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Amy E. Spaulding

Professor of Library and Information Science

B.S., Williamette UniversityM.L.S., University of PittsburghD.L.S., Columbia University


Born in San Francisco and raised in Vancouver, Dr. Spaulding came east to work at the New York Public Library. She also was interested in ballet and performed as an extra for the American Ballet Theatre for a few years. Her other performing interest has been storytelling, which she has performed, taught and written about for many years.

Having decided to teach, she earned her doctorate at Columbia University and got some experience teaching at a private school before coming to teach children’s literature, young adult literature, outreach to special populations and other courses in the library field. She was a founder of the doctoral program of the Palmer School and teaches in the program.


Children’s and Young Adult Literatures, Outreach Services, Information in Society, Storytelling


  • Author, “The Page as a Stageset: Storyboard Picture Books”
  • Author, “The Wisdom of Storytelling in an Information Age”
  • Author, “Telling Truth, Telling Stories: How to and Why Bother”

Lectures and Presentations

  • Author, numerous papers and presentations for library systems, conferences, etc.


  • Storyteller, the Planetarium at the San Francisco Academy of Sciences, NASA, the New York Historical Society, the Heckscher Oval at the Library and Museum of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (The New York Public Library), The Egg at Albany (New York State Capitol Buildings) and many other museums, schools and libraries


  • Recipient, Elizabeth Hovelburg Jacqua Scholarship, Willamette University
  • Senior Scholar, Anthropology Department, Willamette University
  • Member, Theta Alpha Phi (drama honor Fraternity)
  • Member, Pi Gamma Mu (social science honor society)
  • Member, Beta Phi Mu (library and information studies honor society)
  • Member, Archons of Colophon (Elected Society, Library Science)
  • Winner, Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award (2005)
  • Recipient, Storytelling World Award for Special Storytelling Resources (2006)


  • Council Member, American Library Association
  • Chair, Caldecott Committee, American Library Association
  • Chair, Notable Books Committee, American Library Association
  • Member, various committees

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