Tutorial by JMU Librarians Receives National Recognition

Posted on: March 22, 2022

JMU Librarians Carolyn Schubert, Malia Willey, and Alyssa Young were recently honored by an Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) committee for their exceptional work to create a new tutorial!

Graphic that says: Algorithms are not objective. They make things work for the builder of the algorithm. We have to inject ethics into building algorithms.
Graphic from the tutorial

Their online asynchronous tutorial, “What’s Behind a Web Search? Bias and Algorithms,” was inspired partly by Safiya Nobel’s book, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. Created for college students or anyone new to the subject, the tutorial aims to provide the broader context about search algorithms, their creation, and their limitations.

Hear from Carolyn, Malia, and Alyssa in this interview that highlights their work and its designation as an ACRL “PRIMO Site of the Month” for January 2022.

Congratulations to Carolyn, Malia, and Alyssa for having your work nationally recognized!

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