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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

I have been a reference and instruction librarian at the Richard J. Daley Library at UIC since 2000, and have served as the Coordinator of Library Instruction since 2007.  I currently select materials for the College of Education.

Please contact me to arrange for library instruction for your students or to suggest education materials for the library collection.

My 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.

Selected Publications & Presentations


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.


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, March 30, 2011, Philadelphia, PA.

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.  

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