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Mary K. Chelton, Professor

  Rosenthal 243
  Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
  Queens College, City University of New York
  Phone: (718) 997-3667
  Fax: (718) 997-3797





Ph.D. (1997) Rutgers University- New Brunswick, New Jersey Communication

M.P.H. (1985) University of Alabama at Birmingham Public Health Education

M.L.S. (1965) Rutgers University - New Brunswick, New Jersey Library Service

Work Experience


Coordinator/ Library Programs, Adult & Young Adult Services (1987-1992) Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries, Rockville, Maryland.

Program and Community Services Administrator (1985-1987) Virginia Beach Public Library, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Consultant, Young Adult Services (1974-1978) Westchester Library System, Hartsdale, New York.

Principal Librarian, Young Adult Services (1970-1973) Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Hyattsville, Maryland.

Managing Librarian (1967-1968) Army Special Services Libraries, Korea.

Young Adult Services Librarian (1965-1967) Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland.

Teaching and Administration

Professor (2005 - Present) Queens College GSLIS

Associate Professor (1998 - 2005) Queens College GSLIS

Assistant Professor (1996-1998) Emporia State University SLIM, Kansas

Adjunct Instructor (1995-1996) Rutgers SCILS, MIS Program

Adjunct Instructor (1981-1982) University of Alabama, GSLS

Assistant Professor (1978-1980) Rutgers GSLS
Courses Taught in the Past Two Years:

LBSCI 702: Information Resources and Services
LBSCI 709 Research in Library & Information Studies
LBSCI 711: Collection Development
LBSCI 777: Planning and Delivering Services to Young Adults in the Public Library
LBSCI 779: Readers Advisory Services for Adults in the Public Library

Research & Professional Interests

My primary research focus is on marginalized or stigmatized users, materials and services in library contexts, in particular, the information-seeking behavior of adolescents, and adoption searchers; adult-adolescent service encounters; library services for young adults, readers’ advisory services for adults; and popular culture genres in libraries, especially romances.

Selected Publications

With Colleen Cool, co-editors, Youth Information-Seeking Behaviors II: Contexts, Theories, Models, and Issues. Lanham , MD : Scarecrow Press. Lanham , MD : Scarecrow Press, 2007; Youth Information-Seeking: Theories, Models, and Approaches. Lanham , MD : Scarecrow Press. Lanham , MD : Scarecrow Press, 2004.

“Teaching Readers Advisory Services in an Academic Setting,” Readers' Advisor News (December, 2006). Retrieved from January 11, 2007.

“Young Adult Collections are More Than Just Young Adult Literature,” Young Adult Library Services 4, no. 2 (Winter, 2006): 10-11.

“Young Adults as Problems: How the Social Construction of a Marginalized User Category Occurs,” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 42, no. 1, (Winter, 2001): 4-11.

With Roberta Brody and Donna Crosslin, “Adoption Searchers’ Use of Libraries: A Pilot Descriptive Study,” Reference and User Services Quarterly 40, no. 3 (Spring, 2001): 264-274.

“The ‘Overdue Kid’: A Face-to-Face Library Service Encounter as Ritual Interaction,” Library and Information Science Research 19, no. 4 (December, 1997): 387-400.

Selected Honors and Awards

Honoree for Intellectual Freedom, ALA (30th Anniversary OIF & FTRF), 1999.

Outstanding Dissertation, Association for Library & Information Science Education, 1998.

Librarian of the Year [First], Romance Writers of America, 1995.

Grolier Foundation Award, American Library Association, 1985.

Distinguished Alumna, Rutgers University, GSLIS, 1984.

Invited Ted Samore lecture at School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, May, 2010.


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Dept. Office: Rosenthal Library Room 254
Phone (718) 9973790
Fax (718) 997-3797

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Director and Chair
Dr. Colleen Cool

Vice Chair
Dr. Kwong-Bor Ng

Graduate Advisor for Library Media
Specialist & Coordinator of
Library Media Specialist Programs

Dr. Linda Cooper

Director of Admissions
Dr. Claudia Perry

Graduate Advisor for Continuing Students
Prof. Elizbeth Basileo


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