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Joshua Newport

Math and Science Librarian
Milner Library
Milner Library - MLB 518
Office Hours
Generally Monday-Friday 10-4:30, also available by appointment outside of these times. The best way to contact me quickly is generally email.
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Research


I'm from Champaign-Urbana originally, after a BA from IWU enlistied as a computer programmer in the Air Force for six years, half of which was in Germany.

Research Interests & Areas

Games and Gaming in Libraries, Games and Gaming in Teaching, Technology in Libraries

MS Library and Information Science

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

BA Theatre Arts

Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education and Support of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences Program

The Criminal Justice Society of Barton College

Book Review

Newport, J. Book Review: All the classroom's a stage : applying theater principles to teaching techniques. Choice Reviews 59.2 (2021)

Journal Article

Murphy, J., & Newport, J. Reflecting on Pandemics and Technology in Libraries. Serials Review 47.1 (2021): 37-42.


Newport, J. Game Review: Marvel’s Avengers. Games in Libraries - Blog of the Games and Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association (2021)


Game on: Exploring the strategic role of gaming, media, and esports in academic libraries. ACRL 2023. Association of College and Research Libraries. (2023)
What is Out There? Data Services Offerings at R1 and R2 Doctoral University Libraries. Midwest Data Librarian Symposium 2023. (2023)
"Glad She Was There, Otherwise I Would Have Failed": Student Perceptions of an Embedded Librarian. Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. (2022)
What's Next for the Library? Gaming, VR, and eSports?. Core Forum 2022. Core Division of the American Library Association. (2022)
Language and Inclusivity: Creating a Welcoming Space for Everyone. Reaching Forward. Illinois Library Association. (2021)

Grants & Contracts

University Research Grant: “Data Services Comparison at R1 and R2 Doctoral University Libraries, Part Two. Milner Library. Illinois State University. (2023)
University Research Grant: “Data Services Comparison at R1 and R2 Doctoral University Libraries. Milner Library. Illinois State University. (2022)