Joel Kitchens

Professional Responsibilities

Humanities Librarian

  • Subject Specialist for History 
  • Subject Specialist American Studies
  • Subject Specialist Art & Architecture


American Library Association

American Studies Association

Texas State Historical Association


ABD (History)  Texas A&M University.

Master of Library Service   The University of Alabama, 1996.

Master of Arts   (History)   University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1992.

 Master of Arts   (Secondary Education)   University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1990.

 Bachelor of Arts   (History)   Birmingham-Southern College, 1989.

Research Interests

The Spanish Missions of Texas since secularization.  Contested space and the Borderlands.  The "Chili Queens" of San Antonio and ideas of racial identity.  Role of myth and  popular culture in History.  Historical research and information literacy.  Issues related to collection development and the field of History. 

Selected Paper Presentations

  • Kitchens, Joel D. Gone to Texas: Travel Literature and Foreign Encounters on American Soil.  Juried Paper.  American Studies Association, San Antonio, Texas, November 18-21, 2010.
  • Kitchens, Joel D.  One of Our Most Noted Attractions: The Chili Queens of San Antonio.  Juried Paper.  Texas State Historical Association, Corpus Christi, Texas, March, 5-8, 2008.
  • Kitchens, Joel D.  The Spanish Missions of Texas as Borderlands Icons.  Juried Paper. Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, San Antonio, Texas, April 7, 2004.
  • Kitchens, Joel D. Teaching Web Evaluation Skills: Special Considerations for Primary Sources.  Invited Paper.  American Library Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2002.


Book, Articles, Chapters, Reviews, and Other Selected Publications


  • Kitchens, Joel D. Librarians, Historians, and New Opportunities for Discourse: A Guide for Clio's Helpers. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlmited, 2012.


  • Kitchens, Joel D., Pixey Anne Mosley, Jonathan C. Marner, and Anne L. Highsmith. Defining History for Library Statistics, or Everything Has a History.  The Journal of Academic Librarianship 28, no. 4 (2002): 211-223.

  • Kitchens, Joel D. Practical Help for the History B.I.: Making Your One-Shot Count. Research Strategies 18, no. 1 (2002): 63-73.

  • Kitchens, Joel D. E. W. Peck: A Scalawag Justice in Reconstruction Alabama. The Alabama Review 54, no. 1 (2001): 3-32.

  • Kitchens, Joel D. and Pixey Anne Mosley. Error 404: Or, What is the Shelf Life of Printed Internet Guides. Library Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services 24, no. 4 (2000): 467-478.

  • Kitchens, Joel D. Electronic Scholarly Publishing and the Future of History.  Journal of the Association for History and Computing 3, no. 2 (2000). Available online, URL:  This article was also distributed through the H-HistBibl web page at the URL: H-HistBibl is part of the H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine network.

  • Kitchens, Joel D. Clio on the Web: An Annotated Bibliography of Electronic Journals for History.  Perspectives: Newsletter of the American Historical Association 38, no. 2 (2000): 34-39. Also available online at

  • Kitchens, Joel D. Clios New Clothes: Electronic Journals for History and Some Considerations for Reference Service.  Internet Reference Services Quarterly 4, no. 2 (1999): 69-77.

Book Chapters

  • Kitchens, Joel D.  History, Information Literacy Instruction That Works: A Guide to Teaching By Discipline and Student Population.  Ed. by Patrick Ragains  New York: Neal-Shuman, 2006. Pp.165-183.  This title won the 2008 Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award awarded by the Instruction Section of Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) division of the American Library Association (ALA).


  • Kitchens, Joel D. Gilded Age Legal Ethics: Essays on Thomas Goode Jones 1887 Code, by Carol Rice Andrews, Paul M. Pruitt, Jr., and David I. Durham. Occasional Publications of the Bounds Law Library, No. 4. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama School of Law, 2003.  The Alabama Review 57, no. 4 (2004): 282-283.
  • RUSA Bibliography and Indexes Committee, Best Bibliographies in History, Reference & User Services Quarterly 42, no. 4 (2003): 325. Contributing member of the RUSA Bibliography and Indexes Committee, American Library Association (ALA).  The Committee is charged with selecting and writing reviews for the best bibliographies published in the two years previous.  The reviews are published annually in the RUSA journal, Reference & User Services Quarterly.  Book reviewed for 2002: Coletta, Paolo E.  American Naval History: A Guide. 2nd Ed. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2000.

  • RUSA Bibliography and Indexes Committee, Best Bibliographies in History, Reference & User Services Quarterly 40, no. 4 (2001): 349-351.  Book reviewed for 2001: Cole, Garold L. Civil War Eyewitnesses: An Annotated Bibliography of Books and Articles, 1986-1996.  Columbia: Univ. of South Carolina Press, 2000.

  • Kitchens, Joel D. Review: HarpWeek: The Civil War Era, 1857-1865 (CD-ROM). Journal of Multi-Media History, an electronic journal published by the History Department of SUNY-Albany.  1998.  URL:

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