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Janet Brennan Croft is Head of Access and Delivery Services at Rutgers University libraries.  She earned her Master of Library Science degree at Indiana University in 1983.  She is the author of War in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Praeger, 2004; winner of the Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Studies) and several book chapters on the Peter Jackson films; has published articles on J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, and other authors, and is editor or co-editor of many collections of literary essays, the latest being Baptism of Fire: The Birth of British Fantasy in World War I (Mythopoeic Press, 2016). She has also written widely on library issues, and is the author of Legal Solutions in Electronic Reserves and the Electronic Delivery of Interlibrary Loan (Haworth, 2004). She edits the refereed scholarly journal Mythlore and serves on the board of the Mythopoeic Press.


·        Master of Library Science. Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, 1983. (ALA accredited)·        Bachelor of Arts. Indiana University at Bloomington, 1982.  Double major: Classical Civilization  and English.


Selected publications in librarianship:Legal Solutions in Electronic Reserves and the Electronic Delivery of Interlibrary Loan. Haworth Press, 2004. Published simultaneously as Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserves 14:3 (2004).
“A basic multi-media collection by and about J.R.R. Tolkien.” Collection Building 30.2 (2011): 98-102.
“Interactive Mindfulness Technology: A Walking Labyrinth in an Academic Library.” With Matt Cook. College and Research Libraries News June 2015: 318-322.
“The Effects of Labyrinth Walking in an Academic Library.” With Donna M. Zucker et al. Journal of Library Administration 2016 (2016): 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2016.1180873
 Selected conference presentations and workshops in librarianship:“OU’s Textbooks on Reserve Program.” OK-ACRL PASIG Mini-Conference. Norman, OK, June 2010.
“Library Faculty and the Research Agenda: A Building Block for the Successful Academic Career.” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association. Albuquerque NM. February 2012.
“Copyright Workshop.” Maryville University, St. Louis, July 2014.
 Selected publications in literature:War in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Greenwood Press, 2004. Recipient of the 2005 Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Scholarship.
Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings (editor and contributor).  Mythopoeic Press, 2004.Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes and Language (editor and contributor). Jefferson: McFarland, 2007.
Lois McMaster Bujold: Essays on a Modern Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy (editor and contributor). Jefferson: McFarland Press, 2013.
Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey (co-editor). Jefferson: McFarland Press, 2014.
Perilous and Fair: Women in the Life and Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (co-editor). Altadena: Mythopoeic Press, 2015.
Baptism of Fire: The Birth of the Modern British Fantastic in World War I (editor). Altadena: Mythopoeic Press, 2015.
Mythlore Index Plus (co-compiler). Annotated index to Mythopoeic Society journals and books. Continuously updated since 2008; currently published in electronic format.
 Selected presentations and public speaking in literature:“The Thread on Which Doom Hangs: Free Will, Disobedience, and Eucatastrophe in Tolkien’s Middle-earth.” Scholar Guest of Honor Keynote Address. Mythopoeic Society Conference, Dallas, July 2010.
“Tolkien’s Faërian Drama: Origins and Valedictions.” Special invited guest presentation at Return of the Ring, Loughborough, England, August 2012
“Tolkien and the World Wars.” Guest Lecture, Oklahoma State University Library World War I Series, November 20, 2014.
“Barrel-rides and She-elves: Audience and ‘Anticipation’ in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Movies.” Guest Lecture, Marquette University Special Collections, March 26, 2015.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

• “Hell and Back: Helena as Kore and Shaman in Orphan Black.” Forthcoming, Southwest Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, February 17, 2017.
• “’What if I’m still there? What if I never left that clinic?’: Faërian Drama in Buffy’s ‘Normal Again’.” Forthcoming, Buffy at 20, Marquette University, April 1, 2017.


Selected organizations and service:·        The Mythopoeic Society.  2001-present. Awards Committee, Inklings Scholarship and General Fantasy Scholarship awards, 2002-present. Paper coordinator, Mythcon 33 (2002), Mythcon 35 (2004), Mythcon 42 (2011), Mythcon 48 (2017). Mythopoeic Press Advisory Committee, 2003-present. Conference Chair, 2006. Editor of Mythlore and member of Council of Stewards, 2006-present. President, 2008, 2016. Mythcon 41 Scholar Guest of Honor (2010). ·        Oklahoma Library Association. 2001-2014. Legislative Committee, 2001-2006. Editor of Oklahoma Librarian (full editor 2006-2009, book review editor 2009-2014).·        Southwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. 2001-present.  Co-Area Chair, Libraries, Museums, and Archives in Popular Culture Area, 2001-2012, Chair 2013-present. Susan Rollins Award Committee, 2012-2015.·        Council of Editors of Learned Journals. 2006-present. Award committee, 2009 Voyager Award.                  

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