. Milwaukee, WI; 2007.
Mehra B. Library and Information Science Professionals as Community Action Researchers in an Academic Setting: Top Ten Directions to Further Institutional Change for People of Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities. In: Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference. Seattle, WA; 2007.
Mehra B, Srinivasan R. The Library-Community Convergence Framework for Community Action: Libraries as Catalysts of Social Change. Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services. 2007;57(3).Abstract
  This paper presents a library-community convergence framework (LCCF) to extend the role of all libraries to participate more fully in community action and enhance their function as proactive catalysts of social change, as compared to a sometimes perceived role of bystanders. Although the paper highlights deliberations about the involvement of public libraries in their local communities, and shares experiences of community interactions between library and information professionals and minority and underserved groups in American academic library settings, yet the proposed framework of convergence between the library-community and the methods/ approaches of community action are applicable across a variety of library contexts. The paper discusses select application of the LCCF for community action in two qualitative research studies, with local immigrant communities and sexual minorities, that use methods pioneered in ethnographic outreach and participatory action research (PAR) respectively. The results of these studies show that the LCCF is applicable in the development of various forms of services in different library environments. Ethnographic methods in the first study provide understanding of cross-cultural issues and uncover how local immigrant classifications can be induced from an ethnographic perspective to generate library classifications and information services that are locally relevant and participant- empowering. PAR ideologies in the second study underlie implementation of library and information interventions and community action while partnering with local sexual minorities and their allies, to address specific and contextualized community facets in ways that may promote communitywide social changes. Points of intersection from the two studies help identify key elements in the LCCF framework that can extend the role of all kinds of libraries as leaders and cultural planners of progressive community-based action.
Mehra B, Bilal D. International Students’ Perceptions of their Information Seeking Strategies. In: 35th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science/L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI): Information Sharing in a Fragmented World: Crossing Boundaries. ; 2007.
Mehra B, Braquet D. Library and Information Science Professionals as Community Action Researchers in an Academic Setting: Top Ten Directions to Further Institutional Change for People of Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities. Library Trends. 2007;56(2):542-565.

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