A selection of my publications are listed below, with pre-prints linked (when available) for those who may not have institutional access. If you are interested in one of my works and cannot access it, please email me [mesweeney1 at ua .edu] and I will happily provide you with a copy.
My full Curriculum Vitae is available here.
My full Curriculum Vitae is available here.
* Denotes collaborations with graduate students
Freeborn, T., Major, C., Sweeney, M.E., & McCallum, D. (2023) Work in Progress: Teaching Ethics Using Problem-Based Learning in a Freshman Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Sweeney, M.E. (December 2023). “Caring is connecting: AI digital assistants and the surveillance of elderly and disabled family members in the home.” In, Cugurullo, F., Marvin, S., McGuirk, P., Caprotti, F., Cook, M., and Karvonen, A. (Eds.) Artificial Intelligence and the City: Urbanistic Perspectives on AI. Routledge.
Sweeney, M.E. & Villa-Nicholas, M. (2022). Digitizing the ‘Ideal’ Latina Information Worker. American Quarterly, 74(1), 145-167. (Pre-print available at http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/7549.)
Sweeney, M.E. (2021). Digital Assistants. In Agostinho, D., D’Ignazio, C., Ring, A., Thylstrup, N.B., & Veel, K. (Eds.), Uncertain Archives. Baltimore, Maryland: MIT Press. (Pre-print available at ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6348.)
Sweeney, M.E. & *Davis, E. (2020). Alexa, are you listening? An exploration of smart voice assistant use and privacy in libraries. Information Technology and Libraries, 39(4). https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v39i4.12363. (Pre-print available at http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6783)
Villa-Nicholas, M. & Sweeney, M.E. (2019). Designing the ‘good citizen’ through Latina identity in USCIS’s virtual assistant ‘Emma. Feminist Media Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2019.1644657. (Pre-print available at http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6219.)
Sweeney, M.E. & *Whaley, K. (2019). Technically white: Emoji skin-tone modifiers as American technoculture. First Monday 24(7), 0-0, https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v24i7.10060.
*Wickham, M. & Sweeney, M.E. (2018). Are we still transmitting whiteness?: A case study of a Southern, rural library’s youth collections. Library Trends, 67(1), 89-106.
Sweeney, M.E. & Cooke, N. A. (2018). You’re so sensitive! How LIS professionals define and discuss microaggressions online. The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 88(4), 375-390.
Cooke, N.A. and Sweeney, M.E. Eds. (2017). Teaching for justice: Implementing social justice in the LIS classroom. Library Juice Press.
Sweeney, M.E. & Rhinesmith, C. (2016). Creating caring institutions for community informatics. Information, Communication, and Society.
Sweeney, M.E. (2016). “The Ms. Dewey ‘experience’: Technoculture, gender, and race.” In, Daniels, J., Gregory, K & and Cottom, T. (Eds.), Digital Sociologies (401–420). Policy Press, 2016.
Sweeney, M.E. (2016). The intersectional interface. In Noble, S.U., & Tynes, B. (Eds.),The Intersectional Internet (215-228). NY: Peter Lang.
Cooke, N.A., Sweeney, M.E. & Noble, S. U. (2016). Social justice as topic and tool: An attempt to transform a LIS culture and curriculum. The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 86(1): 107-124.
Naidoo, J. C. and Sweeney, M.E. (2015) “Educating for social justice: Perspectives from library and information science and collaboration with K-12 social studies educators.” Journal of International Social Studies, 5(1): 196-207.
Sweeney, M. E., & Brock, A. (2014). Critical informatics: New methods and practices. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 51(1), 1–8.
Noble, S. U., Austin, J., Sweeney, M.E., McKeever, L., & Sullivan, E. (2014). Changing course: Collaborative reflections of teaching/taking “Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Information Professions”. Journal of Education in Library and Information Science, 55(3), 212-222.
Sweeney, M.E. (2012). Fugitive filing: Ready reference technologies as cultural artifacts. Reference Services Review 4(12).
“Caring is connecting: AI voice assistants and data extraction in the home” [plenary], Psychology of Technology Conference, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. November 11, 2022.
“Caring is connecting: The extractive logics of AI voice assistants in the home”, Doctoral Colloquium Speaker Series, Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA. October, 6, 2022.
"Facing our computers: Algorithmic Literacy as Praxis" [Keynote], Illinois Information Literacy Summit, DePaul University Library, Moraine Valley Community College Library & College of DuPage Library. April 29, 2022. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e5fsUnkp4w.
"Listening in the Library: Surveillance in the Stacks Gets Smart", Voices in Information Equity Speaker Series [webinar], University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. April 22nd, 2021.
"Facing our computers" [Keynote], Library Research Seminar VII, Columbia, South Carolina. October 17th, 2019.
"The cultural affordances of "Emma", USCIS's Latina Virtual Assistant", Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. March 25, 2019.
“Encoding race, decoding culture: Emoji as technoculture”, Philosophy Dialogues, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. November 2, 2018.
"Towards action: An LIS perspective on the importance of OER and OAT initiatives". University Libraries panel on Open Access and Alternative Textbooks in the Classroom. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. February, 2016.
"Reading race, gender, and labor in anthropomorphized agents". Design:Use:Build, University of Washington. Seattle, WA. November, 2012.