Faculty Research: Melanie A. Kimball

Assistant Professor Melanie A. Kimball teaches in the area of literature for youth, library services to youth and organization of information. She believes that it is vitally important that children and young adults have the very best that librarians and libraries can offer them, and that reading goes far beyond literacy in helping to shape the world of a child or young adult. She is also interested in how various forms of popular media--print, visual, electronic, audio--contribute to how young people form their identity. Her research centers on the history of public library service to youth, twentieth century children's literature, public libraries as social and cultural institutions, and the history of reading and publishing for youth. She has published articles in Library Trends, Public Libraries, and Teacher Librarian and has presented papers at conferences of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), and the Library History Seminar, among others.

Currently Kimball is researching public library service to children in the early 20th century using the Cleveland and Buffalo Public Libraries as exemplars. She is also engaged in an ongoing study of early 20th century non-fiction series books for children on life in countries outside the U.S.

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