Faculty and Staff

Dr. Karla Krueger

Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator 
School Library Studies


Dr. Karla Krueger, Assistant Professor in the School Library Studies program, was formerly a teacher librarian at Southeast Webster Schools and at New Hampton High School. Dr. Krueger teaches Introduction to the School Library Program, Seminar in Web Design for the School Library, Seminar in Inquiry Learning and Information Literacy, Practicum, Research in Library and Information Science, and Reference Services and Information Retreival. She is entering her seventh year teaching in the School Library program.

She co-directed the INTIME project at UNI, a U.S. Department of Education Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology grant, and the website was chosen for the 101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers by the International Society for Technology in Education. Karla was co-editor of the Iowa Association of School Librarians Journal. In addition, she has published several articles and has presented at local and national conferences. Recent works include:

Krueger, K. (2009). A case study of a rural Iowa school preparing to meet new state guidelines for school libraries. School Library Media Research, 12. Available http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/vol12/SLMR_CaseStudyRuralIowa_V12.pdf

Krueger, K. (2010). Inquiry through reference: A current concept using extinct animals. School Library Monthly, 26(9), 38-40.

Krueger, K. (2010). Resources for inquiry research about presidents. School Library Monthly, 26(7), 37-39.

Krueger, K. (2010). U-X-L encyclopedia of U.S. history hones students’ subject search and indexing skills. School Library Monthly, 26(5), 38-40.

Krueger, K. (2009). Food and nutrition feeds inquiry in multiple curricular areas. School Library Monthly, 26(1), 37-39.

Krueger, K. (2009). Three new digital libraries by World Book. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 26(3), 39-41.

Krueger, K. (2009, November 6). Reporting the research: What does school library research tell us? Panel presentation of A Case Study of a Rural Iowa School Preparing to Meet New State Guidelines for School Libraries. American Association of School Librarians 14th National Conference. Charlotte, NC.




B.A. - English Education, Luther College
M.A. - School Library Media Studies, University of Northern Iowa
Ed.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, University of Northern Iowa


Dr. Joan Bessman Taylor

Associate Professor
School Library Studies




Dr. Joan Bessman Taylor has been a library educator for 15 years and a literacy teacher even longer. Prior to joining the School Library Studies program at UNI as an Associate Professor, she was faculty in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. There she educated library professionals entering various information contexts: school, public, academic and special libraries as well as strictly virtual environments. While a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, she helped create an initial licensure program allowing students to pursue an MLS in Library and Information Science and K-12 teacher licensure concurrently.  She then served as its Program Coordinator supervising student teachers in the library, developing curriculum, and navigating the ever-changing requirements from the Board of Education.  Before becoming a librarian, she was a residential faculty member at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science living and working with high school students and also a middle school Language Arts teacher. 

Dr. Taylor has served on statewide committees in Illinois and Iowa devoted to developing criteria for Teacher Librarian licensure and establishing best practices for the profession.  She is particularly interested in library and literacy advocacy as seen in her service on the Advisory Committee for the State Library of Iowa’s Center for the Book and as a volunteer facilitator for a men’s book group in one of Iowa’s prisons.  She has published both articles and book chapters on social reading practices and presented at international, national and state conferences. Recent works include:

Taylor, Joan Bessman. (2013). “Locating the Library in the Non-Library Censorship of the 1950’s: Ideological Negotiations in the Professional Record”. In The Library and the Reading Public in Twentieth Century America. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press): 168-184.


Taylor, Joan Bessman. (2012). “Producing Meaning through Interaction: Book Groups and the Social Context of Reading”. In From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. Edited by Anouk Lang. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press): 142-158.


Taylor, Joan Bessman. (2008). With Andrew Smith. “Book Groups.” Chapter 6. Research-Based Readers’ Advisory. Edited by Jessica E. Moyer. (Chicago: ALA Editions): 111-133.


Taylor, Joan Bessman. (2007). “Good for What? Non-appeal, Discussibility, and Book Groups (Part One),” Reference and User Services Quarterly 47: 33-36.


Taylor, Joan Bessman. (2007). “Good for What? Non-appeal, Discussibility, and Book Groups (Part Two),” Reference and User Services Quarterly 48: 27-31.



B.A. - English, Spring Hill College

M.Ed. - Secondary Education, University of South Alabama

M.L.I.S - Library and Information Science, University of Southern Mississippi

Ph.D. - Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Alisa Weeks is the School Library Studies Secretary. A former English and social studies teacher, she now manages the SLS office and is available to help students with the admissions process, course schedules and online forms. Her office is located in Rod Library 121. If you have questions, feel free to email her or call 319-273-2050.