Elmborg, Jim

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Associate Professor
(319) 335-5717

School of LIbrary and
  Information Science
3070 Main Library
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Jim Elmborg maintains a longstanding interest in information literacy in academic contexts, and he has written extensively on a concept called “critical information literacy,” which uses concepts from critical pedagogy and critical literacy studies to highlight issues in libraries.  He has also written articles on library conceptions of space, arguing that we need  much richer ways to conceptualize what we mean by library space.  He has won numerous awards from American Library Association sections and divisions for his scholarship.  He is a two-time winner of the ACRL Instruction Section’s publication of the year award, and the only author to win the Reference Press Award for best publication in a volume of RUSQ two times.

Many publications are linked from his author page on Iowa Research Online (http://works.bepress.com/james_elmborg/).

In addition to his work with information literacy and library space, he also directs the Public Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate program and serves on various committees related to DH on campus, and he is the faculty sponsor for the school library program funded by a Better Futures for Iowan's grant from the UI's Office of the Provost.

Areas of Interest: 
Critical information literacy, college and university libraries, digital libraries, media development, digital humanities, school libraries.

School of Library and
Information Science
3087 Main Library
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420
Phone 319-335-5707
FAX 319-335-5374