Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jean Donham

School Library Studies




Dr. Donham served as school librarian and later district coordinator of school library and technology programs for the Iowa City Community Schools for 19 years. She held a faculty position at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science where she was tenured in 1999. She directed the library at Cornell College in Mount Vernon for nine years. Tenured at UNI in 2010, she is in her fifth year on the faculty of the School Library Studies Program. Dr. Donham teaches School Library Administration, Library Curriculum Development, Library Resources for Children, and Research Methods. She is author of Enhancing Teaching and Learning; a Leadership Guide for School Librarians, 3rdEdition published by ALA/Neal Schuman. She was a member of the National Library Power Evaluation Team visiting schools in Lewisville, Colorado, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, to observe and document changes resulting from the Library Power Initiative. She has served on ten ALA Accreditation Panels for Schools of Library & Information Science. In addition, she has published numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at conferences and institutes.  Recent works include:

Donham, J. (2014). College ready: What can we learn from first-year college assignments? An examination of assignments in Iowa colleges and universities. School Library Research, 17. Available at http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/vol17/SLR_CollegeReady_V17.pdf

Donham, J. (2014). Inquiry. In Harada, V (Ed.), Inquiry and the Common Core: Librarians and Teachers Designing Teaching for Learning. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Donham, J. (2013). Enhancing teaching and learning: A leadership guide for school librarians. Chicago: ALA/Neal Schuman.

Donham, J. (2013). Text sets, deep learning, and the Common Core. School Library Monthly, 29(6), 5-7.

Donham, J. (2010). Deep learning through concept-based inquiry. School Library Monthly 23(1), 8-11.



B.A. - English and Secondary Education, University of Iowa
M.L.S. - University of Maryland
Ph.D. - Education Administration, University of Iowa



Dr. Karla Krueger

Assistant Professor
School Library Studies



Dr. Karla Krueger, Assistant Professor in the School Library Studies program, was formerly a teacher librarian at Southeast Webster Schools and at New Hampton High School. Dr. Krueger teaches Introduction to the School Library Program, Seminar in Web Design for the School Library, Seminar in Inquiry Learning and Information Literacy, Practicum, Research in Library and Information Science, and Reference Services and Information Retreival. She is entering her seventh year teaching in the School Library program.

She co-directed the INTIME project at UNI, a U.S. Department of Education Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology grant, and the website was chosen for the 101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers by the International Society for Technology in Education. Karla was co-editor of the Iowa Association of School Librarians Journal. In addition, she has published several articles and has presented at local and national conferences. Recent works include:

Krueger, K. (2009). A case study of a rural Iowa school preparing to meet new state guidelines for school libraries. School Library Media Research, 12. Available http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/vol12/SLMR_CaseStudyRuralIowa_V12.pdf

Krueger, K. (2010). Inquiry through reference: A current concept using extinct animals. School Library Monthly, 26(9), 38-40.

Krueger, K. (2010). Resources for inquiry research about presidents. School Library Monthly, 26(7), 37-39.

Krueger, K. (2010). U-X-L encyclopedia of U.S. history hones students’ subject search and indexing skills. School Library Monthly, 26(5), 38-40.

Krueger, K. (2009). Food and nutrition feeds inquiry in multiple curricular areas. School Library Monthly, 26(1), 37-39.

Krueger, K. (2009). Three new digital libraries by World Book. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 26(3), 39-41.

Krueger, K. (2009, November 6). Reporting the research: What does school library research tell us? Panel presentation of A Case Study of a Rural Iowa School Preparing to Meet New State Guidelines for School Libraries. American Association of School Librarians 14th National Conference. Charlotte, NC.   




B.A. - English Education, Luther College
M.A. - School Library Media Studies, University of Northern Iowa
Ed.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, University of Northern Iowa


Alisa Weeks is the School Library Studies Secretary. A former English and social studies teacher, she now manages the SLS office and is available to help students with the admissions process, course schedules and online forms. Her office is located in Rod Library 121. If you have questions, feel free to email her or call 319-273-2050.