About the Research Team

Eliza Dresang, Beverly Cleary Professor of Children and Youth Services, headed a three-year study, VIEWS2, to discover the impact of incorporating early literacy skills in library storytimes.

Dr. Eliza T. Dresang was the Beverly Cleary Professor in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington Information School from 2009 until her death on April 21, 2014. Dresang, a longtime professor of library science, devoted her career to literacy and children, revolutionizing the field. Her research, teaching, and service focused on the information behavior and resources of digital youth. She was perhaps best known for her 1999 book, Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age. Its discussion of boundary-pushing titles altered how librarians looked at literature. Dr. Dresang chaired the Newbery Award, Pura Belpré Award, Batchelder Award, and the Notable Children’s Books committees, and served on the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, Caldecott Award, Great Websites for Children, and Notable Audiobooks committees. Dresang’s work had an enormous impact in the field, with both professional publications and library leaders extolling its strengths. She was the Principal Investigator and impetus behind Project VIEWS2 until her death. Now the research team she developed is working hard to realize her vision for VIEWS2.

Dr. Cheryl A. Metoyer - VIEWS2 Project Principal Investigator

 Cheryl Metoyer is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Research at the iSchool and Adjunct Associate Professor in American Indian Studies. Dr. Metoyer’s research interests include indigenous systems of knowledge with an emphasis on American Indian and Alaska Native tribal nations; information seeking behaviors in cultural communities; and ethics and leadership in cultural communities. After completing her degree, Dr. Metoyer, working as a Project Director at the National Indian Education Association, assisted tribes and state agencies in planning and developing library services in urban and reservation communities. Over the years, she has had the honor of assisting the Mashantucket Pequot, Cahuilla, San Manuel, Yakama, Navajo, Seneca, Mohawk and the Lakota nations in the development of their libraries, archives and museums. She has published in major research journals, including College & Research Libraries, Library and Information Science Research, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal. The Association of College and Research Libraries honored her book, Gatekeepers in Ethnolinguistic Communities.  Before joining the iSchool faculty, Dr. Metoyer was the Chief Academic Affairs Officer for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. She also served on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Metoyer held the Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian History at the University of California, Riverside. In 2006 she was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship in the Humanities to pursue her study of Native American systems of knowledge. Over the years, Dr. Metoyer has been a member of several advisory boards, including the Newberry Library D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, the Southwest Museum, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the University of Arizona, Knowledge River Program. Recently, Dr. Metoyer was appointed to the UW House of Knowledge Planning Committee.  She also holds the distinction of being elected as the American Indian delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services. She took over as Principal Investigator of Project VIEWS2 in May 2014.

Dr. Allyson Carlyle - VIEWS2 Project Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Allyson Carlyle is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School. Her primary research areas are evaluation and use of online catalogs, and foundations of descriptive cataloging.  She has also written about conceptual modeling of documents.  One of her papers, Fulfilling the Second Objective in the Online Catalog:  Schemes for Organizing Author and Work Records Into Usable Displays won the 1998 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research given by the Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association. She is also the recipient of the 1999 OCLC/ALISE Research Paper Award for Developing Organized Information Displays for Voluminous Works: A Study of User Clustering Behavior. Her current research project is Everyday Cataloger Concerns, a study soliciting research topics from practicing library catalogers. Dr. Carlyle was PI on a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, Washington Doctoral Initiative, which had a focus on mentoring and provided support for doctoral students of color in library and information science. Dr. Carlyle teaches courses in all areas of information organization. In an earlier career, Dr. Carlyle was employed as a children’s librarian at Beverly Hills Public Library. She took over as Co-Investigator of Project VIEWS2 in May 2014.

Kathleen Campana - VIEWS2 Project Research Team Member

Katie Campana is a doctoral student at the Information School at the University of Washington. She has a background in school and corporate libraries. Her current research focuses on children and youth’s information behavior and environments with a focus on the role that technology plays in their environment. She has been heavily involved in the Valuable Initiatives in Early Learning that Work Successfully 2 (VIEWS2) grant for all 3 years of the grant and has managed the Early Literacy Skills Assessment (ELSA) portion of the grant.

J. Elizabeth Mills - VIEWS2 Project Research Team Member

J. Elizabeth Mills is a doctoral student and a MLIS graduate from the University of Washington Information School. She has a background in children’s literature as an editor and author, and is passionate about providing quality media to children. She studies how librarians are planning and presenting their storytimes in terms of learning theory and use of themes, with additional interests in interactivity with respect to app evaluation criteria and parent-child engagement.

Marin Brouwer - VIEWS2 Project Research Team Member

Marin Brouwer is a MLIS graduate from the University of Washington. She has a background in education, literature, and youth services. She has been involved in the Valuable Initiatives in Early Learning that Work Successfully 2 (VIEWS2) project for all 3 years: working closely with the research team to get the student researchers reliable during year one, providing support and organization for the technology components, and doing research observations at several libraries in years one and two.

Ivette Bayo Urban - VIEWS2 Project Research Team Member

Ivette Bayo Urban is a doctoral candidate at the Information School at University of Washington. She has a background in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Learning Technologies. Her main role in the Valuable Initiatives in Early Learning that Work Successfully 2 (VIEWS2) project has centered around the collaboration and design of the intervention. Her research interests are in the intersection of culture and gender and how that affects digital inclusion particularly with regards to underrepresented communities.

Sean Fullerton - VIEWS2 Project Research Team Member

Sean Fullerton is a graduate student at the University of Washington Information School. He has also been a public school teacher, school technology coordinator, and teacher-librarian. He has worked on designing systems to support educators’ instructional coaching and reflective practice with web-based video. Along with working on VIEWS2, Sean also researches how educators seek and use information about games and simulations to support teaching and learning.

Dr. Janet L. Capps - VIEWS2 Project Consultant

Dr. Janet L. Capps is an Assistant Professor with the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management. She has served as a project research consultant throughout the three years of the Valuable Initiatives in Early Learning that Work Successfully 2 (VIEWS2) Project. In particular she has managed and completed the administration of EL-Capstone. Her research experience includes early literacy, community partnerships, and public library collaborations plus expertise in data collection and management and statistical analysis. Her current research interests center on public libraries, youth services and literacy with connection investigations of technology integration and innovations within both formal and informal learning environments.

Dr. Kathleen Burnett - VIEWS2 Project Consultant

Dr. Kathleen Burnett is a Professor and the Director at the Florida State University School of Library and Information Studies. She has served as a project research consultant throughout the three years of the Valuable Initiatives in Early Learning that Work Successfully 2 (VIEWS2) Project.

Dr. Erika Feldman - VIEWS2 Project Consultant

Dr. Erika N. Feldman is an interdisciplinary research scientist who is interested in educational assessment, learning environments, educational technologies and community engagement. She received her B.A. from Kenyon College in Political Science, a M.S. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Washington (UW) and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from UW. She has worked in a number of different capacities serving children and their families, including: as a community organizer, art therapist, educator, and parent engagement facilitator. In Washington State, she has worked for the Talaris Research Institute, Thrive by Five, the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL), The Seattle Children’s Museum, and as the Director of Research and Evaluation for Washington’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Her dissertation work is being used in VIEWS2 to measure the efficacy of early literacy programs serving young children.

Dr. Bowie Kotrla - VIEWS2 Project Statistician

Dr. Bowie Kotrla is an Associate Professor at the Florida State University School of Library and Information Studies. She has served as the project statistician throughout the three years of the VIEWS2 Project while working at the School of Library & Information Studies.

Winner of the 2015 Washington Library Association President’s Award

History of the Project

VIEWS2 was the brainchild of Dr. Eliza T. Dresang, Katie Campana, and several others, see their bios to the left.

Dr. Dresang spoke to many librarians who were interested in including early literacy concepts in their storytimes but had no way of knowing if their activities were making a difference. She decided to create a research project that would validate their efforts.

Even though Dr. Dresang passed away before the completion of the VIEWS2 Project we, the research team, are carrying her vision forward by sharing the tools developed during this project with the public.