I am the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Librarian at Foley Library. I am fascinated by how information is created and disseminated in STEM fields, and how each field is unique in its practices at the same time that they all contribute to the larger project of scientific discovery. I am excited about introducing students to these worlds, and my practice as a librarian is centered around supporting them as they learn to navigate the complex modern landscape of scientific and technical information. My instruction is informed by anti-racist, feminist, and contemplative pedagogical practices, and is in constant progress.
My research interests include but are not limited to privacy literacy in the post-Facebook age, alternative nonhierarchical mentorship models and practices, data literacy instruction for STEM students, and mental health advocacy for library workers.
In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my dog Toast, collecting science fiction paperbacks, taking very long walks, reading and editing Wikipedia, and making playlists on Spotify.
Selected Publications & Presentations:
- Gustavsen, N., Pekala, S., Tardiff, A. (2021, Oct. 1). Nonhierarchical Mentoring to Disrupt the System! Creating Communities of Solidarity within the Library. Washington Library Association Conference, Online. [Presentation.]
- Bagley, C., O’Brien-Jenks, K., Gustavsen, N. (2021, May 14) The longitudinal belly flop with a splash: Lessons learned, data gained. LOEX Conference, Online. tinyurl.com/datasplash. [Presentation & Publication.]
- Cheveney, L., Deibel, K., Fox, V., Gustavsen, N., McElroy, K., Pho, A., & Williams, A. (Eds.). (2021). Reserve & Renew: The LIS Mental Health Zine, (4). Self-published. [Principal editor.]
- Berger, A., Gustavsen, N. R., & Wood, P. (2020). Feminist Co-Mentoring as Advocacy: Collaborative Reflective Practice for Professional and Personal Growth. In I. Ruffin, & C. Powell (Ed.), The Emotional Self at Work in Higher Education (pp. 231-245). IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-3519-6.ch013.
- Boyd, B., Demeter, A., Gustavsen, N., Wilder, T. (Oct. 2018). Fantastic Librarians and Where to Find Them. [Panel presentation, Geek Girl Con, Seattle, WA.]
- Garrard, T., Gustavsen, N., Horning, C., Leadley, S., Thomas, C. (Oct. 2018). Cultivating a Community Reading Program in an Academic Library: Enriching the Soil to Let Challenging Ideas Grow. [Presentation, Washington Library Association Annual Conference, Yakima, WA.]
- Berger, A., Gustavsen, N., Wood, P. (Jun. 2018). Calling on Community: Using Co-Mentoring to Improve Critical Data Literacy Instruction in STEM Library Workshops. [Poster presentation, AAAS: Pacific Division 2018 Annual Meeting, Cal Poly Pomona, CA.]
- Gustavsen, N. (Mar. 2018). How To Fail So Hard You Sort of Win: An Information Literacy Teaching Tale. [Presentation, Out of Service: Fail Talks on Teaching & Learning, UW Libraries.]
- Gustavsen, N., Newcomer, H. (2017). Contemplative Pedagogy: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem. [Presentation, ACRL-Northwest Conference.]
- Gustavsen, N. (2017). Diversity Power Hour: LGBTQ+ 101 and Beyond. [Presentation, UW Information School Diversity Week.]
- Barnes, Z., Gustavsen, N. (2017) Teacher identities, empathy, and the beginner’s mind: A conversation with Nicole Gustavsen. [Blog post.] Quick, Ask Zoe, Jun. 26, 2017. Available at: quickaskzoe.com/2017/06/26/teacher-identities.
- Gustavsen, N., Pine, S. (2016). Astronomy and Physics Collection Policy Update. [Poster presentation, UW Information School Capstone Event.] Available at ischool.uw.edu/capstone/projects/2016/astronomy-and-physics-collection-policy-update.
- Barnes, G., Gustavsen, N., Schrader, D. (2014). The Information Behavior of Astrophysicists. Circulation Magazine, Winter 2015. 26-29. Available at issuu.com/circulationmag/docs/winter_2015.