Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
PhD, Library and Information Science, Illinois
Office HoursMondays 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Areas of Research
Youth services librarianship; children's print culture history; public libraries as cultural spaces; apps and iPads for kids; storytelling in higher education, advancement, business, and public service.
Kate McDowell is the assistant dean for student affairs and an associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where her courses include youth services librarianship, history of readers, and storytelling. She has published articles in Children and Libraries, Book History, Libraries and the Cultural Record, and Library Quarterly. Her article “Surveying the Field: The Research Model of Women in Librarianship, 1882-1898” won the biennial 2010 Donald G. Davis Article Award of the American Library Association’s Library History Round Table.
Teaching this Semester
- LIS409LEB Storytelling (SP 2016)
This three-year, multi-site project focuses on app creation for children ages eight to twelve. App authors will create curricula and tools for use in school and public libraries that will teach young people to create apps and allow them to share their achievements with other children. The curriculum will be disseminated for adoption at other school and public libraries. The project will provide young people with early programming experience, and further establish libraries as places to...
Completed Research Projects
Selected Publications, Papers, and Presentations
McDowell, Kate. 2014. “Open Wide the Doors: The Children’s Room as Place in Public Libraries, 1876-1925.” Library Trends 62, no. 3 (Winter 2014): 519-529.
McDowell, Kate. 2014. "Exploring the App Gap," 8th International Symposium on Library Services for Children and Young Adults, National Library of Korea, Seoul, South Korea.
McDowell, Kate. 2013. “Evolution in Children’s Science Books, 1882-1922.” In Culture of Print in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine, Greg Downey, Rima Apple, and Stephen Vaughn, eds., University of Wisconsin Press.
McDowell, Kate. 2012. “Oh the Places We’ve Been! The Roots of Evaluation in Youth Services, 1882-1930.” Children and Libraries 10, no. 2 (Winter 2012): 32-35, 41.
McDowell, Kate, and Caroline Nappo. 2012. “Evolution in Children’s Science Books: Recommendations and Library Collections, 1863-1956.” Library Trends 60, no. 4 (2012): 655-674.
McDowell, Kate. 2011. “Children’s Voices in Librarians’ Words, 1890-1930.” Libraries and the Cultural Record 46, no. 1 (2011): 73-101.
McDowell, Kate. 2011. “Understanding Children as Readers: Librarians’ Anecdotes and Surveys in the USA, 1890-1930” in The History of Reading, Vol 1: International Perspectives, c. 1500-1900, S. S. Towheed and W. R. Owen eds., Palgrave MacMillan, 147-162.
McDowell, Kate. 2010. “Which Truth, What Fiction? Librarians’ Book Recommendations for Children, 1876-1890” in Education and the Culture of Print in Modern America, Adam R. Nelson and John L. Rudolph eds., University of Wisconsin Press, 15-35.
McDowell, Kate. 2009. “Surveying the Field: The Research Model of Women in Librarianship, 1882-1898.” The Library Quarterly 79 (3): 279–300.
McDowell, Kathleen. 2009. “Toward a History of Children as Readers, 1890-1930.” Book History (Pennsylvania State University Press) 12: 240–265.
McDowell, Kate. 2009. “Which Truth, What Fiction?: Librarians’ Book Recommendations for Children, 1876-1890.” In Education and the Culture of Print in Modern America, ed. Adam Nelson and John Rudolph. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin-Madison Press, 15-35.
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