Suzanne M. Stauffer, PhD

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Suzanne M. Stauffer, PhD


PhD: Library and Information Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004

Master's Degree(s): MLS, Brigham Young University, 1986

Bachelor's Degree(s): BS, Weber State University, 1978

270 Coates Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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Suzanne M. Stauffer is a Professor in the School of Information Studies at Louisiana State University. Dr. Stauffer joined the SLIS faculty in 2006. Currently, she advises students in the specializations of Youth Services Librarianship, Adult Services in Public Libraries, and Public Libraries. Her professional experience includes Adult Services/General Reference Librarian in Long Beach, New York, Technical Services Librarian at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, and children’s librarian for the County of Los Angeles.

Courses Taught

LIS 7011 Information Behavior

LIS 7110 Adult Services in Public Libraries

LIS 7405 Public Libraries

LIS 7700 History & Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions

Research Areas

Print culture (history of the socio-cultural aspects of books, libraries, communication, reading, publishing, authorship, etc.); History of children’s service in public libraries and school libraries; Reading and literacy, especially emergent literacy/early literacy ; Lifelong education and self-education; Librarianship as a profession, including education for librarianship; Gender issues in librarianship.

Selected Publications

Stauffer, Suzanne M. “Correct Provision Can Be Made for Their Wants: The Reading Rooms of the Santa Fe Railroad.” Library & Information History. In press. Anticipated August 2023.

Stauffer, Suzanne M. The Band of American Ladies : Children’s Librarians and the Creation of Children’s Literature in the Long 19th Century.” Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 18(2).

Stauffer, Suzanne M., editor. Libraries, Archives, and Museums: History & Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions in the West. Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.

Stauffer, Suzanne M. ““An Emergency Job Well Done”: Friends of Freedom Libraries and the Mississippi Freedom Libraries.” Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, 5(1): 102-128.

Stauffer, Suzanne M. “Educating for Whiteness: Applying Critical Race Theory’s Revisionist History in Library & Information Science Research.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 61(2): 452-462. DOI: 10.3138/jelis.61.4.2019-0042.


Selected Presentations

Stauffer, Suzanne M. "Correct Provision Can Be Made for Their Wants: The Reading Rooms of the Santa Fe Railroad.” Past and Futures of the Library, March 11-12, 2022, Pollak Library, California State University Fullerton.

Stauffer, Suzanne M. “Correct Provision Can Be Made for Their Wants: The Reading Rooms of the Santa Fe Railroad.” Southwest P/ACA Annual Conference, Feb 22-26, 2022 Albuquerque, NM.

Stauffer, Suzanne M. “‘Because I have read books myself’: Books and reading in E. Nesbit’s Bastable children series.” Reader in the Book: Books, Reading, and Libraries in Fiction, March 18-19, 25-26, 2021, Institute of English Studies, University of London, UK.

Stauffer, Suzanne M. “Rosenwald Demonstration Library in Webster Parish, Louisiana”. Southwest P/ACA Annual Conference, Feb 22-26, 2021. 

Stauffer, Suzanne M. “Friends of Freedom Libraries.” Popular Culture/American Culture Association in the South, Sept. 26-28, 2019 Wilmington, NC.

Selected Professional & Community Service

Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, Cultural Heritage Institutions Studies, Area Chair, 2018-present.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Library History SIG, 2017-present.

Public Library Quarterly, Editorial Review Board, 2019-present.

Association for Library and Information Science Education, Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults, Member, 2019-2021.

American Library Association, Library History Round Table, Secretary/Treasurer, 2021-2022.

Awards & Honors

Russell B. Long Professor, 2014-2015.