Amy Barlow

  • Associate Professor

Amy is the subject librarian for Political Science and the Humanities at RIC. She is a 2022 Scholar of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, past Rhode Island Council for the Humanities grant recipient, and past American Library Association Emerging Leader. Her research explores topics pertaining to collections-based learning, public history, and digital humanities. She enjoys teaching students how to approach their research with equal parts creativity, discipline, and resourcefulness.


MA in History, University of Rhode Island 
MLIS, University of Rhode Island
BA in Anthropology, University of Rhode Island

Selected Publications

“Pairing Texts and Podcasts: Teaching Scholarship as Conversation in First-Year Seminar.” College & Research Libraries News, vol. 85, no. 2, February 2024.

“Distant Reading as Library Pedagogy: Lessons for the Literary Studies Classroom.” In Teaching Critical Reading Skills: Strategies for Academic Librarians, edited by H. Rempel and R. Hamelers. Chicago: ACRL Press, 2023.

“A Great Way to Explore Black History in R.I.” Boston Globe, February 4, 2022.

“‘Through the Wisdom and Knowledge of Dr. Gross’: Stories from Black Life in Rhode Island.”, 2022.

“Student Power and Meaning-Making in Library Collections.” The Academic Minute: A WAMC National Production, June 21, 2021.

“Working Outside the Lines: A Case for Knowledge Exchange in the Academic Library.” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, vol. 32, no. 2, (2020): 87-93.

“Beyond Object Lessons: Object-Based Learning in the Academic Library.” In The Experiential Library: Transforming Academic and Research Libraries through the Power of Experiential Learning, edited by P. McDonnell, Elsevier, 2016: 27-42.

“Inquiry-Based Learning Experiments in the First Year Seminar Research Lab.” Proceedings of the 43rd National LOEX Conference (No. 48), 2015: 1-6.

“Chasing Reference: Librarians and Collaborative Blogging.” Reference & User Services Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 4, (2013): 283-6.


FYS 100 Raid the Collections: Making Discoveries in Rhode Island College Collections