Frances Devlin

  • Librarian, French, Italian, German, and European Studies

Contact Info

Watson Library, room #519
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


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


My publications are on topics related to teaching information literacy skills, graduate research methods, managing reference services, digital humanities, and managing collections in my subject areas.

Research interests:

  • information literacy
  • digital humanities
  • user services
  • reference services
  • collection management


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

Selected Publications

Reyes, Betsaida  M., and Frances A. Devlin. 2020. “An Assessment of E-Book Collection Development Practices among Romance Language Librarians.” Journal Articles. Collection and Curation 40 (1): 24–30.
Reyes, Betsaida  M., Jon C. Giullian, and Frances A. Devlin. 2017. “IPad and Android Tablets: Wonder Pills or Placebo for Academic Library Staff?” Journal Articles. Library Hi Tech 35 (3): 393–407.
Devlin, Frances A., and E.  Bruce Hayes. 2015. “A Faculty/Librarian Collaboration to Restructure a Graduate Research Methods Class for French Literature Students.” Journal Articles. The French Review 89 (2): 146–63.
Rosenblum, Brian, Frances A. Devlin, Tami Albin, and Wade Garrison. 2015. “Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Librarians Teaching Digital Humanities in the Classroom.” Book Chapters. In Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists, edited by Laura Braunstein, Liorah Golomb, and Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, 151–75. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries,  a division of the American Library Association.
Devlin, Frances A., and John  M. Stratton. 2013. “Evolving Models of Reference Staffing at the University of Kansas Libraries.” Journal Articles. Research Library Issues: A Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 282.
Currie, Lea, Frances A. Devlin, Judith Emde, and Kathryn Graves. 2010. “Undergraduate Search Strategies and Evaluation Criteria: Searching for Credible Sources.” Journal Articles. New Library World 111 (3/4): 113–24.
Stratton, John, Lea Currie, Monica Claassen-Wilson, and Frances A. Devlin. 2010. Grappling With Changing Realities. Conference Proceedings. Edited by Katina  P. Strauch, Beth  R. Bernhardt, and Leah  H. Hinds. Charleston Conference Proceedings 2009. Charleston, S.C.: Against the Grain Press.
Devlin, Frances A., Lea Currie, and John Stratton. 2008. “Successful Approaches to Teaching through Chat.” Journal Articles. New Library World 109 (5/6): 223–34.
Emde, Judith, Lea Currie, Frances A. Devlin, and Kathy Graves. 2008. Is Good Enough OK? Undergraduate Search Behavior in Google and in a Library Database. Conference Proceedings. Edited by Frank Baudino, Connie Jo Ury, and Sarah  G. Park. Brick and Click Libraries: Proceedings of an Academic Library Symposium, Maryville, MO, November 7, 2008. Maryville, MO: Northwest Missouri State University.
Devlin, Frances A., John Stratton, and Lea Currie. 2007. Not Just Q & A! Teaching Through Digital Reference. Conference Proceedings. Edited by Connie Jo Ury, Frank Baudino, and Sarah  G. Park. Brick and Click Libraries: Proceedings of an Academic Library Symposium, Maryville, MO, November 2, 2007. Maryville, MO: Northwest Missouri State University.
Devlin, Frances A., Nancy  J. Burich, Marcia  G. Stockham, Terri Pedersen Summey, and Elizabeth  C. Turtle. 2006. “Getting Beyond Institutional Cultures: When Rivals Collaborate.” Journal Articles. Journal of Library Administration 45 (1–2): 149–68.
Burich, Nancy  J., Anne Marie Casey, Frances A. Devlin, and Lana Ivanitskaya. 2006. “Project Management and Institutional Collaboration in Libraries.” Journal Articles. Technical Services Quarterly 24 (1): 17–36.

Selected Presentations

Reyes, B. M., & Devlin, F. A. (6/29/2019). ’No, no, I prefer paper’: Why do Romance language librarians buy eBooks?. Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) Annual Conference. University of Texas, Austin, TX
Reyes, B. M., Devlin, F. A., & Giullian, J. C. (4/28/2017). 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

Awards & Honors

Anschutz-Budig Outstanding Librarian Award 2012
University of Kansas