Joan Bessman Taylor

Professor, University of Northern Iowa

Joan Bessman Taylor, PhD is an associate professor of school library studies at the University of Northern Iowa and a former SLIS faculty member at the University of Iowa. Publications include chapters in Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth Century America (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012) and Research-Based Readers’ Advisory (ALA, 2009) and articles in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, Reference and User Services Quarterlyand Teacher Librarian. She earned her BA in English from Spring Hill College, MEd in Secondary Education from the University of South Alabama, her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi and her PhD in LIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she co-ran the School Librarian Licensure Program. Previous professional experiences include teaching middle school in Alabama and living and working with teens at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science. Current service includes working with the Iowa Department of Education’s Standards Implementation Team to embed the AASL National Standards into the process of Continuous Improvement followed by K-12 schools throughout the state.