Stephanie Beene

Assistant Professor

Subject Librarian

Learning and Outreach Services

Contact Information

  • Fine Arts and Design Library 435
  • (505) 277-0679
  • W 1 - 4 pm   TH 9 am - 12 pm  


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.

Selected Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

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.

Member, Visual Literacy Task Force, Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), 2018-present                          

Fullmer, M., Beene, S., Greer, K., Murphy, M., Saulter, T., Schumacher, S., Thompson, D. S., & Wegman, M. (prior to Dec. 2019: Edwards, K.). Charged by the ACRL Board with updating the 2011 Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and aligning them with the 2016 ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. https://acrlvisualliteracystandards2018.wordpress.com/about/(invited, peer-reviewed)

Ongoing Research as part of the Task Force: Fullmer, M. (P.I.), Thompson, D. S. (P.I.), Beene, S., Greer, K., Murphy, M., Schumacher, S., & Wegman, M. (prior to Dec. 2019: Edwards, K.). “Visual Literacy in the 21st Century: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities,” Visual Literacy Task Force study, (IRB research coordinated through University of San Diego),2019-present.

Selected Refereed Conference Papers & Presentations

Beene, S., Murphy, M., Thompson, D. S., & Wegman, M. (2020, April). Re-imagining Critical Visual Literacy in Higher Education. Peer-reviewed interactive Zoom webinar (98 attendees) for the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and members of the Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL), on behalf of the ACRL Visual Literacy Task Force.

Beene, S. (2020, April). Critical Visual Literacy Through a Built Environment Lens. Peer-reviewed interactive Zoom presentation (30 attendees), hosted and recorded online webinar for the Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL), the Avery Library at Columbia University, New York, NY, on behalf of the ACRL Visual Literacy Task Force. Moderated by Lucy G. Campbell (New School of Architecture, San Diego, CA).

DeWaay, S., Beene, S., Hernández, C., Jackson, A. S., Kostelecky, S., & Quinn, T. (2019, April). Redefining the Academic Library Space: Conducting Outreach Through a Pop-Up Model. Peer-reviewed presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of College and Research Librarians (ACRL), Cleveland, OH.

Beene, S. & Jankowski, A. (2019, March).Insightful Ecology: Using the Arts to Incite Conversation: Art & Ecology in the Library. Peer-reviewed presentation at the annual meeting of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), Salt Lake City, UT.

Beene, S., Jankowski, A., Russo, A., & Townsend, L. (2018, July). The Container conundrum: A contextual approach to source evaluation. Peer-reviewed presentation at the annual meeting of Library Instruction West, Grand Junction, CO.

Beene, S. & González Lara, A. (2018, July).Re-envisioning the U.S./Mexico border at a southwestern American university.Peer-reviewed presentation at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), Mexico City, Mexico.

Beene, S.(2017, March).Citation Standards in Analytic Writing in Architecture & Planning. Peer-reviewed presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL), Detroit, MI.

Beene, S.(2017, February).Arts Unexpected, the University of New Mexico, and Route 66: Artistic Collaborations to Re-envision Urban Space.Peer-reviewed presentation at the annual meeting of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), New Orleans, LA.

Beene, S.(2017, February).Mapping Visual Literacy Standards & Guidelines to the Information Literacy Framework in Research Methodologies for Architecture Graduate Students: A Complex, Multimodal, Collaborative Approach.Peer-reviewed presentation at the annual meeting of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), New Orleans, LA.

Beene, S., Malinowski, C. & Velázquez Ulloa, N. (2016, October). Visual, Data, and Media Literacy in the Sciences: Case Studies from Biology, Neuroscience, & Physics.Peer-reviewed presentation at the annual meeting of the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Selected Invited Papers/Presentations (including as Panelist and Keynote)

Fullmer, M., Beene, S., Saulter, T. (2021, February).  ACRL Webcast: Navigating the ACRL’s Visual Literacy Competency Standards Today and Beyond. Slides and script. Tampa Bay Library Consortium Virtual Meeting. (invited panelist, delivered remotely

Fullmer, M. & Beene, S.  (2019, June). IRIG Forum: ACRL Visual Literacy Task Force Report. Report presented at the American Library Association (ALA) Image Resources Interest Group (IRIG) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (invited panelist, delivered remotely)

Vincent, A., How, L., Beene, S., Garcia, L, Hilles, S., Meeks. (2019, March). Research and Information Services Section, Editing the Information Competencies. Report presented at the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT (invited panelist)

Beene, S. (2018, June).
Capstone Session: Bringing the Entire Week Together! Workshop given at the annual Summer Education Institute, ARLIS/NA and VRA Foundation, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. (invited, closing keynote) 

Beene, S.(2017, March).Teaching and Writing about Architecture: Applying theCAA Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. Paper presented for the annual meeting of the Visual Resources Association (VRA), Louisville, KY. (invited, recorded, & delivered remotely)

Beene, S., Velázquez Ulloa, N. & Malinowski, C. (2015). Pedagogical Practices across the Disciplines: Arts & Sciences Converge. Paper presented at the inaugural meeting of the Regional Pacific Northwest Five Liberal Arts College Mellon-Funded Consortium: Visual Culture Colloquium (invited paper)

Beene, S. (2013). Eyes Opened: Visual Resources for Visual Literacy, Critical Inquiry for Today’s World and Visual Literacy: Critical Inquiry for Today's World. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Visual Resources Association, Opening Plenary, Providence, RI (invited opening plenary speaker, panelist)

Beene, S. (2013). Non-Nobis Solum: Building Cultural Heritage Collections Together: AccessCeramics, a Global, Collaborative, Approach to Building a High-Quality Collection of Ceramic Arts Images. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Pasadena, CA (invited panelist)

Beene, S. (2010).Collections of Distinction: Adding Value to the Online Community of Visual Resources: accessCeramics.org, a digital image database collaboratively sourced using Flickr. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Visual Resources Association, Closing Plenary, Atlanta, GA (invited closing plenary speaker, panelist)