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Lori Townsend

Associate Professor
Learning Services Coordinator
Learning Services

Lori Townsend is the Learning Services Coordinator and Engineering Librarian for the University Libraries. Her research interests include threshold concepts and information literacy, academic librarians of color and cultural humility. She is currently working on a book with co-authors Amy Hofer & Silvia Lu about transforming information literacy instruction with threshold concepts.

Lori holds a BA in history from the University of New Mexico and an MLIS from San Jose State University. Before coming to UNM, she worked as the Electronic Collections Librarian at California State University, East Bay from 2005-2010. Lori is a member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley.

Selected Publications

Townsend, L., Hofer, A. R., Lin Hanick, S. and Brunetti, K. (2016). Identifying threshold concepts for information literacy: A Delphi study. Communications in Information Literacy, 10(1), 23-49.

Brunetti, K., Hofer, A. R. and Townsend, L. (2014). Interdisciplinarity and information literacy instruction: A threshold concepts approach. In C. O’Mahoney, A. Buchanan, M. O’Rourke, & B. Higgs (Eds.), Threshold concepts: From personal practice to communities of practice, Proceedings of the National Academy's Sixth Annual Conference and the Fourth Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference (pp. 89-93), Cork, Ireland: NAIRTL.

Townsend, L., Brunetti, K., & Hofer,  A. R. (2011).  Threshold concepts and information literacy.  portal: Libraries and the Academy, 11(3),  853-869.

Lori Townsend

Contact Information

Phone: (505) 277-0419
Office: Centennial Library L259


OILS 320 Information Management for Professionals
OILS 101 Introduction to Information Studies

Research Interests

Threshold concepts
Information literacy
Cultural humility


Chemical & Biological Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering