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Robert Detmering

Title: Teaching & Reference Librarian / Information Literacy Coordinator
Rank: Associate Professor
Dept./Unit: Research Assistance and Instruction Department
Library: William F. Ekstrom Library - Main Library
Phone: 852-8738
Email: Send an e-mail
Building: Ekstrom Library
Campus: Belknap
DegreeMajorSchoolGraduate Date
MSLSLibrary ScienceUniversity of Kentucky2008
MALiteratureOhio University2006
BAEnglish/HistoryNorthern Kentucky University2003
Research Interests:
Information literacy theory and practice

Teaching for critical thinking

Collaboration between librarians and teaching faculty

Emerging technologies and popular culture in libraries

Professional and career issues in academic librarianship
Selected Publications & Presentation:
Detmering, Robert, Anna Marie Johnson, and Melanie Sellar. “Visible Thinking: Using Course-Integrated Research Narratives to Engage Students and Assess Learning.” Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 11, 2013.

Detmering, Robert, and Claudene Sproles. “Forget the Desk Job: Current Roles and Responsibilities in Entry-Level Reference Job Advertisements.” College & Research Libraries 73.6 (2012): 543-555.

Detmering, Robert, and Anna Marie Johnson. “Stories That Tell: Learning and Teaching from Information Literacy Narratives in Library Instruction.” Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah, GA, September 21, 2012.

Detmering, Robert. “Teaching to Technology? Working Out the (e)Bugs in Library Instruction and System Navigation.” Ex Libris Bluegrass Users Group (eBUG) Conference, Somerset, KY, June 1, 2012.

Detmering, Robert, and Anna Marie Johnson. "'Research Papers Have Always Seemed Very Daunting: ' Information Literacy Narratives and the Student Research Experience." portal: Libraries and the Academy 12.1 (2012): 5-22.

Detmering, Robert, and Randy Kuehn. “Embracing Engagement: Popular Technology and Academic Library Information Portals.” Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association National Conference, Boston, MA, April 14, 2012.

Detmering, Robert, and Claudene Sproles. "Reference in Transition: A Case Study in Reference Collection Development." Collection Building 31.1 (2012): 19-22.

Detmering, Robert. "'Government Gals' Gone Wild: Gender Politics and the Pawnee Library on Parks and Recreation." National Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 21, 2011.

Detmering, Robert, and Anna Marie Johnson. "Focusing on the Thinking, Not the Tools: Incorporating Critical Thinking into an Information Literacy Module for an Introduction to Business Course." Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship 16.2 (2011): 101-107.

Detmering, Robert. "Exploring the Political Dimensions of Information Literacy through Popular Film." portal: Libraries and the Academy 10.3 (2010): 265-282.

Detmering, Robert. "Using Wikis to Build a Collaborative Pedagogical Approach to Composition and Information Literacy Instruction." National Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Louisville, KY, March 20, 2010.