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Lori Townsend

Associate Professor
Learning Services Coordinator
Learning Services

Lori Townsend is the Learning Services Coordinator for the University Libraries. In this position she oversees and coordinates the instruction program for the University Libraries. The Learning Services Department is responsible for teaching most first year library instruction (over 200 sessions a year), developing and maintaining digital learning objects and online tutorials, liaising with student services programs that serve lower-division students (particularly first year), developing a programmatic information literacy curriculum, and serving as a resource for subject librarians in the development, provision and assessment of subject-specific library instruction.

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.

She and co-authors Korey Brunetti & Amy Hofer won the 2013 ACRL Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award for their portal: Libraries and the Academy article “Threshold Concepts and Information Literacy.” She is currently working on a book with co-authors Amy Hofer & Silvia Lu about transforming information literacy instruction with threshold concepts.

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.

Hofer, A., Brunetti, K., & Townsend, L. (2013).  A threshold concepts approach to the Standards revision. Communications in Information Literacy, 7(2), 108-113.

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


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