Catherine Palmer

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Education and Outreach Department Head, UCI Libraries
Librarian, UCI Libraries
M.L.S., University of Michigan, 1979
B.A., University of Michigan, 1973, History and English
Phone: (949) 824-4972
University of California, Irvine
382 Langson Library
Mail Code: 8100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Information LIteracy, Library Instruction, Active Learning, Assessment of Student Learning
Research Abstract
As the Head of Education and Outreach at the UC Irvine, I am actively involved in all aspects of library user instruction both at a managerial level and as a practitioner. I provide leadership for the Libraries' instruction program by planning, coordinating and evaluating the personnel and activities which support this program. I work continuously to expand the scope of the program by working closely with faculty and campus administrators who provide and support undergraduate education, by using existing resources creatively, and by successfully lobbying for new resources to be assigned to the program. I work closely with subject and outreach librarians to coordinate library instruction activities in order to ensure broad programmatic planning and to assist the teaching librarians in designing instructional offerings that complement and build upon each other. In addition to programmatic responsibility, I mentor, train, and evaluate instruction librarians and library staff to improve the quality of instruction offered by the UCI Libraries.

The Department of Education and Outreach is poised to address the challenges of implementing an information literacy program that is fully integrated in all disciplines and at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. My goal is to lead the Libraries' information literacy initiative by building on the existing relationships between librarians and instruction at both the lower- and upper-division level in order to teach information literacy principles and skills across the curriculum and within the context of discipline specific research paradigms.
Presentations and poster sessions.

“Library/Writing Faculty Collaboration.” Computers and Writing Conference. University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. June 9, 2004-June 14, 2004. Presented with Dr. Elizabeth Losh, Humanities Core Course Writing Program Director, and Dr. Ellen Strenski, Writing 39C Program Director.

“Making the Case to Graduate Departments: Theory to Practice: A Practical Application of Marketing to Information Literacy.” LOEX Conference. Ypsilanti, Michigan. May 6, 2004-May 9, 2004. co-authored by Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Cathy Palmer.

“Baby Steps and Giant Leaps Toward Information Literacy.” Southern California Instruction Librarians. CSU-Long Beach. May 9, 2003. Panel presentation with Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Dr. Elizabeth Losh, Humanities Core Course Writing Program Director, and Dr. Ellen Strenski, Writing 39C Program Director. (See Attachment 6)

"Getting It Right: Outcome Orientated Redesign of a Service Program in a Team-based Management Environment. Association of College and Research Libraries Conference. Detroit, Michigan. April 10, 1999. co-authored by Cathy Palmer and Shirley Leung. Contributed Paper and Presentation. Paper was published in conference proceedings.

Published writings.
Ford, Collette and Catherine Palmer. "Integrating the Learning Library Into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Extending Staff Resources for Library Instruction." Research Strategies. 17: 167-175, 2000.

Palmer, Catherine. "English and American Literature Collection Development in a Team Environment." Biblionotes: Newsletter of the English and American Literature Section. Spring, 1996.

Book Reviews
Palmer, Catherine. "Research Assistant for Window and Toolbook" by Ann Bevilacqua. [Software]. Research Strategies. 12: 253-55, Fall, 1994

Palmer, Catherine. Automation in Library Reference Services: a handbook" by Robert Carande. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 19: 245, Sept. 1993.

Palmer, Catherine. "Library Automation for Library Technicians: an introduction" by Joan I. Tracy. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 12: 170, July, 1987.

Palmer, Catherine. "Managing the Library Automation Project" by John Corbin. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 12: 102-3, May, 1986.
Professional Societies
American Library Association
Association of College and Research Libraries
Librarians Association of the University of California
<li>President, 2000-2001</li>
<li> Research & Professional Development Cmte. Chair 1999-2000</li>
LAUC-Irvine. Chair. 1998-1999.
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