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Barbara Alvarez

Lecturer for Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chapter Member: Wisconsin SSN
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About Barbara

Alvarez's research focuses on abortion and information access. Overarching themes in Alvarez's writing include abortion legislation, religion, and information access. Alvarez served as a member of Student IX Advisory Committee and is Chair of the Reference and Adult Services Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association.


In the News

Opinion: "June Medical Services Case Was Never About Health and Safety," Barbara Alvarez, Free Thought Today Admin, July 16, 2020.
Guest on Ask an Atheist, July 8, 2020.


"Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian " (American Library Association, 2016).

Provides a step-by-step account of how librarians can develop business-community relationships.

"The American Heritage Project: A Legacy of Public Libraries and Community Discussion" Culture, History, and Society (Forthcoming): 4-6.

Provides a platform for libraries to have community discussion programs.

"News Sources" in Reference and Information Services an Introduction, edited by Melissa A. Wong and Laura Saunders (The Library of Congress Publications, 2020), 487.

Explains how librarians can effectively use news sources in reference and library services. 

"Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools" (with Melanie Welch and Patrick Hogan),.

 Explains how libraries can develop financial literacy partners in their community.