Africa Hands

Laura AndersonAfrica Hands is interested in researching the career experiences of library and information professionals, their motivations for entering doctoral studies, and the factors influencing successful completion of doctoral programs. She has worked as a freelance librarian, and in public and academic libraries and higher education. Africa’s interest in career development has led her to pursue training as a Career Development Facilitator and Certified Professional Coach. She is active in ALA, and serves on ALSC, ASCLA, and NMRT committees; reviews online resources for Technical Services Quarterly; and presents at conferences and workshops.

Dissertation: Doctoral student motivation: An exploratory study of motivating factors for earning the PhD

San José Supervisor: Dr. Bill Fisher

Queensland Supervisors: Dr. Christine Bruce and Dr. Sylvia Edwards


  • Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University
  • Master of Applied Counseling Psychology, Golden Gate University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California, Davis

Current or Most Recent Position:

  • Academic Coordinator at University of Louisville
  • Professional Coach