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Shea Swauger (he, him, his)

Shea Swauger (he, him, his)

Department Head Researcher Support Services

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Role in the Library

My role is to connect people with the resources, spaces, services, and technology that will help them with their research. I supervise a department responsible for Special and Digital Collections, collection development, scholarly communications, Open Access, GIS, and research data management.

More About

I'm passionate about technology, data, ethics and their impact on how people interact with information and with each other. My research area is in critical data studies and I'm 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 equitable and 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

LGTBQ Faculty Committee, member


Masters of Library Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bachelor's Degree of Philosophy

University of Colorado Denver

Associate of Arts

Arapahoe Community College

Select Publications

Software that monitors students during tests perpetuates inequality and violates their privacy

MIT Technology Review, 2020

Our Bodies Encoded: Algorithmic Test Proctoring in Higher Education

Hybrid Pedagogy, 2020

The Open Source Alliance for Open Scholarship Handbook

Code for Science and Society, 2018

Open access, power, and privilege: A response to “What I learned from predatory publishing”

College & Research Libraries News 78 (11), 603. 2017

Sex, Lies, and Data (Recorded Conference Presentation)

9th Annual eScience Symposium, University of Massachusetts. 2017

Curriculum Vitae


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