Susan E. Searing

Professor Emerita (retired)

Storyteller and freelance writer, located in Minneapolis, MN

 

searing@illinois.edu

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Previous Position(s)

Education

Instruction

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the fields of library science and women's studies.  In the domain of library science, I designed and evaluated library collections and programs to support distance education, research and teaching in interdisciplinary fields, and information literacy.  I investigated and participated in the transformation of traditional library services to new service models, such as virtual libraries and embedded librarians, that align with 21st century information seeking behaviors. I also explored historical topics, including the rise and decline of academic branch libraries in the U.S. In the domain of women's studies, I  researched and contributed to the development of library collections and bibliographic resources in support of feminist scholarship. Since retiring, I have focused on storytelling performance, including both traditional folktales and personal stories. I have also worked as a freelance writer for a large university library and a major reference publisher.

Awards and Distinctions

Awards

Recent Publications

Articles

Tracy, Daniel G., & Susan E. Searing. (2014). LIS graduate students as library users: a survey study. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(3/4), 367–378.   http://hdl.handle.net/2142/50033

Searing, Susan E. (2012). In it for the long haul: lessons from a decade of assessment. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 6(3/4), 1-32.  http://hdl.handle.net/2142/45112

Searing, Susan E. (2012). "The special collection in librarianship": researching the history of library science libraries.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 53(4), 225-238.  http://hdl.handle.net/2142/49976


Searing, Susan E., & Greenlee, Alison M. (2011). Faculty responses to library service innovations: a case study. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 52(4), 279-294.  http://hdl.handle.net/2142/25619

Searing, Susan E. (2011). Grey literature past and present: the evolution of library annual reports. International Journal on Grey Literature, 7(3), 147-152.

Searing, Susan E. (2007). Integrating assessment into recurring information literacy instruction:  a case study from LIS education. Public Services Quarterly, 3(1/2), 191-218. [Published simultaneously in: Walter, S. (Ed.), The teaching library: Approaches to assessing information literacy instruction (pp. 191-218). New York: Haworth Press.]  http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1793

Searing, Susan E. (2007). Biographical reference works for and about women, from the advent of the women’s liberation movement to the present: an exploratory analysis.  Library Trends, 57, no. 2, 469-493.  http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3534

Searing, Susan E. (2004). All in the family: library services for LIS online education. Journal of Library Administration, 41(3/4), 391-405. [Published simultaneously in: Mahoney, P.B. (Ed.), The eleventh Off-Campus Library Services Conference proceedings (pp. 391-405). New York: Haworth Press.]  http://hdl.handle.net/2142/102

 

Books

Book Chapters

 

Editorial Work

Professional Service