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Research Presentation: Delicia Tiera Greene

  • SLIS Classroom 332
  • Presentation Title: "Concrete Roses: A Critical Exploration of Black Adolescent Girls' Literacy and Language Practices in an Out-of-School Online Street Literature Book Club"

Delicia Tiera Greene, Ph.D., is currently a Visiting Diversity and Recruiting Specialist in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign. For more than 15 years, Dr. Greene has dedicated her professional career to the field of library and information studies, specifically youth services. She has served in various capacities, including working as a middle school librarian and English educator (grades 6-8) with the New York City Department of Education, young adult librarian with The New York Public Library, a community–engaged scholar with Onondaga Public Library, Syracuse City School District, and Syracuse University, and project manager and literacy consultant for CheddarBowl in 3D (CB3D), a virtual literacy gamification research project geared towards middle and high school students in the Upstate New York area.

Situated within a social justice framework with a focus on the information needs of historically underrepresented youth, Dr. Greene’s research agenda is community-based, activist‐driven, and digital‐focused. Her dissertation research study, “Concrete Roses,” situated within both the social networking site Facebook and an urban public library, examined the literacy and language practices of black adolescent girls in an out-of-school online street literature book club. “Concrete Roses” offers pedagogical strategies designed to create inclusive literacy and learning environments by bridging youth’s out-of‐school and in-school literacy and language practices.

Dr. Greene holds a Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from the School of Information Studies (The iSchool) at Syracuse University, an Advanced Certificate in Administration and Supervision from CUNY‐Hunter College, a Master’s in Secondary English Education (Grades 7‐12) from CUNY‐City College of New York, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. During her doctoral studies, she was awarded one of the most prestigious dissertation awards at Syracuse University, the Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship. She is active in several national conferences, including the American Library Association (ALA), Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), and American Educational and Research Association (AERA). For the past several years, she has served as the co‐convener for the Multicultural Ethnic and Humanistic Concerns (MEHC) Special Interest Group at the ALISE Conference.