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Nancy O'Hanlon: Resume

Professional Focus

  • Development of new information products and services.
  • Provision of client-centered research and instructional services.


Ohio State University Libraries.
Associate Professor (2000-06);
Professor (2006- )
Instruction Librarian (1996- )

Responsible for all aspects of development and implementation of net.TUTOR, a series of self-paced, interactive online tutorials, as well as online courses that provide instruction in the use of the Internet and World Wide Web. The tutorial program helps learners utilize these resources as an integral part of a scholarly research strategy.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics & Science Education.
Associate Director, Library and Information Systems. (1992-1995)

Directed a staff of ten full time professionals and three FTE graduate assistants in the areas of cataloging, user information services, and electronic publishing; developed and monitored budgets and expenditures; designed and implemented the online catalog as well as Gopher and World Wide Web sites; managed procurement and licensing of catalog software, text retrieval software, and associated hardware; evaluated and extended online systems and services.

Ohio State University Libraries.
Assistant Professor;
Head, Reference/Automated Services, Undergraduate Library.

Responsible for reference service and reference collection development. Developed staff training and user instructional materials and programs.

Temporary assignments held concurrently during this period:

University Intern, Academic Computing Services.

Worked with the director of the development team for the University's Gopher based campus-wide information system (OASIS).

Acting Head, Lima Campus Library.

Acting Head, Fine Arts Library.

Gateway Project Librarian, User Education Office.

Developed first prototype of The Gateway to Information, interface software to integrate access to the online catalog and other print and online information resources.

Reference Librarian, Undergraduate Library. (1983-1987)

Provided reference and collection development services. Taught research and library skills classes and workshops and designed instructional materials.

University of Illinois Library (Urbana, Illinois)

Graduate Assistant, Reference Department. (1982-1983)

Library Paraprofessional Positions. (1976-1982)


University of Illinois; Urbana, Illinois.
M.S. in Library and Information Science, August 1983.

Southern Methodist University; Dallas, Texas.
B.A. in English Literature, May 1968.


O'Hanlon, Nancyanne. "Fee or Free: Public Interest and the Freedom of Information Act," Government Information Quarterly 1 (1984): 365-78.

O'Hanlon, Nancyanne. "Library Skills, Critical Thinking, and the Teacher Training Curriculum," College and Research Libraries 48 (January 1987): 17-26.

O'Hanlon, Nancyanne. "Up the Down Staircase: Establishing Library Instruction Programs for Teachers," RQ 27 (Summer 1988): 528-34.

O'Hanlon, Nancy. "The Role of Library Research Instruction in Developing Teachers' Problem Solving Skills," Journal of Teacher Education 39 (November -December 1988): 44-49.

O'Hanlon, Nancyanne. "Evaluation of Bibliographic Instruction: Directions for the Next Century." In Building on the First Century: Proceedings of the Fifth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 5-8, 1989, edited by Janice C. Fennell, 158-62. Chicago: ACRL, 1989.

O'Hanlon, Nancy. "Begin at the End: A Model for Research Skills Instruction," Research Strategies 9 (Summer 1991): 116-23.

O'Hanlon, Nancy. "Good Intentions Are Not Enough: Toward Cooperative Teaching of Basic Information Seeking Competencies," Ohio Media Spectrum 44 (Spring 1992): 14-19.

Simutis, Len and Nancy O’Hanlon. "Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education." In Proceedings of SIGWAIS-II, 45-50. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1993.

O'Hanlon, Nancy, editor. "Equity in the Classroom: Mathematics and Science Materials and Resources for Elementary Teachers." ENC Focus 1 (1994). United States, Department of Education: PIP 94-1415. ED 392632.

O'Hanlon, Nancy. "Web-Based Tutorials: Does Course Use Differ from General Use?" Journal of Interactive Learning Research 10, no. 2 (1999): 217-28.

O'Hanlon, Nancy. "Web Search Engines Evolve to Meet the Challenges." Reference and User Services Quarterly 38, no. 3 (1999): 247-251.

O'Hanlon, Nancy and Fred Roecker. "How Students Use Web-Based Tutorials and Library Assignments: Case Studies from The Ohio State University Libraries." In Racing Toward Tomorrow: Proceedings of the Ninth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, April 8-11, 1999, edited by Hugh A. Thompson, 335-41. Chicago: ACRL, 1999. Available online in PDF format: http://www.ala.org/acrl/ohanlon.pdf

O'Hanlon, Nancy. "Ohio State University Libraries' net.TUTOR Project." Research Strategies 17 (2000): 207-14.

Diaz, Karen R. and Nancy O'Hanlon. “Hot Topics on the Web: Strategies for Research.? Reference and User Services Quarterly 41, no.1 (2001): 25-29.

O'Hanlon, Nancy. "Development, Delivery and Outcomes of a Distance Course for New College Students." Library Trends 50, no. 1 (2001): 8-27. Available through FindArticles at: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1387/is_1_50/ai_82480830

O'Hanlon, Nancy. "The Right Stuff: Research Strategies for the Internet Age". Reprinted in Foundations: A Reader for New College Students, pp. 88-93. Edited by Virginia N. Gordon and Thomas L. Minnick. 2nd ed. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2002.

O'Hanlon, Nancy. "Net Knowledge: Performance of New College Students on an Internet Skills Proficiency Test." The Internet and Higher Education 5, no. 1 (2002): 55-66.

O'Hanlon, Nancy. "Site Design." In Developing Web-Based Instruction: Planning, Designing, Managing, and Evaluating for Results, pp. 225-40. Edited by Elizabeth A. Dupuis. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2003.

Diaz, Karen R. and Nancy O’Hanlon. IssueWeb: A Guide and Sourcebook for Researching Controversial Issues on the Web. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.

O’Hanlon, Nancy. “net.TUTOR: A Case Study.?In Digital Resources and Librarians: Innovation, Invention, and Implementation., pp. 84-90. Edited by Patricia O. Libutti. Chicago: ACRL, 2004.

Izzo, Margo V., Murray, Alexa, and Nancy O’Hanlon. “Enhancing Academic Achievement and Transition Outcomes Through Technology.? NCSET Research to Practice Brief 3, iss. 4. National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (University of Minnesota), October 2004.

Monoi, Shinichi, O’Hanlon, Nancy and Karen R. Diaz. “Online Searching Skills: Development of an Inventory to Assess Student Confidence.? Journal of Academic Librarianship 31, no.2 (2005): 98-105.

O’Hanlon, Nancy. “Adapting Online Instruction for a Learning Disabled Audience.? In Currents and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change; Proceedings of the Twelfth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, April 7-10, 2005. edited by Hugh A. Thompson, 330-39. Chicago: ACRL, 2005.

O’Hanlon, Nancy. “Information Literacy in the University Curriculum: Challenges for Outcomes Assessment.?portal: Libraries and the Academy 7, no. 2 (2007): 169-89.

Selected Presentations

"Evaluation of Bibliographic Instruction: Directions for the Next Century."
Association of College and Research Libraries Fifth National Conference.
Cincinnati, Ohio, April 1989.

"Think About It!: Critical Thinking Skills and Library Instruction."
ALA/Library Instruction Round Table Conference Program.
American Library Association Annual Conference.
Dallas, Texas, June 1989.

"Helping College Students Use the Public Library."
Ohio Library Association Annual Conference.
Dayton, Ohio, October 1990.

"Basic Information Seeking Competencies: High School to College."
Ohio Educational Library Media Association Annual Conference.
Cleveland, Ohio, October 1990.

"Practical Strategies for Building an Articulated High School/College Library Instruction Program."
Kansas Library Association Tri-Conference.
Topeka, Kansas, March 1991.

"Qualitative Research on User Needs as a Basis for System Design for a National Clearinghouse of K-12 Mathematics and Science Curriculum Materials."
ACRL Science and Technology Section, STS Research Forum.
American Library Association Annual Conference.
Miami, Florida, June 1994.

"The Eisenhower Clearinghouse on Science and Mathematics: An Opportunity for Collaboration."
American Association of School Librarians Seventh National Conference.
Indianapolis, Indiana, November 1994.

"How Students Use Web-Based Tutorials and Library Assignments: Case Studies from The Ohio State University Libraries."
Association of College and Research Libraries Ninth National Conference.
Detroit, Michigan, April 1999.

"Learning Objects and Library Instruction:Facilitating Collaboration, Integration, and Assessment of Information Literacy in the Classroom."
Ohio Commons for Digital Education (OCDE) Conference, panel presentation
Columbus, Ohio, March 2004.

"Learning Objects and Library Instruction."
Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Spring Workshop (co-presented with Karen Diaz)
Columbus, Ohio, April 2004.

"Adapting Online Instruction for a Learning Disabled Audience."
Association of College and Research Libraries Twelfth National Conference.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2005.

“Creating Online Tutorials: net.TUTOR.?
Invited lecture, Wuhan University Library (China), March 2007.
Available online at: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/24817

“Developing an Online Information Literacy Course.?
Invited lecture, Wuhan University Library (China), March 2007.
Available online at: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/24818

External Service

ALA / Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Legislation Committee, 1985-86.
Bibliographic Instruction Section Computer Concerns Committee, 1985-88.
EBSS Bibliographic Instruction for Educators Committee, 1991-93.

ALA / Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD)
Board of Directors, 1989-90.
Planning Committee, 1989-91.

ALA / RASD Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES)
Collection Evaluation Techniques Committee, 1988-89.
Section Vice Chair, 1988-89.
Section Chair, 1989-90.
Executive Committee, 1988-91.
Column Editor, 1991-93.
Publications Committee, 1991-93.
Nominating Committee, 1993.

Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)
Joint Task Force on Library Instruction, High School to College, 1985-86.

Ohio Library Association (OLA)
Joint Task Force on Implementing the Recommendations of the Task Force on Library Instruction, High School to College. Chair, 1988-90.

Education and Training Committee, 1991-92.

Research Strategies: A Journal of Library Concepts and Instruction
Editorial Board, 1989-92.

The Ohio State University (OSU)
Committee on Student Computing Competencies, 1999-01.
Technology Enhanced Learning & Research Coordinating Council, 1999-
University Senate, Council on Enrollment & Student Progress, 2005-07


Beta Phi Mu, International Library & Information Studies Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, 1983-

Ohio State University Web Access Award, October 2001.

OSU Libraries Virginia Tiefel Excellence in Teaching Award, September 2004.

Who’s Who in America, 2004-07; Who's Who of American Women, 2006-07; Who's Who in American Education, 2006-07.