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Suzanne M. Stauffer

Associate Professor

BS, Weber State University, 1978

MLS, Brigham Young University, 1986

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004

Phone: (225)578-1461


Office: 277 Coates Hall



Dr. Stauffer’s involvement with the public library began with her first job at 15 as a page in public library and later in the high school library and her undergraduate college library. Her professional experience includes two years as Adult Services/General Reference Librarian in Long Beach, New York, eight years as Technical Services Librarian at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, and two years as a children’s librarian for the County of Los Angeles. She has also worked as a cataloger for the Cotsen Children’s Collection, a reference librarian and cataloger for Occidental College, and a cataloger for the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center. Prior to coming to LSU, she taught reference & cataloging for San Jose State University and cataloging for UCLA as adjunct faculty. 

She is a member-at-large of the Library History Round Table and a member of the ALISE Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee, and has held numerous positions in LHRT, ALSC, and ALISE in the past. She was also a reviewer of long papers and poster submissions for the 2014 and 2015 ASIS&T Annual Meetings. 

She currently serves as chair of the SLIS Awards, Scholarship and Recruitment Committee and the Curriculum Committee, as a member of the CHSE Student Scholarships Committee and Planning Commitee, and on the LSU Admissions, Standards, & Honors (ASH) Committee

She has reviewed articles for numerous scholarly peer-reviewed publications, including Information & Culture, JASIS&T, JIKM, and Journal of Research in Childhood Education


LIS 7101 Literature and Services for Children

LIS 7104 Non-Fiction for Children and Teens

LIS 7105 Graphic Novels in Libraries

LIS 7400 School Library Management

LIS 7700 History & Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions

LIS 7800 The Art & Practice of Storytelling 

Research Areas

Print culture (history of the socio-cultural aspects of books, libraries, communication, reading, publishing, authorship, etc.); History of children’s service in public libraries and school libraries; Reading and literacy, especially emergent literacy/early literacy ; Lifelong education and self-education; Librarianship as a profession, including education for librarianship; Gender issues in librarianship 

Selected Publications

2015 Stauffer, Suzanne M. “Supplanting the Saloon Evil and Other Loafing Habits: Utah’s Library-Gymnasium Movement, 1907-1912.” Library Quarterly [in press]

2015 Stauffer, Suzanne M. “Mr. Dewey is Crazy and Katharine Sharp Hates the University of Chicago:” Gender, Power, and Personality and the Demise of the University of Chicago Course in Library Science 1897-1903.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 56 : 2 (Spring 2015), 101-113.

2014 Stauffer, Suzanne M. “The Intelligent, Thoughtful Personality : Librarianship as a Process of Identity Formation.” Library & Information History, 30 : 4 (November 2014),  254–272.

2014 Stauffer, Suzanne M. “The Dangers of Unlimited Access: Fiction, the Internet and the Social Construction of Childhood.” Library & Information Science Research, 36 : 3-4 (October 2014), 154-162.

2011 Stauffer, Suzanne M. “A Good Social Work: Women’s Clubs, Libraries, and the Construction of a Secular Society in Utah, 1890-1920.” Libraries and the Cultural Record, 46 : 2 (May/June 2011), 135-55. 

Selected Presentations

2015 Library History Seminar XIII, July 31-August 3, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented “Libraries are the Homes of Books: The Construction of Books, Libraries and Information for Children.”

2014 History of Librarianship, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Annual Conference, Satellite Conference, August 25-26, Lyon, France. Presented paper “Let Us Forget this Cherishing of Women in Library Work : Women in the American Library War Service, 1918-1920.”

2014 Library History Round Table Research Forum, American Library Association Annual Conference, June 26-July 1, Las Vegas, NV. Presented paper “Supplanting the Saloon Evil and Other Loafing Habits: Utah’s Library-Gymnasium Movement, 1907-1912.”

2014 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference, April 16-April 20, Chicago, Ill. Presented paper “Utilizing This New Medium of Mass-Communication: The Regional Film Distribution Programs at the Cleveland Public Library, 1948-1951.”

2009 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference, April 8-April 11, New Orleans, LA. Presented paper “The Dangers of Unlimited Access: Fiction, the Internet and the Social Construction of Childhood.” 

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

2015/16 Awarded CHSE Peabody Society Dean’s Circle Grant of $3000 for  Black Youth and the Desegregation of Public Libraries in Louisiana:  An Oral History Project

Professional/Community Services

2013 Greater New Orleans Catholic Library Association Annual Conference Presented a workshop on non-fiction evaluation and collection development

2012   Louisiana Book Festival Storytelling tent : coordinated SLIS alumni and student storytellers and told stories during Festival 

2012 Emergent Literacy Skills storytime workshops (3)

New Orleans Public Library Children's Services staff and "Krewe of Dewey" volunteers 

Awards and Honors

2014/15 Russell B. Long Professor 

Curriculum Vitae