Kara (K. René) Price
Bridging Knowledge Scholar; MLIS Student at San Jose State University
Kara (K. René) Price (they/she/y’all, Mvskoke) is an Afro-Indigenous information professional living and working in the traditional homelands of the Wichita, Kiowa, Osage, and Sioux.
K. René graduated from the University of Kansas in August 2021 with a Master of Science in Digital Content Strategy. At KU, their work culminated in a portfolio focusing on U.S. digital foreign policy and diplomacy in the era of Big Data, namely in Indigenous data sovereignty, librarianship, and digital inclusion in Indian Country.
As of January 2022, K. René is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University as a Bridging Knowledge scholar, a three-year IMLS grant that supports the recruitment, training, and development of Indigenous librarians and teaches recipients how to bridge contemporary digital practices with traditional knowledge, allowing for the culturally appropriate stewardship of sensitive materials.
Currently, their work focuses on IDEA (inclusion, diversity/decolonization, equity, and accessibility), user experience with a focus on QTBIPOC and underserved communities, and the relationship between Indigenous data sovereignty and GLAMS (galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and special collections).