Doctoral student Dana Hanson-Baldauf publishes article in "Knowledge Quest"

February 8, 2011

Dana Hanson-Baldauf photoAn article by SILS doctoral student, Dana Hanson-Baldauf, has been published in the latest issue of Knowledge Quest. 

Entitled, "The Good Life: Empowering Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities through Everyday Life Information," Hanson-Baldauf's article introduces the topic of intellectual disabilities (ID) from a historical scholarly perspective and discusses at length how school librarians can best address quality-of-life issues of students with intellectual disabilities (Knowledge Quest, 39 (3), 18-17). 

"School librarians," writes Hanson-Baldauf, "are in a prime position to serve as information intermediaries for young adults with ID, arming them with information literacy skills and life-relevant information. Information surrounds and abounds, and a school librarian, as an information intermediary, can be a bridge to an enhanced quality of life and improved life outcomes for students with ID."

In addition to her article, Hanson-Baldauf also presented a third-place poster, "Exploring the Everyday Life Information Needs, Practices, and Challenges of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities," in the Jean Tague Stucliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition at the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference recently held in San Diego, CA.