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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 Presentations & Publications

Kostelecky, S., Hurley, D., & Townsend, L. (2017, May). Cultural humility and libraries: An alternative to culture competence. Webinar presented through the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services. Watch the recorded presentation here: 

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.

Hofer, A.R., Lu, S., & Townsend, L. (2015, April). What's the big idea?! Incorporating threshold concepts into your teaching practice. Keynote at the Information Literacy Summit, Palos Hills, IL.  Watch the recorded presentation:

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. doi:10.1353/pla.2011.0030 

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
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering