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Meet the TATIL Advisory Board: kYmberly Keeton

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kYmberly Keeton

kYmberly Keeton joined the TATIL Advisory Board in 2017. She brings a creative and dynamic mindset to her participation on the Board and to the many accomlishments she describes in this interview.

Q: kYmberly, thank you for joining us! Please tell us about your job. How do you spend your time? What do you like or love about your position?

kYmberly: I am the newly appointed African American Community Archivist & Librarian at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, in Austin, Texas (the state capital). I have the opportunity to document and curate the African American narrative through acquiring and processing archival collections, be a cultural fixture in the city through outreach, create programming and form collaborative partnerships, and design and coordinate exhibitions.

I provide public liaison activities including lectures, media appearances and interviews related to African American history. I work in the reading room as a reference archivist/librarian once a week. By the way, one of the cool aspects about my job is that I get to collect oral histories and manage volunteers that are all native Austinites!

Q. Please tell us about a project you are currently working on.

kYmberly: Below you will find my writing scholarship as a librarian. Feel free to email me your thoughts or comments about them here:

  • Keeton, k. (2019). Creating African American G.L.A.M. Space with Collaborative Support from the Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion. Libraries and Nonprofits: Collaboration for the Public Good, (pp. 1-4). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press/Litwin Books, LLC.

  • Keeton, k. (2018). Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Librarianship & Archives: Creating Professional Narratives through Autobiography, Documentation, and Image. The New York Library Association 2018 Annual Conference. Rochester, New York. Keynote Luncheon Address.

  • Keeton, k. (2018). African American Glam in Missouri: Creating a Successful Art Programming – Incubator Space at a Historically Black College Academic Library. The Relevant Library Essays on Adapting to Changing Needs, (pp. 119 -125). Jefferson: McFarland.

  • Keeton, k. (2018). Biographical Sketch of Josephine Beall Willson Bruce, 1853-1923, forthcoming online in Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, at

  • Keeton, k. (2018). Biographical Sketch of Fannie Hagen Emanuel, 1871-1934, forthcoming online in Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, at

  • Keeton, k. (2017). The Electric Life of Prince Rogers Nelson. Journal of African American Studies, 21(3), pp.528-532.

  • Keeton, k. (2017). The remix: Hip Hop Information Literacy pedagogy in the 21st century. Librarians with spines : information agitators in an age of stagnation, (pp. 111-119). Los Angeles, CA: HINCHAS Press.

  • Keeton, k. (2016). Hip Hop Librarianship: Leaders of the New School, A Comprehensive Bibliography.

Q: Do you teach or give presentations? How has your approach to teaching or presenting changed since you started your career?

kYmberly: My professional career as a librarian began at a Historically Black College University in the Midwest. As an Assistant Professor of Library Science, I was able to create a Hip Hop Information Literacy Curriculum, Hip Hop Lib Guide, and one Credit Course. I taught the course for 4 semesters. I also had the opportunity to create scholarship as a result of the popularity of the entire platform. The purpose of creating this platform was to focus on the cultural standpoint of information literacy.

I think at this stage in my professional career - I have not changed that much since I started with regard to presenting information or wanting to share it on a national, regional, and local level with my colleagues. I like to create opportunities as a professional as well and collaborate with my colleagues. Recently, I created an online webinar series for the ACRL African American Studies Librarians Interest Group, for librarians, archivists, and information professionals to share their scholarship.

With what I do today, I get the opportunity to design a platform to share history about African American families, institutions, organizations and their historical significance to the development of Austin, Texas - the state capital.

Q: Have you conducted information literacy assessments before? If so, what types of assessments?

kYmberly: I created information literacy assessments for all of my courses that I taught - Hip Hop Information Literacy. The assessments consisted of questions about the course, stages of growth regarding the subject, and their feedback and suggestions. I used Google Forms and tracked as much data as possible to help with the future of the course and Lib Guide.

View Archived Course Online:

Q: Please tell us about a recent professional development activity that you participated in that you found to be valuable. What was it and how was it valuable to you?

kYmberly: I regularly volunteer as a Citizen Archivist for the The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Below you will find the work that I have completed thus far since joining in the spring of 2018.

Summer/Fall 2018

Transcribed manumission papers for two African American women:

  • Fannie Williams (b. 1857)
    Series: Manumission Records, 1856 - 1863
    Record Group 21: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009
  • Maria Williams (b. 1861)
    Series: Manumission Records, 1856 - 1863
    Record Group 21: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009

Transcribed journal article entitled:

  • The American Woman 1999-2000: A Century of Change-What's Next? by Cynthia B. Costello
    Series: June Shih's Files, 1998 - 2001
    Collection: Records of the Office of Speechwriting (Clinton Administration), 1993 - 2001

Q: Is there anything else you would like us to know about your professional life?


My Digital Platform:

My Current Professional Leadership Roles

  • I am nominated for the next election (Spring 2019): ALA Councilor At Large
  • I serve as the 2018-2019 ACRL African American Studies Librarians Interest Group Convener

Q: Why did you join the TATIL Advisory Board?

kYmberly: I decided to join the TATIL Advisory Board because I wanted to be affiliated with an organization that was not necessarily connected to the American Library Association and that has an outside perspective about information literacy, leadership, and networking in a digital space. In like manner, I joined to become more aware of the needs of students and scholars about testing techniques, ways to design digital platforms for learning, and being amongst a group of scholars that care about the future of librarianship.

Thank you very much!