Tami Albin

  • Associate Librarian

Contact Info

Watson Library, 440


Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator (2018)

Software Carpentry Trainer (2019)

Tami Albin is an Associate Librarian at the University of Kansas in the Center for Faculty/Staff Initiatives and Engagement. She is also the Director of “Under the Rainbow: Oral Histories of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People in Kansas.” She received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Western Ontario and her B.A.H. in Sociology and Women Studies from Trent University. She is presently working on a manuscript based on her oral history project, “Under the Rainbow.” Other areas of interest include LEGOS, cryptozoology, parapsychology, dinosaurs, and talking about her cats non-stop. Basically, she is a six year old boy.


Sociology and Women’s Studies , Trent University, 1997, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Library and Information Sciences , University of Western Ontario, 1999, London, Ontario, Canada

Selected Publications

Rosenblum, Brian, Frances Devlin, Tami Albin, Wade Garrison, and Liorah Golomb. 2015. “Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Librarians Teaching Digital Humanities in the Classroom.” Book Chapters. In Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists, edited by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy and Laura Braunstein, 151–75. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/publications/booksanddigitalresources/digital/9780838987681_humanities_OA.pdf .
Albin, Tami. 2010. “’It Was Only Supposed to Be Twenty Interviews’: GLBTIQ Oral History as Librarianship—The Under the Rainbow Collection.” Book Chapters. In Serving LGBTIQ Library and Archives Users: Essays on Outreach, Service, Collections and Access, edited by Ellen Greenblatt, 136–45. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
Albin, Tami, and Jennifer Church-Duran. 2008. “Queering the Web: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resources.” Journal Articles. College and Research Libraries News 69 (8): 466–69.

Selected Presentations

Albin, T., & Brooks-Kieffer, J. (10/31/2018). Git Going with LEGO: Tactile Techniques for Teaching Text-based Tools. Force2018. Montreal, QC, Canada. https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/handle/1808/27128
Albin, T., Orozco, R., Younger, K., & Peper, M. (5/31/2017). Constructing a Data Foundation: One Brick at a Time. College and University Libraries Section (CULS), Kansas Library Association. Lawrence, KS
Albin, T., Orozco, R., & Younger, K. (5/31/2017). Creating a Data Posse. LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) 2017. Lexington, KY
Albin, T., Broadwell, M., Barker, S., & Leung, S. (8/31/2016). What We Do Matters: KU Libraries and Social Justice. National Diversity in Libraries Conference. Los Angeles, CA
Albin, T. (4/30/2016). 'Don’t Stick Me in a Folder! I Have Something to Say:' Online and Open Access Oral Histories of GLBTQ Kansans. Archives Interrupted Gender and the Future of Constructing the Past. Lawrence, KS
Albin, T., Cline, D., Reichard, D., & Kennelly, T. (10/31/2015). Coming out on Campus and in the Community: Collecting LGBTQ+ Oral Histories. Oral History Association Conference. Tampa, FL
Albin, T. (6/26/2015). Preconference: Under the Rainbow: Documenting LGBTQ Communities. Rolling out the Rainbow Carpet: Serving LGBTQ Communities. American Library Association Conference. San Francisco, CA
Albin, T. (10/31/2014). Embodiment, Identity, and Community: Motion, Meaning, and Belonging in Kansas. Oral History Association Conference. Madison, WI
Albin, T. (3/31/2014). Belonging in the Midwest: Finding Community in Kansas through Oral Histories and Ethnographic Methods. Mid-America American Studies Association Conference. Lincoln, NE
Albin, T., Becker , J., & Ellis, E. (4/30/2013). Picasso and the Quarterback: Inspiring New Student-Athletes through a Creative Assignment. Association for College and Research Libraries Conference. Indianapolis, IN
Albin, T., Lally, A., López, T. A., McPherson, T., Tucker, S., & Wong, D. (3/31/2013). Rock the Archive: Popular Music Studies, Digital Humanities and Public Scholarship. Women Who Rock Digital Oral History Archive Symposium, University of Washington. Seattle, WA
Albin, T., Blackwell, M., Dang, T. V., Delagadillo, T., Garcia Merchant, L., Rodríguz, J., ...Weaver, J. (11/30/2012). The Talking Cure for the Empire? Oral History and Testimonio in the Twenty-First Century. American Studies Association Conference. San Juan, PR
Albin, T. (3/13/2009). Plenary Address: Under the Rainbow: Oral Histories of GLBTIQ People in Kansas. Learning to Hear the Stories X: A Ten-Year Retrospective, Oral History Workshop, University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS
Albin, T., & Petr, J. (2/28/2009). Bridging the Gap: Teaching Research Skills to Incoming Student-Athletes. 28th Annual Conference on the First Year Experience. Orlando, FL


Happy AUMI-versary!. Lawrence Public Library. Lawrence. KS. 2018
Happy AUMI-versary!. International Symposium on Assistive Technology for Music and Art (ISATMA) at the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture, Rensselaer Polytechinical Institute. Troy. NY. USA. 2017

Awards & Honors

Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian Award
University of Kansas Libraries
Women of Distinction Calendar
University of Kansas
2011 - 2012
Mary McCorison-Rosenbloom Teaching Award
University of Kansas
Outstanding Staff or Faculty Member Award
Queers and Allies, University of Kansas