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Paulette Rothbauer
Associate Professor
Coordinator of the LIS Program

North Campus Building Room 224
Phone: 519-661-2111 x88512

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506


Fall 2015:
LIS9003 Information Sources and Services
Winter 2016:
LIS9367 Services for Children and Young Adults (distance course)
LIS9003 Information Sources and Services

Individual Studies
I usually supervise or co-supervise a couple of individual studies a term. Ongoing and past individual studies, reading courses, and guided research projects include:

Current Supervised Projects

  • The Library as Place, LIS PhD Student, Martin Nord
  • The People’s University: A Critical Pedagogical Approach to Public Library Adult Programming, MLIS Candidate Natasha Smith (co-supervised with Dr. Heather Hill)
  • A Reception Study of Secular Literature in Canada, MLIS Candidate Jeremy Dechert
  • Professional Identity Work on Twitter, MLIS Candidate, Kevin Tanner
    Completed Course Projects

  • The Information Behaviour of Bangladeshi Immigrant Women in Canada: A Pilot Study, LIS PhD student, Nafiz Zaman Shuva
  • Alma College Memory Project, Mallory Austin, MLIS
  • Reception History of Judy Blume'sForever, Laura Trabucco, MLIS
  • A Review of Reading Programs and How They Engage Boys, Megan Cook, MLIS
  • Reviewing topics of sex and sexuality in LIS literature and unearthing the role of the library in sex education, Davin Helkenberg, LIS PhD student
  • The Position of the Child in Theory and in Practice: A Dublin Public Library example (co-supervised with Marni Harrington), Brittany Coulter, MLIS
  • The Crisis Culture in Librarianship, Sajni Lacey, MLIS
  • Authors and Authorship: Electronic Reading and Writing (co-supervised with Dr. Anabel Quan-Haase), Kathleen Schreurs, LIS PhD Candidate
  • Information Behaviour and Practices of Youth and Young Adults, Caroline Whippey, LIS PhD Directed Study
  • Toronto Public Library and Poetry Readers, Carey Toane, MLIS (see our published paper on this study)
  • Juvenile Detention Centers and Information
  • Information Literacy in the Ontario K-12 Curriculum
  • Patterns of Romance, Sexuality and Beautification in Young Adult Vampire Romance Series
  • Canadian YA Fiction with GLBTQ Characters and Themes, 1999-2011
  • Public Library Services to Young Offenders in the Canadian Context
  • Manga for YAs

Doctoral Supervision

more coming soon


I hold an MLIS and a PhD from the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. To date, the main focus of my research has been on young people and reading. I studied the modes and methods of access to reading materials as well as social and cultural barriers to such access. Of primary interest were the roles that libraries, bookstores and information communication technologies played in the reading lives of potentially marginalized young people. I conducted to SSHRC supported reading studies, one the examined the role of reading among lesbian, queer and bisexual young women, and the other on the place of reading and libraries among rural and small-town youth. In my enduring "back burner" project I have been looking at the the emergence of the modern Canadian young adult novel and the rise of the teenage reader in Canada. This work was generously supported by the IBBY Canada Frances E. Russell Grant and with SSHRC/Western Travel funding to be able to present findings at international conferences. I am also excited to be lauching a new reading study, one that will investigate the meaning of reading among older adults, this time asking questions about the place that voluntary reading takes up post-retirement. In addition to being a full-time faculty member at FIMS, I am an affiliate member of Women's Studies and Feminist Research at Western, and I am also a Fellow at the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. I also participate in an international research collaboration in The Experience of Reading Group and am a member of the Language and Literacy Education Research Group.

Selected book chapters and books:
Rothbauer, Paulette M., Kjell Ivar Skjerdingstad, Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie and Knut Oterholm, eds. "Plotting the Reading Experience: Theory/Practice/Politics." Wilfrid Laurier University Press. forthcoming February 2016.

Rothbauer, Paulette M. "Imagining Today’s Young Adults in LIS: Moving Forward with Critical Youth Studies," in Transforming YA Services: A Reader for Our Age, edited by Anthony Bernier. ALA/Neal-Schumann, 2013.

Rothbauer, Paulette M., Virginia A. Walter, and Kathleen Weibel. "Public Libraries in the Lives of Young Readers: Past, Present, and Future," in Handbook of Research on Children's and Young Adult Literature, edited by Shelby Wolf, Karen Coats, Patricia Enciso, and Christine Jenkins. Routledge, 2011.

Rothbauer, Paulette M. "Beyond a Signpost for Resistance: The promise of Michel de Certeau's Practice of Everyday Life for LIS Scholarship," in Critical Theory for Library and Information Science: Exploring the Social from Across the Disciplines, edited by Gloria J. Leckie, Lisa M. Given and John E. Buschman. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2010.

Rothbauer, Paulette M. Locating the Library as Place among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Queer Patrons, in Library as Place: History, Community, and Culture, edited by John E. Buschman and Gloria J. Leckie. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

McKechnie, Lynne (E.F.), Catherine S. Ross and Paulette M. Rothbauer. "Affective Dimensions of Information Seeking in the Context of Reading," in Information and Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behavior Research and Theory, edited by Diane Nahl and Dania Bilal. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2007.

Ross, Catherine S., Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie and Paulette M. Rothbauer. Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries and Community. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

Rothbauer, Paulette M. "The Practice of Everyday Life," Theories of Information Behavior: A Researcher's Guide, edited by Karen Fisher, Sanda Erdelez, and Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie. Medford, NJ: ASIST, Information Today, 2005: 284-288.

Selected Refereed Articles
Toane, Carey and Paulette M. Rothbauer. "Pure Delight and Professional Development’: The Reading Practices and Library Use of an Active Poetry Community." Canadian Journal of Information & Library Science 38.2 (2014).

Rothbauer, Paulette M. "Kevin Major’s Hold Fast and the Critical Reception of a Milestone Canadian Novel for Young Adults." Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 4.2 (2012): 15-41.

Rothbauer, Paulette M. "Rural Teens on the Role of Reading in Their Lives," Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults 1(2), 2011: Available at: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2011/02/rural-teens-on-the-role-of-reading-in-their-lives/

Rothbauer, Paulette M. "Exploring the Placelessness of Reading Among Older Rural Teens in a Canadian Municipality," The Library Quarterly 79(3): 465-483, 2009.

Rothbauer, Paulette M. "Triangulation." The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Lisa Given. Sage Publications, 2008. .

Rothbauer, Paulette M. "The Internet in the Reading Accounts of Lesbian and Queer Young Women: Failed Searches and Unsanctioned Reading." Canadian Journal of Information & Library Science 28(4): 53-74, 2004. Special Issue on Children, Libraries and Information.

Rothbauer, Paulette M. "People Aren't Afraid Anymore, But It's Hard To Find Books": Reading Practices That Inform the Personal and Social Identities of Self-Identified Lesbian and Queer Young Women." Canadian Journal of Information & Library Science 28(3): 89-112, 2004.

Rothbauer, Paulette M. "Reading Mainstream Possibilities: Canadian Young Adult Fiction with Lesbian and Gay Characters." Canadian Children's Literature/literature canadienne pour les jeunesse 108: 10-26, 2002.

I make regular research presentations at various scholarly conferences including the Canadian Association for Information Science, The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture, and the Library Research Seminar. You can find a list of selected publications on my Google Scholar profile. Former students and new colleagues are welcome to connect with me via my LinkedIn profile. You can also follow me on Twitter @readingspaces.

I am the LIS Coordinator from July 2015-June 2017. I'll be working with the Dean's Office staff, program committees, faculty, instructors and students to support curriculum development. Such work will keep me in regular contact with LIS professionals and FIMS alumni. Feel free to get in touch with me regarding any issues concerning the MLIS and LIS PhD programs at FIMS at: fimsliscoordinator@uwo.ca.The LIS Coordinator Twitter feed is: @westernuFIMSLIS