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Mary Broussard

Mary Broussard


B.A., Miami University of Ohio
M.L.S. Indiana University

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4068
Campus Post Office Box 141
Personal Website

Library: Professor and Instructional Services Librarian

Library: Coordinator of Reference and Web Services

Mary Broussard earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in French and German at Miami University of Ohio and her Master of Library Science at Indiana University.

Her current research interests include reexamining information literacy in the context of what is known about effective reading and writing processes. This research interest has led to the completion of both an article and a book and has led to several collaborations with teaching faculty across disciplines to provide students with more integrated support for research and writing.

Broussard also teaches informative and persuasive speaking for the corporate communications program and a freshmen seminar that combines reading strategies and vampires.

Other recognitions and interests

  • Association of College and Research Libraries’ Immersion, Program Track, 2015
  • Lycoming College Professional Development Grant to attend ACRL Immersion, 2015
  • “Digital games in academic libraries: A review of games and suggested best practices” article named a Highly Commended Award Winner for 2013
  • North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA) scholarship for the 2011 conference
  • “Goblin Threat” featured as PRIMO's Site of the Month October 2010
  • “It’s Alive” accepted to PRIMO, 2008

Selected Publications

Broussard, M.J.S. (2017, in press). Reading, Research, and Writing: Teaching Information Literacy with Process-Based Research Assignments. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Broussard, M.J.S. (2016). Reexamining the Benefits of Librarians’ Professional Writing. College and Undergraduate Libraries, 23(4), 427-421.

Broussard, M.J.S. (2016). The Lyco Map Game: A Blended Approach to Teaching Campus History. In M. Gregor and S. Rice (Eds.), E-Learning and the Academic Library: Essays on Innovative Initiatives (25-38). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Broussard, M.S., Hickoff-Cresko, R., & Oberlin, J.U. (2014). Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library Instruction. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Broussard, M.J.S. (2014). Using Games to Make Formative Assessment Fun in an Academic Library. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(1), 35-42.

Broussard, M.J.S. (2014). Knowing when to create a game. In B. Kirsch (Ed.), Making and using games in academic libraries: A practical approach (pp. 30-41). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Broussard, M.J.S. (2014). A bag of tricks for successful library games. In B. Kirsch (Ed.), Making and using games in academic libraries: A practical approach (203-216). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Broussard, M. J. S. (2013). No Muggles in the Library Tonight! Harry Potter Night at an Academic Library. Library Trends, 61(4), 814-824.

Broussard, M. J. S. (2012). Digital Games in Academic Libraries: A Review of Games and Suggested Best Practices. Reference Services Review, 40(1), 75-89.

Selected Presentations

Witek, D., Broussard, M., Burkholder, J. (2016, May 6). Rhetorical reinventions: rethinking research processes and information practices to deepen our pedagogy. Presentation at LOEX, Pittsburgh, PA. Conference paper available at:

Broussard, M.S., (2015, November 14). "Transfer's Role in the 'Big Ideas' of Information Literacy." Presentation at LOEX Fall Focus, Ypsilanti, MI.
Broussard, M. (2015, April 16). "The Odd Couple: Pedagogy and Fun in Game-Based Learning." Invited presentation at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX.

Broussard, M.S., Orblych, T, Dunaway, M., & Donovan, C. (2015, March 27). Learning Diagnostics: Using Formative Assessment to Sustainably Improve Teaching and Learning. Presentation at Association of College and Research Libraries, Portland, OR.

Kirsch, B. Broussard, M., Battista, A., Alexander, V., Ward, H., Battles, J., Kim, B. (2014, June 29). "Gaming in Libraries." Presentation at American Library Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Broussard, M.J.S. (2014, May 22). "Bite-Sized Assessment for the Library One-Shot." Presentation at the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU), London, Ontario, Canada.

Battista, A., Broussard, M.J.S., Sirigos, C., Ward, H., Kirsch, B. (2014, May 19). "Games in Libraries for Outreach and Instruction" Online presentation sponsored by Library Information Technology Association (LITA).

Smale, M., Broussard, M. J. S., Rice, S. (2013, April 12). "Quest for Engagment: Innovative Library Instruction with Games-Based Learning." Presentation at ACRL 2011, Indianapolis, IN.