Research Profile: Mary Bolin


Statement of Research Interests and Experience

I am interested in academic library organization, administration, and governance, including status types (e.g., faculty) for academic librarians. I am interested in discourse analysis as a lens for examining academic library organization and the documents that represent that organization. I am also interested in all aspects of cataloging and metadata. My dissertation examined librarian appointment types at US research universities, including a discourse analysis of appointment documents.

Areas of interest:

  • Academic libraries
  • Cataloging and Metadata
  • Discourse analysis

Possible PhD Thesis Topic Areas

  • Academic library roles and relationships
  • Current and future state of discovery of library resources
  • Academic library governance
  • Current and future roles for academic library technical services functions
  • Academic library user experience

Representative Publications

  • Bolin, M. K. (2014). Open access web resources for library continuing education and training. In S. S. Hines (Ed.), Revolutionizing the development of library and information professionals: Planning for the future (pp. 107–124). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4675-9.ch008
  • Bolin, M. K. (2014). The language of academic librarianship: The discourse of promotion and tenure. In D. E. Williams & J. Golden (Eds.), Advances in Library Administration and Organization (Vol. 32, pp. 213–264). Emerald.
  • Bolin, M. K. (2008). Librarian status at us research universities: Extending the typology. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 34(5), 416–424.
  • Bolin, M. K. (2008). A typology of librarian status at land grant universities. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 34(3), 220–230.
  • Bolin, M. K. (2005). The library and the computer center: Organizational patterns at land grant universities. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 31(1), 3–11.
  • Eckwright, G. Z., & Bolin, M. K. (2001). The hybrid librarian: The affinity of collection management with technical services and the organizational benefits of an individualized assignment. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 27(6), 452–456.
  • Bolin, M. K. (2000). Catalog design, catalog maintenance, catalog governance. Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services, 24(1), 53–63.
  • Bolin, M. K. (1999). The collegial environment and the functional organization. Journal of Library Administration, 29(2), 49–61.
  • Bolin, M. K. (1999). Cataloging environmental impact statements and related documents. Resource Sharing & Information Networks, 14(1), 21–40.

Professional Memberships and Related Matters

  • Association for Library and Information Science Education
  • American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • American Library Association