Maureen Barry, Librarian for First Year & Distance Learning Services, Wright State University, Moderator  (See About page for her biography.)

Chris Sweet, Information Literacy Librarian, Illinois Wesleyan University, Contributor

Chris Sweet has a diverse library background that includes experience in archives, public libraries and community colleges. This diversity along with his liberal arts background has heavily influenced his scholarship. He has eclectic and ever-changing interests, but much of his scholarship revolves around information literacy, service-learning and library instruction.


Jayne Blodgett, Assistant Director Briggs Library, University of Minnesota, Morris, Contributor

blodgetjJayne Blodgett loves working at a small public liberal arts college. While her job is primarily focused on technical services, she finds great inspiration from working with students at the reference desk and in the classroom. She is currently researching how libraries can aid in student retention, especially with underrepresented populations.


Megan Stark, Undergraduate Services and Outreach Librarian, University of Montana, Contributor


Megan Stark is an Assistant Professor at the University of Montana. She currently leads the library’s efforts to incorporate information literacy into service learning courses and has a research focus on the interplay between information literacy, local information and sustainability.




Sarah Crissinger, Graduate Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Contributor

crissingerSarah Crissinger is a MS student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois. She works as a graduate assistant in the Main Library in the Reference, Research, and Scholarly Services (RRSS) department. She is interested in becoming an information literacy librarian with a focus in instructional design, distance education, or assessment. Her research interests include service learning, underserved patron groups, and mentoring library student assistants.

Gayle SchaubLiaison Librarian in Liberal Arts, Grand Valley State University

schaubGayle Schaub is the Liaison to the Art & Design, Modern Languages, and Psychology departments at Grand Valley State University Libraries.  A former ESL teacher who is fortunate to have traveled and lived abroad, she facilitates international student library orientations and research workshops, and is currently a Spanish student herself. Gayle’s other research interests include threshold concepts in information literacy, and she is finishing a book on lesson plans for teaching threshold concepts with two colleagues to be published by ACRL in fall, 2014.



Laura Jacobs, Interim Library Director, University of Wisconsin – Superior

jacobsLaura Jacobs is a Professor in the Writing & Library Science Department, where she teaches Reference and provides internships in Public History. During her career, she has been both Information Literacy Librarian and Archivist. She particularly enjoys engaging with students and researchers on inter-disciplinary topics.


Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian, Santa Clara University

J.Nutefall5x7Jennifer Nutefall is University Librarian at Santa Clara University. She has been involved in service learning classes and programs for over 10 years at three different institutions, both public and private. She created the  Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning whose inaugural conference was held at SCU in 2014. Her scholarship has focused on information literacy, serendipity in research, and management topics such as reorganization and strategic planning.


Anne Marie Gruber, Instruction & Liaison Librarian, University of Northern Iowa


Anne Marie Gruber is an Instruction & Liaison Librarian at University of Northern Iowa. She researches the library’s role in academic service learning, particularly working to understand faculty perceptions of information literacy skills and instruction in undergraduate service learning projects. Previously, she was a librarian at University of Dubuque for 10 years. She earned an MLIS from University of Iowa and a B.A. in Communicative Disorders from University of Northern Iowa. She is the married mother of a preschooler and is active with breastfeeding advocacy and STEAM education.

You could be a guest contributor, too:

The moderator seeks guest contributors who would like to write about service-learning (in general) or service-learning as it relates to libraries, librarians and information literacy.

Contributors could be academic, public or school librarians, faculty who teach service-learning courses, or staff that support faculty who teach service-learning courses.

Submissions guidelines

To propose a guest post, please send the following to

  • An abstract of your proposal guest post (200 word maximum);
  • A link to (or attachment with) a sample/example of your writing;
  • Current CV/Resume or a brief biography.  This is intended just to get a sense of of who you are an in what type of library you work.

Alternately, you may submit a completed article of no more than 3,000 words.

I will respond to your message within a few days. In general, I will make a decision based on how well your proposal or article seems to fit the content and style of Service Learning Librarian.

Other general submission guidelines:

  • The post must not include marketing-related links and must not be entirely self-promotional.
  • The post may include links to your website and blog in a brief author’s bio (approximately 3 sentences), which will be published at the end of the guest post.
  • Guest posts must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online already.  All submissions will be verified for originality.

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