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.
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
Whitlatch, Jo Bell, and Susan E. Searing, eds. (2014). Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources. Chicago: ALA Editions.
Loeb, Catherine, Susan E. Searing, and Esther Stineman. (1987). Women's Studies: A Recommended Core Bibliography, 1980-1985. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited.
Searing, Susan E. (2016). The rise and fall of the library science library: A history of library support for North American LIS education. In Educating the Profession: Forty Years of the IFLA Section on Education and Training, pp. 352-372. Michael Seadle et al. (eds.). Berlin: DeGruyter.
Jacoby, JoAnn, and Susan E. Searing. (2015). Merging, creating, transforming: The New Service Models Initiative at Illinois. In Difficult Decisions: Closing and Merging Academic Libraries, pp. 1-32. Sara Holder and Amber Lannon (eds.). Chicago: ACRL.
Searing, Susan E. (2013). Shaping the librarian's library: collecting to support LIS education and practice. In Library collection development for professional programs: trends and best practices, pp. 88-111. Sara Holder (ed.). Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
Searing, Susan E. (2004). Reshaping traditional services for non-traditional learning: the LEEP student in the library. In Learning, culture and community in online education: research and practice, pp. 267-282. Caroline Haythornthwaite and Michelle M. Kazmer (eds.). New York: Peter Lang.
Searing, Susan E. (2002). Feminist values and the canon question: shaping library collections and electronic gateways to information in women's studies. In Information sources in women's studies and feminism, pp. 79-99. Hope Olson (ed.) Munich: K.G. Saur.