Frances Devlin

University Libraries - University Libraries
Librarian for French, Italian, German, and European Studies
Primary office:
Watson Library
Room 519
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


I provide research and instructional support in French, Italian, German, and European Studies. I also manage the library collections in these subject areas.


Master of Library Science (MLS), Library and Information Science, Western University

BA, French Language and Literature (Honors), Wilfrid Laurier University


I teach information literacy and research skills to undergraduate and graduate students taking classes in French, Italian, German, or European Studies.


My publications are on topics related to teaching information literacy skills, graduate research methods, managing reference services, digital humanities, and mobile devices.

Research Interests

  • Information literacy
  • Digital humanities
  • User services
  • Reference services
  • Collection management

Selected Publications

Reyes, B. M., Giullian, J. C., & Devlin, F. A. (2017). iPad and Android Tablets: Wonder Pills or Placebo for Academic Library Staff? Library Hi Tech, 35(3), 393-407. DOI:10.1108/LHT-01-2017-0022

Devlin, F. A., & Hayes, E. B. (2015). A Faculty/Librarian Collaboration to Restructure a Graduate Research Methods Class for French Literature Students. The French Review, 89(2), 146-163.

Rosenblum, B. Devlin, F. A., Albin, T. & Garrison, W. (2015). Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Librarians Teaching Digital Humanities in the Classroom. In L. Braunstein, L. Golomb, & A. Hartsell-Gundy (Eds.), Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists (pp. 151-175). Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Devlin, F. A., & Stratton, J. M. (2013). Evolving Models of Reference Staffing at the University of Kansas Libraries. Research Library Issues: A Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC,(282).

Stratton, J. Currie, L. Claassen-Wilson, M. & Devlin, F. A. (2010). Grappling With Changing Realities. In Charleston Conference Proceedings 2009 (pp. 150-160). Charleston, S.C.: Against the Grain Press.

Currie, L. Devlin, F. A., Emde, J. & Graves, K. (2010). Undergraduate Search Strategies and Evaluation Criteria: Searching for Credible Sources. New Library World, 111(3/4), 113-124. DOI:10.1108/03074801011027628

Emde, J. Currie, L. Devlin, F. A., & Graves, K. (2008). Is Good Enough OK? Undergraduate Search Behavior in Google and in a Library Database. In Brick and Click Libraries: Proceedings of an Academic Library Symposium, Maryville, MO, November 7, 2008 (pp. 58-63). Maryville, MO: Northwest Missouri State University.

Devlin, F. A., Currie, L. & Stratton, J. (2008). Successful Approaches to Teaching through Chat. New Library World, 109(5/6), 223-234. DOI:10.1108/03074800810873579

Devlin, F. A., Stratton, J. & Currie, L. (2007). Not Just Q & A! Teaching Through Digital Reference. In Brick and Click Libraries: Proceedings of an Academic Library Symposium, Maryville, MO, November 2, 2007 (pp. 124-130). Maryville, MO: Northwest Missouri State University.

Devlin, F. A., Burich, N. J., Stockham, M. G., Pedersen Summey, T. & Turtle, E. C. (2006). Getting Beyond Institutional Cultures: When Rivals Collaborate. Journal of Library Administration, 45(1-2), 149-168.

Burich, N. J., Casey, M. Devlin, F. A., & Ivanitskaya, L. (2006). Project Management and Institutional Collaboration in Libraries. Technical Services Quarterly, 24(1), 17-36.

Selected Work

Selected Presentations

Reyes, B. M., Devlin, F. A. & Giullian, J. C. (04/28/2017). Lessons from a Tablet Learning Community at the University of Kansas Libraries. Kansas Library Association (KLA), College and University Libraries Section (CULS) 2017 Spring Conference. Oread Hotel, Lawrence, KS

Devlin, F. A., Giullian, J. C. & Reyes, B. M. (10/28/2015). Tablets for Library Staff: Tools, Toys, or Troubles? Internet Librarian Conference 2015. Monterey, CA

Selected Awards & Honors

Anschutz-Budig Outstanding Librarian Award 2012
University of Kansas

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