Associate Professor and Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
PhD, Library and Information Science, Illinois
Office HoursSpring 2014: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. - Noon.
Areas of ResearchYouth services librarianship; children's print culture history; controversial topics in children's literature (evolution, race, gender); public libraries as cultural spaces.
BiographyKate McDowell is an assistant 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 award of the American Library Association’s Library History Round Table.
Teaching this Semester
Selected Publications, Papers, and PresentationsMcDowell, 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.
McDowell, Kate. “Children’s Voices in Librarians’ Words, 1890-1930.” Libraries and the Cultural Record 46, no. 1 (2011): 73-101.
McDowell, Kate, and Caroline Nappo. 2012. “Evolution in Children’s Science Books: Recommendations and Library Collections, 1863-1956.” Library Trends 60 (4): 655–674.
McDowell, Kate. 2012. “Oh the Places We’ve Been! The Roots of Evaluation
in Youth Services, 1882-1930.” Children
& Libraries 10 (2): 32-35, 41.
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