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Caitlin Stewart

Teaching and Learning Librarian
Milner Library
Milner Library - MLB 614C
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Caitlin Stewart is an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University where she serves as the liaison librarian to the School of Teaching and Learning within the College of Education as well as the university’s laboratory schools. She also acts as the head of the Teaching Materials Center, which serves the teacher education programs across Illinois State University departments. Prior to joining Illinois State University in 2020, Professor Stewart worked as a Research and Learning Services Specialist at the University of Washington’s Suzzallo and Allen Library while she also pursued her Master of Library and Information Science.

Teaching Interests & Areas

Information literacy, teaching materials and resources, critical literacy, critical visual literacy, research skills, source evaluation

Research Interests & Areas

Novice K-12 teacher experiences, critical visual literacy of pre-service teachers, critical visual literacy and picture books, assessment of children and young adult library collections, models of librarianship

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

University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

BA Secondary Education

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


“I have never been ‘taught’ how to do it. Just told to do it”: Teaching Critical Visual Literacy through Library instruction. MiALA 2023 Annual Conference. Michigan Academic Library Association. (2023)
Seeing the Big Picture: Engaging Future Educators in Critical Visual Literacy through Picture Books. 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. American Library Association. (2023)
Analyzing the Intersectionality of Cultural Experiences in Library Purchases. ALA/EBSS Education and SLA Academic/Education Webinar Series. (2022)
Confronting National Imagination: American Identity and Hand-Me-Down History. History - Social Sciences Teacher Symposium. (2022)
"Glad She Was There, Otherwise I Would Have Failed": Student Perceptions of an Embedded Librarian. Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. (2022)
Going Off Book: Adding Non-Traditional Collections to Your Library. Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. (2022)
How Do Students Really Feel?: Embedded Librarianship in a Nursing Research Class. 2022 HSLI Annual Conference. Health Science Librarians of Illinois. (2022)
Teaching During a Pandemic: Novice K-12 Teachers Tackle Existing and Unprecedented Challenges. Association of Teacher Educators 2022 Annual Meeting. (2022)
French, S., Stewart, C., & Meyers, D. (2022, February 13-16). Teaching during a pandemic: Novice K-12 teachers tackle existing and unprecedented challenges. [Conference session]. Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States.
Teaching Materials Center: Adapting Physical Spaces during Covid-19. Spring COVID-19 Town Hall - One Year Later. Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries. (2021)

Grants & Contracts

University Research Grant: Novice Teachers Navigating the Challenges of a Pandemic: Listening to their Stories. Milner Library. Illinois State University. (2022)
University Research Grant: Teaching During a Pandemic: Novice K-12 Teachers Tackle Existing and Unprecedented Challenges. Milner Library. Illinois State University. (2021)