Mary Anne Nichols, M.L.S., began teaching as a part-time instructor for the iSchool in 1995. She became a full-time faculty member in 2006 and now teaches core courses and electives in youth services librarianship and marketing libraries. She also services as the faculty advisor for the iSchool’s Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC).
Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, Nichols worked in a public library during high school as a student assistant and then held various paraprofessional positions. After earning her M.L.S from Kent State University, she held the position of school age and young adult librarian for a branch in a large public library system in Ohio.
Nichols presents on various topics related to teen library services and has remained active in various professional organizations. She is a member of the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), serving in a variety of capacities on various committees. She is also the series co-editor of Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians for ABC-Clio.
Recently, Nichols became certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, receiving training to identify and support youth experiencing challenges with mental health or substance use.
*The School of Information faculty are superstars in the field. Therefore, it is impossible to list all of the great work they do on one page. Further information can be viewed in Mary Anne Nichols’ CV (found below) or her page on LinkedIn.
Nichols, M.A. (2019). Research roundup: Connecting with teens outside of the library. YALS (the Official Journal of YALSA), 18(1), 7-8.
Nichols, M.A. (2013). Reality check: Teaching future leaders in teen services. VOYA, 36(2), 21.
Nichols, M.A. & Brodie, C. (2011). Picture perfect: Picture books for teens. VOYA, 34(5), 442-444.
Nichols, M.A. (2002). Merchandising library materials to young adults. Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-0313313820
Nichols, M.A, & Nichols, C.A. (Eds.). (1998). Young adults and public libraries: A handbook of materials and services. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0313300035
Kent State University College of Communication and Information Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient (2012) and Nominee (2014)
Kent State University Graduate Applause (2008) (2010), recognized as a “teacher who has made a difference in the life of a graduate."
Series Co-Editor of Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians, Libraries Unlimited/ABC Clio, Santa Barbara, California (April 1999 - Present)
Planning committee member for Take 5: A Youth Services Dialogue, State of Ohio, (2017 - Present)
Serves on multiple committees for Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), including Research Committee (2019 - 2020), Student Member Engagement Task Force (Chair 2013 - 2015), and Popular Paperbacks for Teens Selection Committee (2012 - 2014)
Served on the Advisory Board of the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth
American Library Association (ALA)
Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC)
Public Library Association (PLA)
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
Ohio Library Council (OLC)
Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA)
M.L.S. from Kent State University, B.S. in Marketing from the University of Akron