Safiya U. Noble, Ph.D.

Safiya U. Noble, Ph.D.





Invited Keynote (June, 2017). Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

Featured speaker (March, 2017). Special Interest Group on Computers and Information in Society (a subgroup of the Society for the History of Technology, or SHOT). This year, our meeting will be hosted by the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.

Invited Keynote (March, 2017). Social Justice in LIS: Finding the Imperative to Act.” Online Northwest LIS conference. Portland State University.

Invited Keynote (January, 2017). Social Justice in LIS: Finding the Imperative to Act.” St. Mary’s College of California Library. Moraga, CA.

Invited Keynote (January, 2017). “Searching for Black Girls: Developing a Critical Digital Media Literacy.” Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA.

Invited Keynote (November, 2016). “Social Justice in LIS: Finding the Imperative to Act.” University of Oregon. Eugene, OR.

Invited Keynote (October, 2016). “Social Justice in LIS.” Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference. Bucknell University. Lewsisberg, PA.

Invited Talk (October, 2016). “Power, Privilege and the Imperative to Act.” Vassar College. Pougkipsie, New York.

Invited panelist (October, 2016). “From the Archive to Google: Information Technologies and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Americas.” Loyola Marymount University; Los Angeles, CA.

Invited participant (2016). AI Now! Briefing on the impact of artificial intelligence in society. Convened by The White House, Microsoft, Google Open Research, and New York University. New York, NY.

Invited Talk (August, 2016). “Diversity interventions in information studies and academic libraries.” Senior Fellows Program. University of California, Los Angeles.

Invited Talk (May, 2016). “Information Bias and the Digital Archive.” Loyola Marymount University; Los Angeles, CA.

[WATCH] Invited Talk (June 2016) Personal Democracy Forum, hosted by New York University, featuring some of the most notable scholars, activists, media-makers, and technologists from around the world. Here is a link to my talk, which is a preview of my forthcoming book on the impact of algorithms on communities.

Invited Talk (April, 2016). “Race, Gender and Information Bias Online.” Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Yale University.

Invited Keynote (March, 2016). “What Small Data Can Tell Us about Big Data Bias.” Harvard University Library. Cambridge, MA.

Invited Keynote (March, 2016). “What Small Data Can Tell Us about Big Data Bias.” Harvard University Library. Harvard Library is the oldest and largest private university library system in the world. Invited to speak on my research to all Harvard Library librarians. Cambridge, MA.

Invited Keynote (March, 2016). Library Technology 2016 (LibTech) national conference. Macalaster College. I am an invited keynote for a conference featuring more than 500 library professionals discussing the changing technologies that are affecting how users interact with library resource.

Invited Keynote (March, 2016). California Academic Research Libraries (CARL) national conference. Costa Mesa, CA. I am an invited keynote, and will speak on my soon-to-be-available monograph, which addresses the importance of ethics in algorithmic decision-making. See:

Invited Talk (February, 2016). “Big data bias and the politics of online information: More reasons to care.” Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound. Tacoma, WA.

Invited Keynote (February, 2016). Invited by the Provost and women’s faculty leadership forum to discuss issues on gender and the arts, and share insights and perspectives from my research. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Valencia, CA.

Invited Talk, (February, 2016).“Women and Wikipedia.” University of Southern California.

Invited Talk (January, 2016). “What Small Data Can Tell Us about Big Data Bias.” New College, Sarasota, FL.

Invited Talk (January, 2016). “What Small Data Can Tell Us about Big Data Bias.” New College, Sarasota, FL.

[WATCH] Invited Keynote (December, 2015). “Power, privilege and the imperative to act: Reflecting on critical library praxis.” Douglas College, Vancouver, Canada. I am invited to speak to library practitioners about critical digital media literacy and my research.

Invited Keynote (November, 2015). “Power, privilege and (re)positioning digital technology narratives.” Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN). Monash University. Prato, Italy. I am one of two invited keynotes speaking on a recently published paper that discusses the linkages of LIS to power struggles over human and civil rights, particularly in the context of the digital.

Invited Keynote (November, 2015). “Power, privilege and digital technology narratives in the information professions: A call to reimagine.” Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Special Interest Group Information Needs Seeking and Use (SIG-USE), St. Louis, MO. I am one of three keynote speakers invited to discuss rethinking the way the field of LIS engages with diverse users of information and the importance of critical library and information science. See:

[WATCH] Invited Keynote (October, 2015). “Power, privilege and the imperative to act.” Digital Library Federation international conference. Vancouver, Canada. The Digital Library Federation is a community of practitioners, made up of over 136 international institutions,focused on advancing research, learning, and the public good through digital library technology. I am one of three invited keynotes for the 2015 international conference, including Chris Bourg, Ph.D., Director of Libraries at MIT, and Cecily Walker of the Vancouver Public Library. See:

Invited Talk (September, 2015). “Google searching for Black girls: Old media stereotypes in new media practices.” Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture, invited by the Watzek Library Director. Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR. The Sherrer Memorial Lecture is the mot prestigious library lecture of Lewis and Clark College, and previous invited speakers have included Andrew Asher (Indiana University), David Carr (UNC, Chapel Hill) and Lizabeth (Betsy) A. Wilson (University of Washington).

Invited Talk (July, 2015). “Engaging in critical pedagogical practices that reflect our core values to diversity and social responsibility.” Hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee, University of California, San Diego. The UCSD university library is actively trying to teach critical information and digital literacy to students, and I was asked to deliver a talk to library instructional staff and faculty about how engaged pedagogy in critical library science can be a major contribution to the intellectual development of students. See:

Invited Keynote (June, 2015). “Searching for girls: Identity for sale in the age of Google.” Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) annual conference. Portland, OR. ACRL has a small number of invited papers that draw audiences of approximately 500 attendees. I was asked to present my research and engage practitioners/library faculty in a presentation on critical information studies, stemming from my monograph. See American Libraries Magazine at:

Invited Talk (April, 2015). “Searching for girls: Identity for sale in the age of Google.” Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA.

Paper (July, 2015). “The “Right to be Forgotten’ in the Public and Private Records of Google.” Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI). University of Maryland, MD.

Panelist (Spring, 2015). “Teaching social justice as an assistant professor: Rewards and risks.” Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference. Chicago, IL.

Guest lecture (Spring, 2015). ED466 “Searching for identity on the world wide web.” Professor Jeff Share, Critical Media Literacy: Teaching Youth to Critically Read and Create Media course. Department of Education, UCLA.

Invited Talk (May, 2013). “Digital democracy, the digital divide, and the politics of big data: What small data can tell us about big dilemmas.” Bowling Green State University, Summer Institute on Digital Humanities.

Invited Talk (April, 2013). “Searching for black girls: Old traditions in new media.” Information Studies Colloquium. Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

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