Emily Lawrence

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Libraries Info and Society (IS502AO2)


Areas of Research: 

My primary research interests include political philosophy in LIS, readers and reading, and aesthetics. I am in the process of completing a dissertation in which I draw on reader-response criticism and feminist aesthetics to propose an alternative recommendation model for Readers' Advisory.

Field Exam Area: 

Reading & Readers


Reading for Democratic Citizenship: A New Model for Readers' Advisory


PhD, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)
MLS, University of Maryland, College Park (2012)
BA, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2008)

Courses Taught: 

Instructor, IS 590 - Reading Romance in the Library (Fall 2017)
Teaching Assistant, IS 502 - Libraries, Information, and Society (Fall 2016)
Teaching Assistant, IS 501 - Information Organization and Access (Fall 2015; Spring 2016)

Selected Publications, Papers and Presentations: 

Lawrence, E. (forthcoming). "Is Contemporary Readers' Advisory Populist? Taste elevation and ideological tension in the Genreflecting series." Library Trends.

Lawrence, E. and R. Fry. (2016). "Content Blocking and the Patron as Situated Knower: What would it take for an Internet filter to work?" Library Quarterly 86(4), 403-418.

Lawrence, E. (2015). "Everything is a Recommendation: Netflix, altgenres and the construction of taste." Knowledge Organization 42(5), 358-364. 

Lawrence, E. (2013). "Loud Hands in the Library: Neurodiversity in LIS theory & practice." Progressive Librarian, 41, 98-109. 

Honors and Awards: 

Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2017
Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, 2014-2017
Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize, 2013

Related Topics

Diversity and Social Justice, Education of Information Professionals, Ethics and Values for Information, Libraries and Librarianship, adult popular literature, readers' advisory