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Russian Literature, University of Kentucky (1976).
New Roles for the Road Ahead: Essays Commissioned for ACRL's 75th Anniversary with Steven Bell and Lorcan Dempsey. Chicago: ACRL, forthcoming 2015. Draft for comment.
"Readers' Advisory in the College Classrrom," in The Slow Book Revolution: Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond ed. Meagan Lacy. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. 69-79. Uncorrected draft.
"The Perceived Impact of Ebooks on Student Reading Practices: A Local Study," with Julie Gilbert, College & Research Libraries forthcoming May 2015. Preprint.
"Librarians as Guides to a Changing Publishing Landscape," Library Issues 34.4 (March 2014): 1-4.
"Introduction: Speaking for Myself," in Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study. Ed. Danielle Theisse and Diane K. Kovacs. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2013.
"Playing for Keeps: Lifelong Learning in the Ludic Library," Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Pratice 1.1 (Spring 2013): 5-9.
"The Library's Role in Learning: Information Literacy Revisited," Library Issues 33.4 (March 2013).
"The Millennium Trilogy and the American Serial Killer Narrative: Investigating Protagonists of Men Who Write Women" in Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction edited by Berit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter and Tanya Horeck. London: Palgrave, 2012. 34-50.
"Open Access and the Future of Academic Scholarship," Library Issues 32.5 (May 2012): 1-4.
"An Academic Spring? A Successful Protest Against Elsevier Demonstrates that Populist Rebellions Have a Place Within the Information-Sharing Community." American Libraries May 2012.
"Spring Fever" in Writes of Spring: Stories and Prose ed. Gary Shulze and Pat Frovarp. [fiction] Nodin, 2012: 65-68.
"'Woman Up': Sisters in Crime's 25th Anniversary." Library Journal Nov. 1, 2011.
"Reading, Risk, and Reality: Undergraduates and Reading for Pleasure," with Julie Gilbert, College & Research Libraries 72.5 (September 2011): 474-495.
"Liberating Knowledge: A Librarian's Manifesto for Change." Thought & Action (Fall 2010): 83-90.
Through the Cracks. [fiction] St. Martin's Minotaur, May 2010.
"Critical Assets: Academic Libraries - A View from the Administration Building." Library Journal May 1, 2010 (cover story).
"Liberation Bibliography: Trumping Ownership With Access - A Manifesto." Library Journal April 1, 2010.
"The Glorious Study Hall: How Libraries Nurture a Life of the Mind." Library Issues 30.2 (Nov. 2009).
"The Dewey Dilemma." Library Journal October 1, 2009 (cover story).
"Publishers and Librarians: Two Cultures, One Goal." Library Journal May 1, 2009 (cover story).
"Fostering Information Literacy Through Faculty Development." Library Issues 29.4 (March 2009).
"Aggregated Interdisciplinary Databases and the Needs of Undergraduate Researchers." With Julie Gilbert and Amy Fry. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 8.3 (July 2008): 273-292.
In the Wind. [fiction] New York: St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008; Pyhimysmurha (Finnish translation) Helsinki: Nemo, 2010.
"Curriculum Issues in Information Literacy Instruction," with Thomas W. Eland in Information Literacy Instruction Handbook. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2008.
"What if You Ran Your Bookstore Like a Library?" Library Journal, April 15, 2008
"Face Value." Inside Higher Ed, February 18, 2008.
"One Book, One Campus: Exploring Common Reading Programs." E-Source for College Transitions 5.1 (Sept. 2007).
"Wikipedia and the Challenge of Read/Write Culture." Library Issues 27.3 (Jan. 2007).
"'Reading as a Contact Sport': Online Book Groups and the Social Dimensions of Reading." Reference and User Services Quarterly, 44.4 (Summer 2005): 303-309.
"Copycat Crimes: Crime Fiction and the Marketplace of Anxieties." Clues: A Journal of Detection 23.3 (Spring 2005): 43-56.
"Bodies of Evidence: How Mystery Writers Imagine Their Worlds Through Research," invited article for a special issue, "Mysteries: From Creation to Consumption," Collection Management 29.3/4 (2005): 5-19.
"Embracing the Challenge of Change Through Collegial Decision-Making," co-authored with Kathie Martin. Currents and Convergence: Proceedings of the Twefth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Ed. Hugh Thompson. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2005. 32-38.
Sources in the Library of Babel." LOEX Quarterly 31.4
"Google's Digitization Project: What Difference Will it Make?" Library Issues 25.4 (March 2005).
"Go Ahead, Book Me." Library Journal (November 15, 2004): 26, 28. (Part of a cover story on university presses.)
"Common Ground: Libraries and Learning." Library Issues 25.1 (September 2004).
Authors and the Crisis in Publishing." Against the
Grain 16.3 (June 2004).
and Space: Libraries and the Cartography of Knowledge." Invited essay
in Musings, Meanderings, and Monsters, Too: Essays on
Academic Librarianship, ed. Martin Raish. Lanham, MD:
Scarecrow, 2003. 41-50.
Devil in the Details: Media Representation of 'Ritual Abuse' and
Evaluation of Sources." SIMILE: Studies in Media
and Information Literacy Education 3.2: May 2003.
do They Know? Assessing the Library's Contribution to Student
Issues 23.3 (January 2003).
[fiction] New York: Dell, 2002.
of Reference." The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 14, 2002, B20.
Publishing: A Report from the Front." portal:
Libraries and the Academy 1.4 (October 2001): 509-523.
Leonard's Legman: A Full-Time Researcher Helps the Renowned Mystery
Writer Keep it Real." American Libraries 32.4
(April 2001): 82-84.
Leadership in Academic Libraries." Coauthored with David
Lesniaski, Kris Huber MacPherson, and Steve McKinzie. Crossing
the Divide: Proceedings of the Tenth National Conference of the
Association of College and Research Libraries. Ed. Hugh
Thompson. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2001,
BI to IL: The Paths of Two Liberal Arts Colleges." Coauthored
with Elizabeth O. Hutchins and Kris Huber MacPherson. Crossing
the Divide: Proceedings of the Tenth National Conference of the
Association of College and Research Libraries. Ed. Hugh
Thompson. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2001,
"Balancing the Trade-Offs: Pros and Cons of Library Technology," Library Issues 19.1 (September 1998).
for the Camera: Narrative Strategies in Brazil," Literature/Film
Quarterly 42.3 (1996): 288-292.
World Women's Literatures: A Dictionary and Guide to Materials in
English. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1995.
Communities: Encouraging Dialogue Between Composition and Bibliographic
Instruction." Invited chapter in Writing Across the
Curriculum and the Academic Library: Implications for Bibliographic
Instruction, ed. Jean Sheridan, Westport, CT: Greenwood
Press, 1995, 33-51.
the Rhetorical Dimensions of Research." Research
Strategies 11.4 (Fall 1993): 211-219.
Research Processes of Undergraduate Students." Journal
of Academic Librarianship18 (July 1992): 163-169.
Ground: The Composition/Bibliographic Instruction Connection."
In Academic Libraries: Achieving Excellence in Higher
Education, ed. Tom Kirk, Chicago: ACRL, 1992.
of Authority: A Case Study Approach to Using Primary Sources." In Judging
the Validity of Information Sources: Teaching Critical Analysis in
Bibliographic Instruction, ed. Linda Shirato, Ann Arbor:
our Silent Sisters: Third World Women's Literature." Choice
29 (September 1991): 39-47.
the Renaissance: Dramatic Presentations in an Art History Class,"
co-authored with Linnea Wren. Research Strategies 8
(Fall 1990): 200-203.
Research as a Social Act: Collaborative Learning and the Library,"
29 (Summer 1990): 505-509. (This article was named one of the twenty
best articles of the year by the American Library Association's Library
Instruction Round Table.)
material to several Bedford/St. Martin's publications including The
Everyday Writer, The Bedford Handbook, Literature and its Writers,
Elements of Argument, A Writers Reference, A Pocket Guide to Writing in
and Documentation in the Electronic Age, Rules for Writers,
The Bedford Guide for College Writers, and The Bedford Guide to the Research Process.
The Web version of Research and Documentation
in the Electronic Age was chosen for the sixth annual "Best
Free Reference Web Sites" chosen by the MARS section
of RUSA, the American Library Association's reference division (Fall
Columnist for Library Journal's Academic Newswire, April 2009 --.
Book reviewer for Reviewing the Evidence.
One Book, One College: Common Reading Programs, a list of reading programs on college campuses.
"Creating a 'Let's Do It' Organizational Culture." Ontario Library Association Superconference, January 2015.
"The Radical Promise of the Academic Library." Presentation/discussion at the Iowa Library Association, ACRL section, Cedar Rapids, October 2014.
"The Mystery of it All: Why We Enjoy Crime Fiction." Iowa Library Association, Cedar Rapids, October 2014.
"How Students Learn & How the Library Can Help," Harvard Libraries, June 2014. Slides.
"Inventing the Library: Threshold Concepts and the Undergraduate Researcher," Maine Academic Libraries Day, Colby College, June 2014.
"Connecting Communities: Creating Meaning-Maker Spaces in Our Libraries," Library Technology Conference, Macalester College, St. Paul, March 2014. Slides. Video.
"Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library," The Digital Shift, an online conference sponsored by Library Journal, October 2013.
"Hacking Knowledge: Information Literacy as Creative Participation," Michigan Library Association Academic Libraries conference, Traverse City, May 2013.
"Decode Academy," LOEX national conference, Nashville, May 2013.
for Keeps: Lifelong Learning in the Ludic Library," Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference, October
"Conventionally Unconventional: Lisbeth Salander's Sisters in Crime," presented at Stieg Larsson and Scandinavian Crime Fiction: An International Symposium, UCLA, May 20-21, 2011.
in Crime at the Quarter Century: Advocacy, Community, and Change"
presented on a panel "Readers Reading Mysteries" at the Popular
Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference,
San Antonio TX, April 2011.
Why Sources Matter - and Citing Them Correctly Doesn't"
presented on a panel, “Looking the Wrong Way: Tales of
Misdirection and a Call for Radical Revision in the Teaching of
Citation (#burnthemanual),” given at the Conference on College
Composition and Communication Annual Conference, Atlanta, April 2011. slides.
"Common Cause: How Scholarship Became a Commodity and What Libraries Can Do to Reclaim the Commons," University of Wisconsin Libraries, September 21, 2010. slides.
"Open Access and Books in a Digital Age," Metropolitan Library System, Chicago, June 9, 2010.
"Reader's Advisory for Mysteries," Minnesota Library Association Reader's Advisory Round Table Annual Retreat, May 2010.
"Read/Write Culture: What Open Means for Learning, Research, and Creativity," Iowa Library Association / Association of College and Research Libraries Annual Conference, April 2010.
"Information Literacy in the Liberal Arts," presentation for the MnObe Mini-Immersion workshop, Gustavus Adolphus College, August 2009 (.pptx format)."Reading matters: Examining the Role of Recreational Reading in Academic Libraries" with Julie Gilbert, Library Research Roundtable presentation at the American Library Association Annual Conference, 2009.
"Academic and Intellectual Freedom Climate on Campus," panel presentation for the Association of College and Research Libraries Intellectual Freedom Committee at the American Library Association Annual Conference, 2009.
"Open Access and Books in a Digital World - What Role Should Libraries Play?" talk presented at the ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy advisory committee retreat, November 2008.
"Engaging Institutions in Improving Student Learning Through a National Study." Panel presentation at the Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference, April 2008.
"Why I Teach and Why it Matters," panelist at the NEA/AFT Higher Education Joint Conference in Washington DC, March 2008 responding to the "Why I Teach" Free Exchange on Campus blog meme.
"Inventing the Library." Presentation and workshop for the Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus, Ohio, December 2007.
"Information Literacy in a Wired World," workshop presented at the University of Illinois at Springfield, March 2007 as part of a two-day consultancy.
"Libraries and the Cartography of Knowledge," keynote address presented at the Alaska Library Association Conference, Anchorage, February 2006. At this conference I also presented a paper, "Reading as a Contact Sport" and conducted two workshops, "Research as a Rhetorical Act" and "Assessing Libraries’ Contribution to Student Learning."
"Smoke and Mirrors: Finding Order in a Chaotic World," plenary address presented at WILU 2005, University of Guelph, Ontario, May 2005. Catalan translation via RECERCAT.
"Libraries and the Patriot Act: Your Loss of Privacy?" panelist at a conference held in St. Paul on May 16, 2005.
"Assessment as Opportunity: Knowing Your Students, Reaching Your Faculty," poster session presented with Michelle Twait at the Association of College and Research Libraries Twelfth National Conference, Minneapolis, April 8th, 2005. Handout.
"Information Literacy and the Marketplace of Anxieties," a workshop prepared for the Ontario Library Association Superconference, Toronto, February 2005.
"Information Literacy: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation," a workshop conducted with Laura Behling for faculty at Carleton College, Northfield MN, Sept 2004.
Point-and-Click Generation Goes to the Library." Presentation
at Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, June 2004.
the Facts, Ma'am: How Crime Fiction Re-Invents Reality."
Continuing Education lecture sponsored by the St. Peter Community and
Family Education program, presented March 16th, 2004.
Set of Eyes: Peer Mentoring Can Be Fun" Workshop presented with
Elizabeth O. Hutchins, sponsored by the Minnesota Oberlin Group
Libraries Reference / Instruction Group, held at Carleton College,
Northfield MN, December 3rd, 2003.
Libraries, Research, and the Facts of Fiction." Presentation
at the Cooperating Libraries in Consortium Annual Retreat held at
Northwestern College, Roseville MN, November 19th, 2003.
Services: Virtual, Digital, and In-Library--A New Model for Effective
Delivery." Panelist for a teleconference produced by the College of
DuPage Office of Special Services, February 7, 2003.
Where We Are and Where We Need to Go." Instruction Dialogue
sponsored by the Academic and Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of the
Minnesota Library Association Minnesota State University, Mankato,
December 9th, 2002
Information Skills in the General Education Curriculum," Workshop for
the faculty of Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, November 19,
Future of Publishing." Panel presentation at the Bouchercon
World Mystery Conference, Austin TX, October 19, 2002.
Y Comes to the Library . . . Or Not: Information Seeking Behavior of
Undergraduate Students." Panelist for workshop held at Minnesota State
University, Mankato, April 11 2002.
Students to Good Research." Keynote address presented to the
faculty of Lake Forest College, November 7, 2001.
Virtual Library of Babel: Seeking Knowledge in an Information Age."
Keynote address presented at the Association of Lutheran College
Faculties Annual Conference, Gustavus Adolphus College, October 2001.
Literacy Pilot Project, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.
Workshop for faculty on information literacy standards and assessment,
with Molly Pederson, May 2001.
Tradition and Innovation: A Visionary Future for Libraries."
Minitex Conference panel, Plymouth, MN, April 2001.
Literacy: Connecting Standards and Objectives to Programs and
Curriculum: Case Studies of Early Implementers." Panel presentation at
the Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference,
to Make Shared Leadership Happen," College Libraries Section panel,
American Library Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, June 1999.
Crossings: Strengthening Collaboration for Meaningful Student Inquiry,"
invited keynote presentation at the ACM Bibliographic Instruction
Conference, St. Olaf College, October 1998.
Higher Education Becomes a Business, What Happens to Traditional
Library Values?" College Libraries Section Panel, American Library
Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., June 1998.
Research Processes of Undergraduates," presentation to the College
Libraries in Consortium Bibliographic Instruction Taskforce, Fall 1991.
Connect: Writing Instruction and BI," presented at the Minnesota
Library Association annual conference, October 1989.
Understanding Threshold Concepts in Undergraduate Research and Inquiry, with Michelle Twait, funded by the Mansergh-Stuessy Fund for College Innovation, awarded January 2014.
Recipient of the Gustavus Faculty Scholarship Award, 2009.
Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant to develop a comprehensive website on Scandinavian crime fiction in English translation, 2008.
Kendall Center Departmental Mini-grant to develop curriculum mapping for information literacy, with Julie Gilbert, 2008.
Bush Departmental Mini-Grant to involve new students in an online discussion of the book chosen for the campus Common Reading before they arrive on campus, 2005.
"How Crime Fiction Reflects Social Anxieties," funded by the college's Research, Scholarship, and Creativity (RSC) Fund, 2004.
Teaching and Learning Mini-Grant to support a project for understanding
student research processes in a hybrid print/electronic environment,
awarded October 2001.
Leadership Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library
support a two-year research and demonstration project to enhance
developmental research skills across the undergraduate curriculum in a
hybrid print/electronic information environment. Co-directed with Sandy
Fuhr. Awarded September 1999.
from Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to attend the
HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration,
Bryn Mawr College, June 23-July 16, 1996.
World Women's Literature," funded by the RSC, 1990.
Scholar's Grant to develop a research course, 1990.
Reading Workshop, Spring 2011, 2012, 2013
Books & Culture, January 2009; January 2011, January 2013
First Term Seminar: The Mysterious World, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010
First Term Seminar: Common Readers, Fall 2006.
to Library Research, Spring 1992, 1993, 1995.
Research Seminar: The Manhattan Project, January 1990, 1991.
Supervised fifteen independent study projects.
Member, San Jose State University School of Information's Program Advisory Committee for Information Intermediation and Instruction, 2015--
Editorial board member, Journal of Creative Library Practice, 2013--
Board member and Monitoring Project coordinator, Sisters in Crime, 2010--
Editorial board member of College and Research Libraries, Association of College and Research Libraries, 2008--2011.
Editorial board member of Publications in Librarianship, Association of College and Research Libraries, 2008--2011.
Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Information Literacy, American Library Association, 2000-2001.
Blog Advisory Board member for the Assciation of College and Research Libraries, 2005--2007.
Contributing editor, Library Issues: Briefings for Faculty and Administrators, 2004-- .
Writing Program Advisory Board member, 2013-14.
First Term Seminar Advisory Board member, 2013-14.
Ex-officio member Curriculum Committee, Academic Operations Committee, Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee, Academic Technology Committee, 1997-2001, 2008-2013
Gustavus 150 Community Engagement Task Force member, 2008-09. Technology
Services Planning Core Committee member, 2008-09.
Commission Gustavus 150 Community Engagement Task Force member, 2008-09.
Technology Services Planning Core Committee member, 2008-09.
Reading in Common Book Selection Committee chair, 2008-2009.
Personnel Committee, 2005-2007.
Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Academic Planning, 2005-2006.
Program Assessment and Development Committee, 2001-02, 2004-2007.
Course Approval Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee, 2004-2007.
President's Inaugural Symposium Committee, 2003-2004.
Writing Program Advisory Committee, 2002-2004.
Women's Studies Personnel Committee Chair, 2002.
Bush Planning Advisory Committee member, 1999-2001.
Chair, Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee, 1998.
Instructional Resources Committee, 1994-95.
Chair of Humanities Area, General Education Committee, 1988-93.
January Term Committee, 1992-93.
Faculty Development Committee, 1989-92.
Writing Program Committee, 1988-92.