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About Paulette Rothbauer

I'm a member of the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western where I teach primarily in the graduate programs in Library and Information Science. I teach courses about information sources and services (the required "reference" course) and about teen/young adult library materials and literature. I offer a popular online elective on children's and teen services and have been teaching a seminar elective in the LIS doctoral program on Human Information Practices. I supervise a number of individual studies with MLIS and LIS doctoral students each year and currently work in varied supervisory roles with the following LIS PhD students and candidates: Amber Matthews, Nafiz Zaman Shuva, Mike Ridley, Jay Thompson, Greg Nightingale, and Sarah Cornwell. Previous PhD students include Dr. Lucia Cedeira Serantes, Dr. Kathleen Schreurs, Dr. Karen Nicholson, Dr. Alison Frayne, and Dr. Davin Helkenberg.

In Fall 2019 I am slated to teach LIS9003 Information Sources & Services and 9878, an LIS doctoral course on Human Information Behaviour. I will be on a sabbatical from January 1 - December 31, 2020.

For the past twenty years or so, I've been researching reading, identity and libraries, looking at the practices of queer young women for one study, and those of rural and small town teens for another. I am curious (and passionate) about the roles that public libraries play (or can play) in terms of supporting the identity work of marginalized people, and feel like I could spend the rest of my career exploring this. My new research agenda has taken a turn to look more closely at the place of reading and libraries among older people (often referred to as "the elderly," "seniors", or "retirees"). I also continue to be interested in the public library as place and I am working with FIMS colleagues a project that investigates libraries as a site of desire.

keywords: reading experience; teens and young adults; youth; public libraries; books and reading; Canadian young adult literature; library as place; seniors; older people; leisure reading; contemporary print culture; reviews and reviewing; rural libraries; lgbtq library users

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Present Associate Professor, Western University
Present Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

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Honors and Awards

  • FIMS Dean's Honour Roll for Excellence in Teaching 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013
  • FIMS Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2014


  • LIS9878 Human Information Behaviour
  • LIS9003 Information Services and Sources
  • LIS9363 Young Adult Materials
  • LIS9367 Services for Children and Young Adults

Projects (4)

Recent Works (8)

Contributions to Books (5)

Books (3)

Articles (9)