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Joan Bessman Taylor

Associate Professor - School Library Studies, Coordinator - School Library Studies
(319) 273-2192

126 Rod Library
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0462

Courses Taught: 

Administration of the School Library Program
Library Resources for Young Adults
Research in Library and Information Science
Technologies for Libraries

Research Interests: 

The Social Dimensions of Reading
Reading Engagement
Evolution of Concepts of Intellectual Freedom
Catalysts and Barriers to Recreational Reading
Readers Advisory
School Librarians as Literacy Leaders

Selected Publications: 

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.

Professional Affiliations: 

American Library Association
Iowa Library Association
American Association of School Librarians
Iowa Association of School Librarians
Young Adult Library Services Association
Association for Library Services to Children

Ph.D.

Education: 

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