j0382954[1]Curriculum Vita

Professional library experience, education, complete list of publications and presentations, organizational memberships, and additional information.


j0387619[1] Research Interests

· In the library field:

I have written on dealing with mold problems in small libraries, the philosophy of library web page design,  licensing issues and how licensing clauses affect interlibrary loan, and the TEACH Act. My primary interest is copyright law and libraries. Please see my CV for details on published and forthcoming papers. 


· In other areas:

My primary research area is the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, and I am interested in other fantasy authors and Inklings-related authors as well.  Please see my CV for details on my books, papers, and presentations in this area. My book on aspects of war in Tolkien's works -- how his war experiences influenced his writing, how he depicted war, and how he responded philosophically and theologically to war -- won the Mythopoeic Award in Inklings Studies. Tolkien on Film, a collection of essays on the Peter Jackson film adaptations, has been used as a textbook for several film studies courses.  I have also recently edited a collection of essays on the influence of Shakespeare on Tolkien, and co-compiled an annotated index to Mythlore. The other fantasy author I write about most frequently is Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series.

I also am interested in many aspects of popular culture, and serve as the OU Campus Coordinator for the national Popular Culture Association, and as co-area chair with Rhonda Taylor for the Libraries, Museums, and Archives in Popular Culture area of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association.



War in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Praeger, 2004. Follow the link for reviews, table of contents and selected bibliography. Winner of the 2005 Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Scholarship.

Legal Solutions in Electronic Reserves and the Electronic Delivery of Interlibrary Loan, Haworth Press, September 2004. Follow the link for updates, reviews, and links for ordering.

Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.  Mythopoeic Press, December 2004. Follow the link for essay synopses and ordering information. 

The Travelling Rug by Dorothy L. Sayers.  Introduction by Joe R. Christopher and Annotations by Janet Brennan Croft.  Mythopoeic Press, 2005.

Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes and Language. McFarland, 2006

An Index to Mythlore, Issues 1-100. With Edith Crowe.  Mythopoeic Press, 2008. With abstracts for all articles published 1969-2007.



Editor of Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature. Follow this link for submission guidelines.

Editor of Oklahoma Librarian.

On the editorial board of The Mythopoeic Press.



Indiana University School of Library and Information Science alumni news.


j0387604[1]Recent Conference Presentations

"License to Fill: What do Libraries Want?"  American Library Association conference. Orlando, June 2004. 

Electronic Document Delivery and the Interlibrary Loan Workflow Northwest ILL Conference. Portland OR, September 2004.

"Tolkien as Scholar: The Academic Life of 'On Fairy-stories' and 'Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics'." Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association. Albuquerque, February 2005.

ILL licensing and workflow. With Molly Murphy. TexPress ILL Conference. February 2005.

"Jackson's Aragorn and the American Superhero Monomyth." Popular Culture Association. San Diego, April 2005.

“Nice, Good, or Right: Faces of the Wise Woman in Terry Pratchett’s ‘Witches’ Novels.” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association. Albuquerque, February 2007.

“The Education of a Witch: Tiffany Aching, Hermione Granger, and Gendered Magic in Discworld and Potterworld.” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association. Albuquerque, February 2008.

“Retrospective: Tolkien and Film.” Popular Culture Association. San Francisco, March 2008.



j0387630[1]  Lecturing

 Please click on any of the topics below for information about content, audience, and availability. To arrange for a lecture in Oklahoma, contact Sonya Fallgatter, OU Faculty Senate Speakers Service, sfallgatter@ou.edu or (405) 325-6789. To arrange for a lecture outside of Oklahoma, contact me directly.

J.R.R. Tolkien: An Introduction to His Life

J.R.R. Tolkien and War: The World Wars and the War of the Ring

Tolkien on Film before Jackson: Early Filmscripts for The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien and Shakespeare: Influences, Echoes, Revisions

Copyright Basics for Educators, Librarians, or Writers


j0387599[1]See my Books that Inspire choices for 2003 and 2008 (click on "by faculty/staff" and choose my last name from the list)


j0387598[1]See my pictures from the MPLA Ghost Ranch Leadership Institute, October 23-28 2005.


j0387644[1]Personal Interests


Last updated June 6, 2008.