Joan Bessman Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - School Library Studies
Phone: 
(319) 273-2192
Office Location: 

126 Rod Library

Mailing Address: 

126 Rod Library
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0462

Education 

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

Research Interests 

The Social Dimensions of Reading
Reading Engagement
Evolution of Concepts of Intellectual Freedom
Catalysts and Barriers to Recreational Reading
Readers Advisory
School Librarians as Literacy Leaders

Courses Taught 

Administration of the School Library Program
Library Resources for Young Adults
Research in Library and Information Science
Technologies for Libraries

Professional Affiliations 

American Library Association
Iowa Library Association
American Association of School Librarians
Iowa Association of School Librarians
Young Adult Library Services Association
Association for Library Services to Children

Selected Publications 

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.