Journalism and Communication Studies Librarian

Room 1 Wilson Library

Van is the liaison to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Communication Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts.  He helps students and researchers find information, has expertise about library collections, provides library instructional sessions, and can advise on services to researchers.  Contact Van with any questions about communication research, media studies, newspapers, audience research, advertising, public relations, public opinion, market research, consumer spending, and researching companies or nonprofit organizations. 


Van is available by email, phone.  Please make appointments using this service below.



Journalism Library



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