Associate Professor and BS/IS Program Director
PhD, Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers
Honors and Awards
- Teacher Ranked as Excellent (Fall 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 2017; Spring 2016, 2017; Summer 2017)
- 2015 WISE Instructor of the Year
- 2015 Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award
Emily Knox is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team.
Knox recently edited Trigger Warnings: History, Theory, Context, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Her book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, was also published by Rowman & Littlefield and is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series. Her articles have been published in the Library Quarterly, Library and Information Science Research, and the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy.
She was awarded the Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE Instructor of the Year in 2015. She is on the board of the Association for Information Science & Technology, Freedom to Read Foundation, and the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Knox received her PhD from the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information. Her master’s in library and information science is from the iSchool at Illinois. She also holds a BA in religious studies from Smith College and an AM in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School.
She was the associate director and reference librarian at the St. Mark's (now Keller) Library of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City for five years before returning to school.
Knox previously wrote a manual on running a small interlibrary loan and document delivery department published by Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association (ALA). It is listed as a key source in Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources (Bemis, 2014, p. 107).
Publications & Papers
Knox, E.J.M. (2015). Book Banning in 21st Century America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Knox, E.J.M. (Ed.) (2017). Trigger warnings: History, theory, context. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Knox, E.J.M. & Oltmann, S. (2018). Social responsibility, censorship, and the ALA: The 2015 Banned Books Week controversy. The Library Quarterly, 88(1),5 – 22.
Knox, E.J.M. (2017). Indoctrination and common sense interpretation of texts: The Tucson Unified School District book banning. Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, 2(2), 11-23.
Knox, E.J.M. (2014). Society, institutions, and common sense: Themes in the discourse of challengers in 21st century United States. Library & Information Science Research, 36(3-4), 171-178.
Knox, E.J.M. (2014). Intellectual freedom and the agnostic-postmodernist view of reading effects. Library Trends, 63(1), 11-26.
Knox, E.J.M. (2014). The books will still be in the library: Narrow definitions of censorship in the discourse of challengers. Library Trends, 62(4), 740-749.
Mattson, R., Knox, E. Paris, B. & Laster, S. (2017, October). Government Records and Data Transparency in the Digital Age: Describing the Problem, Imagining Solutions. Digital Library Federation Forum, Pittsburgh, PA.
Krieb, D., Knox, E., & Barnes, R. (2017, October). Censorship: Looking in the Mirror. Annual Conference of the Illinois Library Association, Tinley Park, IL.
Knox, E.J.M. (2016, November). Understanding book challenges. Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Atlanta, GA.
Knox, E.J.M. (2016, July). This book is inappropriate: Language, order, and reading. Paper presented Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP), Paris, France.
Knox, E.J.M. (2016, June). "Dirty" materials out of place: Inappropriate books and social classification. Paper at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA), Library History Roundtable, Orlando, FL.
Knox, E.J.M. (2016, January). Fundamentals of information ethics. Presented on co-organized panel: Burgess, J., Knox, E., Mon, L., Perry, H.B., Ross, J.M., & Steele, J. Radical change and ethical practice in the LIS classroom. Annual Conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Boston, MA.