Merinda Kaye Hensley

Assistant Professor, University Library

Instructional Services Librarian

Scholarly Commons Co-Coordinator

My passion as an academic librarian is to create effective learning experiences for researchers at all stages of inquiry that enhances their advanced research and information management skills.


Curriculum Vitae


M.S., Library and Information Science. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL. 2006.

B.A., Political Science, Environmental Policy. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. 1998.

Research Interests

Librarians teach students critical thinking skills that translate into a lifelong ability in finding, evaluating, using, and ethically sharing information, but we also help them understand their rights and roles in creating and sharing new information. During my time in the classroom and throughout my research, however, I have noticed the intricacies of publication and dissemination are a mystery to our students, undergraduates in particular. As an instruction librarian, I investigate emerging methodologies for how the library can extend its information literacy mission into new areas, especially the librarian’s pedagogical contribution and the factors that influence the decisions students make as creators of new knowledge. I also articulate best practices in providing context for students at all levels in understanding scholarly communication, a process through which scholarly work is created, evaluated by the academic community, disseminated through presentations and writings, and perhaps most importantly, preserved for future use. My research contributes new discoveries to teaching and learning for librarianship, further enhancing how libraries support students as they self-identify as scholars including preparing academic librarians to lead this transition.

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