Julie Gilbert ’99

Alumni and Faculty

Associate Professor in Library

As an associate professor in the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus, I teach students one-on-one at the reference desk, teach library instruction classes and liaison with the Classics; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Political Science; and Religion departments as well as the African Studies program. With special responsibilities in user experience, I undertake projects designed to better connect patrons with the library. I also serve on several library and campus-wide committees.

I am interested in how students develop sophisticated information literacy skills throughout their college careers, most notably within their major field(s) of study. To that end, I have worked extensively with the Political Science department to design and implement a semester-long library lab that I teach as part of POL 200: Analyzing Politics, the Political Science research methods course. Students meet in the library once a week to explore the idea of research as conversation and find their place within it, while learning information retrieval skills and other research methods appropriate to Political Science. The Minnesota Library Association's Academic & Research Libraries Division recognized the teaching and documentation of this approach by awarding me the 2012 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award.

As a writer and a librarian, I am very interested in the production and reception of fiction, with a special emphasis on young adult literature. I continue to explore multiple projects that emphasize ways readers and writers connect.

My research interests include recreational reading on college campuses, the impact of ebooks on student research behavior, and the impact of a semester-long library lab on student research skills. Most recently I have become increasingly interested in issues of diversity within academic libraries and currently am studying diversity initiatives at national liberal arts college libraries.


For more information about my work, please email me.

“Reading, Risk, and Reality:  College Students and Reading for Pleasure.” (co-author with Barbara Fister).  College & Research Libraries, 72.5 (2011): 474-495.

“Bigger is (Maybe) Better:  Librarians’ Views of Interdisciplinary Databases.”  Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship. 22.1/2 (2010): 65-80.

“Assessing Integrated Library Components to Enhance Information Literacy in Political Science” (co-author with Christopher Gilbert). Collaborative Information Literacy Assessments.  Eds. Thomas Mackey and Trudi Jacobson.  New York: Neal-Schuman, 2010.

“Using Assessment Data to Investigate Library Instruction for First Year Students.” Communications in Information Literacy. 3.2 (2009): 181-192.


B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College; M.A., St. John's University; M.L.I.S., Dominican University

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
NDL-268Career Exploration22008/JN
NDL-109Fact and Fiction12011/JN