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PSU Library Faculty -- Kimberly Pendell

Kimberly Pendell
Assistant Professor
Social Sciences Librarian

MSIS, University of Texas at Austin (2005)
BA, English Literature, University of Oregon (1997)

(503) 725-4501

Areas of Responsibility in the Library

Reference, Instruction, and Collection Development

Liaison to Social Work, Child and Family Studies, Psychology, and Sociology

Research Interests

  • Social worker's discovery, evaluation, and use of information
  • Digital literacy for hard-to-serve populations
  • Online research guides and instruction
  • Mobile technology

Current Projects

  • Lifelong learning and information literacy in social work education and practice
  • Research guides and instruction for psychology students

Selected Publications / Presentations

Pendell, K. & Bowman, M. (2012). Usability study of a library’s mobile website: An example from Portland State University. Information Technology and Libraries 31 (2), 45-62. Available at

Oregon Library Association, Bend, April 26th, 2012. “Going Mobile: Does Your Library Need an App?” Panel presentation with Jeremy Grabill and Sara Brownmiller.

Online Northwest Conference, Corvallis, February 10th, 2012. “Usability Testing Library Mobile Websites in a Fragmented Smartphone Market.” Presentation with Michael Bowman.

Pendell, K. (2011). Muli bwanje? How are you? Volunteering at a health resource center in Zambia. OLA Quarterly 17(1) 15-19.

Association of College and Research Libraries Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, April 1st 2011. “Working as a librarian in Africa.” Roundtable facilitator with Joan Petit.

Current University and Community Involvement

University Access Committee, appointed member, 2011-present

ALA ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section Instruction and Information Literacy Committee, appointed member, 2012-2014

ALA ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section Publications Committee, appointed member, 2011 – 2013

Online Northwest Conference Planning Committee, member, 2011 – present. Co-Chair 2012 – present



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