Brittni Ballard, Learning Technologies Librarian
Higher education, eLearning, and disability justice
Hello! My name's Brittni and my pronouns are she / hers. I'm an academic librarian with a background in K12 education, office administration, video game development, technology support, and college student supervision.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Purdue University and Master of Library and Information Science from University of Maryland. In 2019, I was hired as Learning Technologies and subject specialist for Educational Technology and Literacy at Towson University.
My service and scholarship focus on user experience, critical digital pedagogy, disability advocacy, and web accessibility. All research interests are grounded in lived experience teaching, learning, connecting, and collaborating, often remotely, as a first generation disabled graduate student and library worker. Specifically:
I explore how to thrive in higher education by researching with and for disabled students, scholars, and workers. I am fascinated by values, behaviors, and points of conflict between them. I pursue a world of inclusion, not accommodation. I dream of access that is mutual, of and for the collective—not individually instigated. In that vein, I practice crip time, rest as resistance, imagination, emergent strategy, pleasure activism, active listening, body trust, and genuine accountability (self reflection, apology, repair, changed behavior). My scholarship deals in lived experiences of chronic illness and disability, with arguments strengthened by stories of past and present ableism and hope sustained by stories of present and future joy.
I'm currently reading:
Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R.F. Kuang
Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate by Roxanne Hawn
How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard
Akata Witch (Book 3 of The Nsibidi Script Series) by Nnedi Okorafor
Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong
The Art of Gathering: We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker