Stephen Bales

Professional Responsibilities

Assistant Professor and Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian

Affiliations

American Library Association

Association of College and Research Libraries

Education

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2008. Major: Communication & Information. Cognate Area: Intellectual History. Dissertation Title: Aristotle's Contribution to Scholarly Communication. (corrected with errata available by link).

M.S., Information Science, University of Tennessee, 2003.

B.A., University of Tennessee, 1996. Major: Religious Studies.

Research Interests

  • History and philosophy of library and information science
  • Professional identity in library and information science
  • Political economy and the academic library

Books

Bales, Stephen. The Dialectic of Academic Librarianship: A Critical Approach. Library Juice Press (under contract, estimated publication: Fall 2015) http://libraryjuicepress.com/dal-bales.php

Refereed Journal Articles

Sare, Laura and Stephen Bales. "Professional Identity: A Grounded Theory Study of Veteran Academic Librarians." Library Review 63, no. 8/9 (2014). Accepted, forthcoming.

Bales, Stephen, and Laura Sare. "Refining Strategy: A Second Bid at Critical Interpretive Synthesis for Collection Building." QQML Journal. Accepted, forthcoming.

Bales, Stephen, and Charlie Gee. “Critical Interpretive Synthesis for Informing Collection Decisions.” Collection Building 32, no.2 (April 2013): 51-56.

Bales, Stephen, and Lea Susan Engle. “The Counterhegemonic Academic Librarian: A Call to Action.” Progressive Librarian 40 (Fall/Winter 2012): 16-40.

Gee, Charlie., and Bales, Stephen. "Manchester Tennessee's Assimilation of the 'Bonnarite': A Qualitative Analysis of the 'Other' in Local Press on Bonnaroo." Studies in Popular Culture 34, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 73-90.

Sare, Laura, Bales, Stephen, and Neville, Bruce. "New Academic Librarians and their Perceptions of the Profession." Portal: Libraries and the Academy 12, no. 2 (April 2012): 179-203.

Bales, Stephen, Sare, Laura, Coker, Catherine, and vanDuinkerken, Wyoma. "Journal-Ranking Lists and the Academic Librarian." Library Review 60, no. 2 (Spring 2011): 142-154.

Coker, Catherine, vanDuinkerken, Wyoma, and Bales, Stephen. "Seeking Full Citizenship: A Defense of Tenure Faculty Status for Librarians." College & Research Libraries 71, no. 5 (September 2010): 406-420.

Bales, Stephen E. "Tracing the Archetypal Academic Librarian." Library Philosophy and Practice (November 2009).

Bales, Stephen E., and Gee, Charlie. “Fear and Loathing in Knoxvegas: Representations of the ‘Other’ in the Official Press Before and During the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair.” Studies in Popular Culture 31, no. 2 (Spring 2009): 61-79.

Refereed Conference Papers Published in Proceedings

Bales, Stephen E., and Wang, Peiling. “Consolidating User Relevance Criteria: A Meta-Ethnography of Empirical Studies.” In Proceedings of the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, edited by Richard Hill, Silver Spring, MD: American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2005. (on compact disk)

Wang, Peiling.,Bales, Stephen.E., Reiger, Jason., and Zhang, Yan. “Survey of Learners’ Knowledge Structures: Rationales, Methods and Instruments.” In Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, edited by Linda Schamber and Carol Barry, 218-228. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2004.

Book Chapters

Bales, Stephen. “The Academic Library as Crypto-Temple: A Marxian Analysis.” Erik Sean Estep and Nathaniel F. Enright, eds. Library Juice Press (accepted, forthcoming, estimated publication date, Early Spring 2014).

Bales, Stephen E. “Religion.” In Magazines for Libraries. 22nd ed. Cheryl Laguardia, ed., New Providence, NJ: Proquest (forthcoming, Fall 2013).

Bales, Stephen E. “Religion.” In Magazines for Libraries . 20th ed. Cheryl Laguardia, ed., New Providence, NJ: Proquest, 2011. p. 719-731.

Other Publications

Sare, Laura, and Stephen Bales. "Researcher's Corner: New Academic LIbrarians' Perception of the Profession." Hiring Librarians (October 8, 2013). Invited blog post. Available at http://hiringlibrarians.com/2013/10/08/researchers-corner-new-academic-librarians-perceptions-of-the-profession/

Bales, Stephen. “New Religious Movements: The Current Landscape.” CHOICE Magazine 51, no. 1 (September 2013). Available in print and online at http://www.cro2.org/default.aspx

Bales, Stephen. "Occupy Elsevier." Information for Social Change 32 (Summer/Autumn 2012): 5-7. Available online at http://libr.org/isc/toc.html.

Selected Conference Presentations

Bales, Stephen E., and Charlie Gee. “A Bibliographic Analysis of Five Years of PCA/ACA National Conference Programs.” Juried Presentation.  National Popular Culture & American Culture Association National Conference, Boston, MA, April 11-14, 2012 (accepted; forthcoming). 50 minutes each section.

Bales, Stephen E., and Charlie Gee. "Hippies vs. Clowns: Rock Restivals and Local Press Depictions of Counterculture." Paper presented at National Popular Culture & American Culture Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 20-23, 2011.

Bales, Stephen E., Sare, Laura., Coker, Catherine., and Wyoma vanDuinkerken. "Journal-Ranking Lists, Ideology, and the Academic Librarian: A Critical Analysis." Juried Poster Session. 33rd Annual Research Symposium, College of Communication and Information, Knoxville, TN, February 25, 2011.

vanDuinkerken, Wyoma, Coker, Catherine, Bales, Stephen Bales, and Laura Sare. “To Publish or to Perish: Publication Trends among Library Science Faculty.” Juried Poster Session with published abstract. American Library Association, Washington, D.C. June 26, 2010.

vanDuinkerken, Wyoma, Coker, Catherine, and Bales, Stephen. “Seeking Equal Standing: The Challenges of Twenty-First Century Library Faculty.” Paper presented at the American Association of University Professors Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education. Washington, DC, June 9-13, 2010

Bales, Stephen E. “It IS All Greek To Me: A Primer on The Ancient Foundations of Library Science. ” Workshop
presented at the Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, Kingsport, TN, April 9-11, 2008.

Bales, Stephen E. “The Eternal Librarian: Tracing the Archetypal Librarian Through History.” Paper presented at the 30th Annual College of Communication and Information Research Symposium, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, February 29, 2008.

Bales, Stephen E. “Aristotle’s Contribution to Scholarly Communication.” Poster presented at the Association of
Library and Information Science Education National Convention, Philadelphia, PA, January 8, 2008.

Bales, Stephen E. “The Room of the Chariot Tablets at Knossos as a Mid-Level Administrative Bureau.” Paper
presented at Connections, a Conference of the Information Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, May12, 2007. May 12, 2007.

Bales, Stephen E., and Gee, Charlie. “Fear and Loathing in Knoxvegas: Representations of the ‘Other’ in the Official Press Before and During the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair.” Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Midwinter Conference, Reno, NV, February 23, 2007.

Sharp Bolorizadeh, Allison., and Bales, Stephen E. “Library Anxiety and User Perceptions of Librarians.” Poster
presented at the 29th Annual College of Communication and Information Research Symposium, University of
Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, February 16, 2007.

Bales, Stephen E., and Edwards, Sheri. “First Year Academic Librarians and Perceptions of the Profession.” Poster presented at the Association of Library and Information Science Education National Convention, Seattle, WA, January 15th, 2007.

Kirk, Rachel., and Bales, Stephen E. “The Internet and the Experience Effect: A Closer Look.” Paper presented at the Library and Information Technology Association National Forum, Nashville, TN October 27, 2006.

Bales, Stephen E. “I Was a Librarian for the FBI: The PATRIOT Act Gag Orders Quashing of Necessary Public Debate.” Paper Presented at Connections 2006: The 11th Great Lakes Information Science, Syracuse, NY, May 21, 2006.

Bales, Stephen E., and Wang, Peiling. “Consolidating User Relevance Criteria: A Meta-Ethnography of Empirical
Studies.” Poster presented at the American Society for Information Science and Technology 68th Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, October 31, 2005.

Wang, Peiling., and Bales, Stephen E. “Survey of Learners’ Knowledge Structures: Rationales, Methods and
Instruments.” Paper presented at the American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, November 15, 2004.

Bales, Stephen E. “Collection Preservation and Value Determination for Application by the Information Professional.”Paper presented at the SIS Student Forum, Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, Knoxville, TN, 2004.

Invited Presentations

 “Freedom, Communication, and the Classical Roots of the American Librarian.” Presented at the 35th Annual East Tennessee Library Association Rothrock Lecture, Knoxville, TN, March 25, 2008.

Sample Guest Lectures

“Historical Research Methods and LIS.” Presented to Information Science 540: Research Methods, University of
Tennessee, Knoxville, March 19, 2009.

 “The Library of Alexandria.” Presented to Information Science 350: Information Consumer, University of
Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, October 16, 2007.

 “Aristotle and the Development of Theoretical Science.” Presented to Cultural Studies in Education 543: The
Development of Educational Thought, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, October 9, 2007.

“The USA Patriot Act’s Implications on the Library.” Presented to Communications 640: Research in
Communications Law, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, July 11, 2007.

“Qualitative Research in Library and Information Science.” Presented to Communications 615: Theory and
Methods, College of Communications and Information, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, February 13, 2007.

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