Spencer Acadia

Clinical Assistant Professor

  • Faculty
  • Morgridge College of Education

What I do

Spencer Acadia, previously an academic librarian for 10 years, teaches research methods and various other courses in library and information science (LIS) including collection management, academic librarianship, global LIS research and practice, and management of information organizations. In addition, Spencer advises and mentors graduate students pursuing their MLIS degree, primarily in the online program. Professionally, Spencer remains active and holds leadership positions in the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the leading global professional organization for LIS. In terms of scholarship, Spencer publishes in two primary areas: 1) LIS in, for, and about Arctic and Northern contexts, and 2) libraries as dysfunctional organizations and LIS as a dysfunctional profession.

Specialization(s)

Arctic studies, Library dysfunction, Northern studies

Professional Biography

Spencer Acadia is a former academic librarian and instructor of both psychology and sociology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. After retiring from academic librarianship, Spencer came to the University of Denver in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, Spencer is full-time faculty in the Research Methods and Information Science (RMIS) department, teaching courses in library and information science and research methods primarily, but not exclusively, in the online program.

Spencer has been professionally active in the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) since 2012, serving and gaining valuable committee leadership experience in the knowledge management and digital humanities / digital scholarship groups.

Spencer enjoys engaging in scholarship and has published in several peer-reviewed journals and for several internationally respected publishers. Most recently, Spencer published the article "The organizational trap-gap framework: A conceptual view of library dysfunction" in a 2020 issue of the IFLA Journal, as well as edited the book Library and Information Studies for Arctic Social Sciences and Humanities, and wrote the introductory chapter for it, that was published also in 2020 by Routledge. Spencer is currently under contract with both Routledge and Springer to produce two more books.

Degree(s)

  • Certificate, Digital content management, University of North Texas, 2017
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Texas, 2014
  • MLS, Library and information science, Texas Woman's University, 2009
  • MA, Psychology, University of Houston Clear Lake, 2005
  • BA, Psychology, Lamar University, 2002

Professional Affiliations

  • International Federation of Library Associations

Research

Spencer Acadia's scholarship in Arctic and Northern studies aims to draw attention to and advance research in the potential and realized roles of library and information science (LIS) in, for, and about the Arctic and North.

Spencer's scholarship in library dysfunction aims to draw attention to and advance research in the generalized problematic state of library workplaces and the LIS profession.

Areas of Research

Library dysfunction

Featured Publications

  • Library and information studies for Arctic social sciences and humanities
  • Introduction: Why this book and why the Arctic?
  • The organizational trap-gap model: A conceptual view of library dysfunction
  • Libraries that learn: Keys to managing organizational knowledge
  • Introduction: Why this book and why the Arctic?
  • Conceptual and technological tools for knowledge management
  • Challenges and issues in managing organizational knowledge
  • Books be gone! Reducing a library’s print collection by half to meet strategic planning initiatives and participate in a joint library resource-sharing facility
  • Knowledge translation and ethics in public and population health from a knowledge management perspective

Presentations

  • Success stories and challenges: News media reused in research and by the general public
  • Facilitating social sciences and humanities scholarship of the Arctic through library, archival, and information services
  • Doing data together: Constructing professional connections for global data librarians
  • Knowledge managers as the modern information professional: Integrating 12 KM tasks in an embedded position
  • Books be gone! Reducing a library’s print collection by half to meet strategic planning initiatives and participation in the Joint Library Facility of the University of Texas and Texas A&M Systems
  • Selection, implementation, and behavioral considerations for knowledge management tool adoption: A case study of a financial services company’s decision-making process