- School of Library and Information Science
Laura Saunders received her master's from Simmons University SLIS in 2001, and after working as a reference and instruction librarian for several years returned to Simmons University and completed her PhD in 2010. She teaches courses in reference and information services, user instruction, services to diverse users, intellectual freedom and censorship and academic libraries. Her book publications include Information Literacy as a Student Learning Outcome: The Perspective of Institutional Accreditation, published by Libraries Unlimited in 2011, and Repositioning Reference: New Methods and New Services for a New Age, written with Lily Rozaklis and Eileen Abels, and published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2014. She has articles published in journals such as Journal of Academic Librarians, College & Research Libraries, and portal Libraries and the Academy on the topics of information literacy, learning outcomes assessment, accreditation, and government documents.
What I Teach
- LIS 401: Foundations of Libraries and Information Science
- LIS 403: Evaluation of Information Services
- LIS 407: Reference/Information Services
- LIS 408: User Instruction
- LIS 410: Information Services for Diverse Users
- LIS 451: Academic Libraries
- LIS 493: Intellectual Freedom and Censorship
Prof. Saunders has conducted research into the areas of information literacy assessment and accreditation standards, and skills and competencies for reference librarians. Her article "Significantly Different? Reference Service Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries," written with Mary Wilkins Jordan, won the Reference Services Press Award for 2014. She has also participated in a number of international collaborative research projects with scholars from over a dozen countries, investigating competencies of reference librarians, information behaviors of LIS students, and the copyright literacy of librarians. She is currently working on an assessment of library instruction sessions with members of the Beatley Library at Simmons University.