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Zara Wilkinson

Zara Wilkinson
Reference/Instruction Librarian
Library Faculty, Paul Robeson Library
Paul Robeson Library

300 North 4th Street
Camden, NJ 08102
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Librarian for English Literature, Art, Art History, Philosophy, Religion, and Digital Studies at Rutgers University-Camden.

As the liaison librarian for English, Art, Art History, Philosophy, Religion, and Digital Studies at Rutgers University-Camden, I provide research assistance to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in those departments. I also teach library instruction sessions, create course-specific research guides, and purchase books for the Paul Robeson Library collection. In addition, I am heavily involved in the Robeson library's outreach efforts. In this capacity, I provide library instruction to RAs, TAs, and new faculty; staff tables at information fairs for new, admitted, and prospective students; develop partnerships with Rutgers Future Scholars, EOF, and the International Students Office; and offer evening research assistance at the residence halls as part of the Library Cafe program developed by the library and Housing and Residence Life.

Please contact me if you:

  • need help with your research or would like to schedule a research consultation
  • are an instructor in one of my liaison departments and would like to set up a library instruction session
  • are interested in having a research guide created for your department, course, or assignment
  • want to suggest materials for the collection
  • would like the library to become involved in your Rutgers-Camden campus activity or event


Wilkinson, Zara. “Advertisements for Part-Time Library Positions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.” Library Management 37 no. 1/2 (2016).

Wilkinson, Zara. "A Human Resources Dilemma? Analyzing Emergent Themes in the Experiences of Part-Time Librarians." Journal of Library Administration, 55, no. 5 (2015): 343-361.

Wilkinson, Zara. "Roving Reference: Taking the Library to its Users." In Rethinking Library Reference for Academic Libraries, edited by Carrie Forbes and Jenny Bowers, 85-98. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.

Wilkinson, Zara and Julie Still. 2014. “The Use of Librarians as Occupational Study Populations in Social Science Research” Library Review, 63, no. 1/2, (2014): 2-14.

Wilkinson, Zara. “Should We Be Friends? The Question of Facebook in Academic Libraries.” In An Education in Facebook?, edited by Tama Leaver and Mike Kent, 212-226. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Wilkinson, Zara and Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic. “Terrorism, Piracy, and Porn: Reference Ethics in the Twenty-first Century.” In Reinventing Reference: How Public, Academic, and School Libraries Deliver Value in the Age of Google, edited by Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic and Katie Elson Anderson, 13-26. Chicago: American Library Association, 2014.

Wilkinson, Zara. “Rock Around the (Tenure) Clock: Research Strategies for New Academic Librarians," New Library World 144, no. 1/2 (2013): 54 - 66.

Wilkinson, Zara. “The Over-Underemployed Librarian: Managing the Full-Time Stress of Multiple Part-Time Jobs.” In Job Stress and the Librarian: Coping Strategies from the Professionals, edited by Carol Smallwood and Linda Wade, 169-175. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.

Wilkinson, Zara. “The Lady of the Rings: Female Containment, Female Resistance, and the Magical Circus.” MP: An Online Feminist Journal 3, no. 2 (2013): 147-171.


M.L.I.S.  Library and Information Science, 2010, University of Pittsburgh

M.A. English Literature, 2009, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

B.A. English Literature, 2007, University of Pittsburgh

         Certificate, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2007

Research Interests

Outreach/community engagement

Early career librarianship

Gender and media studies


American Library Association

Association of College and Research Libraries

    Literatures in English Section

    Women's and Gender Studies Section

Library Leadership and Management Association