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Stefanie Bluemle

Stefanie R. Bluemle

Research and Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor

I am a research and instruction librarian and the Thomas Tredway Library's liaison to the humanities division (departments of history, philosophy, and religion). In that capacity, I collaborate with faculty in those departments to incorporate information literacy into their assignments, courses, and curricula, and I work with students to ensure they have the discipline-specific research skills they need for their majors and minors. I also work extensively with Augustana's First Year Inquiry and First Year Honors programs, teaming up with faculty to introduce college-level research to their students.

When I’m not working with students and faculty directly, I’m usually focusing on my role as the library’s instruction coordinator, which means that I provide leadership and organization for our program of collaborating with classes and departments to teach students about information literacy and academic research.

I have published and presented at academic conferences on information literacy, assessment of student learning, and collaborations between special collections and other forms of information literacy instruction. My current scholarship focuses on the intersection between academic information literacy and national politics.

Selected publications

Bluemle, Stefanie R. “Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 18, no. 2 (2018): 265-282. [Winner of the 2019 Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries and the portal: Libraries and the Academy 2019 Johns Hopkins University Press Award for Best Article]

Bluemle, Stefanie R., Amanda Y. Makula, and Margaret W. Rogal. “Learning by Doing: Performance Assessment of Information Literacy across the First-Year Curriculum.” College & Undergraduate Libraries 20, no. 3-4 (2013): 298-313. [2013 Top Twenty article, Library Instruction Round Table of the American Library Association]

Selected presentations

Bluemle, Stefanie R. and Sarah M. Horowitz. “Assessing Hands-On Learning in Special Collections: A Pilot Study.” Poster presented at the 2014 American Library Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 28, 2014. [Presented as part of the first cohort of Assessment in Action]

Bluemle, Stefanie R. and Sarah M. Horowitz. “Beyond Search: Information Literacy, Special Collections, and the First Year.” Concurrent session at the National Resource Center’s 33rd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, San Diego, CA, February 18, 2014.

Bluemle, Stefanie R., Amanda Makula, and Margaret Rogal. “Concept/Context: Information Literacy and Assessment in the First Year.” Poster presented at the National Resource Center’s 32nd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Orlando, FL, February 25, 2013.

Specializations: Library, Academic librarianship, Information literacy, Assessment


  • B.A., Augustana College
  • M.A., M.L.S., Indiana University Bloomington