Spencer Acadia

Clinical Assistant Professor

  • Faculty
  • Morgridge College of Education

What I do

I teach graduate courses in research methods and library and information science and advise/mentor graduate students pursuing their MLIS degree. I conduct research and publish in my areas of interest.


Arctic studies, Library dysfunction, Northern studies

Professional Biography

Spencer Acadia holds a PhD in sociology, as well as an MA in psychology and an MLS. Spencer has ten years of experience working in academic libraries and is an elected officer in the Knowledge Management Section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Spencer wrote for and edited the books Libraries that Learn: Keys to Managing Organizational Knowledge (American Library Association, 2019) and Library and Information Studies for Arctic Social Sciences and Humanities (Routledge, 2020). Spencer’s ongoing research interests include dysfunction in the library workplace and LIS in, for, and about the Arctic. Spencer’s primary teaching interests are research methods, international LIS studies, collection development and management, and social/behavioral aspects of LIS. Learn more about Spencer’s work at https://www.spenceracadia.com. Spencer enjoys spending hours listening to 80s, new wave, and synth/electronic music and is an admirer of geometric and abstract art.


  • 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


My research in Arctic and Northern studies aims to draw attention to and advance scholarship in the potential and realized roles of library and information sciences in, for, and about the Arctic and North. My research in library dysfunction aims to draw attention to and advance scholarship in the generalized problematic state of library workplaces.

Areas of Research

Arctic studies
Northern studies
Library dysfunction