FIMS Profile

Paulette Rothbauer
Associate Professor

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4052
Phone: 519-661-2111 x88512

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

I'm a member of the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western where I teach primarily in the graduate programs in Library and Information Science. I teach courses about information sources and services (the required "reference" course) and about teen/young adult library materials and literature. I offer a popular online elective on children's and teen services and have been teaching a seminar elective in the LIS doctoral program on Human Information Practices. I supervise a number of individual studies with MLIS and LIS doctoral students each year and work in varied supervisory roles with the following LIS PhD students and candidates: Nafiz Zaman Shuva, Davin Helkenberg, Mike Ridley, Jay Thompson, and Greg Nightingale. Previous PhD students include Dr. Lucia Cedeira Serantes and Dr. Kathleen Schreurs.

In Winter 2019 I am teaching LIS9003 Information Sources & Services (F2F) and LIS9367 Children and Youth Services (by distance).

For the past fifteen years or so, I've been researching reading, identity and libraries, looking at the practices of queer young women for one study, and those of rural and small town teens for another. I am curious (and passionate) about the roles that public libraries play (or can play) in terms of supporting personal and social identities, and feel like I could spend the rest of my career exploring this. While I maintain an active research interest in the reading practices of teens and young adults, my new research agenda has taken a turn to look more closely at the place of reading and libraries among older people (often referred to as "the elderly," "seniors", or "retirees"). I also continue to be interested in the public library as place.

Selected publications:
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 (2nd edition), edited by Anthony Bernier. ALA/Neal-Schumann, forthcoming 2019.

Rothbauer, Paulette and Nicole Dalmer. 2018. "Reading as a Lifeline: Findings from a qualitative interview study with older adults." Library and Information Science Research, published online 4 September. "doi:

Ross, Catherine S., Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie and Paulette M. Rothbauer. Reading Still Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries and Community. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2018.

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.2016.

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:

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

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.

You can find a list of publications on my Google Scholar profile and in Western's institutional repository Scholarship@Western. Former students and new colleagues are welcome to connect with me via my LinkedIn profile. You can also follow me on Twitter @readingspaces.