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Angela Bonnell

Head, Government Documents
Milner Library
Milner Library - MLB 417
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Research


Head of Government Documents managing the federal and state depository collections in Milner Library. Core responsibilities include helping students and other researchers discover, understand and use government information and primary sources to meet their information needs.

Teaching Interests & Areas

• Integrating government information, primary sources, and census data in the curriculum
• Civic engagement and voter participation in higher education
• Academic libraries in the United States from the gilded age through the depression
• Ange. Vernon Milner and Illinois State Normal University

Research Interests & Areas

• Research on Ange. Vernon Milner (Illinois State [Normal] University's first full time librarian)
• Government information use studies
• Voter engagement in higher education
• Use of local primary sources

MS History

lIlinois State University
Normal, Illinois

M.L.I.S. (Master of Library and Information Science)

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

BA History

Beloit College
Beloit, Wisconsin

Team Excellence

Illinois State University


Division of Student Affairs, Illinois State University

Leadership Initiative Cohort

Provost's Office, Illinois State University

Team Excellence

Illinois State University

WebFeat President's Award for Innovation


Book, Chapter

Bonnell, A. Learning the Basics of Social Programs and Services through Federal Government Sources. Thomas Diamond and Dominique Hallett (EDs), What Can U.S. Government Information Do for Me?: Librarians Explain the Discovery and Use of Public Data, Documents, Maps and Images. McFarland & Company (2023): 143-153.
Redemer, B., & Bonnell, A. Illinois State Focused Action Plan. 26–32. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 2012.. State Focused Action Plans: FDLP Forecast Study. Government Printing Office (2012): 26-32.
Bonnell, A., Barkely, D., Fischer, J., & Heitman, H. Depository Collections. Federal Depository Library Handbook. Government Printing Office (2008)

Journal Article

Bonnell, A. "Answering the Call": Ange. V. Milner and Posters from the "Great War". William Furry (EDs). Illinois Heritage 21.6 (2018): 33-36.
Bonnell, A. Voter Registration Services at an Academic Library: A Non-Traditional Reference Service. Reference Librarian 55.4 (2014): 289-297.
Williams, S., Bonnell, A., & Stoffel, B. Student Feedback on Federated Search Use, Satisfaction, and Web Presence: Qualitative Findings of Focus Groups. Reference and User Services Quarterly 49 (2009).2 (2009): 131–39.

Magazine/Trade Publication

Bonnell, A. Librarian, Anguilla, Hurricane Season. Glacial Deposits 59 (2011): 9-11.


Higher Spirit: Angeline Vernon Milner. College Alumni Club. (2023)
Preserving Endangered Documents through War & Disaster. GODORT Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian. Government Documents Round Table and Politics, Policy and International Relations Section. (2023)
Determining At-Risk Government Publications. GODORT Annual ALA Meeting. Government Documents Round Table. (2022)
Go Big, Even at Home: Large Project Management during COVID. Federal Depository Library Conference. Government Publishing Office. (2020)
Confluence of Botanical Interests. Milner Library Pressing Plants Exhibition. Milner Library. (2019)
Ange. V. Milner Answering the Call with the World War I Poster Collection. Illinois History Symposium. Illinois State Historical Society. (2017)
Answering the Call: WWI Posters for Campus and Community Outreach. Federal Depository Library Conference. Government Publishing Office. (2017)
Hidden from Sight: Exposing Local World War I Collections for a Centennial Exhibition. ARLIS/NA. ARLIS/NA. (2014)
Federated Searching Feedback. Internet Librarian. Internet Librarian-Information Today. (2007)
“Every Vote Counts" Campaign at Milner Library. American Library Association Annual Preconference. GODORT/LPSS. (2006)

Grants & Contracts

New Deal Utopia exhibition in Milner Library. Illinois State University Foundation, Allce and Fannie Fell Trust. Illinois State University. (2019)
Gangsters & Grifters: Images from the Archives of the Chicago Tribune Speaker. Illinois State University Foundation, Alice and Fannie Fell Trust. Illinois State University. (2015)
Commemoration of the First World War, Speaker Series and Exhibition. Illinois State University Foundation, Alice and Fannie Fell Trust. Illinois State University. (2014)
Facilitating Unmediated Student Use of Civil War Era Primary Source Materials: Congressional Serial Set Cataloging and Use Assessment. University Research Grant, Research and Sponsored Programs. Illinois State University. (2010)
Illinois State Library Technology Grant. Illinois State Library. State. (2006)