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Assistant Professor, LIU Brooklyn Library

Coordinator of Reference ServicesAssistant Professor, LIU Brooklyn Library

B.A., English, Ohio UniversityM.A., English, University of Southern MississippiMLS, University of South Florida


Susan E. Thomas began working at LIU Brooklyn in fall 2011. She coordinates reference services for the Brooklyn campus library. She has served on the Gender Studies Board (newly elected co-chair as of summer 2014), the Brooklyn Campus Curriculum Committee, and various library committees including the Library Personnel Committee, the Public Relations Committee, and the committee that conducted the ethnographic study of LIU Brooklyn Library patrons, “Studying Students to Enhance Library Services at Long Island University.” She co-led efforts to establish a zine collection at the LIU Brooklyn Library, a special collection that will include student work.

She has been a faculty member in academic libraries in NYC since 2000: first at Pratt Institute (2000-2006) and then at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in the City University of New York (CUNY) system (2006-2011 full time; 2012- part time), where she earned tenure. Beyond practicing academic librarianship on a daily basis with the students, staff, and faculty at LIU Brooklyn, she regularly researches, presents, and writes about art and design librarianship, particularly artists’ and designers’ publications. She sits on the Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference (CABC) planning committee and is a member of the Art Library Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the ARLIS New York City chapter. Other research interests include Design Authorship, independent publishing, critical information literacy, and reference librarianship.

From 1994-1998,  Susan Thomas taught Freshman English and Remedial Writing as an adjunct instructor at the University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College.


reference librarianship, art and design librarianship, library instruction, library collection development, independent publishing, artists’ publications, zines


Co-author, “"Interdisciplinary Librarians: Self-Reported non-LIS Scholarship and Creative Work," forthcoming in Library Management

Author, “Artists’ Recordworks in the Early Twenty-First Century," published in Art Documentation (2013)

Lectures and Presentations

"Zines in the Scholarly World," March 6, 2014, The University of Texas at Austin, Fine Arts Library. Invited panelist with Michael Sieben, Laura Schwartz, and Jason Urban.

Organized and introduced programs at Contemporary Artists' Book Conference (CABC) at NY Art Book Fair (Sept. 20, 2013), "Design Authors and Auteurs: Designers' Books and Publications" and the LA Art Book Fair (Feb. 2, 2013) "Design Authors and Auteurs: Designers' Books Ascending" with Brian Roettinger (NY, LA), Adam Michaels (NY, LA), Lauren Mackler (NY) and Tanya Rubbak (NY, LA).

2013 ALA Midwinter / ACRL Arts Section: Virtual Presentation: "Contemporary Music Multiples."

ARLIS/NA, 40th Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2012. "Too Cool for School: Artists' Zines in Academic Libraries.”


Recipient, LIU Faculty Development Fund awards, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and spring 2014.

Professional Affliations

Member, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and New York Metropolitan Chapter  (ARLIS/NY)