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Savannah Kelly
Research & Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor
105 - J.D. Williams Library

My role:

As a member of the Research and Instruction Department, I am the librarian for the School of Education and Department of Psychology. I teach instruction classes, order materials for the education and psychology collections, and meet regularly with students and faculty.

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Research Interests:

My research interests include first-year students’ transitions into postsecondary education, interdisciplinary teaching collaborations, assignment design, and students’ perceptions of statistics and academic research processes.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Select Publications:

Kelly, Savannah L. (2019). “Statistics is for everyone (Yes, even you): Straightforward statistical concepts to help instruction librarians help their students (Part 1). LOEX Quarterly, 45(2).

Kelly, Savannah L. (2019). “Faculty perceptions of librarian value: The moderating relationship between librarian contact, course goals, and students’ research skills.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 45(3).

Young, Brian W. & Kelly, Savannah L. (2018). “How well do we know our students? A comparison of students’ priorities for services and librarians’ perceptions of those priorities.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 44(2).

Kelly, Savannah L. (2017). “First-year students’ research challenges: Does watching videos on common struggles affect students’ research self-efficacy?” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 12(4).

Kelly, Savannah L. & Young, Brian W. (2017). “Examining undergraduates’ library priorities through Q methodology.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 43(3).

Kelly, Savannah L. (2017). “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth: When the data you receive is not the data you want”. LOEX Proceedings.

Kelly, Savannah L. (2017). “Minority students in university remediation: A phenomenological analysis of their high school and first-semester college academic experiences” Journal of Contemporary Research in Education (accepted).

Winslow, Rachel R., Skripsky, Sarah L., & Kelly, Savannah L. (2016). “Not just for citations: Assessing Zotero while reassessing research.” In B. D’Angelo, S. Jamieson, B. Maid, J.R. Walker (Eds), Information Literacy: Research and Collaboration across Disciplines. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado.

Kelly, Savannah L. (2015). “Promoting critical dispositions: Incorporating the IL Framework in one-shot library instruction.” Mississippi Libraries, 78(3).

Kelly, Savannah L. (2014). “Librarians, renounce the research paper! Using rhetoric to improve assignment design.” College & Undergraduate Libraries 21.1.

Select Presentations:

LOEX, 2017, Lexington, KY: “Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth: When the Data You Receive is Not the Data You Want”

LOEX, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA: “Helping Outliers become College Ready: Using Technology to Cultivate Positive Relationships with Students Enrolled in Remedial Curriculum”

WILU 2013, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada: “Connecting the Academy and the Real World: Using Dilemma Cases to Teach Students Lifelong Inquiry”

ACL 2013, San Diego, CA: “Taming the Dragon: Refining Pedagogical Techniques through the Fire of One-Shot Library Instruction”, co-presenters Robin Lang and Molly Riley

LOEX 2012, Columbus, OH: “Forget the Database, What’s the Argument?: Revitalizing a For-Credit Course by Teaching Rhetoric, Critical Thinking and Research as Conversation”

LOEX Encore, 2012, Online: “Forget the Database, What’s the Argument?: Revitalizing a For-Credit Course by Teaching Rhetoric, Critical Thinking and Research as Conversation”

eSWUG 2010, Orange, CA: “How Do You Come Across? A Collaborative Look at the OPAC”, co-presenter Mary Logue

Select Research Posters:

EBLIP, 2017, Philadelphia, PA: “First-year students’ research challenges: Does watching videos on common research struggles prior to library instruction increase students’ confidence?”, People’s Choice Award, 1st place

ALA, 2016, Orlando, FL: “Examining Undergraduates’ Library Priorities through Q Methodology”, co-presenter with Brian W. Young, EBSS Research Poster

ALA, 2016, Orlando, FL: “Librarian vs. Student Perspectives on Technology”, co-presenter with Brian W. Young, STS Research Poster


IRDL Mentor, 2018, 2019

IRDL Scholar, 2016

ACRL Immersion Program, Assessment Track, 2012

Excellence in Assessment Award, Westmont College, 2012

ACRL Immersion Program, Teacher Track, 2010

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