Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods

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Contributor Bios

(Up-to-date at time of publication in 2010.)

Maria T. Accardi is Assistant Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN. She holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in English from the University of Louisville.

Jill Burkert is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast, where she teaches graduate courses in special education and provides onsite classroom support for teachers in Alaska’s remote, rural, and Native communities.

Jason Coleman is Service Coordinator at Kansas State University Libraries. He earned his MLS from Emporia State University in 2007. His research interests include reference interviewing in virtual settings, staff training through social software, motivation in information literacy instruction, and knowledge-management for reference.

Jonathan Cope is a reference/instruction librarian at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

Emily Drabinski is Electronic Resources and Instruction Librarian at Long Island University, Brooklyn. She sits on the board of Radical Teacher, a socialist, feminist, anti-racist journal of teaching theory and practice.

Damian Duffy is a PhD candidate in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a founder of the Eye Trauma Comics collective ( He is also a comics creator and comics art curator.

Thomas Scott Duke is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast, where he coordinates graduate programs in special education and teaches courses in special education, multicultural education, and qualitative research methods.

Cathy Eisenhower is author of the poetry collections clearing without reversal (Edge 2008) and would with and (Roof 2009), and co-translates the works of Argentine poet Diana Bellessi. She has published articles on gaming and research pedagogy, and, along with Dolsy Smith, started open-access scholarly publishing at GWU’s Gelman Library.

Sara Franks received two Master’s degrees, in Library Science and English, from Indiana University- Bloomington in 2007. She is currently the Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she develops the information literacy program, acts as liaison to the English and Sociology departments, and teaches composition.

Dr. Daren Graves is the Director of the Urban Master’s Program at Simmons College. As a teacher educator, he is committed to preparing teachers who see urban youth as assets in the teaching and learning process. His research interest involves the interplay of school culture and racial identity on the academic performance of students of color.

Benjamin R. Harris is an Assistant Professor and Instruction/Liaison Librarian at Trinity University’s Coates Library in San Antonio, Texas. Aside from research on the relationship between values and information literacy development, he has published and taught courses on visual information literacy.

Lisa Hooper graduated from Indiana University with a master degree in library science emphasizing in music librarianship. She also holds an MM (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Her research in music and archival ethics has been presented at various conferences. Lisa is head music and media librarian at Tulane University.

Hiromitsu Inokuchi (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison) has recently earned his MLS at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Currently, he is a visiting professor of Asian Studies at the SUNY-Buffalo and a volunteer cataloger at the Far Eastern Library at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto).

Heidi LM Jacobs is an Information Literacy Librarian and the English subject librarian at the University of Windsor’s Leddy Library. Her current research involves information literacy, literary history, and digitization.

Gretchen Keer is Instruction Services Librarian at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. She also has five years experience teaching and planning information literacy curricula in a community college setting, and a deep investment in progressive education. She can be contacted at

Bryan M. Kopp, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, Coordinator of University Writing Programs, and former Associate Director of the College Lesson Study Project at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His current research focuses on the rhetoric of teaching and learning across the disciplines.

Alana Kumbier is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Wellesley College. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University, where she worked in the areas of critical archival studies, science studies, disability studies, and visual cultural studies. Alana earned her M.L.I.S. from Kent State University.

Sharon Ladenson is the Gender Studies and Communications Librarian at Michigan State University. She has researched and presented on the history of Michigan women library leaders, and gender and library management. She contributes regularly to the American Library Association’s Library Instruction Round Table News, and writes reviews for Feminist Collections.

Mary McGowan was the Coordinator of the MassBLAST program at Simmons College. She has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a Master of Science in Film from Boston University.

Ruth Mirtz is Education Librarian and Assistant Professor at J. D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi. Her most recent work in library science include the presentation “College Students Encounter Databases: Major and Minor Obstacles in Academic Searches” at the Michigan Academy in 2009 and a chapter forthcoming entitled “The Changing Scholarly Article and the Googlization of Student Search Skills.”

Yoshiko Nozaki is Associate Professor of comparative and international education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her recent book, War Memory, Nationalism, and Education in Postwar Japan, 1945-2007 won the AERA Division B Curriculum Studies Outstanding Book Award.

Kim Olson-Kopp, M.L.S., M.F.A., is the Outreach and Technology Librarian at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Mary Caton Lingold is a Master’s candidate in English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has worked as an instructor for the University Libraries’ information literacy program for two years.

Elisabeth Pankl is a Humanities Librarian at Kansas State University Libraries. She received her MLS from the University of North Texas in 2005. Ms. Pankl’s research interests include rhetorical literacy, spatiality, and literary geography.

Elizabeth Peterson is a Humanities Librarian at the University of Oregon. She is the Subject Specialist for Literatures in English, Comparative Literature, Cinema Studies, Creative Writing, and Folklore. John Riddle is the Head Librarian of the Penn State University Fayette campus. He received a B.A. from Drew University and an M.L.S. from Rutgers University. He also has Master’s Degrees in Political Science and Film Studies.

Maura Seale is currently Research and Instruction Librarian/Bibliographer for American History, American Studies, and African American Studies at Georgetown University. She received an M.S.I. from the University of Michigan in 2007 and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2005.

Caroline Sinkinson is Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder University Libraries. She is the Instruction Coordinator/Research and Instruction Librarian at Norlin Library. Her main responsibility is coordinating the Information Literacy component of the first year writing class offered by the University Program for Writing and Rhetoric.

Dolsy Smith is a reference and instruction librarian at the George Washington University.

Troy A. Swanson is Teaching & Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College, where he teaches information literacy and coordinates the library’s online presence. Among his other purlibcations, his article “A Radical Step: Implementing A Critical Information Literacy Model” published in portal: Libraries and the Academy was selected for the Library Instruction Round Table’s list of top instruction articles for 2004.

Doris Ann Sweet is Associate Director for Research Services at the Simmons College Library. From 2005-2009, she was also the Director of the IMLS-funded MassBLAST project, promoting library internships for high school students, based at Simmons College and carried out with nine partner libraries in Massachusetts,

Margaret Rose Torrell is Coordinator of Writing Programs and an Assistant Professor of English at the State University of New York: College at Old Westbury where she teaches courses in Composition, Disability Studies, and Multicultural Literature. She has forthcoming book chapters on the intersection of disability studies and masculinity studies.

Jennifer Diane Ward is an Associate Professor of Library Science at the University of Alaska Southeast, where her main responsibility is to support distance-delivered education. She believes that librarians need teachers and teachers need librarians to achieve critical consciousness in our future generations.