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UIC Library Faculty Profile: Carl Lehnen, Liaison for Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics: Home

University of Illinois at Chicago University Library Faculty Profile

About me

Before coming to work at UIC in May 2016, I worked in a variety of library settings, including a large research university, a community college, and a small liberal arts college. 

I got interested in librarianship while completing a dissertation on national identity, sexuality, and art in Victorian travel narratives about Italy. I have over ten years of academic teaching experience as a librarian, writing consultant, and instructor, including responsibility for credit-bearing courses on information literacy, rhetoric & composition, and literature. 


I am a Reference & Liaison Librarian in the Research Services & Resources Department of the library. As a liaison librarian, I support the learning and research needs of students and faculty in the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics through course-integrated instruction, research consultations, and acquiring and maintaining relevant library resources.

If you are a student, you can talk to me about:

  • Developing a research topic
  • Finding quality information on that topic
  • Citing that information

If you are a faculty member in LCSL or a related department, you can talk to me about:

  • Designing targeted instruction to help your students gain a richer perspective on the published research in your disciplines
  • Purchasing library materials that support your teaching and research
  • Creating online resource guides for students and integrating library resources into Blackboard
  • Understanding your options about where to publish, your rights as an author, and making your published research more accessible


My research interests center on how people make sense of information and navigate information environments, particularly as that relates to information literacy pedagogy and assessment, mental models of novice and expert researchers, and library user experience.

Reference & Liaison Librarian

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Carl Lehnen
Richard J. Daley Library
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607