Kathy Shields

Kathy Shields
Research & Instruction Librarian - History & Social Sciences
Research & Instruction
Latin American Studies / History / Psychology
History / Latin American Studies / Psychology

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, Psychology, and the Latin American and Latino Studies program and 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.


  • 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. #
  • Shields, Kathy, & Schweitzer, Leah. (2016). A new studio approach: Collaborating to support first year writing. Southern Discourse in the Center, 20(2), 28-46. #
  • Shields, Kathy. (2015). Research partners, teaching partners: A collaboration between FYC faculty and librarians to study students' research and writing habits. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 19(2014), 207-218. #
  • Shields, Kathy, Whicker, Jennifer, & Chadwell, Amy. (2012). Free tech tools to enhance library instruction. Virginia Libraries. Virginia Libraries, 58(1), 13-18. #


  • 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.
  • Shields, Kathy, & Lloyd, Rebecca. (2018, May). Speaking our language: Using disciplinary frameworks to identify shared outcomes for student success in college and beyond. Innovative Library Classroom Conference, Radford, VA.
  • Lloyd, Rebecca, & Shields, Kathy. (2018, May). Speaking our language: Using disciplinary frameworks to identify shared outcomes for student success in college...AND BEYOND!. 46th Annual LOEX Conference, Houston, TX. #
  • Shields, Kathy, Scheidt, Donna, Carpenter, William, Kozma, Cara, & Middleton, Holly. (2017, March). Cultivating Capacity for Collaborative Research, Understanding Change: Preliminary Findings from Longitudinal Case Studies of Undergraduates as Writer-Researchers. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, Oregon.
  • Shields, Kathy, & Middleton, Holly. (2016, March). Teaching the dispositions for inquiry: Research and writing in the first year of college. Student Success in Writing Conference, Savannah, Georgia. #

Committees & Offices Held

  • ALA Reference & User Services Association, History Section, Secretary. (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019).
  • North Carolina Library Association, Technology and Trends Round Table, Chair. (2012 - 2015).

Note: Above is a selection of Kathy’s professional activity.

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