Research

Connected Learning and Youth Development
Libraries, Tabletop Roleplaying Games, and Teen Identity Development
I conducted a literature review on the possibilities of library tabletop roleplaying game programs as a way for libraries to support teens’ identity development. This literature review is in revision before submission for publication.

Special Education in School Libraries
Special Education Training for School Librarians
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 will be presented as a poster at the 2016 American Library Association

School Librarians’ Professional Development
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 will develop and implement a continuing education curriculum that will enable school librarians to become more culturally competent educators. This ties into my interest in school librarians’ professional development.

Cultivating a Community of School Librarian Scholars
I conducted a literature review on school librarians’ participation in research and scholarship and how this participation might be improved. This literature review is in revision before submission for publication.

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. The landscape for school library leadership has radically changed since I wrote my paper in 2011; I am in the process of designing a follow-up study that will examine this new landscape on a national scale.