Jennifer T Nichols
- Associate Librarian
- Lead, Experiential Learning Unit
- Director, Catalyst Studios
- M.L.I.S Library Science
- University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, US
- B.A. East Asian Studies
- University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, US
- University of Arizona Libraries (2015 - Ongoing)
- Pima County Public Library (2007 - 2015)
- Academic Leadership Institute
- Provost's Office and Division of Human Resources, University of Arizona, Fall 2018
- DLF + DHSI Cross-Pollinator Tuition Award
- Digital Library Federation, Summer 2018
- ARL Digital Scholarship Institute
- Association of Research Libraries, Summer 2017
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- Nichols, J. T., & Melo, M. (2020). Re-making the Library Makerspace Critical Theories, Reflections, and Practices. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.
- Nichols, J. T. (2021). Why Not Make the World Equitable and Accessible?. In Wildcat Perspectives. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona.
- Nichols, J. T., Perry, J., Neal, C., Thompson, S., & Situ, P. (2019). Aligning the Library’s Strategy with the Parent Organization. In Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Changing Facet of Librarianship. Rowman & Littlefield.
- Nichols, J. T., Dewland, J. C., & Melo, M. C. (2017). Unifying Space and Service for Makers, Entrepreneurs, and Digital Scholars. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 17(2), 363-374. doi:10.1353/pla.2017.0022
- Nichols, J. T., Dewland, J. C., & Melo, M. C. (2016). Makerspaces in academic libraries: Exploring the role of makerspaces as support for entrepreneurs and digital humanities. portal.
- Nichols, J. T. (2021, June). OLC Ideate DEI Action Planning. OLC Ideate DEI Action Planning. Online: Online Learning Consortium (OLC).More infoI was the chair of the task force that designed and facilitated this mini-conference. The conference took place over 4 days in June and asked participants to ideate and develop action plans related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities in the online learning environment.
- Nichols, J. T., & Shellgren, M. (2021, September). Collaboratively Planning For Change. OLC Accelerate Fusion Summit. Online: Online Learning Consortium.More infoMarking the third and final session of our multipart Fusion Summit, this interactive session will engage participants in generative and collaborative action planning. The session will begin with a brief overview of what took place during the OLC Ideate DEI experience. OLC Ideate DEI convened two events, in December 2020 and June 2021, committed to identifying critical DEI-centered actions the field of online, digital, and blended learning should take up. In December 2020, the first Ideate OLC DEI welcomed 159 participants, who engaged in a series of live speakers, workshops, asynchronous presentations and discussion forums. Together they created a draft Collaborative Charter to guide our collective actions related to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion within digital learning environments. At the June Action Planning event, a small group of committed OLC community members worked together to generate ideas and actions (based on the community contributions in the Collaborative Charter) to address diversity, equity and inclusion issues within online, digital, and blended learning environments. Over 4 days, groups ideated in 6 distinct areas: Pedagogy, Course Design, Research, Educational Technology, Leadership and Advocacy/Community. Small groups then created action plans drawing from ideas generated during ideation sessions on the first day. Plans outlined Who, What and How for each potential action and were designed to support the operationalization of these actions across communities and institutional contexts. Out of these gatherings we have collectively identified characteristics of online, digital, blended learning environments that center diversity, equity, and inclusion, and have developed a model for developing, facilitating, and sustaining change and action-oriented communities of practice online. With these events and the generation of a new, energized community dedicated to action-based change behind them, in this session facilitators will share major findings and highlight key takeaways from the OLC Ideate DEI experience. They will then transition to a collaborative and interactive activity, where participants will engage in action planning together, using a modified version of the same action planning templates used during June’s OLC Ideate event. With other colleagues in attendance during the session, they will generate actionable plans, through reflecting on our field’s challenges and opportunities and considering how to actualize ideas, what other resources exist that can be leveraged, who needs to be involved in this work, and what success will look like. Participants will not only leave with a DEI-centered model for moving from idea into action (whether individually or as a collective), but will be invited to join in on the work to come!
- Nichols, J. T. (2020, Fall). Beyond Design Thinking: new tools to redesign learning for racial justice and equity. OLC Ideate-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Digital Learning Environments. Virtual: Online Learning Consortium.
- Nichols, J. T. (2020, Spring). Catalyzing Student Success: How to Center Digital Literacy, Access to Technology, and Interdisciplinary Communities of Practice in Innovative Library Spaces. CNI Spring 2020 Virtual Meeting. Virtual: Coalition for Networked Information.
- Nichols, J. T., & Melo, M. (2020, Fall). Centering voices from the margins: unsettling the exceptionalist lore of makerspaces. Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium. Virtual: University of Arizona Libraries.
- Nichols, J. T., Melo, M., & Marshall, B. (2020, Fall). Remaking the Library Makerspace: New Moves toward Equity and Joy. 2020 Maker Educator Convening. Virtual: Maker Ed.
- Nichols, J. T., Melo, M., & Marshall, B. (2020, July). Voicing Concern: Sharing Critical Theories, Reflections and Practices for Re-making the Library Makerspace. MIRA (Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics) Conference. Virtual: University of La Verne.
- Senseney, M. F., Nichols, J. T., & Oliver, J. C. (2020, November). The Digital Scholarship and Data Science Fellowship (DS2F): Early Indicators from a Pilot Program at the University of Arizona Libraries. Coalition for Networked Information Fall Membership Meeting.
- Paschke-wood, J., Nichols, J. T., & Miller, L. (2019, 11). Planning and Assessing Outreach to Different Campus User Groups. Arizona Library Association Annual Meeting.
- Wallace, N. A., & Nichols, J. T. (2019, Summer). Digital humanities services in academic libraries: a design thinking approach to center inclusive and anti-oppressive approaches for DH services.. Digital Humanities Conference.
- Bozgeyikli, L., Sanchez, A. R., Cook, M., Nichols, J. T., Melo, M., Nichols, J. T., & Sanchez, A. R. (2018, June). The Academic Library's Role In Supporting Virtual Reality: A Panel On Development and Discovery. American Library Association 2018 Annual Conference. New Orleans: ALA.
- Nichols, J. T., & Oliver, J. C. (2018, October). Sustaining communities of practice in digital scholarship and data science. Digital Library Federation Forum. Las Vegas, NV: Digital Library Federation.
- Nichols, J. T., Oliver, J. C., & O'Meara, E. (2018, April). Encouraging Convergence in the Libraries: Intersections of Data Science and Digital Humanities through Grassroots Collaboration. CNI Spring Meeting. San Diego, CA: Coalition for Networked Information.
- Oliver, J. C., Nichols, J. T., & O'Meara, E. (2018, Spring). Encouraging Convergence in the Libraries: Intersections of Data Science and Digital Humanities through Grassroots Collaboration. Coalition for Networked Information Spring Membership Meeting. San Diego, California.More infoAs scholars embark on new modes of scholarship, they are driving a demand for new skills and services. These new skills are increasingly digital, requiring expertise in areas not “traditionally” considered in the library wheelhouse, like data mining, textual analysis, spatial analysis, visualization, or 3D modeling. At the University of Arizona Libraries, we are hiring experts and partnering with campus units to develop services and position the libraries as the natural hub for digital scholarship and data science. In marrying these traditionally separate domains, we are enabling outreach and support across all disciplines, and facilitating training based on skills and tools to reach broad audiences. For example, we provide workshops and drop-in assistance with R programming, geospatial data, virtual reality content development, data management, and multimodal publishing, seeking to continually iterate on the content provided. This presentation will discuss how we work with faculty across STEM, humanities, and social sciences to integrate digital scholarship support into the curriculum, and our collaboration with CyVerse on Software and Data Carpentry workshops. We will also discuss the organizational development and cultural adjustment necessary to provide these services as a unified portfolio.
- Nichols, J. T., Nichols, J. T., Wallace, N. A., Wallace, N. A., Sanchez, A. R., Sanchez, A. R., Hussman, S. J., & Hussman, S. J. (2017, May). Positioning libraries at the center of digital scholarship on campus. Digital Initiatives Symposium. San Diego, CA: University of San Diego.
- Sanchez, A. R., Sanchez, A. R., Sanchez, A. R., Nichols, J. T., Nichols, J. T., & Nichols, J. T. (2017, March). Division of Labor: Exploring inherent tensions between philosophies of open-ended learning and organizational bureaucracy. ACRL 2017 Conference. Baltimore, MD: ACRL.More infoThe emergence of the makerspace within libraries has led to many new approaches to services and staffing models. This session will explore tensions between operating an innovation space and maintaining a vision of discovery and informal learning. Through discussion of our specific experience and model, we will understand how cultivating relationships on campus to serve the institutional mission of curriculum and scholarship is essential to the long-term success of any similar initiative.
- Nichols, J. T. (2016, May). Makerspaces in libraries : exploring opportunities to expand the culture of makers and technologists. HASTAC 2016. Phoenix, AZ: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC).
- Nichols, J. T., & Sanchez, A. R. (2016, November). Get Your Hands Dirty!: A Technology Sandbox For Library Services. Arizona Library Association Annual Conference: Libraries Transform. Tucson, Arizona: Arizona Library Association.
- Nichols, J. T., Melo, M., & Johnson, A. (2016, February). Making the Makerspace: A Look into the Creation of the iSpace. Southwest Popular/American Culture Association. Albuquerque, New Mexico: Southwest Popular/American Culture Association.
- Sanchez, A. R., Sanchez, A. R., Nichols, J. T., & Nichols, J. T. (2016, Fall). Assembly Not Required: Cultivating Learning Communities Through Technology & Makerspaces. Information Technology (IT) Summit at the University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ: Office of the Chief Information Officer.
- Elliott, C. M., & Nichols, J. T. (2015, November). Connecting the Dots: How to Weave Together a Network of Information Providers to Support Arizona’s Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses. Arizona Library Association 2015 Annual Conference. Flagstaff, AZ: Arizona Library Association.More infoThis roundtable discussion will bring information professionals from around Arizona together to discuss how to comprehensively address the information needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses in our community. The presenters will share survey results from a summer 2015 survey in Southern Arizona and discuss ways that we can address the needs of these users in a programmatic, inclusive effort across libraries and agencies throughout the state.
- Zenenga, P., & Nichols, J. T. (2015, September). Motion Capture on the Cheap. Immersive Education Summit. Paris, France: Immersive Education Initiative.
- Sanchez, A. R., Nichols, J. T., & Teetor, T. S. (2017, October). University of Arizona Libraries iSpace. Information Technology (IT) Summit at the University of Arizona. University of Arizona: University Information Technology Services.
- Nichols, J. T., Nichols, J. T., Sanchez, A. R., & Sanchez, A. R. (2018. Digital Pedagogy and Makerspaces(p. 3).
- Sanchez, A. R., & Nichols, J. T. (2018. Moving beyond the wow factor: the savvy librarian’s guide to technology innovation in academic libraries(pp 2-3).
- Sanchez, A. R., & Nichols, J. T. (2017. The Savvy Academic Librarian's Guide to Technological Innovation: Moving beyond the Wow Factor(p. 3).