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Elizabeth Murphey Downey

Associate Professor, General Library

E-mail address: emd93@msstate.edu
Website: http://library.msstate.edu/vitaportal/individual.asp?netid=emd93

Elizabeth "Beth" Downey is an Associate Professor and Instruction Librarian in the Research Services Department at Mississippi State University Libraries. A native of Oxford, Mississippi, she has her B.A in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Mississippi, her M.S. in Mass Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Alabama; she has also completed coursework at Washington & Lee University. She has previously published articles in Serials Librarian, Reference & User Services Quarterly and New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship, and presented papers at the national conferences of the American Library Association and the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations. Her research is focused on the use of graphic novels and comics in curriculum and instruction, promoting library services with popular culture and social media, and the library’s role in supporting academic integrity initiatives. Before entering academia, she was a professional in the radio broadcasting industry, working as an on-air talent, producer and director.

Downey, Elizabeth Murphey Karen Davidson. "Graphic Novels in Graduate-Level Library and Information Studies Literature and Materials Courses" New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship 18.1 (2012): 67-83.
Downey, Elizabeth Murphey. "Graphic Novels in Curriculum and Instruction Collections" Reference & User Services Quarterly 49.2 (2009): 181-188.
Downey, Elizabeth Murphey Stephen Abram. "Our User Experience: Puzzle Pieces Falling into Place--Workshop Report" Serials Librarian 55.3 (2008): 461-468.