Linda B. Alexander, Asst. Professor

School of Library and Information Science
College of Arts and Science
University of South Florida
Office CIS 2039, Mail point CIS 1040
lalexand@cas.usf.edu
(813) 974-8966
fax (813) 974-6840


EDUCATION
University of Louisville, Ed. D.
Educational Administration
Louisville, Kentucky

North Carolina State University
Doctoral Student in Adult & Comm. College Educ. Program,

East Carolina University,
Greenville, North Carolina
MA Ed in Adult Education
MA in Library and Information Science
MA Ed in Special Education
A B in Sociology (Psychology minor)


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor 2001-present
School of Library & Information Science
College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Asst. Prof. & Coordinator for Library Information Literacy Program 1993-2001
Department of Library Media Education
School of Integrative Studies in Teacher Education
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
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University Medical Center 1993
Media/Education Department
Greenville, NC
Contracted Consultant

East Carolina University 1985-1993
Greenville, NC
Dept. of Broadcasting, Librarianship & Educational Technology
Lecturer 1985-1993,
Visiting Lecturer and
Asst. Coordinator(one year position)

Pitt County Dept. of Social Services 1977-1979
Greenville, NC 1992-1993
Protective Services Social Worker III
Medical Protective Social Worker III
Pitt Community College
Greenville, NC
Library Science Instructor

Lenoir Community College, Kinston, NC
Retrospective Cataloger
Children's Clinic of Pitt Memorial Hospital
Social Worker
Greenville, NC

Pitt County Dept of Social Services
Greenville, NC
Foster Care Social Worker II
Pitt County Schools
Greenville, NC

East Carolina Vocational Center
Greenville, NC
Assistant Evaluator

Edgecombe County Schools
Tarboro, NC
Special Education Teacher, K-8


ACTIVITIES

Memberships
American Library Association, current
Library Instruction Roundtable of ALA (LIRT), past
YALSA division of ALA, current
American Association of Teaching and Curriculum (AATC), past
Florida Library Association, current
Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), current
Florida Association for Supervisors of Media, current
Kentucky Library Association (KLA), past member
Library Instruction Network of KLA (LINK), past member
North Carolina Library Association, past member
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education, current
National Education Association, past member
NC Association of Educators, past member
National Education Association, past member
NC Association of Educators, past member
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education, current
Election to Phi Kappa Phi National All University Honor Society, May, 2000, current
Other

North Carolina Teaching Certificates, A and 2 G certificates, current
North Carolina Public Library Certificate #1677
1985 Recipient of the NC Library Assoc. Memorial Scholarship
NC Real Estate Broker License, since 1975
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1994 and current
Strathmores Who’s Who, 1999 and current
International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, current

Recipient of Certificate of Recognition from Pitt County, NC Involvement Council for Outstanding Volunteer Service
American Cancer Society volunteer, 1981-1989
Past Member of Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church, Greenville, NC
Volunteer for Christian Youth Crusaders at Jarvis Church, Greenville, NC
Classroom and Library volunteer for Pitt County Schools through 1993
WKI Freshman Seminar (UC101) Planning Committee member, 1999
WKU Advisory committee member for Freshman Seminar, 1999-2000
Participant, WKU-School of Education Renaissance Grant Teacher work sample for curriculum changes in program area, Spring, 2000
Election to Phi Kappa Phi National All University Honor Society (University of Louisville) May, 2000
WKU Task Force member. Head of subcommittee for Content design and development of totally interactive Internet credit course using WebCT courseware for teaching basic information literacy. Taught web course Fall, 1998 and Spring, 1999 semesters.
Volunteer for Bowling Green and Warren County Schools, 1993-1996
Bowling Green High School Cheerleading Sponsor, 1996
KY Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) Certification, 1993-1995
Scholarship committee, School of Education, Western Kentucky Univ., 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1999-2000
Technology Committee Member, School of Education, WKU, 1996-1997, 1999-2000 for work on pre-service teacher electronic portfolio
WKU School of Education Faculty Awards Committee, Spring, 1999
Chairman, Content Committee of Task Force for WKU/School of Education Web-course Development, 1997-1998
Chairman of Task Force for Freshman Seminar development of web course, 1999-2000
Recipient of University of Louisville Graduate Dean Citation for Outstanding Doctoral Student, May 14, 2000


PUBLICATIONS

“ The Effects of Home Environment on Achievement and Attitudes Toward Computer Literacy,” Educational Research Quarterly, Volume XIV, No. 1, 1990.

“University Students Perceived Need For A Formal Course In Library Research Instruction,” Technicalities, Volume 11, No. 8, August, 1991.

“LIBS 1000: A Credit Course In Library Skills at East Carolina University,” Greenville, NC: East Carolina University, ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED376818. (1994)

Use of the Library: Library Media Education 101, 1994-1995. Bowling Green, KY: Western Kentucky University, 1994.

“LME 101 at WKU: A Required Course in Basic Library Skills,” Research Strategies, Volume 13, No. 4, Fall, 1995.

Use of the Library: Library Media Education 101, 1995-1996. Bowling Green, KY: Western Kentucky University, 1995.

Use of the Library: Library Media Education 101, 1996-1997. Bowling Green, KY: Western Kentucky University, 1996.

“Library Media Education 101 at WKU: A Model,” Kentucky Libraries, Volume 61, No. 2, Spring, 1997.

"The Impact of School Restructuring on Research Skills at the University Level, Part I." Kentucky Libraries, Fall, 1997. With Dr. Robert C. Smith.

LME 101 Use of the Library for Basic Information Literacy, 1997-98 and 1998-99, Bowling Green, KY: Western Kentucky University, 1997.

“The Impact of School Restructuring on Research Skills at the University Level, Part II.” Kentucky Libraries, Winter, 1998. With Dr. Robert C. Smith.

Book Chapter in WKU Freshman Seminar book, published by Houghton-Mifflin, Fall, 1999.

Library Skills Instruction: A Comparison of Students in a Web-based Course versus a Traditional Instruction Course, dissertation, 2000 (DAI).

"Research Findings of a Library Skills Instruction Web Course." Portal: Libraries and the Academy, Volume 1, No. 3, July, 2001.

"Educating Paraeducators From a Distance." The Utah Special Educator, November, 2002. With Dr. Margaret M. Cramer.

Alexander, L.B., Smith, R.C., & Carey, J.O. (2003). School principals' perceptions of library media specialists' roles and responsibilities. In D.V. Loertscher (Ed.), Evidence- Based Practice and School Library Media Programs (pp. 44-50). Castle Rock, CO: Hi Willow Research and Publishing.

Alexander, L.B., Smith, R. C., & Carey, J. O. (2003). Education reform and the school library media specialist: Perceptions of principals. Knowledge Quest. 32 (2), 10-13.

Alexander, L. B., & Grigsby, E. (2003). Multicultural Cinderella Project at a Hillsborough County School. Florida Media Quarterly (Online). 29 (2), 4-7. Retrieved April 10, 2004, from < http://www.floridamedia.org/documents/December2003FinalVersion.pdf>

Alexander, L.B., & Immroth, B. (2004). Youth services in public libraries. In K. McCook, Introduction to public librarianship (pp. 211-239). New York: Neal-Schuman.

Alexander, L.B. (Spring 2005). Designing multicultural inclusion/awareness programs. Florida Libraries, 47(1), 15-17.

Peresie, M, & Alexander, L.B. (Fall 2005). Librarian stereotypes in young adult literature. Young Adult Library Services, 4(1), 21-28.  

Alexander, L.B. (Fall 2005). ADA resources for the library and information science professions. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS), 46(3), 234-243.

Alexander, L.B. (Fall 2005). Gay display controversy: A threat to intellectual freedom. Florida Libraries, 48(2), 24, 26-27. 

Alexander, L.B. (Oct. 2005). The importance of workplace speech. American Libraries, 36(9), 41.  

Alexander, L.B. (2006). “Elementary Reading Project for Opening Young Minds,” Youth Library Review (United Kingdom). Vol. 36.

 

Alexander, L.B. (Summer 2006).  “Multicultural Cinderella:  This is fun work.”  Kappa Delta Pi Record, Vol. 42, no.  4.

 

Alexander, L.B  &  Miselis, S. (June 2006). “Hear the silent pleas of our gay youth.” KQ Web. Vol. 34 no. 5.

 

Alexander, L.B., & Sanez, M. (Dec. 2006). Using children's folktales to explore multiculturalism. School Library Media Activities Monthly.

Alexander, L.B., & Sanez, M. (Dec. 2006). Cinderella around the world. School Library Media Activities Monthly.

Alexander, L.B. & Miselis, S. (Spring 2007) “Barriers to GLBTQ collection development and strategies for overcoming them.”  Young Adult Library Services (YALS), vol. 5, # 3, pp. 43- 49.

Kwon, N., Onwuegbuzie, A.J., & Alexander, L.B. (March 2007). Critical thinking disposition and library anxiety: Affective domains on the space on information seeking and use in academic libraries. College and Research Libraries, Vol. 68 No. 3, pp. 268-278.

Alexander, L. B., & Morton, M. L. (July, 2007). “Multicultural Cinderella: Results of a collaborative project in an elementary cchool.” School Libraries Worldwide, 13, (2). 

 

Alexander, Linda. (Spring, 2008).  An online course in multicultural materials for LIS graduate students at the University of South Florida.  Education Libraries 31, (1), pp. 32-37.

 

GRANTS

Alexander, L.B. & Morton, M.L. Tampa Bay Community Outreach. USF Center for Community Partnerships: Community Partnership Faculty Grant Program. April, 2003. $8,126. Funded.

"Introducing Digital Chat Software in Teaching Graduate Students Online in a Basic Introductory Reference Course in Library and Information Science." Application for Innovative Teaching Grant: Support for Faculty Creativity in Teaching. Feb. 2003. Not Funded.

"Tampa Bay Multi-cultural Outreach" with Egypt Lake Elementary School. USF Collaborative for Children, Families, & Communities, 2003.  Funded for 2003-04.  $8,126.

"Tampa Bay Multicultural Outreach: Exploring Diversity through Stories and Hands-on Activities" for Egypt Lake Elementary School. Southern Poverty Law Center Teaching Tolerance Grant.  Application on July 14, 2004.  Funded for Oct. 2004-April, 2004. $1,000.

 

IMLS Grant for Recruitment of Librarians for 21st Century. Education of Librarians Serving Youth (ELSY).  Submitted Dec. 15, 2004. Amount requested approx. $450,000.00+. Not funded.

 

Information Architecture grant application submitted Fall, 2006.  Not funded.

 

PRESENTATIONS / OTHER
“ The Impact of School Restructuring on Research Skills Instruction at the University Level.” Paper presented at American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Portland, Oregon, April 5, 1997, Presentation made with colleague Dr. Robert C. Smith, Professor of Library Media Education, School of Integrated Studies in Teacher Education, WKU.

" Basic Library Information Skills: Development of a Web Course at WKU, Paper presented at ASU in Phoenix, AZ, May 8, 1998. 3 hour program presentation with Dr. Robert C. Smith.“Design and Development of an Online Course.” Paper presented at Kentucky Higher Education Computing Conference (KHECC), Barkley State Resort Park, KY, Oct. 1, 1998 with Haiwang Yuan.

“A Study of Web-based Library Skills Instruction versus Traditional Instruction.” Paper presented at American Association of Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) Conference, Orlando, FL, Oct. 9, 1998.

“Results of a Library Instruction Web Course,” Paper presented at Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual University (KCVU) Conference, Cincinnati Marriott, Covington, KY, May 21, 2000.

“Report of Results of a WKU Web Course,” Paper presented at Western Kentucky University, 2nd Summer Instruction and Technology Institute, Bowling Green, KY, June 1, 2000.

“Design Elements of Web Course for Library Media Education for Freshmen,” Paper presented at IATS-Lilly Conference, San Antonio, Texas, July, 2000.

"Integration of Web-based Bibliographic Instruction Skills within a Freshman Seminar," Paper presented at Sixth Annual Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, April 10, 2001.

Symposium panel speaker, WKU-University of Louisville Spring 2001 Doctoral Symposium, Bowling Green, KY, March 31, 2001.

"Education Reform and the School Library Media Specialist: Perceptions of Principals," Paper presented at Arizona Library Association (AzLA) / Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Conference 2001, with Dr. Robert Smith. Phoenix Civic Plaza South, Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 6, 2001.

"Education Reform and The School Library Media Specialist: Perceptions of Principals," Poster Session presented with Dr. Robert Smith at ALA Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 15, 2002.

"Evaluating Multicultural Literature for Children." Presentation at Florida Association of Media in Education (FAME) Annual Conference. Daytona, FL, Oct. 24, 2002. With Dr. Pat Bauer and Dr. Cora Dunkley.

"Show and Tell" Poster session on Introduction of the USF-SLIS Alice Smith Preview Center at Annual Florida Library Association (FLA) Conference, Orlando, FL, April 24, 2003. With Dr. Cora Dunkley.

"School Principals' Perceptions of Library Media Specialists' Roles and Responsibilities." Treasure Mountain Retreat #11 Conference, Airport Radisson Hotel, Kansas City, MO, Oct. 23, 2003. With Dr. James O. Carey.

"Children's Day/Book Day (Dia do los Ninos/Dia de los Libros)." Florida Association of Media in Education (FAME) 31st Annual Conference, The Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL, Oct. 31, 2003. With Dr. Cora Dunkley.

"The Effectiveness of Cinderella Stories as Multi-Cultural Teaching and Literacy Improvement Tools." The USF Collaborative for Children, Families, and Communities, Faculty Luncheon Series, Westside Conference Center Room E, USF, Tampa, FL, July 21, 2004.

"Cinderella Stories for a School Collaborative Grant." FAME Annual Conference, presentation about USF funded Cinderella Grant, Tampa, FL, Nov. 4, 2004. With Ebony Grigsby. 

"Increasing Multicultural Awareness in a Florida Elementary School." North Carolina Library Association/Southeastern Library Association Joint Centennial Conference, Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC, Nov. 10, 2004.

"Multicultural Literature Connection." FAME 33rd Annual Conference, Disney's Coronado Spring Resort, Orlando, FL, Oct. 20, 2005. With Ebony Grigsby and Regina Seguin.

"GLBTQ Discussion Group, PPT presentation." Florida Library Association (FLA) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL, April 19, 2006.  

Alexander, Linda B.  First Annual Joint Librarians of Color Conference.  Dallas, Texas, Oct. 2006.   Presentation on Multicultural Materials / Gay Censorship for Oct 2006 conference.  Vicki Gregory, co-presenter.

 

Alexander, Linda.  Florida Library Association (FLA) Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.  Poster Session “The Voice of Pride in your Library – Current Trends in Protecting the Reading Rights of GLBT Young Adults in your Community” April 12, 2007.

 

Alexander, Linda.  Florida Library Association (FLA) Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.  Roundtable Discussion on “Let’s Make some Noise in Your Library—How to Protect the Reading Rights of GLBT Young Adults in Your Community.” April 12, 2007.

 

Morton, Mary Lou, & Alexander, Linda. “Multicultural Cinderella: A Collaborative Project in an Urban Elementary School.”   Presentation at 7th Annual International Conference on Service-Learning Research  (IRCSLCE)   October, 7, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.

 

Alexander, Linda, Moon, Carol Ann, & Bryan, Jackie.  The role of supervised fieldwork in educating MLS students. (poster).  Annual Conference  of the Florida Library Association (FLA).  Tradewinds Resort, St. Petersburg, FL.  April  23, 2008. 

 

DOCTORAL COMMITTEE

Doctoral Committee: Penny Beile O’Neil, University of Central Florida, Successfully Defended Fall, 2005.  “Development and Validation of the Beile Test of Information Literacy for Education (B-Tiled).”

 

Last Updated May 2008