Karen Okamoto

Karen Okamoto

Librarian, and Associate Professor
Phone number: 
646-557-4777
Room number: 
120.08

Education

M.L.I.S. The University of Western Ontario, London, ON
M.A. Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
B.E.S. Environmental Studies, Women’s Studies, York University, Toronto, ON

Publications

Peer-reviewed

Richards, M., Bladek, M., & Okamoto, K. (2018). “Interactive whiteboards in library instruction: Facilitating student engagement and active learning.” Practical Academic Librarianship, 8(1), 1-27.

Okamoto, K. (2017). Crime in Canada: A bibliography. In L.E. Sullivan & D. Greene (Eds.). Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Annual: Global Perspectives (pp.231-276).

Okamoto, K. (2017). “Introducing open government data.” The Reference Librarian, 58(2), 111-123.

Okamoto, K. (2016). “What is being done with open government data: An exploratory analysis of public uses of New York City open data.” Webology. 13(1), 1-12.

Bladek, M. & Okamoto, K. (2014). “What’s theory got to do with it? Applying educational theory and research to revamp freshman library workshops.” College and Undergraduate Libraries, 21(1), 19-36.

Okamoto, K. (2013). “Making higher education more affordable, one course reading at a time: Academic libraries as key advocates for open access textbooks and educational resources.” Public Services Quarterly, 9(4), 267-283.

Okamoto, K. (2013). "Tower neighborhood revitalization in Toronto and Canadian environmental justice politics.” Environmental Justice, 6(2), 41-47.

Polger, M. & Okamoto, K. (2013). “Who’s spinning the library? Responsibilities of academic librarians who promote.” Library Management, 34(3), 236-253.

Okamoto, K. (2012). “Licensed to share: How libraries are handling electronic journal article requests.” Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, and Electronic Reserves, 22(4/5), 137-154.

Okamoto, K. & Polger, M.A. (2012, May). “Off to market we go: A content analysis of marketing and promotion skills in academic librarian job ads.” Library Leadership & Management, 26(2), 1-20. 

Okamoto, K. & Bladek, M. (2011). “Terrorism: A guide to resources.” Collection Building, 30(1), 39-46.

Hosburgh, N.  & Okamoto, K. (2010, September). “Electronic document delivery: A survey of the landscape and horizon.” Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, and Electronic Reserve, 20(4), 233-252.

Polger, M. & Okamoto, K. (2010, March). "Can't anyone be a teacher anyway?": Student perceptions of academic librarians as teachers. Library Philosophy and Practice, 1-16.

Book chapters

Polger, M.A. & Okamoto, K. (2012). Selective (and Subtle) Marketing of Library Instruction. In K. Harrod & C. Smallwood (Eds.), Marketing Methods for Libraries (pp.183-190). McFarland.

Okamoto, K. (2008). Digging deep, eating well. In A. Gosine & C. Teelucksingh (Eds.). Stories less told: Environmental justice and racism in Canada (pp.138-141). Toronto: John Edmond Montgomery Press.

Book reviews

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2011, November). Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition. [Review of the book Jews and Booze.]. Library Journal, 136(19), 81.

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2011, July). A Promise in Haiti: A Reporter's Notes on Families and Daily Lives. [Review of the book A Promise in Haiti].  Library Journal, 136(12), 88.

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2011, April). The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing. [Review of the book The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing.]. Library Journal, 136(7), 99.

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2011, February). The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. [Review of the book The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.] . Library Journal, 136(3), 117-118.

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2010, December). Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation. [Review of the book Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation.] . Library Journal, Xpress Reviews. http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/888297-264/xpress_reviewsfirst_look_at_new.html.csp

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2010, November). The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama. [Review of the book The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama.] . Library Journal, 135(18), 80.

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2010, July). Wanted Women: An American Obsession in the Reign of J. Edgar Hoover. [Review of the book Wanted Women: An American Obsession in the Reign of J. Edgar Hoover] . Library Journal, 135(12), 99.

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2010, April). Guilt about the past. [Review of the book Guilt About the Past]. Library Journal, 135(7), 95.

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2010, February). Enlightened sexism: The seductive message that feminism’s work is done. [Review of the book Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done]. Library Journal, 135(2), 85.

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2010, February). American swastika: Inside the white power movement’s hidden spaces of hate. [Review of the book American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate.]. Library Journal, 135(2), 85.

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2009, December). The Preacher and the politician: Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, and race in America. [Review of the book The Preacher and the Politician: Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, and Race in America.]. Library Journal, http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6710024.html

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2009, August). Burying Don Imus: Anatomy of a scapegoat. [Review of the book Burying Don Imus: Anatomy of a Scapegoat]. Library Journal, Xpress Reviews. http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6677229.htm

Okamoto, K. (Reviewer). (2009, March). The best kept secret: Single black fathers. [Review of the book The best kept secret: Single black fathers]. Library Journal, 134(5), 117.

Encyclopedia articles

Okamoto, K. (2010). Monsanto. In D.R. Mulvaney (Ed.), Green food: An A-to-Z guide. (pp.311-314). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Okamoto, K. (2010). The United Farm Workers. In D.R. Mulvaney (Ed.), Green food: An A-to-Z guide. (431-433). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Other publications

Polger, M.A. & Okamoto, K. (2012). “Blending, mixing, and processing: Strategies used to engage students in the classroom.” LOEX Proceedings.   

Kiriakova, M., Okamoto, K., Zubarev, M., & Gross, G. (2010, March). “Aiming at a moving target: Pilot testing ebook readers in an urban academic library.” Computers in Libraries, 30(2), 20-24.

Jafri, B. & Okamoto, K. (2007). Green is not the only colour: Reflections on the state of anti-racist environmentalism in Canada. Briarpatch, 36(8), 23-26.

Okamoto, K. (2004). Green justice resource kit. Ottawa: Youth Environmental Network.