Cathy Cranston

Cathy Cranston, a reference and instruction librarian with experience supervising and leading, has worked at both a small private liberal arts college and a large land-grant university during the course of her 15+ year career. She continues to be fascinated by the ever-changing world of information, knowledge creation, and scholarly communication. She is grateful to have found a profession that satisfies her endless curiosity about this amazing world we live in and is driven to help others have the access, develop the skills, and create the mindset necessary to achieve their academic and personal pursuits.



Reference and Instruction Librarian

Central College

Assistant Coordinator of the College Liaisons

Associate Professor Instruction Specialist

Liaison to Sociology, Anthropology, Music, Theatre, Dance, and the Composition program

Colorado State University

Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, Team Leader For Undergarduate Research and Experience

University Of Iowa

Seeking opportunities to grow and lead


McLure, Merinda, Allison V. Level, Catherine L. Cranston, Beth Oehlerts, and Mike Culbertson, 2014, “DATA MANAGEMENT ARTICLE.” (in publication process)

Farrell, Shannon, Catherine L. Cranston, and Jeffrey Bullington, 2013, “Embracing INTO: Library Plans and Campus Collaboration to Serve an Increased International Student Population.” Collaborative Librarianship,Vol. 5 (2).

Cranston, Catherine L., 2013, “Anthropology,” Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population(Patrick Ragains, ed. ALA Publishing).

Cranston, Catherine L., 2012, “Competing with Robots: Making Research Skills Relevant to 21st Century Students,” In: Proceedings of the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2012 (T. Amiel & B. Wilson, eds., Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education).

Blair, Joanna & Cathy Cranston, February 2006, “Preparing for the Birth of our Library Blog,Computers in Libraries, Vol. 26(2).

Cranston, Catherine & Allison Level, Spring 2006, “Forward Progress One-step at a Time: Instruction Workshops, Assessment, and the Reference Connection,Public Services Quarterly, Vol. 2(2/3). Co-published in: Reference Assessment and Evaluation (Tom Diamond & Mark Sanders, eds., Haworth Information Press.)

Beam, Joan & Cathy Cranston, 2005, “Research, Creative Activities and Publication by Academic Librarians,” In: The Successful Academic Librarian: Winning Strategies from Library Leaders (Gwen M. Gregory, ed., Information Today/Plexus Publishing.)

Level, Allison V. & Catherine L. Cranston, Winter 2003, “Enticing Faculty to Library Instruction Workshops,Academic Exchange Quarterly, Vol. 7(4).

Mach, Michelle & Cathy Cranston, 2003, “You Can Take It With You: Portable Library Instruction,” Proceedings of the E-Learn 2003 World Conference.


100 Main Library
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

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Students Engage at Main (The SEAM) is dedicated to helping students become better researchers. We provide resources, assistance, and services that support undergraduate research, learning, and student success.
The SEAM is located in rooms 2012/2013 on the SW side of the second floor of The Main Library.

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Cathy Cranston: Team Leader, Undergraduate Research & Experience

Cathy Cranston is an Undergraduate Engagement Librarian and is currently the Team Leader for Undergraduate Research & Experience. She is a liaison to the Rhetoric Department and also does instruction for ESL and IEP classes. Her areas of research interests include information literacy, instruction, and library management. She is interested in working with campus faculty and instructors to build information literacy concepts directly into their courses.