I am an anthropologist and a folklorist and have been unapologetic about those two things for quite a while, now.  I found myself working in academic libraries starting in 2009, and since then have been thinking, writing, and talking a lot about the nature of information, digital and physical places, and higher education generally.  I see my work as relevant not just to libraries or universities, but to conversations about how we as a society make sure that people have opportunities to learn how to think critically, to practice those skills, and to find their voices.

Sometimes I look like this.

I work with a lot of different people.  In addition to research and writing, I conduct workshops, facilitate discussions, give talks, and participate in panel discussions on a range of topics that I find interesting and that you may or may not.

If you are on this page looking for a slightly less boring way to describe me, may I suggest:

“Donna Lanclos was born in the desert and managed to name her son after a coyote and her daughter after a water-seeking tree. She has very little patience for bullshit, despite her American heritage. She is an anthropologist in all things and you really shouldn’t invite her to speak or write or work with you if you are unclear about what that means. Her love for shoes and cocktails has thus far not managed to get in the way of her work around digital and physical learning places and practices. She has lived on the prairies of North Dakota, the coast of California, and in the North Carolina foothills, as well as in the UK and Ireland.  She is very happy to see you.”

You can follow me and talk to me on Twitter (@DonnaLanclos), send me an email at  Or comment on my posts, if they catch your attention.

I’d love to hear from you.