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About Sarah Park Dahlen, PhD

Sarah Park Dahlen is an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches courses on children’s and young adult materials, children's and young adult library services, storytelling, social justice, and library and information science. Currently, she is examining representations of transracially adopted Koreans in children's literature and the information behaviors of transnationally adopted Koreans. She co-edited a children's and young adult multicultural literature textbook with Dr. Jamie Naidoo titled Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading (ALA Editions, 2012). Her next project examines race in the Harry Potter series.

Positions

2017 - Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Information Management / Library and Information Science Department
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2009 - 2016 Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University Information Management / Library and Information Science Department
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2019 - 2020 A Visit to the Frances Carpenter Archives at the Smith College Library in Northampton, MA and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C
Children's Literature Association
Faculty Research Award
$1,000
2019 - 2020 A Visit to the Frances Carpenter and Frank G. Carpenter Archives at the Smith College—Young Library in Northampton, MA and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
St. Catherine University
Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant
$4,756
2017 - 2018 Research on Diversity in Youth Litereature
Children's Literature Association
Diversity Grant
$300
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Elected Member, Children's Literature Association Anne Devereaux Jordan Award Committee
2020 - Present Invited Member, The International Journal of Young Adult Literature
2019 - Present Appointed Chair, 2020 National Institute Planning Task Force, Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)
2019 - Present Invited Member, Journal of Children’s Literature Editorial Review Board
2019 - Present Elected Member, St. Catherine University UFEPT
2018 - Present Member, REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spani
2018 - Present Member, The American Indian Library Association
2018 - Present Community Liaison, The Loft Literary Center Mirrors & Windows Fellowship Program
2017 - Present Member, Black Caucus of the American Library Association
2017 - Present Co-Editor, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature
2017 - Present Curator, Smithsonian Asian American Literature Festival, Youth Literature Programming
2017 - Present Invited Member, The Loft Literar Center Wordplay Literature Festival
2015 - Present Chair, St. Catherine University MLIS Program Faculty Development Committee
2011 - Present Faculty Advisor, St. Catherine University MLIS Program American Library Association Student Chapter
2008 - Present Member, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association
2007 - Present Member, International Research Society for Children’s Literature
2005 - Present Member, Children’s Literature Association
2003 - Present Member, American Library Association
2002 - Present Member, Association for Asian American Studies
2017 - 2019 Member, MN Dept of Ed Indigenous Representations: Resources Aligned to Birth-Grade 12 MN Education Standards
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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alumnus Leadership Award, Library School Alumni Association, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • Friends of the Library Development and Services Award, Master of Library and Information Science Program, St. Catherine University, 2016
  • Faculty mentor recognition, St. Catherine University, 2016, 2015, 2013 Teaching award nominee, St. Catherine University, 2013
  • Carol Easley Denny Faculty Research Grant, St. Catherine University, 2010-2011
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007-2008
  • Honorable Mention, “All Look Same? Chinese and Korean Transracial/Transnational Adoption in American Children’s Books”
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Doctoral Student Poster Competition, 2008
  • Finalist, Fulbright Research Grant, 2007
  • Research Fellow, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences, 2019-2021
  • Changemaker, Minnesota Women’s Press, 2019 Excellence in Education honoree, Planting People, Growing Justice, 2019
  • My “Birth Searching: Transnationally Adopted Koreans in Search of Self" chapter is part of the book that received the Children’s Literature Association’s Edited Book Award in 2020.
  • My “Who Is ‘The Other?’ Alvin Ho: Not Allergic to Playing Indian, Feathers, and Other Stereotypical Things” chapter is part of the book that received the Children’s Literature Association Edited Book Honor in 2018.

Courses

  • Readers' Advisory Services
  • Communication for Leadership
  • Capstone
  • Touchstone
  • Internet Fundamentals and Design
  • Services for Children and Adults
  • Library Materials for Young Adults
  • Social Justice in Children’s & Young Adult Literature
  • Storytelling for Adults and Children
  • Library Materials for Children
  • Introduction to Library and Information Science

Education

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2009 PhD, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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2009 MS, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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2004 MA, Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
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2002 BA, History and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
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Contact Information

Sarah Park Dahlen, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., B.A.
Associate Professor
Master of Library and Information Science Program
Saint Catherine University

St. Catherine University MLIS Program
2004 Randolph Avenue #4125
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105, USA

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Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters (8)

Edited Works (2)

Publications (18)