Faculty

Kevin Klipfel

MSLS & MA

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Kevin is the Instructional Design & Assessment Librarian at The University of Southern California Libraries. His articles on student motivation and information literacy instruction have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Academic Librarianship, College & Research Libraries, Reference Services Review, and Communications in Information Literacy, and his article, (co-authored with Dani Cook) “How Do Our Students Learn?: An Outline of a Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction,” published in Reference & User Services Quarterly, was named by ACRL’s Library Instruction Roundtable as a “Top Ten” Instruction article for 2016. Kevin’s book Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principlesand Practice was published by ALA Editions in 2017 and he is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Thinking Critically about What Matters, to be published by ALA Editions in 2020.

Kevin is also the founder of Tired Eyes Publishing, a fine arts publisher specializing in hand-made books in the visual arts. His book Without Purpose, a collection of 68 film photographs, was published by Tired Eyes in October 2019.

Kevin received his B.A. in philosophy from SUNY College at Buffalo; a M.A. in philosophy from Virginia Tech, and his M.S.L.S. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his study “Authentic Engagement: Assessing the Effects of Authenticity on Student Motivation and Information Literacy” was awarded the “Dean’s Achievement Award” by the faculty of the School of Information and Library Science as the best master’s paper of 2013.  Prior to working in librarianship he was a lecturer in moral, political, and existential philosophy, and was nominated for Virginia Tech’s “Favorite Faculty” award in 2011.