Patricia Montiel-Overall

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Associate Professor, School of Information Resources and Library Science

Dr. Montiel-Overall is on the faculty of the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona where she is an Associate Professor.  Her areas of expertise are children and young adult services, teacher and librarian collaboration, Latino language and culture, and cultural competence. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and a postdoctoral degree in library and information science from the University of Arizona.

Her teaching includes courses on school library administration, children and young adult literature in a multicultural society, equity of access for diverse populations, and information environments from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.  Her research interests include teacher and librarian collaboration, and equity of access issues involving Latino children. These two interests have recently come together through a research grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).   The IMLS grant provided funding for a study on “The Effect of Teacher and Librarian Collaboration on Science Information Literacy of Latino Students.”   Findings from different aspects of the study are found in numerous professional peer reviewed professional journals. 

Another area of interest is cultural competence. Dr. Montiel-Overall proposed a framework for developing cultural competence in the library and information science profession, which was published in an article that appeared in the Library Quarterly.  She has also published in  School Library Media Research, Library and Information Science Research, Teacher-Librarian, Knowledge Quest, School Libraries Worldwide, Library Trends, the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, and Library Media Connection.  She has co-edited with Don Adcock two books for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) that contain a collection of  Knowledge Quest articles on collaboration and librarianship in a multicultural society.    

Dr. Montiel-Overall is a lifetime member of REFORMA, a division of the American Library Association and has served on the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) Belpré Award Committee, American Library Association nominating committee, and AASL publications committee.  She is parliamentarian for the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and served as co-chair of the School Library SIG and the Youth Services SIG.  She has served as chair of the Association of Library and Information Science Education/Library Media Connection (ALISE/LMC) Award presented annually at the ALISE annual conference for the best research paper.

Dr. Montiel-Overall is the organizer and chair of the Latino Literacy Roundtable.  The 2012 Latino Literacy Roundtable focused on children's and young adult literature.  The 2013 Latino Literacy Roundtable will focus on family literacy. The Latino Literacy Roundtable is sponsored by SIRLS and co-sponsored by the Univerisy of Arizona Libraries, the Department of Mexican American Studies, and REFORMA-Tucson.   The 2013 Latino Literacy Roundtable brought together Spanish speaking families involved in elementary school Family Literacy programs.  The 2014 Latino Literacy Roundtable will take place on Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Arizona Historical Society.  Information about the Latino Literacy Roundtable is available at



University of Arizona, M.A. in Library and Information Science               
Stanford University, Ph.D. in Education   Minor in Linguistics                                                           
Stanford University, M.A. in Education                                                               
The University of Arizona, B.A. in Education Major: Spanish Minor: French

Courses Taught: 

IRLS 521 Children’s and Young Adult Services in a Multicultural Society (formerly, Children's and Youth Services and Literature)

IRLS 551 Equity of Access for a Diverse Population

IRLS 581 School Library Administration

IRLS 695H School-Library Collaboration

IRLS 550 Information Environments from Native American and Hispanic Perspectives


Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Early Career Development Grant  


This 3-year grant was awarded in 2007.  It involves teachers and librarians collaborating on science information literary of Latino students in the 3rd and 4th grades in two school districts.