Brief Biographical Sketch
Since 2007, I have been on the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, where I teach courses in comics reader's advisory, media literacy, and youth services librarianship. Part of my scholarship focuses on the intersection of young people, comics, and libraries, particularly in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. At Illinois, I am affiliated with the Center for Children's Books and the Center for Writing Studies.
I earned my MLS from Indiana University in 1993 and my PhD in Information Science, also from Indiana University, in 2007. My dissertation was titled, "Of Nightingales and Supermen: How Youth Services Librarians Responded to Comics Between the Years 1938 and 1955."
Before becoming involved in the education of library and information science professionals, I worked as high school librarian and had supervisory duties at the elementary school level as well. For three years as an adjunct faculty and seven years as a lecturer, I taught graduate courses for the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, where I also provided support to distance learning students enrolled in its programs around the state. Although my teaching responsibilities focused on youth services librarianship, I also taught core courses such as Information Sources and Services and developed a popular class on grant writing.In the News (partial list)
I served as co-editor of School Library Research, the online peer-reviewed journal of the American Association of School Librarians, from 2008 through 2013. Beginning in January 2014, I am Director of External Relations for the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE).