Mary Ann Harlan received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in 1999 from San José State University and her doctorate in 2012 from Queensland University of Technology. She has worked in California public schools for 15 years, 11 of those years in middle and high school libraries. She also has served in leadership positions for both the California School Library Association and American Association of School Libraries.
Harlan’s current research focus is on information practices and the process of learning in informal environments. This is representative of her continued interest in adolescents' learning and education.