The CV on this page comprises highlights of important or recent work. My complete CV can here as a PDF document (81.3 kb, Acrobat 7.0).
Ph.D. - Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1995)
Dissertation: "'The Strength of the Inconspicuous:' Youth Services Librarians,
the American Library Association, and Intellectual Freedom for the Young, 1939-1955."
Director: Dianne McAfee Hopkins, University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.A. - English/Children's Literature, Eastern Michigan University (1989)
M.S. - Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1973)
B.A. - English/Art, Macalester College (1971)
Illinois Certificate - 2006-2011
Special K-12 Teaching - Media
Director, Center for Children's Books, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007-present)
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001-present)
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995-2001)
Instructor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994-1995)
Intellectual Freedom Information Coordinator, Children's Cooperative Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989-1991)
Media Specialist/Librarian K-6, Bach Open Elementary School, Ann Arbor Public Schools (1986-1989)
Media Specialist/Librarian K-6, Wines Elementary School, Ann Arbor Public Schools (1976-1986)
Media Specialist/Librarian 7-9, Clague Intermediate School, Ann Arbor Public Schools (1979-1983)
Media Specialist/Librarian 7-9, Forsythe Junor High School, Ann Arbor Public Schools (1978-1979)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Graduate School of Library and Information Science Centennial Scholar (2006)
Campus Award for Excellence in Off-Campus Teaching (2002-2003)
Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award finalist (1999-2000)
"List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students" - 21 semesters (1994-2008)
American Library Association - Library History Round Table
1998 Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award - Certificate of Merit (1998)
Association for Library and Information Science Education
Award for Teaching Excellence in the Field of LIS Education (2008)
1992 Jane Anne Hannigan Research Award (1992)
National Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Seminar for School Teachers fellow
"Tales of the Brothers Grimm" Wayne State U. (Summer 1987)
Articles and Chapters:
"Romancing the Muse of History: The Secret Garden, Mary Lennox, and Me." chapter in A Narrative Compass: Women's Scholarly Journeys. Edited by Betsy Hearne and Roberta Seelinger Trites. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009. 131-140.
"The Watsons Go to NRC—2007: Crossing Academic Boundaries in the Study of Children’s Literature." by Patricia Enciso, Christine Jenkins, Karen Coats, and Shelby Wolf. National Reading Conference Yearbook 57 (2008): 219-230.
"Book Challenges, Challenging Books, and Young Readers: The Research Picture." Language Arts 85 (January 2008): 228-236.
"Two Hundred Years of Young Adult Library Services History: A Chronology," co-author with Anthony Bernier, Mery K. Chelton, and Jennifer Burek Pierce. VOYA 28 (June 2005): 106-111. Update: Youth Participation Milestones and More (August 2007)
"Effie Louise Power: Librarian, Educator, Author," by Melanie A. Kimball, Christine A. Jenkins, and Betsy Hearne. Library Trends 52 (Spring 2004): 924-951.
"The Virtual Classroom as Ludic Space" chapter in: Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education: Research and Practice (pp. 229-242). Edited by Caroline Haythornthwaite & Michelle M. Kazmer. New York: Peter Lang, 2004.
"Annie on Her Mind." School Library Journal 49 (June 2003): 48-50.
"International Harmony: Threat or Menace? U.S. Youth Services Librarians and Cold War Censorship, 1946-1955." chapter in: Books, Libraries, Reading, and Publishing in the Cold War. Edited by Hermina G. B. Anghelescu and Martine Poulain. Washington, DC: Center for the Book, Library of Congress, 2002. 116-130.
"The History of Youth Services Librarianship: A Review of the Research Literature." Libraries and Culture, 35 (Winter 2000): 103-140.
"Mapping the Dimensions of a Dynamic Field," co-author with Caroline Haythornthwaite, Geoffry Bowker, and W. Boyd Rayward. Journal of the American Society of Information Science, 50 (October 1999): 1092-1095.
"Sacred Texts: What Our Foremothers Left Us in the Way of Psalms, Proverbs, Precepts, and Practices," co-author with Betsy Hearne. Horn Book Magazine, 75 (September/October 1999): 536-558.
"From Queer to Gay and Back Again: Young Adult Novels with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-1997." Library Quarterly, 68 (July 1998): 298-334.
"The Cycle of Story: From Fireplace to Marketplace; 'The Kids Keep Tearing Their Jeans'" chapter in: Story: from Fireplace to Cyberspace: Connecting Children and Narrative (pp. 84-98). Edited by Betsy Hearne, Janice M. Del Negro, Christine Jenkins, and Deborah Stevenson. 39th Allerton Park Institute. Champaign, IL: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
"The Baby-Sitters Club and Cultural Diversity, or Book #X: Jessie and Claudia Get Lost," chapter in: Using Multiethnic Literature in the K-8 Classroom, (pp. 193-218). Edited by Violet J Harris. Boston, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers, 1997.
"Professional Jurisdiction and ALA Youth Services Women: Of Nightingales, Newberies, Realism, and the Right Books, 1937-1945." (Imagination and Scholarship: The Contributions of Women to American Youth Services and Literature.) Library Trends, 44 (Spring 1996): 813-839.
"'Since So Many of Today's Librarians Are Women': Women and Intellectual Freedom in U.S. Librarianship, 1890-1990," chapter in: Reclaiming the American Library Past: Writing the Women In. Edited by Suzanne Hildenbrand. New York: Ablex, 1996. 221-249.
"History of Public Library Service to Children," essay in: Encyclopedia of Library History. Edited by Wayne Wiegand and Donald Davis. Hamden, CT: Garland, 1994. 127-131.
"Young Adult Novels with Gay/Lesbian Characters and Themes, 1969-1982: A Historical Reading of Content, Gender, and Narrative Distance," Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, 7 (Fall 1993): 43-55.
The Heart Has Its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content 1969-2004, co-author with Michael Cart. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2006.
Novel Experiences: Literature Units for Book Discussion Groups in the Elementary Grades, co-author with Sally Freeman. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1991.
Thematic Journal Issue:
"Libraries in Times of War, Revolution, and Social Change." (co-editor with W. Boyd Rayward) Proceedings of Library History Seminar XI: Libraries in Times of War, Revolution and Social Change, held at the UIUC Allerton Conference Center. October 27-30, 2005. Library Trends 55 (Winter 2007). 755 pages.
Julia L. Mickenberg, Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006) Library Quarterly 76 (July 2006): 373-375.
The New Advocate (1998-00)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (1994-03)
School Library Journal (1994-95)
Journal of Youth Services in Libraries (1993-98)
Feminist Bookstore News (1986-93)
Interracial Books for Children Bulletin (1981-86)
The following is a summary of past and current service. For a more detailed list, please see my full CV (available as a PDF file), here.
American Library Association (1976-present)
Association for Library Service to Children
member, 2001 Newbery Committee (2000-01)
member, 1990 Caldecott Committee (1989-90)
member/chair, ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee - member/chair (1985-89)
Intellectual Freedom Round Table
member/chair, Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award Committee (2006-08)
member, Board of Directors (1993-95, 97-99)
trustee, LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund (1990-93)
Library History Round Table
member, Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award Committee (2007-10)
co-chair, Library History Seminar XI Planning Committee (2002-06)
vice-chair/chair-elect, chair, past chair (2001-04)
member, Justin Winsor Award Jury (1997-00)
member, Board of Directors (1997-00)
American Association of School Librarians
Social Responsibilities Round Table
Young Adult Library Service Association
Association for Library and Information Science Education (1990-present)
National Reading Conference (1992-present)
Program Co-chair, Area 1: Children's, Young Adult, and Adult Literature (1993-95)
Illinois State Board of Education
Advisory Group to the Illinois Professional Development Framework:
Library Information Specialist Content Advisory Committee (2003-05)
Technology Content-Area Standards Committee (1999-00)
Advisory Team: Initial Professional Preparation (1997-98)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Provost's Committee on Faculty Retention (2002-present)
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Youth Literature Interest Group (2004-present)
College of Education
Youth Literature Festival Planning Committee (2007-09)
Council on Teacher Education Executive Committee (2000-present)
Education and Social Science Library
School Collection (Children's/YA Literature) Advisory Committee (1999-present)
Children's Literature in Education
Editorial Board (2008-present)
Journal of LGBT Youth
Editorial Board (2007-present)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Advisory Committee (1995-present)
Editorial Board (2004-2008)
Editorial Board (2003-2008)
Selected Conference Presentations:
"An Inquiry-Based Critical Content Analysis of The Day of Ahmed's Secret." Session: Exploring the "Critical" in Critical Content Analysis of Children's Literature. National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (Dec. 2008)
“Of Theories, Tape Recorders, and Texts: Untangling Methods in the Interdisciplinary Study of Children’s Literature.” Invited Session. (co-presenter with Karen Coats, and Pat Enciso) National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (Dec. 2008)
"Three Disciplines, One Text: The Watsons Go to NRC-2007: English, Education, and Library & Information Science." (co-presenter with Karen Coats, Pat Enciso, and Shelby Wolf) National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (Nov. 2007)
"Can You Tell Me How to Get to Klickitat Street? The Unexpected Rise of Henry Huggins." Session: Beverly Cleary: Author for All Seasons Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP '07) Conference, Minneapolis, MN (July 2007)
"Heart Has Its Reasons: A Chronological Portrait of Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2000s." (co-presenter with Michael Cart) National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Nashville, TN (Nov. 2006)
"Lose Not the Nightingale: The Question of Realism in Children's Literature, 1922-1945." Education and the Culture of Print in Modern America: Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America Biennial Conference, Madison, WI (Sep. 2006)
"A Tale of Two Phoenixes: From Edwardian England to Cold War America." Session: Transformation of Iconic Images in Children's Literature. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP '06) Conference, The Hague, the Netherlands (July 2006)
“A Slippery Slope - Ethics for Teens in an Information Age.” (co-presenter with Frances Jacobson Harris) YALSA Technology for Young Adults Committee, American Library Association 2005 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (June 2005)
"'Providing Food for Hungry Minds': American Librarians, the CARE-UNESCO Children's Book Fund, and the Cold War, 1950-1958." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP '04) Conference, Lyons, France (July 2004)
"Desperately Seeking Community: Theorizing a Model for Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2002." National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ (Dec. 2003)
"Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian Content,1969-2003: Sad-eyed Loners and the Search for Community." YALSA/CLA/ALA-GLBTRT joint program, American Library Association/Canadian Library Association Annual Conference, Toronto, ON (June 2003)
"Annie On My Mind: Preservice Teachers Rethinking the Rules of Engagement." National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (Dec. 2002)
"'A New Sense of World Brotherhood--and the Will to Express It': Youth Services Librarians and Cold War Censorship, 1946-1955." American Studies Association, Houston, TX (Nov. 2002)
"Practice Informs Theory Informs Practice: What We Can Learn from Intellectual Freedom Research." American Association of School Librarians/AASL/ALSC/YALSA IFCs joint program, American Library Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (June 2002)
"'Making the World Safe for the Janey Larkins': The Rise of Realism in Children's Literature, 1921-1945." National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (Dec. 2001)
"Expansion and Growth in Turbulent Times: The Monroe Years, 1963-1971," co-presenter with Susan Searing. Centennial Lecture. SLIS Colloquium, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI (May 2001)
"Turning Back to Go Forward: Representing and Reading 'the Truth' in Landmark Historical Literature for Young People." National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ (Nov. 2000)
"The Public Library Goes to School: Tracing the Genesis of School Libraries, 1900-1925." History of Education Society Annual Meeting, 2000, San Antonio, TX (Oct. 2000)
"Marooned in the Mainstream: Thirty Years of Gay/Lesbian Content in Young Adult Fiction." Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) program, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL(July 2000)
"Using the Right Tool for the Job: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Communication in the Virtual Classroom." Teaching Methods SIG Program, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (Jan. 2000)
"Does Cream Really Rise to the Top? H.W. Wilson's Children's Catalog and the Children's Canon, 1909-1996." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) Conference, Madison, WI (July 1999)
"Feminist Pedagogy in the Virtual Classroom." Gender Issues SIG Program, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA (Jan. 1999)
"Down the Road from the Car Crash: Gay/Lesbian Books for a Post-Post-Stonewall Generation," co-presenter with Roger Sutton. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) program, American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC (June 1998)
"ALA Librarians vs. McCarthyism: The Evolution of ALA's Library Bill of Rights, 1938-1948," co-presenter with Ellen Schrecker and Fay Golden. Library History Round Table Program, American Library Association 1998 Annual Conference, Washington, DC (June 1998)
"International Harmony, Threat or Menace? U.S. Youth Services Librarians and Cold War Censorship, 1946-1955." Books, Libraries, Reading and Publishing in the Cold War Conference. IFLA Library History Round Table, ALA Library History Round Table, Paris, FRANCE (June 1998)
"The Online Classroom: An Instructor's Perspective." American Association for Information Science (ASIS) Mid-Year Conference, Orlando, FL (May 1998)
"Aesthetic Reading and Critical Thinking: Student Book Discussion Group Leadership for the Teacher-Librarian." IASL-ATLC Joint Conference, (International Association of School Librarianship/Association for Teacher-Librarianship in Canada), Vancouver, BC, CANADA (July 1997)
"From Queer to Gay and Back Again: A History of Gay/Lesbian Content in Young Adult Literature." Defining Print Culture for Youth: Children and Reading Since 1876, Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America Biennual Conference, Madison, WI (May 1997)
"Asking and Telling: Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian Content." 13th Annual Virginia Hamilton Children's Literature Conference, Kent, OH (Apr. 1997)
"Taking a Positive Attitude: ALA Youth Services Librarians as Leaders, 1930-1960," Library History Round Table Program, American Library Association Annual Conference, New York City, NY (July 1996)
"'The Strength of the Inconspicuous': American Children's Librarians and Censorship Resistance in Cold War America." Berkshire Conference in Women's History, Chapel Hill, NC (June 1996)
"ALA Youth Services Librarians and the CARE-Unesco Children's Book Fund: Selecting the 'Right Book' for Children in Cold War America." Library History Seminar IX: Libraries & Philanthropy, Tuscaloosa, AL (March 1995)
"A Cautious Inclusion: Books with African-American Content Enter the Canon of Children's Literature, 1940-1970." National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (Dec. 1994)
"Partner and I: Progressive Era Female Partnerships in the 20th Century." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (April 1994)
"Who Are 'They'? Who Are 'We'? Young Adult Novels, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Content, and Narrative Voice, 1969-1992." Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Toronto, CANADA (Dec. 1993)
"A Woggle of Witches in Wisconsin: The Meanings of Witchcraft Fears in Children's Book Censorship." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (April, 1993)
"Old Problems, New Labels: P.C., Pressure Groups, and Library Services to Young People." Association of College and Research Libraries Women's Studies Section, American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (June 199
"Vera B. Williams' Bread and Roses Trilogy." Children's Literature Association Annual Conference, Mankato, MN (May 1989)
"Dressed to Fool: The Folklore of Children's Halloween Costumes." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO (Apr. 1989)