Professor Profiles

Dianne Oberg

Dianne Oberg

Professor Emerita/Interim Chair


Educational Policy Studies

About Me

I was raised and educated in Alberta. I completed my PhD in 1992—a University of Alberta Individual Program, offered jointly by the School of Library and Information Studies and the Department of Educational Administration. I also hold a Master of Library Science, a Diploma in Education in School Libraries, and a BEd in Secondary Social Studies. Before coming to the Faculty of Education in 1986, I worked as a classroom teacher and a teacher-librarian in Edmonton Public Schools. I served as Chair of the Department of Elementary Education for ten years. I was the team leader for the initial development of the Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning (MEd). Throughout my professional career, I have been actively involved in school library association work at the international level, as well as more locally. I served as President of the Learning Resources Council of the Alberta Teachers' Association and of the Canadian School Library Association. I was the first editor of School Libraries Worldwide, the peer-reviewed research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship. 


Research Interests:

  • Implementation and evaluation of school library programs
  • Principal engagement and support for school libraries
  • Online education in teacher-librarianship


  • Online programs in school library education: Future perspectives
  • Canadian children's literature in classrooms and school libraries
  • Internet use in Canadian schools
  • School culture and the implementation of school library programs
  • School library program evaluation


I have supervised over 100 students in BEd and MLIS practica as well as developing and/or teaching many courses, including:
  • EDES 346 Inquiry-Based Teaching (formerly Resource-Based Teaching and The Teacher and the School Library)
  • EDES 501 Issues in Teacher-Librarianship: Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility
  • EDES 540 Introduction to Teacher-Librarianship
  • LIS 526 Instructional Roles in Library and Information Services