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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. 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 along with explorations of the temporalities of everyday reading.

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

This site is a work in progress.

Positions

July 2012 - Present Associate Professor, Tenured, Western University Faculty of Information & Media Studies
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July 2007 - June 2012 Assistant Professor, Western University Faculty of Information & Media Studies
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January 2004 - August 2007 Assistant Professor, University of Toronto ‐ Faculty of Information
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Honors and Awards

  • FIMS Dean's Honour Roll for Excellence in Teaching 2019-2015, 2013
  • FIMS Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2014

Courses

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

Education

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1999 - 2004 PhD, Western University ‐ Faculty of Information & Media Studies
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1997 - 1999 MLIS, Western University ‐ Faculty of Information & Media Studies
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1987 - 1991 BA, University of Toronto ‐ English
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Recent Works (11)

Projects (4)

Contributions to Books (5)

Books (3)

Articles (9)