Professor — Ph. D., University of Pittsburgh
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A.B., Spanish, Brown University; M.A., Librarianship, University of Denver; School Certification, Duquesne University; Ph.D., Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh.
Barbara has worked as a free-lance indexer, an instructor for the State Library of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh, an assistant in the Brown University Library, a librarian for the University of Denver Library, a children's librarian at Carnegie Library, and a high school librarian in Pittsburgh. Her research interests center on children's services and children's literature. She is the author of Texas in Children's Books and co-author of Teaching Texas History: An All-Level Resource Guide. She edited, with Viki Ash-Geisler as co-editor, Achieving School Readiness: Public Libraries and National Education Goal No. 1; and Library Service for Youth of Hispanic Heritage with Kathleen McCook. Her most recent book, written with Bill Lukenbill, is Keeping Youth Healthy and Fit: Programs and Services for Public Librarians and School Library Media Specialists. She is a former President of the Association for Library Services to Children, a Trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation, a former President of the Texas Library Association and a former national President of the Beta Phi Mu LIS honorary society. She is the P.I. for two grants that received IMLS funding: "Youth, Community, Libraries: Empowerment for Success" ($380,822 in funding) for Ph.D. student recruitment and "Promoting Information Literacy & Teacher Collaboration through Social Marketing Strategies" ($5000) for a study of librarian-teacher collaboration.