Kathy Shields

Kathy Shields
Kathy Shields
Research & Instruction Librarian - History & Social Sciences, Research Services Lead

Kathy’s subject areas include: History; Social Sciences; American History; Anthropology; Psychology; World History; African American Studies; African Studies; Area Studies; East Asian Studies; Ethnic Studies; Latin American & Latino Studies; Law; Medieval & Early Modern Studies; Middle East & South Asia Studies; Neuroscience; Russian & East European Studies

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Kathy Shields is the Research & Instruction Librarian for History and Social Sciences at Z. Smith Reynolds Library. In this capacity, she serves as the liaison to History and Psychology and as a co-liaison to African American Studies. She also teaches for-credit courses in the library’s information literacy program. Prior to coming to ZSR, Kathy was the Head of Reference and Instructional Services at High Point University. Kathy earned her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her BA in English from Mississippi State University.


  • Kirby-Straker, Rowie, Von Burg, Ronald, Johnston, Carrie, & Shields, Kathy. (2023). Academic research and knowledge repatriation at the intersection of epistemic and environmental justice in the Caribbean. The Geographical Journal, 189(4), 666-673. #
  • Denlinger, Kyle, Mulder, Megan, Shields, Kathy, & Yarfitz, Mir. (2023). Making history together: Reflections on trust, connection, and finding joy in the archive. Exploring inclusive & equitable pedagogies: Creating space for all learners. Association of College and Research Libraries: Chicago, IL. #
  • Denlinger, Kyle, Shields, Kathy, & Webb, Meghan. (2019). "Not missing the point(s): Applying specifications grading to credit-bearing information literacy classes.". The grounded instruction librarian: Participating in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Association of College and Research Libraries: Chicago, IL. #
  • Shields, Kathy, & Cugliari, Christine. (2017). "Scholarship as conversation": Introducing students to research in nonprofit studies. College and Research Libraries News, 78(3), 137-140. #
  • Scheidt, Donna, Carpenter, William, Fitzgerald, Robert, Middleton, Holly, & Shields, Kathy. (2016). Writing information literacy in FYC: A collaboration among faculty and librarians. Information literacy: Research and collaboration across disciplines. WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado: Fort Collins, Colorado. #


  • Silton, Kate, & Shields, Kathy. (2023, November). On a Roll: Collaborating Across Departments to Support Resource Selection and Discovery. Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC.
  • Denlinger, Kyle, Yarfitz, Mir, Mulder, Megan, & Johnston, Carrie. (2021, October). Radical Trust: Meaningful Collaborations between Librarians and Faculty. North Carolina Library Association 64th Biennial Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. #
  • Denlinger, Kyle, Yarfitz, Mir, Shields, Kathy, & Mulder, Megan. (2021, July). Messy & Proud of It: Open Pedagogy with History Undergraduates. Open Education Southern Symposium, Virtual. #
  • Denlinger, Kyle, Shields, Kathy, Webb, Meghan, & Womack, Hubert. (2019, October). #SquadGoals: Creating and Sustaining a Library Instruction Community. North Carolina Library Association 63rd Biennial Conference, October 2019, Winston Salem.
  • Scheidt, Donna, Kozma, Cara, Middleton, Holly, & Shields, Kathy. (2018, September). Partnering to understand undergraduate research and writing longitudinally. Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah, GA.

Committees & Offices Held

  • North Carolina Library Association, Director-at-Large. (October 2023 - October 2027).
  • ALA Reference & User Services Association, History Section, Past Chair. (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023).
  • ALA Reference & User Services Association, History Section, Chair. (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022).
  • ALA Reference & User Services Association, History Section, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect. (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020).
  • Association of College and Research Libraries, Education and Behavioral Sciences Section, Member, Psychology Committee. (July 2018 - June 2022).