Delicia Greene – Called an Urban Fiction Expert

I came across Delicia Greene, PhD student, this week – put this woman on your list of important people and to keep an eye out for!

Greene is a doctoral student at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, working on her proposal: Concrete Roses: A Case Study Exploring the Reading Engagements of Black Adolescent Girls in an Urban Fiction Book Club.

Concrete Roses explores both the social and cultural factors that influence the reading engagements of Black Adolescent girls in an Urban Fiction Book Club. More specifically, this case study provides an intimate account of the experiences black adolescent girls bring to urban fiction texts, as well as the experiences that they take away from urban fiction texts. Concrete Roses also focuses on trends in character analyses by drawing on the representation of black girls in urban fiction books and its influence on black adolescent girls’ identity construction. Lastly, this case study explores the social factors present in an Urban Fiction Book Club that influences “sense of community” and full disclosure among members. (Schroeder)

Why is Greene working on her doctorate?  “It was my work with middle school students, libraries and literacy that led me to pursue my PhD,” Greene states (Schroeder).

A little more about her background:

She holds master’s degrees in both Library and Information Science and Secondary English Education (Grades 7-12), and an Advanced Certificate in Administration and Supervision. Prior to her arrival at the iSchool, she worked several years for the Department of Education as a middle school librarian in the South Bronx and for several years as a young adult librarian for The New York Public Library. Greene’s scholarly interests are interdisciplinary with the expressed aim of bridging the fields of library and information science, literacy, and English education. (Schroeder)

Once I watched the first YouTube video of Greene, I watched all of them. I can’t wait to read her dissertation!

On Urban Fiction:

On Integrating Urban Fiction into a Collection:

On Push:

On Coldest Winter Ever:


Schroeder, Gretchen. Doctoral Student Delicia Green Receives Two HonorsISchool News. 27 June 2011.

Sapphire at ALA

1. I wish I would have been able to go to ALA.

2. I wish I would have been able to see Sapphire at ALA!

But we non-ALA goers can get a glimpse through a recorded interview Sapphire gave to a librarian during ALA:

In the same note as Sapphire, here is one of my new favorite people, Delicia Greene (more on here tomorrow), talking about Push:

Additional resource of interest:

Sapphire’s Story: How ‘Push’ Became ‘Precious’. NPR: All Things Considered. 6 Nov 2009.