Meghan Harper

Meghan Harper, Ph.D.

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Meghan Harper, Ph.D., has been an iSchool faculty member since 2001. She currently serves as the MLIS program coordinator as well as the school library media concentration coordinator. Harper is co-director of the Virginia Hamilton Multicultural Literature Conference, the longest running national conference of its kind. She is a member of several International Associations, and serves on the Reading and Literacy committee of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL). Nationally, she is active in the American Library Association (ALA), and its divisions, the American Association of School Librarians, (AASL), Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and Young Adult Library Services Association, (YALSA). She also serves on multiple national and state committees, including the Buckeye Children’s and Teens Book Award. Her interest in assessment and accreditation have led to her professional service for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Committee on Accreditation for the American Library Association.


Harper has published numerous articles, chapters, manuscripts and reviews relating to her research interests, which include school library administration, facility design, multiliteracies, care-based practices, electronic portfolios, cataloging, evaluation and assessment. Harper is also the author of Reference Sources and Services for Youth and has two more books slated for publication. She received the Presidential Award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association in 2013. Harper has been an invited speaker and presenter both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Kent State, Dr. Harper held administrative positions of Assistant Curriculum Director, Director of Technology and Libraries, and worked as a school librarian at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Harper holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, Masters in Library Science (with K-12 Library Media Certification), and Bachelors of Science in elementary education (with K-8 certification), all from Kent State University.


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Youth Engagement: Information, Culture and Community


Ph.D., Kent State University; , M.L.S. with K-12 Library Media Certification, Kent State University; , B.S., Kent State University


School Library Administration, School Library Evaluation


  • Harper, M. (2017). Helping students who hurt: Care based policies and practices for the school library. School Libraries Worldwide, 23(1), 41–54.
  • Harper, M. (2011). Reference sources and services for youth. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers.
  • Fostering resilience, wellness and hope in the school library. In Mardis, M.A. & Oberg, D. (Eds), Social Justice and Cultural Competency: Essential Readings for School Librarians. The International Perspective, Volume 2. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlim


Reading and Literacy committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)