Irene McGarrity is an Assistant Professor in the Mason Library. She received her MA in English literature from SUNY New Paltz in 2006. She went on to study information science at UAlbany, and graduated with an MSIS in 2009. She began her tenure track position at Keene State in December 2013, and completed an MFA in creative writing through the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2016.
Irene's research interests are centered on open education, critical information literacy, and pedagogy. Her chapter in Metaliteracy in Practice (2016) titled "Developing Agency in Metaliterate Learners" presents a case study of teaching an open course with student-led content and student-generated assignments.
Irene also writes and publishes short fiction. Her work has appeared in PANK, Hobart, DOGZPLOT Flash Fiction, and other lit mags. She won the 2015 New Hampshire Writer's Project Three Minute Fiction Slam with her short story, "Street Names." You can also find her reviews of lit mags at The Review Review.
Currently, Irene is the Coordinator of ITW. She teaches Thinking and Writing and courses in the Mason Library's Information Studies minor, such as Information Policy, Information Environment, and Participatory Cultures.