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Formerly the cataloging librarian at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Rachel Ivy Clarke is currently an assistant professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Her research centers on the reconceptualization of librarianship as a design profession (rather than a scientific one) to facilitate the systematic, purposeful design of library services for the 21st century. She holds a BA in creative writing from California State University Long Beach, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a PhD from the University of Washington.

Research Interests

The bulk of my current research focuses on reconceptualizing librarianship as a design profession rather than a scientific discipline. Design is a creative discipline that often seems magical and intimidating to outsiders. Yet design reflects unique ways of knowing and assessing knowledge, different from traditional science. My dissertation, “It’s Not Rocket Library Science: Design Epistemologies and American Librarianship” analyzes examples of artifacts created through American library history to argue that librarianship is truly a design discipline. Continuing work draws on the idea of critical design–the creation of provocative artifacts to challenge established assumptions–to reveal ways in which libraries can explicitly, rather than implicitly, demonstrate and empower the values that set them apart from other information service providers. I also explore ways of incorporating design epistemology into both formal and informal LIS education.

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2009 2019

Design thinking and methods in library practice and graduate library education

Clarke, R. I., Amonkar, S. & Rosenblad, A., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Exploring the role of repertoire in library cataloging

Clarke, R. & Dobreski, B., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Documentation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Metadata for diversity: Identification and implications of potential access points for diverse library resources

Clarke, R. I. & Schoonmaker, S., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Documentation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Designing Innovative Library and Information Services: The Design Thinking Process

Clarke, R., 2018, .) Information Services Today: An Introduction. Hirsh, S. (ed.). 2nd ed. ed. Lanham, MD

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Activities 2012 2018

  • 7 Oral presentation
  • 5 Invited talk

A Library for Everyone: Community Centered Design to Promote Inclusive Librarianship

J. Elizabeth Mills (Speaker), Rachel Clarke (Speaker)
Jun 21 2018Jun 26 2018

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Critique

Rachel Clarke (Speaker)
Jun 1 2018

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Exploring the Role of Repertoire in Library Cataloging

Rachel Clarke (Speaker), Brian Dobreski (Speaker)
Jun 23 2018

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating it into Their Practice

Rachel Clarke (Speaker)
Mar 8 2018

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk