About Dr. Meghan Harper
Meghan Harper, Ph.D is a Professor at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Dr. Harper serves as the Coordinator of the School Library program in the School of Information and currently teaches four courses in the area of Youth Services in the School of Information. Dr. Harper is co-director of the Virginia Hamilton Multicultural Literature Conference, the longest running national conference of its kind.
Dr. Harper earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Library Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kent State University. Dr. Harper has held administrative positions of Assistant Curriculum Director, Director of Technology and Libraries, and as a school librarian at levels K-12.
Her research areas include school library administration, assessment and evaluation, ethic of care, trauma informed care, multiliteracies and informational non-fiction print and non-print resources, and bibliotherapy. She is the author of Reference Sources and Services for Youth (Neal-Schuman, 2011) and the forthcoming Cataloging for School Librarians (ALA Editions, 2019), and Guide to 21st Century Literacies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and the 2nd Edition of Reference Sources and Services, ALA Editions, 2019 along with numerous articles, book chapters, reviews, and the Church and Synagogue Library Association Guide Helping Those Who Hurt. She has been an invited speaker at numerous state and national conferences, as well as internationally in Doha, Qatar, and Tokyo, Japan.
In her personal life Dr. Harper is an avid gardener and she enjoys hiking, and martial arts. She has earned a 2nd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 1st degree Black belt in Muay Thai. She also takes classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Cardio Kickboxing.
Dr. Harper lives with her children in Akron, Ohio.
One aspect of Dr. Harper's work at Kent State University is involvement with both the Marantz Picturebook Collection and the Reinberger Children's Library Center.