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Research Interests

History of youth services librarianship, children's print culture, information inquiry and instruction in school libraries, information seeking and use, media literacy, history of comics, comics readership


comics reader’s advisory, media literacy, and youth services librarianship.


Education/Academic qualification

Information Science, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington

Award Date: Aug 1 2007

Library Science, MLS, Indiana University SLIS

Award Date: Aug 19 1993


  • Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
  • comics
  • graphic novels
  • youth services librarianship
  • print culture
  • youth literature
  • readers and reading
  • history of comics

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Research Output

A regressive formula of perversity: Wertham and the women of comics

Tilley, C. L., Oct 2 2018, In : Journal of Lesbian Studies. 22, 4, p. 354-372 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • By Sappho’s Stylus! Reading Wonder Woman with Wertham

    Tilley, C., Nov 2 2018, In : Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 9, 6, p. 555-565 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Everyday documentation of arts and humanities collections

    Graf, A., Fulton, C., Jackson, A., La Barre, K., Walsh, J., Tilley, C., Lucky, S. & Gorichanaz, T., 2018, In : Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 55, 1, p. 680-683 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Of cornopleezeepi and party poopers: A brief history of physicians in comics

    Tilley, C., Feb 2018, In : AMA Journal of Ethics. 20, 2, p. 188-194 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • The secret life of comics: Socializing and seriality

    Tilley, C. L. & Bahnmaier, S., May 31 2018, In : Serials Librarian. 74, 1-4, p. 54-64 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    Department of Humanities' 2016 Hershey Lectureship in the History of Medicine

    Carol L Tilley (Speaker)

    May 6 2016

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

    Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (Journal)

    Carol L Tilley (Peer reviewer)

    2013 → …

    Activity: Editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    School Library Research (Journal)

    Carol L Tilley (Editor)


    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Director of External Relations

    Carol L Tilley (Member)

    Jan 2014Jan 2017

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Comics Studies Society (External organization)

    Carol L Tilley (Chair)

    May 2018May 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Press / Media

    Carol Tilley: Comic Book Crusader

    Carol L Tilley


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment