Lori Townsend

Associate Professor

Learning Services Coordinator

Learning and Outreach Services

Contact Information

  • Centennial Library L259
  • (505) 277-0419
  • T 10 am - 12 pm   W 1 - 2 pm  


Curriculum Vitae

Lori Townsend (Shoshone-Paiute) is the Learning Services Coordinator and a Social Sciences Librarian for the University Libraries. Her research interests include cultural humility, genre theory and information literacy, undergraduate understandings of digital sources, and source evaluation. 

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. 


Recent Presentations & Publications

Russo, A., Jankowski, A., Beene, S., & Townsend, L. (2019). Strategic source evaluation: Addressing the container conundrum. Reference Services Review, 47(3), 294-313. https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-04-2019-0024

Hurley, D., Kostelecky, S., & Townsend, L. (2019). Cultural humility in libraries. Reference Services Review. https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-06-2019-0042 

Hofer, A. R., Lin Hanick, S. and Townsend, L. (2019). Transforming information literacy instruction: Threshold concepts in theory and practice. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. https://www.abc-clio.com/LibrariesUnlimited/product.aspx?pc=A4947P

Koelling, G., & Townsend, L. (2019). Research clinics: An alternative model for large-scale information literacy instruction. Communications in Information Literacy, 13(1), 75-90.

Jankowski, A., Russo, A., & Townsend, L. (2018, May 16). "It was information based": Student reasoning when distinguishing between scholarly and popular sources. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Retrieved from http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2018/it-was-information-based/

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.