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Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Education

  • Ph.D. (Library and Information Management), Emporia State University
  • M.A. (Historical Administration and Museum Studies), University of Kansas
  • B.A. (Anthropology), University of Michigan

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty
    • Public History Program, Bowling Green State University, OH
    • Online Instructor, museumclasses.org
    • School of Library & Information Management, Emporia State University, KS
    • Museum Studies Program, Michigan State University, MI
    • Undergraduate Social Science, Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS
  • Acting Director & Instructor, Museum Studies Program, University of Kansas, KS
  • Curator of Collections, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, KS
  • Curator of Collections & Research, Smoky Hill Museum, Salina, KS
  • Museum Director, Legler Barn Museum, Lenexa, KS
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • Latham, K.F. (2012). Museum Object as Document: Using Buckland’s Information Concepts to Understand Museum Experiences. Journal of Documentation, 68(2): 45-71.
  • Wood, E. & Latham, K.F (2011). The Thickness of the Things: Exploring the Museum Curriculum through Phenomenological Touch. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 27(2): 51-65.
  • Latham, K.F. (2011). Medium Rare: Exploring Archives and their Conversion from Original to Digital, Part Two: The Holistic Knowledge Arsenal of Paper-based Archives LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research (Electronic Journal), 21 (1).
  • Latham, K.F. (2010). Medium Rare: Exploring Archives and Their Conversion from Original to Digital. Part One: Lessons from the History of Print Media." LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research (Electronic Journal), 20 (2). (File link: http://faculty.kent.edu/kflatham/reappointment/LathamLIBRESpaper2010.pdf)
  • Wood, E. & Latham, K.F (in review). The Thickness of the World: Exploring the Museum Curriculum through Phenomenological Touch.
  • Latham, K.F. (2009). Numinous Experiences with Museum Objects. Dissertation, School of Library & Information Management, Emporia State University.
  • Wood, E. & Latham, K.F. (2009). Object Knowledge: Researching Objects in the Museum Experience. Reconstruction 9.1, http://reconstruction.eserver.org/091/wood&latham.shtml
  • Latham, K.F. (2007). The Poetry of the Museum: A Holistic Model for Numinous Museum Experiences. Museum Management and Curatorship, 22 (3).
  • Latham, K.F. (2007). Archives and Experience: Musings on Meaning. Collections, 3(2): 125-133.
  • Latham, K.F. (2007). The Invisibility of Collections Care Work. Collections 3(1): 103-112.

Selected Presentations

  • Latham, K.F. (2012). Exploring the Museal Jungle. DOCAM, London, ON, CA.
  • Latham, K.F. (2011). The Lived Experience of a Document-Centered Transaction. International Human Science Research Conference. Oxford, U.K., July, 2011.
  • Kearns, J. & Latham, K.F. (2012). A Tale of Two Document Storytelling Perspectives. DOCAM, London, ON, CA.
  • Latham, K.F. (2010). The Many Layers of Information Science. Panelist for session, RePositioning Information Science, ASIST, Pittsburgh, PA, October, 2010.
  • Latham, K.F. (2010). Giving Voice to the Museum Experience: Using Phenomenology in Museum Studies.  Accepted for International Human Science Research Conference, Seattle, WA., August, 2010.
  • Latham, K.F. (2010). The Deeper Side of the Museum: Numinous Experiences with Museum Objects. Annual All-Staff Conference of The Henry Ford. January 25, 2010.
  • Evans, T. & Latham K.F. (2009). Keeping Staff, Collections, and Earth Healthy. Midwest Open-Air Museums Coordinating Council, Annual Conference, Archbold, OH.
  • Latham, K.F. & Wood, E. (2009). The Secret Life of Objects. Idea Lounge for American Association of Museums Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Latham, K.F. (2008). Numinous Experiences with Museum Objects. Paper presented at Mountain-Plains Museum Association/Association of Midwest Museums annual conference, Kansas City, MO.
  • Latham, K.F. (2008). Numinous Experiences in Museums. Paper presented at American Association of State and Local History Annual conference, Rochester, NY.
  • Latham, K. F. (2008). Is the Object Experience? Session chair for 2008 American Association of Museums Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Latham, K.F. (2007). The Power of Objects. Paper presented at Mountain-Plains Museum Association Annual Conference, session chair.
  • Latham, K.F. (2007). Living the Past: A Phenomenological Study of Numinous Experiences with Historic Material. Paper presented at the International Human Science Research Conference, Rovereto, Italy.
  • Latham, K. (2006). The Poetry of the Museum: Numinous Experiences of the Museum Visitor. Presented at the 19th Annual Visitor Studies Association Conference, July 25-29, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Research Areas
  • Museology
  • Document Studies
  • Lived Experience of Materiality
  • Phenomenological Research Methods
Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D.
OFFICE
School of Library and Information Science
OFFICE HOURS

Office Hours: Wednesdays 9-12pm (F2F) & 7-9pm (online) & by appointment

CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-2782
Fax: 330-672-7965
kflatham@kent.edu