kYmberly Keeton is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Master’s in Library Science (& awarded a Graduate Certificate in Digital Content Management) and holds a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from the University of Houston with a minor in African-American Studies (& awarded a Baccalaureate Degree with Honors in English-Creative Writing & the Graduate Certificate in African American Studies). Additionally, Keeton is a Fellow of the UNT Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Program and a member of Beta Phi Mu International Library & Information Studies Honor Society and is a member of the University of the Houston’s Honors College. Keeton began her professional career in academic librarianship in October 2014 at a Historically Black College University, Lincoln University Missouri.
The 2016 ALA Emerging Leader Alumnus designed and created the first African American university arts library program, digital repository and online exhibition space at Inman E. Page Library. As an advocate for adult literacy, she organized the Josephine Silone Yates Literary Author Series. In partnership with The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine, the curator organized traveling exhibitions, formed relationships with the Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.) and PBS’ POV For Educators Program to help provide resources including art books and films for use in the library. As a Faculty Librarian and Assistant Professor, Keeton published the first credit-based Hip Hop Information Literacy course under the library science minor, and a supplemental resource for novice, skilled, and life-long learners, named the Hip Hop LibGuide. Keeton served two terms as the Faculty Senate Secretary. In January 2017, the City Council of Jefferson City, Missouri elected Keeton to serve a two-year term on the Jefferson City Cultural Arts Commission. As a Change-Agent, Keeton is the Publisher and Creative Director of ART | library deco, an online African American art journal.
In 2017, kYmberly Keeton was a nominee for an ALA 2017 Councilor-at-Large Seat. She is a professional member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries, serves on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board, (RCL) Resources for College Libraries Editorial Board, ALA Membership Committee and ACRL African American Interest Group. Additionally, she serves on the E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholarship Mentor Committee, and is a Founding Member of the ACRL Hip Hop Librarian Consortium Discussion Group. The creative librarian was featured in the April 2016 issue of American Libraries Magazine, received the 2016 IFLA General Conference and Assembly National Committee Grant, and completed the ACRL (AiA) Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success Program – summer 2016. As a professional researcher and writer, Keeton has been published as a librarian, journalist, and a creative writer.
As a scholarly writer and researcher, Keeton published the Hip Hop Librarian Consortium’s e-book, Leaders of the New School: Hip Hop Librarianship, A Comprehensive Bibliography. Her latest book chapter about Hip Hop Information Literacy was published in Librarians with Spines, by Hinchas de Poesia Press. As a journalist, she is the former City Editor of Rolling Out Magazine and Entertainment Editor of the Dallas Weekly Newspaper. Creatively Keeton, writes under the pseudonym atlas brown; her first short story: 2.Butahflies.Charlie.Browne.&.Painky.Lillies won the Honorable Mention Sylvan N. Karchmer Short Fiction Prize at The University of Houston and was published in the PARALLAX Journal at Richland College in Dallas, Texas. In 2010, the writer completed her first underground novel, The Autumn Jones E-Files in 30 days. In February 2014, she self-published her first book of poetry entitled, SOUL ALIVE!; in October 2015, Keeton’s poetry was exhibited in Blues Talk: It Ain’t no Cliché Chit-Chat, an African American exhibition at Tarrant County College-South Art Gallery in Arlington, Texas.
Currently, kYmberly Keeton is working on her first book of essays and digitizing an African American art history multimedia project. The artistic guru is an Editor and Art Librarian at the bookista media group in Jefferson City, MO.
“I’m rebelling against being handed a career, like, “You’re the next this; you’re the next that.” I’m not the next anything, I’m the first me.” – kYmberly Keeton