Director, Teaching and Learning


The Director, in collaboration with library and departmental faculty, is responsible for designing, implementing, and promoting the T&L curriculum. The T&L curriculum aims to develop students’ understanding of and skills in discipline-specific modes of inquiry and research. The Director is responsible for designing and implementing a program of reference and research assistance that enhances and supports the library’s teaching program.  The library’s teaching program includes the development and delivery of any instruction by librarians, as well as other collaborative work with disciplinary faculty. (Including, but not limited to: development and planning of assignments, courses, and programs of study.)

Using a collaborative, team-based approach, the T&L team of library faculty and staff  strive to make evidence-based decisions and to carefully analyze, reflect, and assess the impact and success of the information literacy curriculum and reference/research help program.  The T&L Director  facilitates these efforts. Further, the T&L Director acts as an advocate and representative for the T&L within CSUSM and beyond the campus.

I also am the subject specialist for the Psychology Department. In this role, I provide information literacy instruction, collection development, and research help for faculty and students in the Psychology Department. In collaboration with faculty, I provide course-integrated instruction on finding, evaluating, and using information in your course assignments. Such instruction fosters critical thinking, the development of information literacy skills, and students who are better prepared to learn in their chosen field.

Research interests:

I am currently focusing efforts on investigating the teaching/learning praxis in information literacy instruction and reference services to undergraduate populations. In my own instruction and in my work with librarian and classroom faculty colleagues I am seeking to identify, apply, and assess learning/teaching theories and theories of development in librarians’ instructional activities.

In addition, I am interested in considering threshold concepts theory as a means to shape integrative, high-impact general education curriculum.

Selected Publications & Presentations:


Meulemans, Y.N. and Carr, A. (2013). Not at your service: Building genuine librarian-faculty partnerships. Reference Services Review. 41(1) 80-90. doi: 10.1108/00907321311300893

Chan, I., Ly P., and Meulemans, Y.N. (2012). Extending IM beyond the reference desk: A case study on the integration of chat reference and library-wide instant messaging network. Information Technology and Libraries, 31(3) 4-24. doi: 10.6017/ital.v31i3.2241

Fitzpatrick, M.J. and Meulemans, Y.N. (2011). Assessing an information literacy assignment and workshop using a quasi-experimental design. College Teaching, 59(4) 142-149.  doi: 10.1080/87567555.2011.591452.

Meulemans, Y.N., Carr, A., and Ly, P. (2010). From a distance: Robust reference service via instant messaging. Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning, 4(1/2) 3-17. doi: 10.1080/15332901003667231.

Chu, M., & Meulemans, Y.N. (2008). The problems and potential of MySpace and Facebook usage in academic libraries. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 13(1) 69-85. doi: 10.1300/J136v13n01_04.

Meulemans, Y.N. and Fiegen, A.M. (2005). Using Business Student Consultants to Benchmark and Develop a Library Marketing Plan, Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship. 11(3), 19-31.

Meulemans, Y.N. and Brown, J. (2002). Educating instruction librarians: A model for Library and Information Science education, Research Strategies, 18(4)-253-64.

 Non-Refereed Publications

Meulemans, Y.N. (2002).  Assessment City: The Past, Present, and Future State of Information Literacy Assessment, College and Undergraduate Libraries, 9(2), 61-74.

Book Chapters

Meulemans, Y.N. (2009). “The literature review chart: an approach to teaching undergraduates to write literature reviews.” In Cook, D. and Sittler, R. (Eds.) Library Instruction Cookbook. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Sonntag, G. & Meulemans, Y. (2004). “Planning for Assessment” In B. Avery (Ed.) Assessing Student Learning Outcomes for Information Literacy Instruction in Academic Institutions. American Library Association Publishers.

 Presentations and workshops

Meulemans, Y.N. (2014). Using threshold concepts to understand student learning. CSUSM Faculty Center, October 2.

Meulemans, Y.N., and Carr, A.(2012). Not at your service: Building genuine librarian-faculty partnerships-“Creative Environments.”-Library Orientation and Exchange of the West Conference, Woodbury University, Burbank, California-June 7.

Chan, I., Carr, A., Ly, P. and Meulemans, Y.N. (2010). Cool Tech Tools for Schools-Online Teaching Conference, San Diego City College-San Diego, CA-June 18.

Meulemans, Y.N., Carr, A., and Ly, P. (2010). The services formerly known as reference: A Changing Paradigm.-“People Make Libraries: Digging into our past, polishing our present to transform our future.”-California Academic and Research Libraries annual Conference-Sacramento, California-April 8-10.

Meulemans, Y.N. (2009). Learning is the responsibility of the learner-Not the librarian.-“The Daily and the Visionary: Employing Reflective Practices to Increase Our Engagement and Success”-California Academic and Research Libraries, Southern California Instruction Librarians’ Conference-California State University at San Marcos-February 6.

Carr, A., Olivas, T., Meulemans, Y.N. (2008). Learning Management Systems: How librarians can help- 11th California State University Regional Symposium on University Teaching, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, California, April 12.

Chu, M. and Meulemans, Y.N. (2006). Myspace and Facebook: Reaching our students with their technology of choice-Library Orientation and Exchange Annual National Conference-University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, May 5.

Meulemans, Y.N. (2006). What are students really doing…when they do research?: Assessing student research strategies-North Carolina State University Undergraduate Assessment Symposium, Raleigh, North Carolina, April 8.

Sonntag, G., Chu, M., Meulemans, Y.N., Fitzpatrick, M., Riquelme, J. (2005). Integrating information literacy into your curriculum-Strategic Team for the Assessment and Retention of Students Workshop, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, California, November 7.

Millet, M. and Meulemans, Y.N. (2005). Assessing Your Information Literacy Instruction Program. Texas       Library Association Annual Conference-Austin Conference Center, Austin, Texas, April 7.

Meulemans, Y.N. (2005).  Finding online resources, TULIP 2005-California State University at San Marcos, March 4.

Meulemans, Y.N. (2004). Setting the Stage for Effective Library Instruction with Writing-California Academic and Research Libraries, Southern California Instruction Librarians Winter Open House-California State University, Fullerton, California, January 30.

Meulemans, Y.N. (2003). California State University Teaching Symposium-Multiple Approaches to Library Instruction or Cool Things That Happen When Librarians and Faculty Collaborate -California State University, San Bernardino, California, March 1.