Karla B. Collins

Associate Professor, Longwood University

Dr. Karla Collins is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the School Librarianship Program at Longwood University. Before coming to Longwood, Karla worked for over 20 years as a teacher and a school librarian in a number of schools throughout Virginia. Karla has been a school librarian at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She also taught 5th grade and had brief experiences teaching preschool special education and 8th grade history. Karla has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in library science from James Madison University; a Master’s degree in Elementary Teaching from the College of William and Mary, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University. In 2019, she was named Virginia School Library Educator of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Librarians and was awarded Longwood’s Graduate Teaching Award in 2020. She has written a number of articles for practitioner and research journals and regularly presents at state, national, and international conferences. Karla’s greatest research and writing interest is working with school librarians to develop instruction that meets the needs of all students through collaboration with other professionals in the school.