Photo of Suzanne StaufferSuzanne M. Stauffer


PhD: University of California, Los Angeles, 2004

Master's Degree(s): MLS, Brigham Young University, 1986

Bachelor's Degree(s): Weber State University, 1978

Phone: 225-578-1461


Office: 270 Coates Hall


Dr. Stauffer joined the SLIS faculty in 2006. Currently, she advises students in the specializations of Youth Services Librarianship, Adult Services in Public Libraries, and Public Libraries. Her professional experience includes Adult Services/General Reference Librarian in Long Beach, New York, Technical Services Librarian at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, and children’s librarian for the County of Los Angeles.


LIS 7110 Information Behavior

LIS 7110 Adult Services in Public Libraries

LIS 7405 Public Libraries

LIS 7700 History & Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions

Research Areas

Print culture (history of the socio-cultural aspects of books, libraries, communication, reading, publishing, authorship, etc.); History of children’s service in public libraries and school libraries; Reading and literacy, especially emergent literacy/early literacy ; Lifelong education and self-education; Librarianship as a profession, including education for librarianship; Gender issues in librarianship.

Selected Publications

Stauffer, Suzanne M. ““Correct Provision Can Be Made for Their Wants: The Reading Rooms of the Santa Fe Railroad.” Library & Information History. In press. Anticipated August 2023.

Stauffer, Suzanne M. “The Band of American Ladies : Children’s Librarians and the Creation of Children’s Literature in the Long 19th Century.” Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 18(2).

Stauffer, Suzanne M., editor. Libraries, Archives, and Museums: History & Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions in the West. Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.

Stauffer, Suzanne M. ““An Emergency Job Well Done”: Friends of Freedom Libraries and the Mississippi Freedom Libraries.” Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, 5(1): 102-128.

Stauffer, Suzanne M. “Educating for Whiteness: Applying Critical Race Theory’s Revisionist History in Library & Information Science Research.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 61(2): 452-462. DOI: 10.3138/jelis.61.4.2019-0042.

Selected Presentations

Past and Futures of the Library, March 11-12, 2022, Pollak Library, California State University Fullerton. Paper, “Correct Provision Can Be Made for Their Wants: The Reading Rooms of the Santa Fe Railroad.”

Southwest P/ACA Annual Conference, Feb 22-26, 2022 Albuquerque, NM. Paper, “Correct Provision Can Be Made for Their Wants: The Reading Rooms of the Santa Fe Railroad.”

Reader in the Book: Books, Reading, and Libraries in Fiction, March 18-19, 25-26, 2021, Institute of English Studies, University of London, UK (Virtual). “‘Because I have read books myself’: Books and reading in E. Nesbit’s Bastable children series.”

Southwest P/ACA Annual Conference, Feb 22-26, 2021 (Virtual). Paper, “Rosenwald Demonstration Library in Webster Parish, Louisiana”.

Popular Culture/American Culture Association in the South, Sept. 26-28, 2019 Wilmington, NC, “Friends of Freedom Libraries.” 

SHARP Annual Conference, July 15-19, 2019 Amherst, MA, “Imagining the Empire: Images of ‘The Other’ in British Children’s Books, 1815-1914.”

 Southwest P/ACA Annual Conference, Feb 20-23, 2019, Albuquerque, NM. Paper, "Friends of Freedom Libraries."

Professional/Community Services

Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
Cultural Heritage Institutions Studies
Area Chair 2018 - present

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Library History SIG 2017 - present

Association for Library and Information Science Education
Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults
Member 2019-2021

American Library Association
Library History Round Table
Secretary/Treasurer, 2021/2022

Public Library Quarterly
Editorial Review Board, 2019 - present

Awards and Honors

2014/15 Russell B. Long Professor