Stuart, Shana

Adjunct Faculty

School of Library and Information Science
3078 Main Library
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Shana Stuart completed a doctorate in 1992, with dissertation honors, at the University of Kansas in Dutch and Flemish seventeenth-century Art History, with secondary areas in Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. In 1987, she received a Fulbright Fellowship for her dissertation research to study for a year in the Netherlands. She had previously received a Rotary Foundation Undergraduate Fellowship to São Paulo, Brazil, for her undergraduate majors at the University of Kansas (1983) in Latin American Area studies and Spanish.

Shana graduated with an MA from the SLIS program at the University of Iowa in 2001. She has been teaching the Contextual Foundations – Public Libraries for the past several years, and is very interested in exploring the role of Iowa’s public libraries in their communities.

Since 2002, Shana has served as the Director of the Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project (CLIP), which is working to document the histories of the acquisition of the Carnegie Endowment funds for Iowa’s libraries on a digital platform. She has given presentations on Carnegie Libraries in many Iowa communities including Laurens, Traer, Eagle Grove, Grundy Center, Eldon, Cresco, and Ottumwa (November 2016), and at the Iowa Library Association meeting in 2010. In 2013, her article “’My Duty and My Pleasure’: Alice S. Tyler’s Reluctant Oversight of Carnegie Library Philanthropy in Iowa” was included in a special edition of the journal Information and Culture, v. 48 (1). In the Fall of 2016, Shana received funding from the State Historical Society, Inc. which will provide the opportunity to significantly expand the materials that are included on the website.

Shana is the Vice-President/President-Elect of Beta Phi Mu, the Library Science Honorary Society for the 2016-17 cycle. She is a member of American Library Association, Iowa Library Association, the Society of American Archivists, and Historians of Netherlandish Art. Whenever possible, Shana also continues to teach Art History, and she serves on the boards of several community boards.

Areas of Interest: 
Carnegie libraries, public libraries, libraries as place and space, Iowa library history.