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UIC Library Faculty Profile: Annie Armstrong: Armstrong Profile

University of Illinois at Chicago University Library Faculty Profile

Professional Duties and Research Interests

Annie Armstrong has been a reference and instruction librarian at the Richard J. Daley Library at UIC since 2000, and has served as the Coordinator of Teaching & Learning Services since 2007.  She serves as the library’s liaison to the College of Education and the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on enhancing and streamlining the online research experience for academic library users both through in-person and online instruction and through usability testing of online research tools. Furthermore, she uses mixed-methods approaches to explore the multifaceted research experience of first-year students. She has published her research and writing in multiple prominent Library & Information Science journals including College & Research Libraries, College & Research Libraries News, Portal, Communications in Information Literacy and Reference Services Review. She has been active on committees of the Instruction Section and Education and Behavioral Sciences Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.


Selected Publications & Presentations


Armstrong, A., Insua, G. and Lantz C. “The Reader’s Way: Student Process Guiding Library Practice.” Reference Services Review, vol. 51, no. 1, 2023, pp. 52–64,

Armstrong, A. (2019). New models for instruction: Fusing the ACRL Framework and Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians to promote the lifelong learning of teaching librarians. College & Research Libraries News, 80(7), 378.

Insua, G., Lantz, C. & Armstrong, A. (2018). “Navigating roadblocks: First-year writing challenges through the lens of the ACRL Framework.”  Communications in Information Literacy 12.2: 86-106.

Lantz, C., Insua, G., Armstrong, A., Wood, T. and Dror, D. (2017). “I’m a visual learner, so I like this: Investigating student and faculty tutorial preferences.” Internet Reference Services Quarterly 22(4): 181-192.

Insua, G., Lantz, C., and Armstrong, A. (2018) “In their own words: Using first-year student research journals to improve information literacy instruction.” portal: Libraries and the Academy. 18(1): 141-162.

Lantz, C., Insua, G., Armstrong, A. and Pho, A. (2016). “Student bibliographies: charting research skills over time.” Reference Services Review, 44(3), 253-265.

Pendell, K. and Armstrong A (2014). “Psychology guides and information literacy: the current landscape and a proposed framework for standards-based development,” Reference Services Review, 42(2): 293-304.

Armstrong, A. (2009). “Student Perceptions of Federated vs. Single Database Searching.” Reference Services Review. 37(3): 291-303.

Armstrong, A, Georgas H. (2006). “Using interactive technology to teach information literacy concepts to undergraduate students.” Reference Services Review, 34(4), 491-7.

Armstrong, A, Brantley S., & Lewis K.M. (2006) “Usability Testing of a Library Web Portal: Do Users need Customization?”College and Research Libraries, 67(2), 146-163.

Markey, K., Armstrong, A, De Groote, S. et all (2005). “Testing the Effectiveness of Interactive Multimedia for Library-User Education.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 5(4), 527-544.

Armstrong, A., McGowan, R., & Scherrer, C. (2004). “Implementing PubMed's LinkOut to Full-Text E-Journals: Challenges and Solutions.” Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 1(2), 39-48.

Book Reviews:

“Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: A Guide for Librarians,” Journal of Academic Librarianship (2012), 38 (1), 68.

“Critical Library Instruction: Theories & Methods,” Journal of Academic Librarianship (2011), 37(4), 367.

“Searching 2.0,” Journal of Academic Librarianship (2011), 37(2), 187.

 “Networked Collaborative Learning: Social Interaction and Active Learning,” Journal of Academic Librarianship (2010), 36(5), 454.

“Library Mashups: Exploring new ways to deliver library data,” Journal of Academic Librarianship (2010), 36(2), 176.

“Design Talk: Understanding the roles of usability practitioners, web designers and web developers in user-centered web design,” Journal of Academic Librarianship (2009), 35(4), 386-387.

“Virtual Reference Best Practices: Tailoring Services to Your Library,” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 35(2), 188.

 “Gamers in the Library?!” Journal of Academic Librarianship (2008), 34(5), 455.

“Journal of Web Librarianship,” Journal of Academic Librarianship (2008), 34(3), 270.


Insua, G., Armstrong, A. and Lantz, C. “Encountering the University: First-year students and the challenges of reading scholarly materials.” WILU (Workshop for Instruction Library Use), Winnipeg, MB, June 2019.

Armstrong, A., Insua, G. and Lantz, C. “First the Abstract, Tomorrow the Moon! Breaking Down Barriers to the Scholarly Conversation through a Close Reading Activity.” LOEX Conference, Houston, TX, May 2018.

Armstrong, A., and Harris, V. “A Curriculum of One’s Own: Designing and Teaching Research Unbound: Creative Expressions of Scholarship.” 17th Annual Information Literacy Summit, Palos Hills, IL, April 2018.

Insua, G., Lantz, C., & Armstrong, A. “Finding their academic voice: Using research findings to help students enter the research conversation.” 16th Annual Information Literacy Summit, Palos Hills, IL, May 2017.

Armstrong, A., Insua, G. and Lantz, C. “Beyond Searching for Sources: Using Research Data to Explore the Intersection Between Information Literacy and Composition Instruction.” WILU (Workshop for Instruction Library Use), Vancouver, BC, June 2016.

Armstrong, A., Insua, G., Lantz, C. and Pho, A. “Code for Change! Practical Techniques for Making Your Assessment Data Actionable.” LOEX Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2016.

Armstrong, A., and Logan, F. Commissioned by Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) to provide 2-day workshop to College of New Rochelle Librarians entitled “Developing a Learning Commons: A Collaborative Approach to Student Support.” July 2015.

Armstrong, A., Insua, G., Lantz, C. & Pho, A. Choose Your Own Assessment: Exploring Varied Techniques for Understanding the Student Research Process.” 14th Annual Information Literacy Summit. Morraine Valley, IL, April 10, 2015.

Insua, G., Armstrong, A. “From Hack to Herzog: Supporting Research-Based Student-Made Documentaries as the New ‘Research Paper.’” Presentation for 42nd Annual LOEX Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, May 9, 2015.

Armstrong, A., Asher, A., Duke, L., Green, D., Miller, S., Stroyan, S., Treadwell, J., ACRL Preconference Workshop, Using Anthropology to Unite with Users: How Hands-on Experiences Can Connect You with Faculty and Students.” ACRL Preconference Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, March 30, 2011.

Armstrong, A., Jagman, H., Taylor, T., & Wallis, L. “Implications for Marketing Library Services and Resources.” Presentation at CARLI Symposium, “Connecting Libraries and Users: Anthropologists Helping Librarians Meet 21st Century Challenges,” May 14, 2010 at DePaul University, Chicago, IL & May 21, 2010 at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL.

 Armstrong, A., & Gray, L., UIC Leadership Retreat, UIC in the Digital Age, Information Literacy, August 18, 2009.

 Armstrong, A., Georgas, H., & K. Howard. ”Expanding instruction and support for research in the virtual realm.”  Presentation to Chancellor at Library Faculty Meeting, April 27, 2007.

 Armstrong, A., Georgas H. “Puffins, Popcorn, and Parker Posey: Using Interactive Technology to Teach Information Literacy Skills to the Gaming Generation.” Formal presentation for LOEX of the West’s Annual Conference, Kohala Coast, HI, June 9, 2006.