Casey H. Rawson

Teaching Assistant Professor, MSLS Program Coordinator, UNC School of Information and Library Science
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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Faculty Expertise:

Teacher-librarian collaboration in STEM content areas, LIS education, and equity and inclusion in youth services librarianship

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BS, Duke University
MAT, University of Louisville
MS (Library Science), UNC School of Information and Library Science
PhD (Information and Library Science), UNC School of Information and Library Science

Dr. Casey Rawson is a Teaching Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) degree program at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS).

She was a post-doctoral research associate and co-principal investigator for Project READY, an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded program that created a professional development curriculum for school librarians and their collaborative partners focused on racial equity and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

She has also been an adjunct instructor at SILS and at Old Dominion University, teaching online and face-to-face courses in research methods, youth and technology, and instruction and pedagogy for school and public librarians.

Before coming to SILS for the MSLS program, she taught middle school science in North Carolina and Kentucky, and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Louisville. She earned her MSLS from SILS in 2011 and completed her PhD at SILS in 2016.

Course Recently Taught:
INLS 782-001: Library Assessment

INLS 783-001: Library Instruction and Pedagogy

INLS 745-001: Instruction for Youth in School and Public Libraries

INLS 884-001: Seminar in Research Methodology |

Awards and Recognition:
2021 Proclamation for Excellence in Education Leadership, UNC School of Information and Library Science

2018 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, co-recipient with Professor Sandra Hughes-Hassell for ProjectREADY.

2017 Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence, UNC School of Information and Library Science

2013 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award Honor Citation, co-recipient with Sandra Hughes-Hassell for "Rethinking the texts we use in literacy instruction with adolescent African American males"

2012 YALSA Writing Award for outstanding writing in the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

2011 Royster Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (five-year fellowship)

2010 SILS Elfreda Chatman Research Award

Selected Presentations and Publications:
"Defining and Embracing the Instructional Role for Public Youth Services Library Staff," presented by Casey Rawson, Ness Clarke Shortley, and Mara Rosenberg, 2019 ALA Annual Conference

"Continuous Learning: The Public Librarian’s Instructional Role," webinar presented by Casey Rawson and Ness Clarke Shortley, Young Adult Library Services Association, 2018  

Rawson, C. H. (Ed.) (2018). Instruction and Pedagogy for Youth in Public Libraries

Hughes-Hassell, S., Bracy, P., & Rawson, C. H. (2016). Libraries, literacy, and African American youth: Research & practice. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Rawson, C. H. (2016). In search of synergy for science: A collaborative lesson plan assignment for preservice elementary school teachers and preservice school librarians (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. (10119809)

Rawson, C. H., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2015). Research by design: The promise of designbased research for school library research. School Libraries Worldwide, 21(2), 11-25.

Rawson, C. H., Anderson, J., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2015). Preparing pre-service school librarians for science-focused collaboration with pre-service elementary teachers: The design and impact of a cross-class assignment. School Library Research, 18.

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