Van Houlson

Journalism Librarian

Room 4 Wilson Library


I am the librarian for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication who provides research and instructional support. Contact me with questions about researching newspapers, media studies, product analysis, target audience research, advertising campaigns, public relations, industry and market resesarch, companies or nonprofits, and public opinion research. Available by email, phone, appointments, or during office hours at the Sevareid Journalism Library


  • Monday       2-4 pm
  • Thursday     2-4 pm


Ace The Job Search
Professional Journalism Sources
Mass Communication Research
Strategic Communication Research
Career and Employment Research

Subject specialist for:


B.A. Philosophy, Iowa State University

M.A. Library Science, University of Iowa

Service to Professional Organizations

Association of College and Research Libraries, Educational and Behavioral Sciences, Communication Studies Committee

Selected Presentations & Publications

"Getting Results from One-Shot Instruction: A Workshop for First-Year Students" College & Undergraduate Libraries; 2007, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p89-108

Co-authored with Kate McCready and Carla Steinberg Pfahl "Window into Our Patron's Needs: Analyzing Data from Chat Transcripts" Internet Reference Services Quarterly; 2006, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p19-39