AboutI’m a librarian and professor at Northern Michigan University. I used to be a an English professor at a different institution, and have the distinction (?) of having been tenured and promoted to Professor in two different careers.
My research focus is mystery and detective fiction, and I am currently working on a book on libraries, librarians, and information in mystery fiction since 1970.
EducationM. S., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Ph. D., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984. Special Field: American Fiction, 1865-1920.
A. M., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1979.
B. A., English and Philosophy, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois, 1977.
“The Librarian in Rowling’s Harry Potter Series
,” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
16.3 (2014): <http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/1481-4374.2197
Editor, Theme Issue: Information Literacy and the Detective Novel, Clues: A Journal of Detection
24.1 (Fall 2005).
“Information Ethics in the Detective Novel.” Clues: A Journal of Detection
24.1 (Fall 2005): 18-26.
“A Brief History of Scholarly Study of Detective Fiction, with Particular Attention to the Mystery & Detective Fiction Area of the Popular Culture Association,” Managing the Mystery Collection: From Creation to Consumption
, a special issue of Collection Management
29.3/4 (2004): 189-96.
“The Decline of Hilda Adams.” Woman Times Three
. Ed. Kathleen Gregory Klein. Bowling Green, OH: Popular Press, 1995. Pp. 129-142.
“The First Six in a Series.” In the Beginning
. Ed. Mary Jean DeMarr. Bowling Green, OH: Popular Press, 1995. Pp. 77-90.
“Mary Roberts Rinehart.” Great Women Mystery Writers
. Ed. Kathleen Gregory Klein. Greenwood Press, 1994. Pp. 303-07.
“The Story in ‘The Author of “Beltraffio”,’“ Studies in Short Fiction
, 24.3 (Summer 1987): 308-309.
“Woman as Termagant in the Towneley Cycle.” Proceedings of the Illinois Medieval Association
. Volume II. Ed. Mark D. Johnston and Samuel M. Riley. Normal, Illinois: The Graduate School–Illinois State University, 1985. Pp. 154-167.
“Pairing the ‘Classics’ with Detective Fiction.” Illinois English Bulletin
ProjectsBook ’em: Libraries, Librarians, and Information in Mystery and Detective Fiction (book, work in progress)
MembershipsPopular Culture Association
Association of College and Research Librarians
American Library Association
Michigan Library Association