Master's research papers
Each graduate of the School Library Studies program completes a master's research paper or thesis. Selected papers can be found in the UNI ScholarWorks collection of the Rod Library or through the links below. All papers from SLS alumni can be accessed in the SLS office in Rod Library 125.
Frequently referenced paper:
Congratulations to our graduates!
Megan Casey, "Defying the Odds: A Research Based Reading Program Project Guide"
Katie Delaney, "Examining Student Selection Behaviors within Library Fiction Collections"
Sara Fischer, "Book Selection Approaches and the Middle School Students"
Stefanie Kaylor, "Dungeons and Dragons and Literacy: The Role of Tabletop Role-Playing Games Can Play in Developing Teenagers' Literacy Skills and Reading Interests"
Jennifer Kizer, "Teacher Librarians and Technology Leadership"
Elizabeth Pearson, "Collaboration Between School and Public Librarians"
Briana White, "Recreational Reading in Secondary Schools Through Book Clubs"
Mary Heeringa "The Use of Mentor Texts to Teach Writing in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades"
Jacqueline Seidl "A New Vision for a 6-12 Library Science Curriculum"
Heather Garrett "Parent Perceptions of Support from the School Library"
Lisa Gogel "Readers' Advisory for Non Proficient Readers"
Abigail Hendrickson "E-Readers and Struggling Middle School Readers"
Tracie Marshall "Makerspaces and the Iowa Core: Connections in a High School Library"
Joanna Freking-Smith “Female Sexuality in Current Young Adult Literature"
Kimberly Peterson “A Picture Book Biography of Jessie Field Shambaugh"
Emily Baltes “The 21st Century School Teacher Librarian: Trends in the Iowa School Library Survey Data Over the Last Decade”
Tydra Corbin “The 1930s: The Great Depression and Beyond--An Annotated Bibliography”
Emma Folland “An Annotated Bibliography of Materials Recommended for Middle School Classrooms Regarding the Multiple Perspectives on the Causes of the American Civil War”
Andrea Hora “Genrifying the School Library's Fiction Collection”
Katherine Seibel "Annotated Bibliography of Thematically Related Historical Fiction Picture Books and Nonfiction Pairs"
Anne Sellers “Poverty's Effect on Students' 21st Century Skills Acquisition and Learning Experiences”
Amy Seufert “The Public Library Experience: Choosing Books to Read from Predetermined Levels and Its Implications”
Denise Shekleton “Student Achievement in the Area of Inquiry Learning with the Implementation of 1:1 iPads”
Kristen Downes "The Impact of School Library Circulation Policy Change: A Case Study"
Nicole Ruthaivilavan "Teacher Librarians and Literacy Coaches: Their Roles in Reading Support"
Jenny Brenner "Depiction of ADHD in Children's Literature"
Michelle Kruse "Best Practices for Adoption of an Inquiry Learning Model in K-5 Education"
Christine Newell "Poverty and Homelessness: A Content Analysis of Children's Nonfiction Literature"
Cynde Duncan "Why Don't They Read?"
Sarah Holub "The Usefulness of Graphic Novels as Information Sources for Nonfiction Reading"
Melissa Mulder "Technology's Role in Inquiry-Based Learning"
Jennifer Sloan "Using the Apprenticeship Model in a Library Setting"
Julie Barnett "An Investigation of Adolescent Boys' Dispositions Toward Leisure Reading"
Katy Kauffman "The Perceptions of Teacher Librarians and Principals Regarding the Role of the Teacher Librarian in the Implementation of the Iowa Multi-Tiered System of Supports"
Greg Pickett "Resource to Support Teaching Local History in Baxter, Iowa"
Tiffiany Evans "How Fifth Grade Elementary Students Select Books"
Angela Brauns "Getting Graphic: Exploring the Inferential Thinking Skills That Are Required to Comprehend Graphic Novels"
Julie Courter "Library Instruction Designed to Support Core Curriculum"
Chelsey Kolpin "Making Historical Fiction Appealing to Young Adults Through Book Trailers"
Lisa Catherine Riese "Early Childhood Library Resources and Support"
Jessica Zimmerman "An Examination of the Criteria for the Iowa Children's Choice Award List"
Susan Klett "Collaboration of the Teacher Librarian and the Classroom Teacher to Incorporate Literature and Information Literacy Skills into a Sixth Grade Social Studies Unit"
Christine Berlin "Cold Shoulder: An Alaskan Adventure"
Katherine Block "Teacher Perceptions of Graphic Novels"
Jennifer Cole "Portrayal of Latinos in Young Adult Fiction"
Susan Heilig "A Webquest for the Instruction of Appropriate Online Behavior"
Mary Junker "Misconceptions of the Teacher Librarian Role"
Virginia Knapp "Library Paraeducators Training: Assumptions of Facts?"
Kelly Reinhold "Young Adult Memoir Dealing with Alcohol, Abuse, Infidelity, Violence and Poverty"
Katie Rolling "Portrayal of Characters with Disabilities within K-6 Fictional Literature"
David Stanfield "Scheduled Library Visits and Reading Achievement"
Jannette Thrane "Student, Teacher and Parent Perceptions of the Role Accelerated Reader(tm) Plays in Elementary Students' Reading Motivation"
Marci Titera "Teacher Librarian Evaluation in Small Districts in Four Iowa Counties"
Kathy Bottaro "Early Algona: A Digital Story
Dawn Goodale "Multicultural Picture Books: Windows and Mirrors"
Heather Hope "A Story Book for Children with Celiac Disease"
Christine M. Tomlinson "What About the Girls? The Female Fantasy Protagonist in Contemporary Young Adult Literature"
Jill Besler "Teens Read Book Trailers"
Stephanie Callan "Parental Perspective on Technology Integration in PK-2 in a Rural Community School"
Tifini Foglesong "Professional Development for the Library Para Educator: Developing a Guide to Answer Questions About School Libraries in the 21st Century"
Linda Johnson "Access Versus Circulation for Kindergarten Students"
Miranda Kral "Concept-Based Picture Books for Mathematics"
Corinn K. Matheson "School Libraries: Developing a Valuable Resource for Gifted Learners"
Brandee Roelfs "Try to See Me As Me Understanding Autism in Children's Literature"
Michaela Seeman "Boy's Recreational Reading in a One-to-One Computer School"
Amanda Skellenger "Positive Portrayal of Family in Children's Books with Homosexual Characters"
Dyann Vilez "Library and Technology Combined Curriculum for Kindergarten/First Grade Common Core"
Alicia J Patten "Accommodations for Students With Learning Disabilities Within the Library Setting"
Michael Welch "Is She Real or is She Wonder Woman? Finding the Authentic Woman in Graphic Novels and Comic Books"
Brenda Husak ”A Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Information Literacy, Library, and Technology Curriculum Delivered on a Fixed Schedule for Library and Computer Facility Access”
Casey Smelser “A Textural Analysis of the Portrayal of Female Athletes in Young Adult Literature”
Erin Stohlmeyer ”Hope and Despair in Young Adult Science Fiction”
Gwen L Van Dee “A Content Analysis of American Civil War Historical Fiction for Upper Elementary Grades”
Amy Benedict “Accelerated Reader and Sustained Silent Readings Impact on Students’ Motivation to Read”
Paula Bolander “A Research Project Contributing to African American Literature Based in the 1950s Time Period in Midwestern Culture”
Suzanne D. Burris “Connecting Children’s Quilt Literature with the Iowa Core Curriculum Social Studies Standards”
Jenahlee Chamberlain “The Presence of Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Picture Book Illustrations”
April A. Crowder “Immigration as Portrayed in Literature for Youth”
Tricia Fleagle “Middle School Students: Reading Motivation for a School Summer Reading Program”
Carrie Foell “The Implementation of a Flexible Schedule in an Elementary Library Setting”
Krystol R.Frekering "A History of the Pigtail Bridges of South Dakota"
Nicolette Smith “An Environmental A to Z Book: An Educational Resource for the 21st Century”
Paula Winward ”Are Students Ready for Post-Secondary Research?”
Alexis Woodward “Promoting a Desire to Read with Graphic Novels”
Lisa Jansma “Hull Iowa: Yesterday and Today”
Jan M. Kinderknecht "Sheldon Community History Traveling Trunk Project"
Lori Petersen "Importance of Reader's Advisory Interview in Graphic Novel Promotion"
Ann E. Reynolds “Strategies for Efficient and Effective Collaborative Practice in the School Library”
Fall 2010 B.A. Education Degrees with SLS Minor
Micheala Seeman Honor's Thesis: "Purchasing Electronic Resources in the Iowa Elementary Public School Library"
Keri Annis "The Unforgettable June 2008 Cedar River Flood"
Lacey Fliger "Self-Censorship in Iowa Elementary Libraries"
Sandra Greufe "Hidden Alphabet on the Farm: Can You Find it?"
Jennifer Kehoe "Cloning in Young Adult Fiction"
Apra Loomis "Laughter and Tears: A Qualitative Content Analysis"
Nicole Willard "School Library Facilities, Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Disabilities"
Lingxin Ruth Yan “Parental Perceptions of a Midwest Public Library: An Exploratory Study of Chinese-Speaking Resident”
Susan Christine Bunch "The Portrayal of Grandparents as Caregivers in Young Adult Fiction"
Lisa Heiden "A Need for Picture Books Showing Girls Playing Organized Team Sports"
Mary Beth Janssen "The Role of the Teacher Librarian Engaged in Collaboration with a Classroom Teacher During Implementation of a Pilot Iowa Core Curriculum Unit”
Cecilia La France "Katelyn's Story: Using Fiction to Combat High School Dropout"
Ann VanTreeck "English Language Learners and Their Relationship to the Middle School Library"
Cindy Wagner "Rigor, Relevance, and Authentic Learning: A Quest to Align Projects and Activities with the Dubuque Community School District Information Literacy Standards"
Michelle Walker "Research Process with Primary Students"
Carolyn Marie Carr "The Portrayal of Teenage Sexuality in Young Adult Literature"
Bridget A. Donlon "A Portrayal of the Modern Dairy Farm in Children's Literature"
Stacey Galles "Only One Quarterback"
Erin Becker McConnell "Princesses Persevere: Seeking Representations of Gender Equity in Modern Fairy Tales"
Teresa Pietsch "Forest City: The City on the Hill"
Brenda Haskin "Childhood Grief: The Resiliency of Loss"
Teresa Ann Evans-Winfield "A Content Analysis of Holocaust Fiction for Young People"
Leann Matlage "The Iowa State Fair in Iowa's History"
Amy Chopard "The 4-1-1 on Adolescents' Attitudes Toward the 5-0 and the Portrayal of Law Enforcement Officials in Young Adult Fiction"
Amy Gardner " Children’s Picture Book Biography of the Historical American Woman"
Ambri Refer "The Portrayal of Attention Deficit Disorder in Children's and Young Adult Literature"
Kelly Schaufenbuel "Impact of the Iowa Reinstatement of the Professional Teacher Librarian Requirement on School Libraries"
Joette Kofoot "Cooperation or Irritation: The Relationship between Teacher-Librarians and Public Librarians in the North Central Iowa Library Service Area"
Mary Lynn Gerzema "No One Will Love You If You Are Fat"
Joni K. Hoing "The History of the Iowa Teen Award"
Bonnie Jean Lawhorn "Mississippi River Towns"
Colleen Nelson "School Librarians are Teachers Too!"
Deanna L. Weber "The Portrayal of Bullying in Young Adult Fiction Novels"
Randy Crawford “Determining if the use of Certification Goals in Accelerated Reader Impact Student Selection of Books”
Melody Gustas “Visual Perceptions: A Study of How Children Can Learn Through Pictures”
Donna Gwinnup “A Comparison of the Portrayal of Evil in Fairy Tales and Contemporary Fantasy Fiction”
Nancy Healy “Children Web Site: History of Elkader, Iowa for kids”
Bobbie Hugo, BA, Elementary School Library Minor
Christine Jacobs “Janesville CSD K-12 School Library: A Facility Design and Development Study”
Kristi Shreffler “Teenage Life in the Fat Lane”
Deanne Thiede “The Impact of the National Board Certification Process on the Instructional Practices of Teacher Librarian”
Ann P. Kurt "Objectional Language in Young Adult Literature: A Mixed Method Analysis of Twenty-Five Novels"
Beth S. Steffa "M is for Marshalltown"
Sheryl Haveman "Mom's the Word: The Portrayal of the Single Mother/Son relationship in Children's Literature"
Theresa Forrett "The Value of Black and White in an Era of Color: A Textual Analysis of Black and White Illustrations in Picture Books"
Kerry Lust "SHHHHH!: The Negative Effect of Librarian Stereotypes on Junior High Students"
Patricia Miles " What is the Meaning of This?: A Case Study of a Small, Public School in Iowa and its Acceptable use Policy Interpretation"
Sara Stark" Where are the Girls in Young Adult Sports Fiction Books?"
Deborah Berthelsen "An Investigation of the Elderly in Fiction for Young People"
Virginia Lake "Milling on the Wapsie"
Cheryl Robson "Writing a Short Science Fiction Novel for Young Adults"
Heather Uhlemeyer " Writing a Historical Fiction Novel: The Marks of the Shaman: The Diary of Indian Captive Olive Oatman"
Heather Whitman "A Case Study: The Thoughts on Pleasure Reading for Children Diagnosed with ADHD Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type; ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type; or ADHD, Combined Type"
Susan Boatwright "Measuring the Success of Class Works Computer Instruction"
Becky R. Schafer Andrews "What Happened to Dad: A Portrayal of Teenage Fathers in Young Adult Literature"
Marilyn K. Schmitz Ralls "Iowa's Covered Bridges"
Sue Carroll "Music That Teaches"
Debra Morrow "The Long Term Results of Accelerated Reader on Self Motivated Reading"
Lavonne Staiert "Fourth Grade Students Express their Opinions about Reading"