Gwendolyn Reece

Associate Librarian
University Library

  • Gwendolyn is the Director of Research, Teaching and Learning in the University Library. Before becoming a librarian, she was a doctoral student in Religious Studies focusing on comparative mysticism. When the two key members of her dissertation committee left the university, she became an academic librarian. Gwendolyn joined American University’s faculty in 1998 and earned a Ph.D. from AU’s School of Education, Teaching and Health in 2007. Her research used ethnographic methods to investigate a school for at-risk youth that used Waldorf methods, invented by Rudolf Steiner.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D. Education, American University; M.S. Library and Information Science, Simmons College; M.A. Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara; B.Ph. Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    Under the big tree outside of SIS

  • University Library
  • Bender Library - 110

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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • LITA Open Source Interest Group 2005-2006


  • • Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Legislation and Regulation Committee: June 2007 – Current


  • • LITA Education Committee, 2003-2008


  • • LITA Open Source Interest Group, 2002-current


  • LITA Open Source Interest Group, 2004-2005

    Vice Chair

  • • Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), June 2006-June 2008

    Website Advisory Board

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Waldorf Education and Educational Equity.  The relationship between environmentalism and spirituality.

Selected Publications


  • Aids,” co-authored with Mary Mintz. In Using the Political Science and Government Literature, Janice Flug & Marc Holtzer (Eds.). New York: Routledge [Forthcoming, Expected Publication 2008].
  • Waldorf-inspired Education and At-Risk Students: A Qualitative Case Study of the T.E. Mathews Community School. PhD diss., American University, 2007.
  • “Critical Thinking and Cognitive Transfer: Implications for the Development of On-line Information Literacy Tutorials.” Research Strategies 20:1 (March 2007) 482-493.
  • “Multiculturalism and Library Exhibits: Sites of Contested Representations.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 31:4 (July 2005) 366-372.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • LITA – certificate recognizing outstanding participation
  • Beta Phi Mu
  • Phi Beta Kappa