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Brett Cloyd: Social Sciences and Public Policy Librarian

Brett Cloyd

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Brett Cloyd
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About Brett Cloyd

Brett Cloyd is the Social Science and Public Policy Librarian at the University of Iowa. He works with several academic departments, including  Geographical & Sustainability Sciences, International Studies, Military Science, Political Science, and the School of Plannng and Public Affairs. Brett manages the Foreign and International Government Information Collections, and the Libraries' Public Policy Fund.

Students in the English as a Second Language and Iowa Intensive English Programs may feel free to consult with Brett. He also is the Libraries' liaison to the International Student Support and Engagement organization, and is the Fulbright Librarian and available to consult on applications.

Brett can help students via appointment (see "Schedule Appointment" to the left). He also visits classes in a range of subjects to talk about information resources, finding relevant research material, and to help students develop research  topics and enhance their critical thinking skills. Faculty members please feel free to contact Brett to plan a session.

Starting in June 2021, Brett became a member of the UI Staff Council as organizational representative to the UI Libraries.


Brett has a B.A. in History from St. Mary's College of Maryland and a M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.

Presentations, Publications and other Intellectual Contributions

Cloyd, Brett et. al. Facilitator of panel discussion. ILA Annual Conference 2022. “Immigrants in Iowa: Sharing Stories, Welcoming New Neighbors” (slides)

Cloyd, Brett. Contributor. BTAA Liaison Institute Summer: 2022: Our New Normal. Conference Presentation Lightning Talk. “We’re on the road to…somewhere.” May 25, 2022 (slides and recording)

Cloyd, Brett et. al. Panelist. Politics, Policy, and International Relations Professional Development Program. The Information Literacy Framework for PPIRS. January 2022.

Cloyd, Brett. Presentation. Phi Beta Delta Conference. “International Education: A Role for Librarians,” May 25, 2021.

Cloyd, Brett et. al. Panelist. ILA/ACRL and IPAL Spring Conference. “Algorithms and Influence: Helping students understand how information systems work,” May 21, 2021. Commenting on Barbara Fister’s “The Librarian War Against Qanon” article in The Atlantic.

Cloyd, Brett et. al. Panelist. “Instruction in the Disciplines." ACRL 2017 Conference. Baltimore, MD. 

Cloyd, Brett and Devika Levy. Presentation. "Using ACRL's New Framework for Information Literacy to Explore Teaching Strategies for Intergovernmental Information.ACRL/Choice Webinar: Information Literacy and Teaching Strategies, 2015.

Cloyd, Brett and Sara Scheib. Presentation. "Breaking all the Rules: Lock-in at the Sciences Library."  ILA/ACRL Spring Conference 2014. Ankeny, IA.