Current Projects

Research I am currently conducting, publications & presentations I’m writing, and ideas I’m kicking around.

Book Proposal: Research Support in Global Academic Libraries

Working with a publisher and contributing authors on book proposal inspired by my presentation on this topic at ILI 2013.

This book will focus on new kinds of research support in academic libraries that go beyond the traditional reference interview. “Research support” means support not only for faculty and graduate students, but also for helping undergraduates to accomplish learning in more in-depth, hands-on ways. For instance, this might take the form of information literacy sessions in which undergraduates learn how to formulate research questions and/or analyze secondary data. Each chapter will focus on a different aspect of emerging research support (see chapters listed below). These chapters will be written by practitioners (librarians and professionals), describing the type of service/support they offer and how it was developed.

Mentoring Toward Diverse Leaders in Academic Libraries

Chapter for the upcoming edited book, Leadership in Academic Libraries Today: Connecting Theory to Practice (forthcoming 2014).  Mentoring is recommended as an effective preparation for leadership, and has been particularly extolled in library literature. Informal mentoring has contributed to the rise of female academic library leaders. Formal and informal mentoring have been found even more effective for minorities, yet these groups remain dramatically underrepresented in library leadership. Part of the problem appears to be widespread lack of opportunity for mentees. How can these opportunities be increased? This chapter draws on previous LIS and higher education research, my dissertation research, and leadership theory to create recommendations for increasing mentoring of female and minority academic librarians to create strong, diverse library leaders.

Educational Attainment of Academic Library Deans

The appropriate education and preparation for the chief administrator of an academic library has long been a matter of debate. Until the 1970s, library deans were typically white males with doctorates in fields other than library science. Currently the most common education is the MLS, but there is debate about the benefits of doctorates. A doctorate may be a credential indicating peer status to other academic deans—-but is it practical and meaningful for library leadership? Is the degree’s relevance based on its field, or on the employing institution’s type? Are subject masters just as useful? Should search committees require or prefer candidates with doctorates, or does this unnecessarily limit potential candidate pools? This article will present findings of a research study of 749 deans at academic libraries, using the theoretical construct of academic leadership designed by Rosser, Johnsrud, and Heck.

Connectivism as a Theoretical Framework for Information Literacy

Illustrate the technologically-based learning theory of connectivism as a good grounding theory for information literacy, particularly library instruction that takes place in an online or blended environment.