Crishuana’s introduction to information work started in 2012 from an interest in archiving campus activism projects: the founding of Afro-American Society and Dartmouth College’s decision to go co-ed in 1972. From this, she was awarded second the Edward Connery Lathem, ‘51 Fellowship with the Rauner Special Collections Library. During this time she served on the Dartmouth College Library’s Education and Outreach Committee as well as the Baker 152 committee for Digital Library Spaces. While her interest began with university archives, it blossomed in public service at the award-winning Nashville Public Library in 2014. After being selected for the NPL Adult Services Committee, she hosted her first professional workshop: “Defining Boundaries at the Reference Desk” aimed at sustainable solutions for mindfulness-based interactions with patrons.
A Shorecrest Preparatory School alumna, Crishuana went on to receive her bachelor of arts in African/African-American History from Dartmouth College. She has published work with the Hood Museum of Art on student activism and the Community Art Movement. While working towards her masters in information sciences at the iSchool @ Syracuse University, she completed her yoga teaching certification at the Asheville Yoga Center. In her research, she uses digital resources to investigate spirituality, faith-based material discovery, access and preservation. She specializes in the use of digital analytics to increase access to information for all.
Currently, Crishuana works in technical services at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library in Sarasota, FL. She has been invited to present her work on mindfulness as a professional skill at conferences and staff days. Most recently, she gave a talk on the inspiring collaborations libraries are making using technology at a TEDx conference, titled “The Power of Unlikely Collaborations.”
Current interest: Technology + Collaboration