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Amanda Nichols

Amanda Nichols Hess

Assistant Professor, Kresge Library
eLearning & Instructional Technology Librarian

Office: 248 Kresge Library
Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm and Thursdays 10 am-12pm

Phone: 248-370-2487
Email: nichols@oakland.edu

Research Interests

Information literacy instruction; blended and online learning; integration of technology into library instruction; effective training and professional development programs.


Nichols Hess, A. & Moseley, J. Online Formative Evaluation: From planning to execution. In E. Biech (Ed.), The 2014 Pfeiffer Annual Training and Consulting. (under review, 2014).

Siko, J. & Nichols Hess, A. Win-Win Professional Development: Providing eaningful professional development while meeting the needs of all stakeholders. Tech Trends. (under review, 2014).

Nichols Hess, A. & Greer, K. Using Library Standards to Inform Common Core Instruction. In J. Purdy & R. McClure (Eds.), The Next Digital Scholar: A fresh approach to the Common Core Standards in research and writing. Information Today, Inc. (in press, 2014)

Nichols Hess, A. Using Technology to Reach Out - And Bring In! In K. Herrod & C. Smallwood (Eds.), Library Youth Outreach. McFarland & Company. (in press, spring 2014)

Nichols Hess, A. The MAGIC of Web Tutorials: How one library (re)focused its delivery of online learning objects on users. Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning.(in press, fall 2013).

Nichols, A. (2011). Formative Assessment.  School Library Monthly 27 (6).

Nichols, A. (2010). VoiceThread and the World War II Battle Report lesson plan.  School Library Monthly 26 (6).


Nichols Hess, A. "The MAGIC of Web Tutorials: Developing Practices to (Re)Focus on Users." (June 2013) Poster session at the American Library Association conference, Chicago, IL.

Nichols Hess, A. "The MAGIC of Web Tutorials: Developing Practices to (Re)Focus on Users." (May 2013). Oakland University e-Cornucopia conference, Rochester, MI

Nichols Hess, A. "Meaningfully Integrating Technology... Starting with Librarians!" (May 2013). Michigan Library Association Academic Libraries conference, Traverse City, MI.

Nichols Hess, A. "The First Year: Figuring Out Life in an Academic Library." (April 2013). Roundtable led at Association of College and Research Librarians conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Nichols, A. "Teachers using Technology as a Tool – Not a Toy." (May 2011). Oakland Schools Professional Learning Communities, Waterford, MI.

Nichols, A. (co-presenter with Clarkston Community Schools Media Specialists). "How We Did It!: Writing a K-12 Information Literacy Curriculum." (October 2010). Michigan Association for Media in Education conference, Dearborn, MI.

Professional Affiliations

American Library Association (ALA)
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Michigan Library Association (MLA)
Michigan Association for Computer Use in Learning (MACUL)


University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction, 2012-2015
eLearning Faculty Advisory Committee
University Library Faculty Assembly
Library Committee on Appointment and Promotion - Colleague Committee, 2012-2013
University Libraries Learning Commons Council
University Libraries Information Literacy Group
University Libraries Collection Development Group
University Libraries Research Services Group

Educational Background

Master of Science in Information, University of Michigan School of Information, December 2009

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Michigan, August 2007


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