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Mary Anne Nichols

Associate Lecturer


  • M.L.S., Kent State University
  • B.S. (Marketing), University of Akron

Professional Experience

  • Associate Lecturer, Non-Tenure Track - Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, August 2006 to present
  • Series Co-Editor - Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians, Libraries Unlimited, April 1999 - present
  • Adjunct Faculty - Kent State University School of Library and Information Science
  • School Age and Young Adult Librarian- Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron, Ohio

Honors and Awards

  • Kent State University College of Communication and Information Outstanding Teaching Award (2012)
  • Kent State University Graduate Applause (2008) (2010)
  • Ohio Library Foundation Research Award for Outstanding Publication in the Field of Library Service (1999)
  • United States Title IIB Library Career Training Fellowship (1992)

Courses Taught by Mary Anne Nichols

  • LIS 60608 The Public Library
  • LIS 60609 Marketing the Library
  • LIS 60626 Library Materials and Services to Young Adults
  • LIS 60629 Library Materials and Services to School Aged Children
  • LIS 61095 ST: Issues and Strategies for Serving Teens in Public Libraries


  • YA Best Bets: A Literature Update
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


  • Nichols, Mary Anne. Merchandising Library Materials to Young Adults. Englewood, CO.: Libraries Unlimited, 2002.
  • Nichols, Mary Anne (co-editor). Young Adults and Public Libraries: A Handbook of Materials and Services. Westport, CT.: Greenwood Press, 1998.


  • "Reality Check: Teaching Future Leaders in Teen Services." VOYA June 2013.
  • "Picture Perfect: Picture Books for Teens." VOYA, December 2011. Co-Writer with Carolyn Brodie.
  • "Spreading the Word: Selling Summer Reading." YAttitudes, Spring 2005. Co-Writer with C. Allen Nichols.
  • "Young Adult Services in the Future." Ohio Libraries Spring 2000.
  • "The State of Young Adult Library Services in Ohio." Ohio Libraries. Spring/Summer 1996.
  • "Who Are You What Do You Want: Marketing Young Adult Services." Ohio Libraries. Fall 1999.
Research Areas
  • Teen Library Materials and Services
  • School-Age Library Materials and Services
  • Public Library Services
  • Marketing Library Services

 American Library Association

  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks Selection Committee Member (2012-2013)
  • YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Selection Committee Member (2011-2012)
  • YALSA Margaret A. Edwards Committee Member (2008-2010)
  • YALSA Excellence in Library Services to YAs Jury Member (2007)
  • YALSA Editorial Advisory Board; Member (2005-2006)
  • Chair (2007) Grolier Award Committee (1997-1998)

Ohio Library Council

  • James Cook Book Award Selection Committee Member (2008-2009)
  • Library Services to Children and Teens Conference Planning Member (2008)
  • Editor, OH YA! : A Manual for Library Staff Who Work With Young Adults (2001)
  • Awards and Honors Committee (1999-2001)
  • Young Adult Services Division; Secretary (1996); Assistant Coordinator/Coordinator-elect (1997); Coordinator (1998)
  • Chosen to participate in Library Leadership 2000 (1995 class) and Advanced Library Leadership 2000 (1998 class)

Ohio Educational Library Media Association

  • Member (2007-present)

Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Youth Advisory Board member

Kent State University School of Library and Information Science 

  • Alumni and Friends Council Founding member (1997) Secretary (1997-1999)

Beta Phi Mu: The Library and Information Science Honor Society Member

  • KSU SLIS Faculty Representative

CAMLS Regional Library System

  • Young Adult Services Committee (1993-2000); Chair (1997-1998); Secretary (1995-1996)
  • Young Adult Mentoring Task Force (1995-1996)
Mary Anne Nichols
School of Library and Information Science
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