Jennifer Thiele, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Thiele is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Information Studies at Louisiana State University. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2016 with her dissertation focusing on public library internet connectivity in rural areas of the United States, and the funding structures and programs that supported librarians bridging the digital divide. Jennifer was the recipient of the American Library Association's award for Notable Dissertations in 2017, and has taught classes in rural libraries, public library administration and readers' advisory. From 2008-2021, Dr. Thiele served as Director of the Marinette County Library System in northern Wisconsin.
LIS 7000 Information and Society
LIS 7002 Information Resources
LIS 7004 Management of Information Organizations
LIS 7010 Organization of Information
LIS 7011 Information Behavior
LIS 7401 Academic Libraries
LIS 7110 Adult Services
LIS 7807 Information Literacy
LIS 7100 Youth Services Librarianship
Digital Divides in Rural Areas, Public Libraries, and Library Systems.
Moyer, J., Thiele, J. , et. al. (2017) Suspense, Adventure and Thrillers. Crossover Readers Advisory. ALA editions.
Thiele, J. (2016) Information Access In Rural Areas of the United States: The Public Library’s Role in the Digital Divide and the Implication of Differing State Funding Models. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Davies, Karen, and Jennifer Thiele. "Library Research: A Domain Comparison of Two Library Journals." Community & Junior College Libraries 19.1-2 (2013): 1-9.
Moyer, J.E. and Thiele, J. “Ebooks in Public Libraries: a Literature Review and Case Study.” New Library World, Spring 2012, Vol. 133, no. 5/6.
Thiele, Jennifer. Wisconsin Library Ecosystem (August, 2021), Webinar, Wisconsin State Trustee Training Week .
Thiele, Jennifer. Surviving a Pandemic at The Public Library (2020) Louisiana State University Professional Development Webinar Series.
Wolfram, D., Bennett-Kapusniak, R. Glover, J. , McCleer, A., and Thiele, J. “Planning LIS Doctoral Education Around a Focused Theme: The B2A approach.”ALISE. Chicago, IL. January 27-29, 2015.
Thiele, Jennifer. "Equity of Access in Rural Libraries: A Case Study of Low Broadband Speed and Its Impact on Practice ." Poster Presentation. LITA Forum, ALA. Louisville, Kentucky, November, 2013.
Thiele, J. "The Digital Divide: A Case Study of the Impact of Low (or No) Broadband in Rural areas." 2nd International Symposium on Information Management In the Changing World. Limerick, Ireland. September, 2013.
Selected Professional & Community Service
Board Member, M and O Literacy Council, 2016-present.
Awards & Honors
Notable Dissertation (2017). American Libraries Magazine. American Library Association.
Selected Participant, Summer Doctoral Program, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK (2014) Competitive summer program at an academic center for the study of the societal implications of the Internet.
B2A Fellowship (2011-2015): Awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), supports programs that enhance information science education and that help develop leadership. This includes four years of funding for research and travel as well as tuition and scholarship.