Our Library & Information Science (LIS) program is further enriched by distinguished practitioners who serve as faculty affiliates. They bring a wealth of field-based experiences that bridge the gulf between theory and practice in all areas of library work, i.e., public service, technical service, digital libraries, and research data management, with local, regional, and international scope.

Our Affiliates

Christopher C. Brown received his Master of Library and Information Services from University College, University of Denver in 1999. He received his Master of Divinity degree from the Talbot School of Theology, Biology University, La Mirada, California in 1984.  Currently he is Reference Librarian and Coordinator for Government Documents with the University of Denver, where he has worked since 1998.  His teaching and scholarly interests include government information, library discovery systems, and online database searching.  He is the author of: Harnessing the Power of Google: What Every Researcher Should Know (Libraries Unlimited, 2017) and (with Suzanne S. Bell) Librarian’s Guide to Online Searching: Cultivating Database Skills for Research and Instruction (Libraries Unlimited, 2018).  He teaches the following courses in the LIS Program: Reference, Database Searching, Government Publications and Business Reference.  His CV can be found online here.

Kate Crowe is Associate Professor, University Libraries. She graduated from the University of Kansas (2004) with a degree in history and Emporia State University (2007) with a masters’ in library and information science. She has been the University of Denver (DU) Curator of Special Collections and Archives since 2012, and prior to that, supervised metadata and physical processing for the DU Libraries. Her research focuses on critical information literacy and pedagogy, creating inclusive, diverse, and equitable collections, and community-driven archives. She has taught both Introduction to Archives and Advanced Archives.

Erin Elzi received her MSLIS from the Pratt Institute from where she also received her MS in Art History.  Currently she is the Design and Discovery Librarian at the University of Denver. Previously she was Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at the University of Denver, and Technical Services Librarian at the Bard Graduate Center. Her teaching and scholarly interests include user-centered metadata; representation of underserved communities in the library catalog; usability, information architecture & human-centered design; feminist library practice; design thinking; and zines.  She teaches Metadata Architectures in the LIS program. She can be reached at erin.elzi@du.edu and 303-871-3127.

Carrie Forbes is the Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services, Associate Professor at the University of Denver Libraries and manages the personnel and services of the Reference and Access Services units of the libraries as well as a suite of research and instructional services, lending services and policies, and support services for accessing collections. She has over 18 years of experience working in academic libraries and in previous positions served as the coordinator of library instruction and distance education librarian. She received her M.L.S from Indiana University-Bloomington and her MA in Higher Education from the University of Denver. As an affiliate faculty member in the LIS Program, she teaches classes in library assessment, and library instruction, and oversees the academic libraries internship at the Anderson Academic Commons. She co-edited Rethinking Reference for Academic Libraries: Innovative Developments and Future Trends published by Roman & Littlefield (2014) and is the co-editor of the forthcoming monograph Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries: Building Community Through Collaboration. Her research interests include innovative service models for academic libraries, co-teaching relationships between librarians and faculty, and qualitative research methods for library assessment. More information can be found on her Portfolio and she can be reached at 303.871.3407 and Carrie.Forbes@du.edu.

Alex Martinez received his M.A in the Organization, Information and Learning Sciences (OILS) from the University of New Mexico. Currently he is Senior Educational Web Developer at the University of Denver and also a freelance web information architect, web developer, and videographer. His previous positions include Instructional Designer at the University of Denver, Web Developer for the US Department of Energy and the University of New Mexico, and Adult Trainer Specialist for the State of New Mexico. As an affiliate faculty member in the LIS program he teaches Web Information Architecture. He takes a practical and hands-on approach to teaching and his course materials are based on data science theory and industry standards. Students work on real-world projects to transfer and apply new course information to their clients which in turn allows them to see the impact and challenges that data science practitioners face in the field. More information can be found at https://portfolio.du.edu/alexmart and alex.martinez@du.edu.

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