Sarah Beth Nelson

Sarah Beth Nelson

  • Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies


  • PhD in Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina
  • EdS in Learning Design and Technology, University of Georgia
  • Master of Library and Information Science, University of Alabama
  • Ars Baccalaureate in Latin and English, University of Georgia


Sarah Beth Nelson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies. She researches oral information practices. Prior to joining UWM, Sarah Beth coordinated the library media program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and coordinated the UW System School Library Education Cooperative. Sarah Beth earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science. Before that she was an elementary librarian at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia. She has also worked as a children's library assistant at the Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, Georgia. While living abroad in Norwich, UK, Sarah Beth created a small collection of American picture books and presented programs on American culture and WWII for the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library. Sarah Beth performs as a storyteller in fringes, festivals, and open mic events, specializing in personal stories and stories from classical mythology. Website:


Sample Publications and Performances:


Nelson, S. B. (Sept. 2023). “If Only I Could Shiver.” In All Ages. Whitewater Storytelling Festival, Whitewater, Wisconsin. Invited performance.

Nelson, S. B. (Sept. 2023). “I’m Not Joining the Marching Band: Two Truths and a Lie About High School Band.” Elgin Fringe Festival, Elgin, Illinois.

Nelson, S. B., & Vardell, E. (Spring 2023). Performing librarianship: Practicing the reference interview and building community through improvisation. In Inglorious Pedagogy. Rowman & Littlefield. Peer reviewed

Abdullah, M., Williams, C., Muelver, J., & Nelson, S. B. (2023, February 5). Breasts. In Ex Fabula Real Stories MKE. WUWM 89.7.

Nelson, S. B. (Fall 2022). A zoom tetrad: Applying McLuhan’s Laws of Media to video conferencing. Storytelling, Self, Society, 18(1), 83–121.

Nelson, S. B. (Fall 2022). Across the threshold: The library’s place on the hero’s journey. Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference. ALISE 2022, Pittsburgh, PA.

Teaching Specializations and Interests:

School libraries; Children’s literature; Young adult literature; Storytelling

Research Interests by Topic:

Information and society/culture; Information needs/behaviors of specific groups; Information practices; Libraries and society/culture