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Jean MacDonald

Associate Professor, Milner Library
Milner Library
Milner Library - MLB 622A
Office Hours
By appointment, but typically available M-F 8-4
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Liaison for English Studies and Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Getting to help you is my sincere pleasure.

Teaching Interests & Areas

Information seeking and finding skills beyond internet search engines

Research Interests & Areas

Helping others expand their knowledge of libraries' historical, cultural and social impact via their collections and access points.

MA Library and Information Science

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

MA English (Literature and Language)

Washington State University
Pullman, WA

BA English and Ancient Studies

St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN

Book, Edited

Allen, C., Willey, & MacDonald, J. Treading the Winepress (2019)

Journal Article

Gibson, S., MacDonald, J., & McMillin, B. “Mapping the stacks: Sustainability and user experience of animated maps in library discovery interfaces.”. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship 28.4 (2016)
MacDonald, J., & Foster, A. “A Tale of Two Discoveries: Comparing Summon and EBSCO Discovery Service.”. Journal of Web Librarianship 7.1 (2013)
Murphy, MacDonald, J., & Long, D. “Lost in the Stacks: Students’ Understanding of the Library of Congress Call Number System.”. The Reference Librarian 54.2 (2013)
Murphy, J., Long, D., & MacDonald, J. Students' Understanding of the Library of Congress Call Number System. The Reference Librarian 54.2 (2013): 103-117.
MacDonald, J., & Derden, J. “Process to Final Product: Playing on the Strengths of a Novice Librarian and a Seasoned Colleague.”. Footnotes 39, no. 4 (May 2010) 39.4 (2010)


MacDonald, J. (withheld to protect blind peer review). Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal (2023)
MacDonald, J. withheld to preserve blind peer review. New Directions in Digital Humanities. New Directions in Digital Humanities (2021)
MacDonald, J. (withheld to protect blind peer review). New Directions in the Humanities


Removing Barriers to Access of Historical Serialized Fiction”. International Conference on Books. (2018)
“Libraries’, Librarians’ and Patrons’ Use of Identifiers for Locating Information.”. Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of History, Literature, Science and Technology. (2010)
“Book-Keepers and Book-Seekers: the Role of the Librarian as Information Mediator.”. The Fourth Annual Conference on the Book. (2006)
“Reference Gadgets: An Academic and a Public Library Respond to Popular Culture Demands”. Popular Culture Association Annual Conference. (2006)
“A Periodicals Use Study at Milner Library: Implications for a Medium-Sized Academic Library” with Cecile Jagodzinski, Nancy Duran and Roslyn Wylie.. Illinois Assocation of College and Research Libraries. ILA. (2000)
“It’s a Whole New Season at MilnER”. Popular Culture Association. Popular Culture Association. (1998)

Grants & Contracts

"Shakespearience: A Day in the Life of the Bard". Alice and Fannie Fell Trust. Illinois State University. (2017)
"Finding Their Way: Using Beacons to Navigate the Library". University Research Grant. Illinois State University. (2016)
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind _Little Women_ Library Outreach Program.". American Library Association and National Endowment for the Humanities. Federal. (2011)
Browsing Books Collection Enhancement Fund. Friends of Milner Library. Local. (2009)
"Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time.". Alice and Fannie Fell Trust. Illinois State University. (2009)