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Lia Vella

  • Arthur Lakes Library
  • Colorado School of Mines
    Golden, CO 80401


  • Master of Library and Information Science, University of Washington 2009
  • PhD, English, University at Buffalo 2003
  • BA, English, University of Rochester 1992


  • cognitive development in engineering students
  • information literacy pedagogy
  • history of attitudes toward technology and engineering


  • Violin, running, x-c skiing


  • Recent and Upcoming:
  • "Re(Create)ing Credible Author/ity and 'Teacherly Ethos'" accepted for presentation at the College English Association conference in Denver, CO, March 2016 (with M. Lee and B. DiBacco).
  • "Using Minute Papers to Determine Student Cognitive Development Levels," Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship 82 (2015). DOI:10.5062/F4VM499B
  • "Connecting by Assessing: 3 Case Studies," presented at Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) Annual Conference, Loveland, CO, in Oct. 2015 (with P. Andersen and L. Dunn).
  • "Using Classroom Assessment to Determine Student Cognitive Development Levels," presented at Science & Technology Section Annual Research Forum at American Library Association (ALA) Meeting, San Francisco, CA, in June 2015.
  • Review of Reinventing Reference: How Librarians Deliver Value in the Age of Google. Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship 80 (2015).
  • "Flipped in Another Direction: Student-Centered Library Instruction in an Upper-Division Undergraduate Engineering Course," delivered at ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Conference in Denver, CO, in April 2015.