Associate Professor Emerita
- Library and Information Studies
- Library and Information Studies
- Ph.D., Higher Education, Iowa State University, 1992
- M.S.L.S., Academic Librarianship, Case Western University, 1980
- B.A., History and English, Dickinson College, 1977
Professional and Research Interests
- Race conflict and cooperation in North American librarianship
- Segregated libraries
- Segregated professional associations
- Race and multiculturalism
- Critical studies
I joined the faculty at UB in 1990 moving from Ames, Iowa where I was a tenured librarian at Iowa State University. My ten years of
professional experience as a librarian in universities in Ohio and Iowa shape my research agenda.
My research interests are race cooperation and conflict in North American libraries, education and credentialing of the librarian, and how people learn to use libraries and find information. I also work in the area of service learning. Curiosity, and the willingness to travel, explore, and seek adventure are characteristics that I value; these values shape my teaching.
Last external grant: OCLC/ALISE Research Award. “Operationalizing Barriers in Dissemination of African Research and Scholarship.” $10,000. December 2001.
My research interests are broadly library history, but particularly as seen through the lenses of race, gender, and social class. Race cooperation and conflict in North American libraries, segregated professional associations, education and credentialing of the librarian, and how people learn to use libraries and find information.
Kim, H., Ruiz, M., & Peterson, L. (2007, October). Usability and effectiveness evaluation of a course-advising chat bot. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Milwaukee, WI.
Peterson, Lorna & Neely, Teresa. Achieving racial and ethnic diversity among academic and research librarians. ACRL White Paper. Executive Summary. College & Research Libraries News. October 2007. vol. 68 no. 9.
Peterson, L. Curriculum Reform and Diversity. In: Unfinished Business: race, equity, and diversity in library and information science education / edited by Maurice B. Wheeler. Lanham, MD.: Scarecrow Press, 2005. pp. 163-170.
Peterson, L. Using the Ghanaian Journal Research Review as an Example for Demonstrating Access to African Research and Scholarship 12, no. 2 (2002). (Submitted Fall 2004)
Peterson, L. "Using a Homeless Shelter as a Library Education Learning Laboratory: Incorporating Service-Learning in a Graduate-Level Information Sources and Services in the Social Sciences Course." Reference & User Services Quarterly, 42, 4 (Summer 2003). Pp. 307-10.
Peterson, L. Review of: Patterson Toby Graham, A Right to Read http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/results/results_common.jhtml?nn=2. The Library Quarterly v. 73 no. 1 (January 2003) p. 95-7.
Peterson, L. Review of: Dan Schiller Digital Capitalism. And Thomas Frank, One Market under God. The Library Quarterly v. 72 no. 2 (April 2002) p. 247-50.
Peterson, L. Transition of bibliographic instruction to information literacy. (10,000 words). In: International Yearbook of Library and Information Management. Library Association (UK), 2001. General editor Gary E. Gorman. Pp. 279-297.
Peterson, L. School Libraries Internationally. (10,000 words). In: International Dictionary of Library History. London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. 2001. "Digital versus print issues." (10,000 words). In: International Yearbook of Library and Information Management. Library Associateion (UK), 2002/2003. General editor Gary E. Gorman. Pp. 26-44.