Mary K. Chelton, Professor
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
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:
GSLIS 702: Information Resources and Services
GSLIS 709 Research in Library & Information Studies
GSLIS 711: Collection Development
GSLIS 777: Planning and Delivering Services to Young Adults in the Public Library
GSLIS 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.
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 http://lu.com/ranews/ 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.