Carrie Forbes, Ph.D.

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Contact Information

Subject Areas


Hannon Library & University Committees

  • OER Advisory Group (2022–present)
  • Assessment—Academic Support (2022–present)

Regional & National Committees

  • Orbis-Cascade Alliance Council (2022–present)
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Information Literacy Module Review Task Force (2020–present)
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS), Chair (2020–present)
  • Co-editor, Collaborative Librarianship (2021–present)

Selected Publications

  • Forbes, C. (Ed.). (2022). Academic libraries and collaborative research services. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Solis, D., Forbes, C., & Maness, J. (2022). From host to home: Reflections on institutional readiness. In P. Gorecki & A. Petrovich (Eds.), Residencies revisited: Reflections on library residency programs from the past and present (pp. 53-70). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.
  • Forbes, C. & Keeran, P. (Eds). (2020). Academic library services for graduate students: Supporting future academics and professionals. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Keeran, P. & Forbes, C. (Eds). (2018). Successful campus outreach for academic libraries: Building community through collaboration. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Forbes, C. & Bowers, J. (2018). Social justice, sentipensante pedagogy, and collaboration: The role of research consultations in developing critical communities. In K. Adler, I. Beilin, & E. Tewell (Eds.), Reference librarianship & justice: History, practice & praxis (pp. 243-276). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.
  • Forbes, C. & Keeran, P. (2017). Reference, instruction, and outreach: Current methods and models. In T. Gilman (Ed.), Academic Librarianship Today (pp. 85-100). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Forbes, C., Schlesselman-Tarango, G., & Keeran, P. (2017). Expanding support for graduate students: Library workshops on research funding opportunities. College & Research Libraries, 78(3), 297-313.
  • Forbes, C., & Bowers, J. (Eds.). (2014). Rethinking reference for academic libraries: Innovative developments and future trends. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Meyer, E., Forbes, C., & Bowers, J. (2010). The research center: Creating an environment for interactive research consultations. Reference Services Review, 38(1), 57-70.

Selected Presentations

  • Forbes, C., Bissinger, M., & Maness, J. (2022, April). Responding to the pandemic: The challenges and opportunities of using adaptive leadership in academic libraries. Virtual panel presented at the Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM). [Refereed]
  • Anderson, S., Fitts, M.S., Forbes, C., & Freeland, C. (2020, October). Delivering services in a pandemic. Virtual panel presented for NISO Change Management Webinar Series. [Invited].
  • Farrell, B., Forbes, C., & Fox, K. (2019, May). Lost in the woods?: Using action research to improve your assessment. Workshop presented at the LOEX 47th National Conference, Minneapolis, MN. [Refereed]
  • Harris-Houk, A., Brannon P., Meiman, M., & Forbes C. (2019, April). Recasting curricular design: Incentivizing information literacy. Poster presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries 2019 Conference, Cleveland, OH. [Refereed]
  • Forbes, C. & Bowers, J. (2018, October). Emotional silos: A review of doctoral candidates’ isolating experiences and the role for academic librarians in campus-wide support networks. Paper presented at the ISIC 2018: Information Behaviour Conference, Krakow, Poland. [Refereed]
  • Forbes, C., Meiman, M., Harris-Houk, A., & Bannon, P. (2018, September). Leading through collaboration: Designing successful IL curriculum development programs. Panel presented at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah, GA. [Refereed]
  • Farrell, B., Forbes, C., & Fox, K. (2018, June). Beyond searching: Investigating authority in library workshops for undergraduate writing classes. Poster presented at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. [Refereed]
  • Forbes, C. & Bowers, J. (2016, February). Collaborative reference: The research consultation as a learning partnership. Paper presented at the Amigos Online Conference: Going Out of Bounds with Reference Services, Amigos Library Services. [Invited]
  • Forbes, C. (2015, June). Using critical feminist pedagogy to reframe information literacy sessions for adult female students. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) Conference: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice, Ottawa, ON, Canada. [Refereed]
  • Forbes, C., & Meyer, E. (2012, May). Impacting student learning: Measuring the effectiveness of research consultations in an academic library. Paper presented at the International Conference on Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Libraries, Limerick, Ireland. [Refereed]
  • Forbes, C. & Meyer, E. (2011, March). Depending on our users: Collecting user feedback to assess and improve research consultations. Paper presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries 2011 Virtual Conference. [Refereed]

Professional Memberships

  • American Library Association
  • Association of College & Research Libraries (Instruction Section and University Libraries Section)
  • Library Instruction Roundtable
  • Oregon Library Association


  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver, 2020
  • MA, Higher Education, University of Denver, 2011
  • MLS, Indiana University-Bloomington, 1999
  • BA, History, Western Michigan University, 1998

Previous Experience

  • University of Denver, Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services, 2012-2022
  • University of Denver, Instruction Coordinator and Reference Librarian, 2005-2012
  • University of Denver, Affiliate Faculty, Morgridge College of Education, 2007-2022
  • Ferris State University, Distance Education Librarian, 2002-2005
  • Ferris State University, Assistant Coordinator of Library Instruction, 2000-2002