Research

Research Interests:

  • connected learning in libraries (especially as it manifests through fandom, gaming, and making)
  • youth services
  • library support for teen identity development
  • school librarians’ professional development

Research Skills:

  • identifying relevant literature using research databases
  • synthesizing literature
  • identifying research questions
  • designing qualitative research: selecting appropriate sampling procedures and research methods
  • conducting interviews
  • conducting observations
  • analyzing qualitative data using line-by-line coding, in vivo coding, and thematic analysis
  • presenting findings via posters and papers

In Progress

Library gaming-related qualitative research project.

Project READY: Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth
From 2016 – 2019, I will be working as a graduate assistant on Project Ready, an IMLS-funded project in which my colleagues and I developed and implemented a continuing education curriculum that will enable school librarians to become more culturally competent educators. We are in the process of developing an online curriculum based on the face-to-face professional development program.

Completed
Special Education Training for School Librarians (PDF)
I conducted a content analysis of school librarian preparation program websites to determine the extent to which these programs prepare preservice school librarians to work with special education students. The results of this study were presented as a poster at the 2016 American Library Association

The Transformational Leadership Practices of National Board Certified School Librarians in North Carolina
My Master’s paper explored the self-reported transformational leadership practices of National Board Certified School Librarians in North Carolina and how those practices related to school librarians’ ability to carry out leadership guidelines as identified in the American Association of School Librarians publication, Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs.

“A Real Fun Scene”: Learning Improvisational Comedy in Community; Unlocking the Door to Adventure: Creating a Community of Practice in Improvisational Comedy
These two small-scale, unpublished research studies feature qualitative methods including interviewing and participant observation, thematic data analysis, and application of Lave and Wenger’s Community of Practice framework.