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Steve Bales


Current career:

I am currently a humanities and social sciences librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries (College Station, TX) where I am a subject specialist to Communication, Journalism, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Anthropology. I received tenure in 2015. I have also worked as a reference librarian at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville.

I have been teaching at SIS for 16 years.


  • PhD., Communication and Information, University of Tennesse
  • Masters of Science, Information Science, University of Tennessee
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies, University of Tennessee


  • Information organization
  • Information retrieval
  • Critical and cultural studies

Courses taught:

  • INSC 520, Information Organization and Representation
  • INSC 521, Cataloging and Classification
  • INSC 530, Information Access and Retrieval

My favorite thing about working at SIS is:

Learning about all of the wonderful things my students do after they graduate!


  • Bales, S. (2018). Social justice and library work: A guide to theory and practice. Cambridge, MA: Chandos.
  • Bales, S. (2015). The dialectic of academic librarianship: A critical approach. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.
  • Bales, S., Hubbard, D. E., vanDuinkerken, W., Sare, L., & Olivarez, J. (2019). The use of departmental journal lists in promotion and tenure decisions at American research universities. Journal of Academic Librarianship 45(2),153-161.
  • Olivarez, J., Bales, S., Sare, L., & Vanduinkerken, W. Format aside: Applying Beall’s Criteria to assess the predatory nature of both OA and non-OA library and information science journals.” College and Research Libraries 79(1), 52-67.
  • Sare, L. & Bales, S. (2014). Professional identity: A grounded theory study of veteran librarians.” Library Review 63(8/9), 574-589.