Amanda Izenstark

  • Professor Librarian, Department Chair
  • Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
  • Phone: 401.874.4582
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  • Office Location: Carothers Library, Rm 119


Amanda Izenstark is Professor and Reference and Instructional Design Librarian at the University Libraries, University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. She received her MLIS from URI in 2001, and has served as ACRL New England Member-at-Large and co-chair of ACRL Instruction Section’s Instructional Technologies and Teaching Methods Committees.

She teaches information literacy sessions and courses, and provides professional development opportunities for librarians for local and national organizations. She was a co-recipient in 2006 of the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation in Instruction Award, and was named the Rhode Island Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian in 2016.

Amanda is an adjunct faculty at the URI-GSLIS, and has taught LSC 504 Searching for Answers: Meeting Users’ Information Needs.


Information literacy, instructional design, educational technology


  • MLIS, University of Rhode Island, 2001
  • B.A., English, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1999
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1995

Selected Publications

Ferria, A., Gallagher, B. T., Izenstark, A., Larsen, P. J., LeMeur, K., McCarthy, C. A., & Mongeau, D. (2017). What are they doing anyway? Library as place and student use of a university library. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 12(1), 18-33.

Mason, I. M., Izenstark, A., & Xiao, J. J. (2017). The expanding impact and reach of Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning 28(1), 3-4.

MacDonald, M.C., Kinnie, J. & Izenstark, A. (2016). Do faculty know “IL”? Information literacy understandings and general education student learning outcomes. LOEX Quarterly.

Izenstark, A. & Leahy, K. (2015). Google Classroom for Librarians: Features and Opportunities. Library Hi Tech News, 32(9), 1-3.

Izenstark, A. (2014). Look good when you’re Googled: Creating and optimizing your digital identity. Library Hi Tech News, 31(9), 14-16.

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