Logan Rath, PhD

Librarian. Researcher. Instructor.

About Me

I'm an academic instruction librarian where I support students who will be future teachers, educators, nurses and social workers as well as students in psychology, women & gender studies and modern languages and cultures. I also teach research methods to future information professionals and coordinate professional learning for interlibrary loan professionals. Read more...

Rochester, NY

Research Areas

Information Literacy
Information Behavior
Educational Technology
Instructional Design

Work Experience

Instruction & Research Librarian at SUNY Brockport
April, 2008 - Present
Design and deliver information literacy sessions across modalities. Meet with students and faculty to provide one-on-one assistance searching scholarly literature and using library resources.
Adjunct Lecturer
  • Research Methods at SUNY Albany, Fall 2022 - Present
  • Literacy & Eductional Technology courses (various) at SUNY Brockport, 2015 - 2020
  • Information Literacy Theory and Practice at University at Buffalo, 2012 - 2014

See descriptions of all the courses I've taught.

Emerging Technologies Librarian at SUNY Oneonta
2007 - 2008
Managed the public face of library technologies including the library's website. Taught one section of INTD150: Library & Internet Research to students enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Program.


PhD, Curriculum, Instruction & the Science of Learning from University at Buffalo (2022)
Dissertation: Information Literacy is a Social Practice: Exploration of a Threshold Concept for Academic Instruction Librarians
MS, Information Design & Technology from SUNY Polytechnic (2012)
MLS from University at Buffalo (2007)
BA from SUNY Geneseo (2005)


Selected Publications

Rath, L. (2022). Information literacy is a social practice: A threshold concept for academic instruction librarians. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. https://doi.org/10.3138/jelis-2021-0067

Rath, L. (2022). Factors that influence librarian definitions of information literacy. Journal of Academic Librarianship 48(6). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2022.102597

Svrcek, N. S., Rath, L., Olmstead, K., & Colantonio-Yurko, K. (2022). “We are still putting out fires”: Considering educator intentionality in remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Education and Information Technologies, 27(1), 407-428. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-021-10679-w

Kalenda, P., Rath, L., & Glor, H. (2020). Breaking the mold: Using 3D printers to support take-home science activities. Teacher Librarian 47(5), 29-36.

Colantonio-Yurko, K., Kalenda, P., Olmstead, K., Rath, L., & Wright, A. (2020). I never knew a librarian did that! Exploring how faculty and librarian relationships support meaningful collaboration. Journal of New Librarianship, 5, 25-44. https://journals.colorado.edu/index.php/jonl/article/view/713

Rath, L., Olmstead, K., Zhang, J., & Beach, P. (2019). Hearing students' voices: Understanding student perspectives of online learning. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 22(4). https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/winter224/rathbeacholmsteadzhang224.html

Olmstead, K., Colantonio-Yurko, K., Ashton, J., & Rath, L. (2019). Re-envisioning teacher education: Using DisCrit perspectives to disrupt deficit thinking. Journal of Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership in Education, 4(1). https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/ctlle/vol4/iss1/4

See my Google Scholar Profile, ORCid, or CV for a more comprehensive list.


Information Literacy as a Social Practice: A Threshold Concept for Academic Instruction Librarians. Information Seeking in Context, Berlin, Germany (9/27/22)

Why Do They Keep Pushing the Button? Understanding the Student Searching Process. Information Delivery Services Project (7/27/22)

How Can Theory Help Us Be Better Librarians? A Panel Discussion (with A. VanScoy and C. Germain). SUNY Librarians Association (6/16/21)

Transforming understanding of information literacy: Sustainable futures through information landscapes. Association for Information Science & Technology, Online (10/28/20)

Transforming information literacy education: Information literacy landscapes. Association of Library and Information Science Educators, Online (10/22/20)

Are They Learning? Information Literacy Assessment in the Library Classroom (with N. Murillo). SUNY Librarians Association (6/16/20)

Digital Interactive Notebooks for Learning Asynchronously. SUNY Conference on Instruction & Technology (5/30/19)

Alma Fulfillment Training. SUNY Shared Library Services Training (4/2019 - 5/2019)

I Never Knew a Librarian Did That! (with K. Colantonio-Yurko). The Library is Open: The Academic Libraries Conference (10/12/18)

USER Instructional Design Method. SUNY Librarians Association Working Group for Information Literacy Lightning Talks (9/12/18)

Tools & Modules

This tool takes a DOI and provides a link to search the result in the discovery layers of Brockport, Albany, and the University at Buffalo.
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