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Karen Reed: Profile


Karen Nourse Reed, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. She has served the MTSU community since 2013 through her work as Walker Library's Education Librarian. Prior to MTSU, Karen was a school librarian in rural southwestern Virginia, serving a Title-I designated middle school of nearly 1000 students. She approaches education as a ministry, having experienced first-hand the power librarians have to provide meaningful assistance to young people. Karen holds a Master of Library & Information Science degree from UNC-Greensboro and a Master of Science in Education from Radford University (VA). She received her doctorate through MTSU's Ph.D. in Literacy Studies program.

Subject Areas

Liaison to the College of Education and the Department of Psychology.

Unit supervisor of Walker Library's Curriculum Collection.

Research interests include: school librarianship; innovative instruction and services for academic libraries


Peer-reviewed Publications

Reed, K. N. & Miller, A. (in press). Applying gamification to the library orientation: A study of interactive user experience and engagement preferences. Information Technologies and Libraries (ITAL).

Miller, A. & Reed, K. N. (in press). Minimal coding, iterative prototyping and playtesting: A novice design thinking approach to gamifying the user experience. Weave: Journal of User Experience.

Lim, S. J. & Reed, K. N. (in press). An interdisciplinary approach in service learning and community partnerships through STEM in higher education. Serve InDEED.

Reed, K. N. (2020). Application of the Teacher Citizenship Behavior (TCB) theory to the extra-role work of school librarians. School Libraries Worldwide.

Reed, K. N. & Oslund, E. L. (2018). School librarians as co-teachers of literacy: A study of librarian perceptions and knowledge in the context of the literacy instruction role. School Library Research, 21. Retrieved from

Miller, A. & Reed, K. N. (2018). An examination of instructional intervention on doctoral student perceptions of scholarly communications. Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the Special Libraries Association. Retrieved from

Reed, K. N. & Albakry, M. A. (2017). School librarians’ views of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Perceived impact on literacy instruction role and career. Tennessee Libraries, 67(1). Retrieved from

Reed, K. N. (2017). Bringing art to the library: An undergraduate art education collaborative with the Curriculum Materials Center. The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections, 2(2). Retrieved from



Lim, S. J. & Reed, K. N. (n.d.) Traveling a thousand miles: The role of education diplomacy through study abroad.



  • 2020 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians/Educators of School Librarians Section Research Grant.
  • 2019 recipient of the L. Anne Clyde Memorial Research – Best Conference Paper Award at the annual meeting of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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