Scott Spicer, he/him/his Media Outreach Librarian

Scott Spicer
Full position title(s)
Media Outreach Librarian
Libraries department
Engagement, Outreach, and Community Partnerships


Welcome, My name is Scott Spicer and I serve as Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian for the Libraries. In this role, I serve as head of Media Services, a program dedicated to supporting the development of media literacy skill sets, and promotion of deeper subject knowledge and meaningful, authentic learning experiences through the integration of media resources and student produced media into curriculum.

Media Services (in collaboration with Tutoring and Academic Success Centers and campus partners) provides the following services:

Outreach consultation to faculty in developing, assessing, and coordinating support for student produced media assignments.

Coordination of media production equipment access and hands-on media production support in the Walter/Wilson Library Tutoring and Academic Success Centers.

Customized class visits to discuss media projects. Example topics: quality production process and composition, accessing production equipment and support in the Tutoring and Academic Success Centers, copyright/fair use, library research, media resources, and use of production software - equipment.

Support for instructional media resources. Example media resource support services include: recommendations of local and freely available media resources (video, image, audio), reserving films, and integrating media into Canvas.

Guidance on copyright/fair use and media (often in collaboration with Copyright Librarian).


Research interests:

Innovative uses of media production to support teaching and learning.

Innovative uses of commercial instructional media resources to support teaching and learning.

Convergence of digital media, technology, user practice, and library services in the Digital Arts, Sciences and Humanities

Emerging models for media outreach, media literacy support, and library media services - centers.

Innovative learning spaces in academic libraries.

Potential of student produced video to serve as a catalyst for critical thinking.

Role of previous experience, self-efficacy, and student-produced video.

New models for distributing media (i.e., streaming video).

Multimodal scholarship (i.e., video abstracts in scholarly journals).

Innovative search and discovery of media resources.

Copyright and media use in higher education.

Future of mass media and new media business models.

Potential of the student produced media assignment in sustainability education.


M.A. Curriculum and Instruction - Learning Technologies ("LT Media Lab"), College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

M.L.I.S. Library and Information Science, Dominican University (River Forest, IL)

B.A. Child Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)