Brief info

Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D. is the Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor and Interim Director at The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies. A former elementary school librarian and public youth librarian, Naidoo’s research interests include library services to diverse populations and diversity in children’s print and digital media. He teaches courses in public librarianship, storytelling, youth programming, outreach to diverse populations, and materials and services for children, teens, and families.

The author of numerous books, research articles, book chapters, and professional publications related to library programs and services for specific culturally diverse groups, Naidoo regularly consults with nonprofit organizations to develop children’s media and educational curricula that authentically and accurately represent our culturally pluralistic society.

He also works with libraries and schools interested in serving the literacy needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) children/teens and LGBTQ families, and is actively involved in professional associations such as the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), and The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA). In 2016, he was awarded the Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award by the American Library Association. He is a past president of ALSC.