Lorna Peterson

Associate Professor

Library and Information Studies

 534 Baldy Hall
 (716) 645-1479
  (716) 645-3775
 lpeterso@buffalo.edu
  http://www.gse.buffalo.edu/fas/peterson/


Library and Information Studies
Library and Information Studies

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Educational Background

  • 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.

2007

Presentations

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.

Publications

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.

2005

Publications

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.

2004

Publications

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)

2003

Publications

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.

2002

Publications

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.

2001

Publications

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.