Elizabeth Brookbank is an Instruction Librarian and Associate Professor at Western Oregon University where she teaches information literacy to undergraduate students, promotes library services and engages with students over social media, and encourages a culture of reading on campus through her management of the library’s physical and digital Recreational Collections. She earned her master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Washington’s Information School and her B.A. in English Literature and Gender Studies from Middlebury College. Her main research areas are information literacy, critical library pedagogy, leisure reading in academic libraries, and libraries’ use of social media. She co-authored the MLA Guide to Undergraduate Research in Literature (second edition coming in 2023) and, most recently, co-edited the open access contributed volume, Critical Library Pedagogy in Practice.
Office: HL 117D
MLIS (University of Washington)
|Brookbank, E. & Haigh, J. (Eds.) (2021). Critical Library Pedagogy in Practice. Innovative Libraries Press.
Brookbank, E. (2021) “Unlearning” Search in Order to Learn It: A Critical Approach to Search Algorithms in the Library Classroom. In E. Brookbank & J. Haigh (Eds.),Critical Library Pedagogy in Practice, (pp. 149–165). Innovative Libraries Press.
Brookbank, E., & Christenberry, H. F. (2019). MLA guide to undergraduate research in literature. New York: Modern Language Association of America.
Brookbank, E., Davis, A., & Harlan, L. (2018). Don’t Call It a Comeback: Popular Reading Collections in Academic Libraries. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 58(1), 28.
Brookbank, E. (2015). So Much Social Media, So Little Time: Using Student Feedback to Guide Academic Library Social Media Strategy. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship 27(4). doi: 10.1080/1941126X.2015.1092344
Brookbank, E. (2014). Virtual Readers’ Advisory. In M. Lacy (Ed.), The Slow Book Revolution: Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond (pp. 93-107). Santa Barbara, C.A.: Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC.
2022 Moderator, Keynote Address by Marilyn Clarke: Decolonisation as a means to creating an equitable future, LILAC: The Information Literacy Conference, Manchester, England (April 11-13).
2019 Organizer and Panelist with Hon, Y., Lacey, S., McCluskey-Dean, C., & Flynn, D., Keynote panel: This could get messy: critical library pedagogy in practice, Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) 2019, Nottingham, England (April 24-26).
2022 Presenter, How Gen Z is using TikTok to search for information and what it means for information literacy, ACRL OR/WA Joint Conference, Virtual (October 18).
2022 Presenter, Serving and supporting students as whole people: leisure reading for information literacy, lifelong learning, and mental and emotional well-being, LILAC: The Information Literacy Conference, Manchester, England (April 11-13).
2021 Presenter, Helping students “un-learn” search in order to learn it: teaching algorithmic bias to university students in an information literacy session, FestivIL by LILAC, Virtual (July 6-8).
2019 Co-Presenter with Harlan, L., Do You Have Any Good Books to Read? Popular Reading Collections in PNW Academic Libraries, Oregon Reference Summit, Corvallis, OR (May 31)
2019 Presenter, Not required reading: leisure reading as an information literacy, student well-being and social justice issue for academic libraries, Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), Nottingham, England (April 24-26).
2018 Presenter, More than another LibGuide: Taking social justice into the library classroom, Presented at Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), Liverpool, England (April 4-6).
2018 Presenter, From Consumer to Producer: Empowering students to be information creators, Presented at Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), Liverpool, England (April 4-6).
2017 Co-Presenter with Davis, A., & Harlan, L., Call it a Comeback? Recreational Reading Collections in Academic Libraries, Association of College & Research Libraries OR/WA Joint Fall Conference, Pack Forest, WA (October 19-20).
2017 Co-Presenter with Davis, A., Call it a Comeback? Recreational Reading Collections in Academic Libraries, The Fifteenth International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries, London, England (July 7).
2015 Presenter, So Much Social Media, So Little Time: Using Social Media Strategically to Build Community, Joint HLA/HASL Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI (December 4-5).
2015 Co-Presenter with Burdick, B., Marketing Your Library, Webinar sponsored by SirsiDynix, Virtual, <http://go.sirsidynix.com/Marketing-Your-Library-On-Demand.html> (April 23).
2015 Presenter, Readers’ Advisory in Academic Libraries: A Creative Way to Contribute to Student Success, Oregon Library Association Conference, Eugene, OR (April 15-17).
2015 Presenter, What Does Success Look Like? Social Media Assessment in the Academic Library, Roundtable session, Association of College & Research Libraries National Conference, Portland, OR (March 25-28).
2015 Panelist with Lacy, M., Fister, B., Dewan, P., Miller, W., Sustaining Curiosity: Programs for Developing Lifelong Readers, Association of College & Research Libraries National Conference, Portland, OR (March 25-28).
2015 Presenter, The Digitally Embedded Librarian: Social Media and Library Instruction, Online Northwest, Corvallis, OR (February 13).
2014 Presenter, Using Instagram @ Your Library, Association of College & Research Libraries OR/WA Joint Fall Conference, Menucha, OR (October 23-24).
2014 Presenter, Making Learning Social: Using a Professional Social Network for IL Instruction, Oregon Information Literacy Summit, Albany, OR (May 10).
2014 Presenter, Taking the Slow Book Revolution Online: Virtual Readers’ Advisory in the Academic Library, Online Northwest, Virtual http://onlinenorthwest.org/about/blog/2014/taking-the-slow-books-revolution-online (February 7).