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UIC Library Faculty Profile: Teresa Helena Moreno- Liaison for Black Studies + CADA: Home

University of Illinois at Chicago University Library Faculty Profile


Master of Science |  Library + Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Master of Arts | Women's Studies + Gender Studies
Loyola University of Chicago

Bachelor of Arts | English + Journalism + Music
Saint Joseph’s College of Indiana

Awards + Fellowships

Honors College Faculty Fellow. 2022-Present

Stephen E. Wiberly Jr. Faculty Publication Award-Best Faculty Publication in 2021. Awarded 2022

Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians. Virtual Cohort 2020

Emerging Leader. American Library Association, 2020.

Sylvia Murphy Williams Scholar Award. Illinois Library Association, 2018.

Spectrum Scholar Award.  American Library Association, 2018.

Kaleidoscope Scholar. Association of Research Libraries, 2017-2019.

Women of Color Leadership Award. National Women's Studies Association, 2013.



I joined the library faculty at Richard J. Daley Library in 2018.  I serve as  the liaison to the Black Studies Department and the College of Architecture, Design and the Arts.  Trained in feminist methodology, critical race theory and rooted in interdisciplinary practice, my librarianship and pedagogical praxis are informed by these theories, methodologies and  practices.

My career in the academe spans over a decade. Prior to my appointment at Daley Library, I was the Assistant Director  and Director of Undergraduate Studies to the Black Studies Department at UIC where I focused on curating programming, developing curricula at the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as creating and implementing strategic plans and supporting faculty research.  I have held various leadership positions in women's centers and multicultural centers on college campuses.  In addition to this work, I  teach a number of undergraduate feminist-based courses within the humanities and have developed the first gender studies offerings at various institutions in Chicago.  In conjunction with this work, I have held executive roles focused on advancing the needs of students of color, women, and LGBTQ students through various programs, events, advisory appointments, and educational policy work within institutions of higher education. 



Moreno, Teresa Helena “Centering Justice/Decentering Whiteness: The Case for Abolition in Information Literacy Pedagogical Praxis.” Reference Services Review, vol. ahead-of-print, no. ahead-of-print, December 2023.

Jackson, Jennifer M., et al. “Examining Undergraduate Student Perceptions and Engagement during the Second Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship, vol. 49, no. 3, May 2023.

Moreno, Teresa Helena. “Beyond the Police: Libraries as Locations of Carceral Care.” Reference Services Review, vol. 50, no. 1, Jan. 2021, pp. 102–12. Emerald Insight,


Moreno, Teresa Helena, Jackson, Jennifer M,. Redefining Student Success in the Academic Library: Building a Critically Engaged Undergraduate Engagement Program (RLI 301, 2020).,




Everywhere and Nowhere: Understanding Diaspora in the Library

Library Juice Press | Monograph Forthcoming 2024


Diasporic communities seeking to find their histories and narratives within libraries are oftentimes confronted with the systems of classification incongruent with their own understandings of their histories and lived experiences--in which the narratives of diasporic communities are widely dispersed yet without a singular home that is recognizable. Using an interdisciplinary approach rooted in feminist and critical race theories and the information sciences, this book aims to focus on the problems of inappropriately and inaccurately coding and classifying and organizing diasporic content in existing library structures and the societal implications of such problems such as questions of citizenship and the reproduction of misunderstandings of the diaspora and its communities.