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K. Krueger
Dr. Karla Krueger

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator
School Library Studies

Dr. Karla Krueger, Associate Professor in the School Library Studies program, was formerly a teacher librarian at Southeast Webster Schools and at New Hampton High School. She joined the School Library Studies faculty in 2004 and has taught Introduction to the School Library Program, Library Orientation, Seminar in Web Design for the School Library, Seminar in Inquiry Learning and Information Literacy, Practicum, Research in Library and Information Science, and Reference Services and Information Retrieval.

Krueger co-directed the INTIME project at UNI, a U.S. Department of Education Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology grant, and the website was chosen for the 101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers by the International Society for Technology in Education. She was co-editor of the Iowa Association of School Librarians Journal. In addition, she has published several articles and has presented at local and national conferences.

Recent works include:

Krueger, K. S. (2014). The school librarian role in the FIRST LEGO League team project. In V. Gubnitskaia & C. Smallwood (Eds.), How to STEM: Science, technology, engineering, and math education in libraries (pp. 107-117). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow.

Bosma, K., Rule, A., & Krueger, K. (2013). Social studies content reading about the American Revolution enhanced with graphic novels. Social Studies Research and Practice, 8(1), 59-76.

Krueger, K. S. (2013). Evaluating information with ABCD (authority, bias, coverage, and date). School Library Monthly, 30(1), 36-38.

Krueger, K. S. & Donham, J. (2013). Professional staffing levels and fourth-grade student research in rural schools with high poverty levels. School Library Research, 16, 1-24.

Krueger, K. (2012). The status of statewide subscription databases. School Library Research, 15, 1-9.

Krueger, K. S. & Stefanich, G. F. (2011). The school librarian as an agent of scientific inquiry for students with disabilities. Knowledge Quest 39(3), 40-47.

Krueger, K. (2010).  Inquiry through Reference Using Extinct Animals. School Library Monthly, 26(9), 38-40.

Krueger, K. (2010). Resources for inquiry research about presidents. School Library Monthly, 26(7), 37-39.

Krueger, K. (2009). A case study of a rural Iowa school preparing to meet new state guidelines for school libraries. School Library Media Research, 12.




B.A. - English Education, Luther College
M.A. - School Library Media Studies, University of Northern Iowa
Ed.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, University of Northern Iowa


Joan Bessman Taylor

Dr. Joan Bessman Taylor

Associate Professor
School Library Studies


Dr. Joan Bessman Taylor has been a library educator for 15 years and a literacy teacher even longer. Prior to joining the School Library Studies program at UNI as an Associate Professor, she was faculty in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. There she educated library professionals entering various information contexts: school, public, academic and special libraries as well as strictly virtual environments. While a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, she helped create an initial licensure program allowing students to pursue an MLS in Library and Information Science and K-12 teacher licensure concurrently.  She then served as its Program Coordinator supervising student teachers in the library, developing curriculum, and navigating the ever-changing requirements from the Board of Education.  Before becoming a librarian, she was a residential faculty member at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science living and working with high school students and also a middle school Language Arts teacher. 

Taylor has served on statewide committees in Illinois and Iowa devoted to developing criteria for Teacher Librarian licensure and establishing best practices for the profession.  She is particularly interested in library and literacy advocacy as seen in her service on the Advisory Committee for the State Library of Iowa’s Center for the Book and as a volunteer facilitator for a men’s book group in one of Iowa’s prisons.  She has published both articles and book chapters on social reading practices and presented at international, national and state conferences.

Recent works include:

Taylor, Joan Bessman. (2013). “Locating the Library in the Non-Library Censorship of the 1950’s: Ideological Negotiations in the Professional Record”. In The Library and the Reading Public in Twentieth Century America. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press): 168-184.


Taylor, Joan Bessman. (2012). “Producing Meaning through Interaction: Book Groups and the Social Context of Reading”. In From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. Edited by Anouk Lang. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press): 142-158.


Taylor, Joan Bessman. (2008). With Andrew Smith. “Book Groups.” Chapter 6. Research-Based Readers’ Advisory. Edited by Jessica E. Moyer. (Chicago: ALA Editions): 111-133.


Taylor, Joan Bessman. (2007). “Good for What? Non-appeal, Discussibility, and Book Groups (Part One),” Reference and User Services Quarterly 47: 33-36.


Taylor, Joan Bessman. (2007). “Good for What? Non-appeal, Discussibility, and Book Groups (Part Two),” Reference and User Services Quarterly 48: 27-31.



B.A. - English, Spring Hill College
M.Ed. - Secondary Education, University of South Alabama
M.L.I.S - Library and Information Science, University of Southern Mississippi
Ph.D. - Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Alisa Weeks

School Library Studies

Alisa Weeks taught English and social studies in Washington State. As program secretary for School Library Studies, she now helps students with admissions, manages the office and assists with publications.  Her office is located in Rod Library 125, and her phone is (319) 273-2050.