Rhonda Harris Taylor

Associate Professor

School of Library and Information Studies

The University of Oklahoma  



SLIS Courses Currently Taught

LIS 5023

Theory of Library Administration
General concepts of administration as related to libraries and information center management.  Specific strategies and techniques are examined as possible methods by which an individual can effect change and accomplish organizational goals and objectives.

LIS 5043

Organization of Information
Introduction to the principles, practices, and trends of organizing information for effective retrieval in libraries, archives, museums, and other information centers.  Emphasis is on the examination of information representation, knowledge schemas, subject analysis and control, and issues of searching.  Standard tools for description of surrogate, full-text, and non-text materials, classification, and retrieval by content are examined and evaluated.

LIS 5333

Multicultural Librarianship
The purpose is to create an awareness of and sensitivity to multicultural heritages and diverse information needs of multiethnic populations served by libraries.  Information needs assessment and analysis, program planning, and collection development. 


Research Interests

Multicultural librarianship (particularly library services & resources for Native American populations), popular culture, and using library resources with school mathematics programs and with at-risk groups.


Recent Publications

Taylor, Rhonda Harris and Nancy Larson Bluemel.  "Pop-up Books:  An Introductory Guide." Collection Building, vol. 22, no. 1, 2003, pages 21-32.

Taylor, Rhonda Harris.  “Focusing on Native Americans:  Basic Web Resources Pathfinder.”  Collection Building, vol. 21, no. 2, 2002, pages 60-70.  [received award for the "Outstanding Paper" for 2002 for Collection Building, as selected by the editor/editorial team]

Taylor, Rhonda Harris.  “Claiming the Bones Again:  Native Americans & Issues of Bibliography.”  Social Epistemology, vol. 15, no. 1, January 1, 2001, pages 21-26.

Taylor, Rhonda Harris.  “Indian in the Cupboard:  A Case Study in Perspective.”  International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, vol. 13, no. 4, July-August 2000, pages 371-384.   [Special Issue:  Through Our Eyes and In Our Own Words – The Voices of Indigenous Scholars]

Taylor, Rhonda Harris and Lotsee Patterson.  “Getting the ‘Indian’ Out of the Cupboard:  Using Information Literacy to Promote Critical Thinking.”  Teacher Librarian, vol. 28, no. 2, December 2000, pages 9-14.

Highlights of Current Professional Association Memberships/Activities

American Library Association http://www.ala.org/  

Association for Library and Information Science Education


Editor, American Indian Library Association’s American Indian Libraries Newsletter, Fall 1996 – present.

American Indian Library Association http://www.nativeculture.com/lisamitten/aila.html  

Oklahoma Library Association


Popular Culture Association  


Area Co-Chair, Libraries, Archives, and Museums and Popular Culture, 2002-2003

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association



Contact Information:

Rhonda Harris Taylor, Ph.D.

School of Library and Information Studies  

University of Oklahoma

401 West Brooks, Room 120

Norman, Oklahoma   73019-6032  

Telephone:             (405) 325-3921

FAX:          (405) 325-7648  

e-mail:             rtaylor@ou.edu


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