Learning and Outreach Services
- Fine Arts and Design Library 435
- (505) 277-0679
Stephanie Beene is the Fine Arts Librarian for Art, Architecture, and Planning, and supports the teaching, learning, and research of students and faculty within the Art Department in the College of Fine Arts (e.g., Photography, Studio Art, Art History, Experimental Art & Technology, Art & Ecology, Land Arts of the American West, Art Education), as well as the School of Architecture and Planning (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Community & Regional Planning). As the liaison to these departments and programs, she conducts one-on-one research consultations with students, faculty and staff; provides information and visual literacy instruction sessions and workshops in collaboration with instructors; selects and manages materials for related library collections; and participates in numerous outreach initiatives, such as coordinating and collaborating on exhibits, events, and accreditation reports, and participating on juried critiques and poster sessions. In conjunction with the Center for Southwest Research (CSWR) and the libraries' humanities and fine arts collection management team, Stephanie works to maintain distinctive collections in Photography, Latin American, U.S. Borderlands, Southwestern, Indigenous, and American Indian art and architecture collections.
Stephanie received an MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in Art History (with a focus on Contemporary Borderlands Artists and Identity Politics) from the University of California, Riverside, and a BA in Art and Art History from Colorado State University. Before coming to UNM, Stephanie worked at Lewis & Clark College and as an instructor at the k-12 and undergraduate levels. She has worked as an educator, librarian, and visual resources curator, and within museums, archives, galleries, libraries, and non-profits before landing at UNM. Her passion is for art librarianship and she is very excited to be supporting the top-notch departments at UNM.
Stephanie's research interests include visual literacy as it relates to lifelong learning; information literacy frameworks as they relate to how we make sense of personal and professional information; and the politics of identity within social justice work, whether as teachers, learners, activists, or creators.
Beene, S. and Greer, K. (2023), "Library workers on the front lines of conspiracy theories in the US: one nationwide survey", Reference Services Review, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-11-2022-0056; also available at https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ulls_fsp/195
Thompson, D. S., & Beene, S. (2023). “Reading images with a critical eye: Teaching strategies for academic librarians.” In Teaching Critical Reading Skills: Strategies for Academic Librarians, Volume 2:Reading for Evaluation, Beyond Scholarly Texts, and In The World. Eds. Hannah Gascho Rempel, & Rachel Hamelers. Association of College & Research Libraries Press. (peer-reviewed)
Beene, S. & Thompson, D. S. (2022, June). "Focusing on 'slow looking': An Exploration of techniques to develop critical observation habits.” Art Documentation 41:1, DOI: 10.1086/719405.
Lee, J., Beene, S., Chen, X., Huang, W., Okan, L., & Rodrigues, F. (Eds.). (2022). Seeing across disciplines: Visual literacy and education. Book of Selected Readings Series. International Visual Literacy Association Press. ISBN: 978-0-945829-15-7, http://doi.org/10.52917/ivlatbsr.2022.001
Fullmer, M. & Saulter, T. (Co-Chairs). Beene, S., Greer, K., Murphy, M., Schumacher, S., Thompson, D. S., & Wegman, M. (ACRL Visual Literacy Task Force). (2022). ACRL Framework for Visual Literacy in Higher Education, a Companion Document to the 2016 ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. https://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/standards/Framework_Companion_Visual_Literacy.pdf
Thompson, D. S., Beene, S., Greer, K., Wegmann, M., Fullmer, M., Murphy, M., Schumacher, S., & Saulter, T. (2022). “A Proliferation of images: Trends, obstacles, and opportunities for visual literacy.” Journal of Visual Literacy 41. DOI: 10.1080/1051144X.2022.2053819.
Lee, J., M., Christensen, S. M., Beene, S., Chen X., & Huang, W., eds. (2021).Visual literacy in the virtual realm. Book of Selected Reading Series. International Visual Literacy Association Press. ISBN 978-0-945829-14-0, https://doi.org/10.52917/ivlatbsr.2021.001
Beene, S., Koelling, G. & Thompson, D. S. (2020). “Recommendations for creating inclusive visual communication during a pandemic.” Visual Resources Association Bulletin 47 (2), article 2, https://online.vraweb.org/index.php/vrab/article/view/191
Beene, S. & Greer, K. (2020). “A Call to action for librarians: Countering conspiracy theories in the age of QAnon.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 47 (1), DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2020.102292
Beene, S., Soito, L., & Kohl, L. (2020). “Exhibition catalogs unbound: Overcoming challenges through models of engagement.”Art Documentation39 (1), pp. 24-43, DOI: 10.1086/709449
Thompson, D. S. & Beene, S. (2020). “Uniting the field: Using the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards to move beyond the definition problem of visual literacy,” Journal of Visual Literacy 39 (2), pp. 73-89. DOI: 10.1080/1051144X.2020.1750809
Russo, A., Jankowski, A., Beene, S., & Townsend, L. (2019). “Strategic source evaluation: Addressing the container conundrum.” Reference Services Review 47 (3), pp. 294-314. DOI: 10.1108/RSR-04-2019-0024
Beene, S. (2019). Urban and Regional Planning Information Competencies (pp. 8-12), in The 2019 Update of ARLIS/NA Information Competencies for Art, Architecture, and Design Disciplines, an ARLIS/NA Research Report Publication, written by Stephanie Beene, Larissa Garcia, Stefanie Hilles, and Amanda Meeks. Compiled by Alyssa Vincent and Linden How, edited by Roger Lawson.
Beene, S. & Schadl, S. (2019). “Tomes/Consume This! Engaging patron expertise through artists’ books.”Journal of Visual Literacy38 (3), DOI: 10.1080/1051144X.2019.1611698
Beene, S., Kostelecky, S., Jackson, A. S., & Quinn, T. (2018). “Reach Out! Highlighting collections and expanding outreach to non-traditional communities across academia.”The Reference Librarian60 (1), pp. 29-50, DOI: 10.1080/02763877.2018.1547891
Beene, S., González, L., & Schadl, S. (2018). “Tomes! Enhancing community and embracing diversity through book arts.”Radical Teacher: A Socialist, Feminist, and Anti-Racist Journal on the Theory and Practice of Teaching, 112, pp. 55-64, DOI: 10.5195/rt.2018.531
Beene, S. & Pierard, C. (2018). “RESIST: a Controversial Display and Reflections on the Academic Library’s Role in Promoting Discourse and Engagement,” Urban Library Journal 24 (1), https://academicworks.cuny.edu/ulj/vol24/iss1/6/
Beene, S. & Robinson, S. M. (2017). “When Research Does Not Start with a Question: Teaching with the Framework and Visual Literacy Standards within Art and Architecture Librarianship,” Art Documentation36 (2), pp. 254-280, DOI: 10.1086/694243
Beene, S. (2017, July 7). “Visualizing the Architectural Research Process: A Collaborative Library Instruction Workshop.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture News, eds. Lucy Campbell and Barbara Opar.
Beene, S. (2016 September). “Review of Visual Literacy for Libraries: A Practical, Standards-Based Guide, by Nicole E. Brown, Kaila Bussert, Denise Hattwig, and Ann Medaille, Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2016.” ARLIS/NA Reviews, eds. Doug Litts and Terrie Wilson.