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Rebecca Bushby, M.Ed., M.S.L.I.S.

Research and Teaching Librarian


Portland Campus
On campus
Teaching online

Contact Rebecca to schedule a consultation or to provide library instruction for your class. She is the library liaison to Health Wellness & Occupational Studies, Nurse Anesthesia, the School of Nursing & Population Health, Occupational Therapy, and the School of Social Work.

Rebecca's more than 15 years of professional experience as an educator and librarian influence her research interests in virtual reference practices, and the research preparedness of first-year students. She holds a MEd from The College of New Jersey and a MSLIS from Drexel University, and has presented regionally and nationally. Prior to joining UNE in 2021, Rebecca was the Education Librarian and an Assistant Professor in the Library at The College of New Jersey. 



M.Ed. Educational Leadership: Instruction
The College of New Jersey
M.S.L.I.S Library and Information Science
Drexel University


Current research

The freshmen meet the frames. The study explores the library skills preparedness of learners as they transition from high school seniors through first-year of college. A collaboration with Joyce Valenza, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, and other academic librarians at six NJ higher education institutions. The team received grants from the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) and SC&I Faculty Research (Rutgers).

Selected publications

Dalal, H., Charles, L., Dempsey, M., Berg, C., Bushby, R., & Dalrymple, J. (2022). Intentional librarian-student interactions during COVID-19: A clear bridge to developing first-year student IL skills. Journal of Information Literacy.

Valenza, J., Dalal, H., Mohammad, G., Boyer, B., Charles, L., Berg, C., Bushby, R., Dempsey, M., Dalrymple, J., & Dziedzic-Elliott, E. (Forthcoming 2022). First years’ information literacy backpacks: What’s already packed or not packed. The Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Other scholarly activity


Valenza, J., Boyer, B., Bushby, R., Dziedzic-Elliott, E. & Mohamad, G. (forthcoming December 2021). First-Years Meet the Frames: What Do Non-Novice Researchers Take to College. New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) Annual Conference. Atlantic City, NJ.

Dziedzic-Elliott, E., Valenza, J., Boyer, B., Bushby, R., & Mohamad, G. (forthcoming October 2021). First-Years Meet the Frames: What Do Non-Novice Researchers Take to College. American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference. Salt Lake City, UT.

Bushby, R., Bennett, T., Dempf, L., Murray, D., Oliver, J., & Tucci, V. (May 25, 2021). Choosing the right tool for the job: 10 librarian tips for smoother research and teaching. 21st Annual Instructional Technology Workshop, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.

Bushby, R. (April 14, 2021). Virtual library visits and instruction. New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) ITS Meeting, Virtual. [Invited]

Bushby, R. (February 24, 2021). Virtual library instruction: Teaching in the time of COVID. New England Library Association (NELA) ITS 2021 Annual Conference, Virtual.

Bushby, R. (January 8, 2020). Weaving the invisible threads: Connecting students to the college library through virtual campus visits. Virtual Academic Library Environment (VALE) 2020 Conference, Long Branch, NJ.

Valenza, J. & Bushby, R. (December 10, 2019). One book, one conference: Harbor Me. New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) 2019 Annual Conference, New Brunswick, NJ.

Bushby, R. (May 31, 2019). Doors unlocked and open: Engaging with high school students in the college library. Poster. New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) 2019 Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.

Dziedzic-Elliot, E., Bushby, R., & Vaughn, J. (May 31, 2019). Librarians collaborate. NJLA 2019 Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.

Oliver, J. T., Ackerman, E., Bonnet, J., Bushby, R., Harden, M., Herakova, L., Martinez-Montavon, A., & Murphy, M. (April 11, 2019). Framing the first year: Teaching, assessment, and collaboration. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference, Cleveland, OH.

Valenza, J., Berg, C., Boyer, B., Bushby, R., Charles, L., Dziedzic-Elliot, E., & Manganello, L. (December 2, 2018). Facing (and bridging) the transition together.  NJASL 2018 Annual Conference, Long Branch, NJ.

Bushby, R. (May 31, 2018). Collaborating with colleagues: Programming that gets them in the door. Poster. NJLA 2018 Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.

Bushby, R. (November 17, 2017). Collaborating with colleagues to create exciting events. NJASL 2017 Annual Conference, Long Branch, NJ.

Research interests

Virtual reference and teaching, College preparedness of first-year students

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