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Joyce Yukawa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & MLIS Program Director
Master of Library and Information Science Program
St. Catherine University
Mailing address: 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55105
Office: Room 48, Coeur de Catherine
Email: jyukawa[at]stkate[dot]edu



I am Associate Professor and Program Director of the MLIS Program of St. Catherine University. I have taught introduction to LIS, reference and information services, research methods, internet fundamentals and design, information literacy instruction, Library 2.0 and social media, information seeking behavior, and web usability and accessibility. My teaching, research, presentations, and service draw upon interests in the blending of face-to-face and online interaction in librarianship and professional development, with a particular focus on social learning within communities of practice. I have had experience as a librarian in academic, public, and special libraries in the U.S. and Asia. I received my Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawai`i.

My long-term goal as a learning facilitator is to develop and implement an effective community learning model for face-to-face, blended, and distance-learning contexts that remains true to the core principles, values, and commitment to service of the information professions. My research and professional goals are to: (1) develop and refine a communities of practice model for professional education and information literacy instruction; (2) develop and refine a process and a set of primarily qualitative research tools for investigating the use of online technology for collaborative learning and community building; and (3) collaborate with scholars and practitioners to improve research and practice related to the use of online technologies for collaborative learning. I have a particular interest in developing services for older adults.