Pierce, Jennifer Burek

Associate Professor

School of Library and Information Science
3076 Main Library
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Jennifer Burek Pierce writes about trends in publishing and reading, considering their implications for libraries, past and present. How are books promoted and shared? How are communities of readers understood in light of books and materials made available to them and made by them? Her research won the ALA Library History Round Table's Davis Award in 2018.

Fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society and Winterthur Museum, Libraries and Garden have funded her study of books, games, and toys for young readers. A 2013 essay discusses developments in e-books and picture-book apps for children. Her current research explores Nerdfighteria and Vlogbrothers' viewers as communities of readers, and a forthcoming essay on The Fault in Our Stars will be published in the Edinburgh History of Reading in 2019.

Her books include What Adolescents Ought to Know: Sexual Health Texts in Early 20th Century America (UMass Press, 2011) and Sex, Brains, and Video Games: A Librarian’s Guide to Teens in the 21st Century/2nd ed. (ALA Editions, 2017). She developed the Youth Matters column for American Libraries and has also written for The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Paris Review.

She serves on the advisory board for the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. Professor Burek Pierce is also a member of the advisory board for the University of Iowa Press.

Areas of Interest: 
Print culture and book history, including e-books; publishing, particularly marketing and book promotion; transmedia storytelling; communities of readers; literature and non-fiction materials for young readers; and community engagement and service learning.