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Emily is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her research interests include intellectual freedom and censorship, the intersection of print culture and reading practices, and information ethics and policy.

Emily’s most recent article is “Intellectual freedom and the agnostic–postmodernist view of reading effects” in Library Trends. She also recently published “Supporting intellectual freedom: Symbolic capital and practical philosophy in librarianship” in the Library Quarterly and a chapter on religion and intellectual freedom in the Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom.

Her book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, on challenges to materials in public libraries and schools–the first in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series–will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in January 2015.

Emily received her Ph.D. from the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information. Her master’s in library and information science is from GSLIS. She also holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Smith College and an A.M. in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School.

She was the Associate Director and Reference Librarian at the St. Mark’s (now Keller) Library of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City for five years before returning to school.

Emily previously wrote a manual on running a small interlibrary loan and document delivery department published by Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association (ALA). It is listed as a key source in Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources (Bemis, 2014, p. 107).