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Shea Swauger

Shea Swauger

Department Head Researcher Support Services

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Role in the Library

Shea's role is to connect people with the resources, spaces, services, and technology that will help them with their research. Within the Researcher Support Services department, this can range from providing GIS and data management consultations, to purchasing books and electronic resources, and helping people find them.

More About

Shea is passionate about the intersection of technology, data, and ethics and their impact how people interact with information and with each other. His research area is in critical data studies and he's currently the Director of the Data to Policy Project (D2P), an initiative to engage students with community needs through course-based assignments, which culminate into data-driven policy proposals to local governments and agencies. Participants explore issues in policing and affordable housing in Denver.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Professional Affiliations and Service

Digital Library Federation, Technologies of Surveillance working group, co-chair

Charlottesville Response Taskforce, co-char

LGTBQ Faculty Committee, member

Research and Creative Activities Committee, member

Colorado Open Scholarship Series, member


Masters of Library Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bachelor's degree of Philosophy

University of Colorado Denver

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Curriculum Vitae


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  • Research Tutoring
    Research tutoring is for quick questions, tips, and strategies on finding and evaluating information resources.  Research Tutoring is located in the Knowledge Market on the first floor and is available Monday–Thursday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

  • Research Consultations
    Research consultations are for in-depth and lengthy discussions about research questions. Please use Schedule a Research Consultation Form to request an appointment.  Due to the level of preparation needed, appointments should be made 48 hours in advance. If you need immediate help, please use Research Tutoring.  


For general library information, as well as for questions about borrowing, renewing, or returning library materials, call 303-315-7763.

For research help, call 303-315-7711, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will return your call within 24 hours (Monday – Friday).