Story Squad Literacy Initiative
As part of Story Squad, Dr. Sturm provided 166 storytelling performances in local schools and 16 performances in regional community organizations in the past academic year.
Expertise and Interests:
Storytelling and folklore, children's and young adults' literature and public library services, immersion and engagement in information environment, bibliotherapy
B.A., College of William and Mary
M.L.S., Ph.D., Indiana University
Dr. Brian Sturm’s research focuses on immersion in information environments, the state of being completely engrossed in whatever you are doing, whether that’s reading, story listening, or playing video games. Most people have been “lost in a book” or deeply engaged in some form of media, and Dr. Sturm has dedicated his career to exploring the experience of immersion and the various influences that help us get immersed. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Sturm was a natural history museum docent, gave planetarium shows, worked as a wildlife rehabilitator, and taught outdoor education to 5th graders in California. He has also been a professional storyteller for over 20 years.
Courses Regularly Taught:
INLS 733 Administration of Public Library Work with Children and Young Adults
INLS 732 Children's Literature and Related Materials
INLS 558 Principles and Techniques of Storytelling
Awards and Recognition:
2013 - Frank Porter Graham Honor Society. For “significant contributions to the development of graduate and professional student education at the University.”
2013 - Gryphon Lecture. “Paradoxically speaking: just one of the ways folktales engage listeners.” Center for Children’s Books. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. March 2013.
2012 - Named Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2012 - Selected for the UNC Chancellor’s Faculty Entrepreneurial Bootcamp, May 2012.
2012 - Parent Tested/Parent Approved award for Rugby and Reme children’s picture book series.
2012 - Cora Paul Bomar Lecture in Librarianship, University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
2011 - Springshare Innovation in Academic Libraries Award, given by the Special Libraries Association, for ShBANGE alternate reality game.
Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations:
Sturm, Brian (2013). Bibliocreativity: how books and stories develop creativity. In Jami Jones and Lori Flint (Eds.), The Creative Imperative: School Librarians and Teachers Cultivating Curiosity Together. (pp. 203-214) Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Sturm, Brian. (2013). Creativity in the space between. Knowledge Quest, 41, 3, 58-63.
Sturm, Brian. (2012). Caring for stories: increasing reader engagement. Knowledge Quest 40, 5, 58-63.
Sturm, Brian. (2012). “Make Way for Deixis: increasing audience involvement in your message.” ALISE (Dallas, TX: January, 2012).
MacDonald, Margaret Read and Brian W. Sturm. (2001). The Storytellers Sourcebook, 1983-1999. Chicago: Gale. 712 pages.
Sturm, Brian. (2001). "Abducted by Elves: the listener's journey to the other world." Fifth Annual University College of Cape Breton Storytelling Symposium, (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: May, 2001).
Sturm, Brian. (1999). The enchanted imagination: storytelling's power to entrance listeners. [38 manuscript pages]. School Library Media Research [Online serial], 2.