Episode 15: April M.Hathcock on Effective Communication, Compassion, and Openness


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April M. Hathcock is the director of scholarly communications and information policy at New York University on Manhattan, an ancestral island of the Lenni Lenape. Her work involves educating the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research life cycle. She has a JD and LLM in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law and, before entering librarianship, practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her research interests include anti-racism and anti-oppression in librarianship and higher education, cultural creation and exchange, and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others. She was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2018. April identifies as queer, femme, Black, and Indigenous and is the author of the article “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS,” as well as the blog At the Intersection, which examines issues at the intersection of feminism, libraries, social justice, and the law.

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