Nancy Kranich

Special Projects Research Librarian
Librarian, Alexander Library
Library Faculty, New Brunswick
Nancy Kranich


Archibald S. Alexander Library

169 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163

Nancy Kranich teaches at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and conducts special projects for the Rutgers University Libraries. She served as President of the American Library Association in 2000-2001, focusing on the role of libraries in democracies. A tireless advocate for free and open access to information, Nancy has spoken out against censorship, filtering, secrecy, privatization, and other attempts to limit the public’s information rights. She has also spearheaded ALA's right to know, information commons, civic engagement, and Internet filtering initiatives, formed the Coalition on Government Information, and established the James Madison Awards honoring champions of public access to information. She has testified several times before Congress, attended annual legislative days at the state and national levels, and participated in several White House and Congressional briefings.

Nancy has chaired and served on a number of ALA committees that deal with intellectual freedom, information policy, copyright, privacy, information commons and public engagement, and led the Association’s efforts to oppose the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), promote privacy, and advocate media diversity. In addition, Nancy founded and chairs the ALA Center for Civic Life and ALA’s Libraries Foster Community Engagement Membership Initiative Group, and was instrumental in launching ALA’s partnership with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

Most of Nancy’s library career was based at New York University, where, as Associate Dean of Libraries, she managed NYU’s libraries, archives, press, and media services. She also worked in public libraries in Bridgeport and Windsor, CT, and Madison, WI.  After retiring from NYU, Nancy served as Senior Research Fellow at the Free Expression Policy Project in New York where she authored: The Information Commons: A Public Policy Report and participated in an Indiana University convening about scholarly commons that led to the publication of Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice, edited by Charlotte Hess and Nobel Prize Winner Elinor Ostrom.

Prior to moving to New Jersey, Nancy lived and worked for several years as a civic librarian in State College, PA, fostering civic engagement, consulting with libraries and policy organizations, serving as a trustee of the public library, and lecturing at Penn State, UW-Milwaukee (online), Long Island, and other universities.  Now at Rutgers University, Nancy splits her time between teaching information policy and intellectual freedom courses in Library and Information Science and working as Special Projects Librarian.

Kranich has appeared on the Today Show, the C-Span Washington Journal, Bill Moyers’ NOW and National Public Radio. She has conducted hundreds of presentations and media interviews and written extensively on such topics as information policy, civic engagement, scholarly communication, censorship, democracy and advocacy. Her notable publications include: “Academic Libraries as Civic Agents,” in Discussing Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education (2019); “Adventures in Information Policy Wonderland,” in Foundations of Information Policy (2019); “Safe/Brave Spaces: Engaging Future Citizens through School Libraries," School Library Connection (2018); “Libraries: Reuniting the Divided States of America,” Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, (2017); “Long Overdue: Revisiting Library Privacy Policies During Choose Privacy Week,” (2017); “Mind the Gap: Connecting Academic Libraries and Campus Communities,” (2017); “Libraries and Strong Democracy: Moving from an Informed to a Participatory Citizenry,” Indiana Libraries, (2013); “Can the First Amendment Coexist with Civility? Response to ‘What Is the Role of Law in Promoting Civility? What Are Its Limits?’” Insights on Law and Society (American Bar Association), (2013); “The Conversation Continues @ your library,” with Carlton Sears, American Libraries, (2012); “What’s Daddy’s Roommate Doing in Wasilla?” The Nation (2008); “Libraries as Universal Service Providers,” Benton Foundation Universal Service Project, (2007); “The Promise of Academic Libraries Transforming Campus Communities,” College and Research Libraries News (2014); “Libraries and Civic Engagement,” The Library and Book Trade Annual (2012);  “Academic Libraries as Hubs for Deliberative Democracy,” Journal of Public Deliberation (2010); Libraries and Democracy: The Cornerstones of Liberty, ALA (2001); “The Impact of the USA PATRIOT Act on Free Expression,” Free Expression Policy Project, (2003); “Civic Partnerships: The Role of Libraries in Promoting Civic Engagement” (2005); and Libraries and Democracy: The Cornerstones of Liberty, ALA (2001).

Kranich is Treasurer of the National Security Archive in Washington and judges Project Censored's Most Underreported Stories of the Year. She has worked internationally to advance libraries and democracy in Eastern Europe and to promote universal service and information commons in France, China, Mexico and Taiwan. In 2011, she helped plan and lead the workshop, Beyond Books: News, Literacy and Democracy for America’s Libraries, which asked what’s possible when journalists and librarians come together. An active proponent and convener of dialogue, deliberation, and community engagement, she works closely with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, the National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation, and the Kettering Foundation, including participating in the Deliberative Democracy Exchange, serving on the board of its National Issues Forum Institute (NIFI), attending the U.S./Russia Dartmouth Conference dialogues, and chairing the NIFI local affiliate in State College, PA.

Kranich earned a master's degree and studied for her doctorate in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, and an M.A. in Library Science and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin--Madison. 


Rutgers University, 2009- . (1/2 time).  Libraries, Special Projects Librarian; and School of Communication and Information, Lecturer—Masters of Information (MI) Program: Community Engagement; Information Policy; Intellectual Freedom; Colloquium; Guest Lecturer in Management of Library and Information Services, Digital Libraries, Social Informatics, Digital Divide, Leadership Doctoral Seminar.

University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, School of Information Studies, 2008-2009.  Online Instructor, Free Speech and Information Ethics. Center for Information Policy, Information Ethics Fellowship, 2008-2009.

Consultant and Guest Lecturer, 2004- . Policy, Planning, Programs, Promotion, Publishing, Teaching.

    Free Expression Policy Project, 2003-2004. Senior Research Fellow.

    American Library Association, President Elect, 1999-2000; President, 2000-2001. Immediate Past President, 2001-2002.  Elected President of     this 66,000-member association. Theme--Libraries: the Cornerstone of Democracy. Projects: advocacy, information literacy partnerships, civil society   building, democracy forums, smart voting, emerging democracies, and bridging the digital divide.

New York University Libraries, 1978-2002.

Associate Dean, 1992-2001. (On leave 2000-2002; retired 6/02 following 25 years of service)  Chief operating officer for a major research library, university press, and academic media services.  Tenured; Faculty rank of Curator (eqv. Professor).  Accomplishments: led strategic planning and building renovation effort; launched major archival, special collections, media, digital library, distance learning, electronic publishing and preservation programs; selected and implemented automation and web-based information systems; expanded and improved services; established and incorporated branch libraries; strengthened communications with and outreach to faculty and students; raised several million dollars in grants; initiated information literacy program; established partnership with LIU Palmer Library School; built exceptional professional team.

   Director, Public Services, 1982‑1992; Director of Administrative Services, 1980‑89; Research and Development Librarian, 1978‑1980.

   Principal Investigator, “Development of a Fully Integrated Library Multi-Media Information System,” $650,000 grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon      Foundation, 1995-1999.

   Project Director, American Library Association/Benton Foundation "Right to Know Project," 1989‑90. Sabbatical leave to work on grant with      environmental and library groups promoting public access to environmental information; launched ALA media training program.

   Principal Investigator, "A Study of User Success with an Online Catalog", 1983‑84, funded by the Council on Library Resources and the Association of Research Libraries.

New York University Graduate School of Public Administration: Graduate Assistant for Library Services, 1976‑1978.

Bridgeport Public Library, Bridgeport, CT: Head, Fine Arts Department, 1975‑1976; Reference Librarian, 1974‑1975.

Windsor, CT. Public Library: Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian, 1974.

Madison (WI) Public Library: Acting Municipal Reference Librarian, 1973‑1974.

University of Wisconsin Memorial Library: Head, Graduate Reading Collection, 1972‑1973; Student Assistant, 1970‑1972.


“Champion of Libraries and Democracy: An Interview with Nancy Kranich, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information,” by Rebecca Hill, Intellectual Freedom Blog. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, Office for Intellectual Freedom. (June 20, 2019).

“Remembering Carlton Rochell,” Library Journal, January 9, 2019.

“Academic Libraries as Civic Agents,” in Timothy J. Shaffer and Nicholas V. Longo, eds. Discussing Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishers (2019): 199-208.

“Adventures in Information Policy Wonderland,” Afterward in Paul T. Jaeger and Natalie Greene Taylor. Foundations of Information Policy. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2019: 167-175.

“Safe/Brave Spaces: Engaging Future Citizens through School Libraries," School Library Connection 3 (9) May/June 2018.

"Investigating Engagement of Public, Academic, and Medical Libraries with Community-based Health and Wellness Activities in Diverse Urban Communities: Final Report," with Charles Senteio. May 2018.

“American Library Association Offers Free Webinars on Convening and Moderating,” The Moderators Circle: An Occasional Update Highlighting News from the Network of the National Issues Forums, Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation, Fall 2017.

“Libraries: Reuniting the Divided States of America,” Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 87(4), Forthcoming, October 2017.

“Long Overdue: Revisiting Library Privacy Policies During Choose Privacy Week,” Choose Privacy Week Blog, May 1, 2017.

“Mind the Gap: Connecting Academic Libraries and Campus Communities,” NEA Yearbook of Higher Education, 2017.  Washington, DC: National Education Association: 47-59.

Association of College and Research Libraries. “ACRL Member of the Week—Interview with Nancy Kranich,” August 11, 2015.

“Nancy Kranich: Harwood Public Innovator Pick—Interview,” Harwood Institute for Public Innovation Blog, October 28, 2014,

“Just Another Hysterical Librarian for Freedom,” Choose Privacy Week Blog Posting, American Library Association, May 6, 2014,

With Megan Lotts, and Gene Springs, “The Promise of Academic Libraries Transforming Campus Communities,” College and Research Libraries News.  75 #4 (April 2014): 182-186.

“Join the National Conversation About Mental Health,” Programming Librarian, August 13, 2013.

Interview,” I Need a Library Job blog, May 6, 2013,

“Can the First Amendment Coexist with Civility? Response to ‘What Is the Role of Law in Promoting Civility? What Are Its Limits?’” Insights on Law and Society (American Bar Association), 13 (2) Winter 2013: 30.

“Libraries and Strong Democracy: Moving from an Informed to a Participatory Citizenry,” Indiana Libraries, Special Issue on Intellectual Freedom and related issuesvol. 32 (1), 2013: 13-20.

“The Conversation Continues @ your library,” with Carlton Sears, American Libraries, March/April 2012, vol. 43 (3/4): 22.

“Libraries and Civic Engagement,” The Library and Book Trade Annual 2012, Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2012: 75-97,

“Preparing the Next Generation of Library Policy Makers,” New Jersey Library Association Newsletter, 9 (4): 6, Winter 2011-2012,

“Deliberative Dialogue-Changing the Discourse in the Country, the Committee and the Classroom,” In Debbie Abilock, School Librarians as Leaders in Professional Development, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012: 299-302,

“Interview on Libraries and Democracy,” American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Democracy Project, Blog, January 4, 2011, (selected July 2, 2014 by the Educational Testing Service for AP test questions, 2015-2025),

“Civic Engagement,” Podcast/YouTube, Public Library Talk, December 31, 2010,

“Promoting Adult Learning Through Civil Discourse in the Public Library,” In Marilyn Parrish and Edward Taylor, Adult Education in Cultural Institutions: Libraries, Museums, Parks, and Zoo, in series, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Number 127 (Fall 2010): 15-24.

“Building a Better Journalism: Media Activists and Scholars Share Their Ideas,” Extra: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), July 2009,

“Academic Libraries as Hubs for Deliberative Democracy,” Journal of Public Deliberation special issue on Higher Education and Deliberative Democracy, vol. 6, #1, 2010, Article 4,; revised from “Academic Libraries as Hubs for Civic Engagement,” Paper prepared for the Democracy Imperative symposium: No Better Time: Promising Opportunities in Deliberative Democracy for Educators and Practitioners, The University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H., July 8 – July 11, 2009.

“Wasilla, Fahrenheit 451,” The Nation, vol. 287, #12, October 20, 2008: 5.  Available online as: “What’s Daddy’s Roommate Doing in Wasilla?” posted September 18, 2008,

“Communities, Learning, and Democracy in the Digital Age,” with Lynette Kvasny and Jorge Schement, in John Carroll, ed., Learning in Communities Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Centered Information Technology, London: Springer, 2009: 41-44, available online at:

“Democracy's Challenge: Reclaiming the Public's Role,” Centre Daily Times, July 2, 2008: A6.

Review of Librarianship and Human Rights: A Twenty-First Century Guide, by Toni Samek, Oxford: Chando Publishing, 2007, in Library Quarterly, vol. 78, # 3, July 2008: 343-345.

“IF Advocacy and Public Policy: Q&A with Former ALA President Nancy Kranich,” with Marta Magnuson, Wisconsin Library Association IFRT Newsletter, Spring 2008: 10-11,

“Deliberative Dialogue: A Different Kind of Talk—Another Way to Engage Communities,” FOLUSA News Update, vol. 31, #2 (March 2008): 5, 11.

“Making Difficult Decisions about Alcohol,” with Susan Kennedy, Centre Daily Times, March 24, 2008: A6.

“What Kind of World Do We Want Our Children and Grandchildren to Inherit?” Centre Daily Times, January 27, 2008: E5.

“Librarians and Teen Privacy in the Age of Social Networking,” Knowledge Quest, vol. 36, #2, November/December 2007: 34-37.

“The Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future,” Centre Daily Times, October 21, 2007: E5.

“Democracy: Who Decides?” with David Hutchinson, Centre Daily Times, July 3, 2007.

“Building Prosperity, Encountering Hostility—The New Challenges of American Immigration: What Should We Do?” Centre Daily Times, April 8, 2007: E5.

“How Prepared Are We for a Major Emergency in Centre County?” Centre Daily Times, March 20, 2007: A6.

“Seeking Consensus on Issues That Matter—Emergency Preparedness: How Do We Mend Our Emergency Safety Net?” Centre Daily Times, February 11, 2007: A9.

“Who Should Be Making End of Life Decisions?” Centre Daily Times, January 29, 2007: A6.

“Overview: Life and Death Decisions: Who Decides?” Centre Daily Times, October 29, 2006: A9.

“Information Commons,” with Jorge R. Schement, Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Volume 42, 2008: 547-591.

“Libraries as Universal Service Providers,” paper presented at the Benton Foundation Universal Service Project Meeting, Washington, DC, September 28, 2006; Revised for publication January 2007,

“Preface,” Alternative Publishers of Books in North America,”6th ed., edited and compiled by Byron Anderson, Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press, 2006: v-ix.

“Communities, Learning and Democracy in the Digital Age,” with Lynette Kvasny and Jorge Reina Schement, Journal of Community Informatics, vol. 2, # 2, 2006,

“Countering Enclosure: Reclaiming the Knowledge Commons” in Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice,” edited by Charlotte Hess and Elinor Ostrom, MIT Press, 2006: 85-122.

“Let’s Defend the Bill of Rights Now,” Voices of Central Pennsylvania, November 2005: 10,12.

“The Civic Mission of School Libraries,” Knowledge Quest, vol. 34, #4, March/April 2006: 10-17. 

“Let the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Now,” Voices of Central Pennsylvania, May 2005: 13.

“Open Access vs. Filtering: An Affirmative Response,” Public Libraries, July/August 2005: 15-21.

“Equality and Equity of Access: What's the Difference?” Prepared for the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, March 3, 2005.

 “ALA and Political Action: Ensuring the Public’s Right to Know in the Digital Age,” Argus, the official publication of la Corporation des Bibliothécaires Professionnels du Québec, vol. 33, #3, (Fall 2004): 17-23.

“Media, Democracy and Libraries: The Growth of Media Activism in the United States,” Feliciter: Publication of the Canadian Library Association, vol. 50, #5, (October 2004): 200-203.

“Promoting Civic Engagement through the Campus Library,” Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) Newsletter, (October 2004). 

“The Information Commons: New Models for the Digital Age,” with Marjorie Heins, Cultural Commons: The Meeting Place for Culture and Policy, (September 2004).  

“Civic Partnerships: The Role of Libraries in Promoting Civic Engagement,” in “Creative Collaborations: Libraries Within Their Institutions and Beyond,” Special issue of Resource Sharing and Information Networks, Volume 18, # 1 & 2, 2005/6: 89-103.

“Another Hysteric Librarian for Freedom,” in Censored: 2005, by Peter Phillips and Project Censored (New York: Seven Stories Press, Fall 2004): 9-13.

The Information Commons: A Public Policy Report, (New York: Free Expression Policy Project, June 2004).

”Libraries and FCC Rules Related to Media Concentration and Localism,” Statement prepared for “Media Diversity and Localism: Meaning, Metrics, and the Public Interest” Conference Report, Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, December 15-16, 2003, Fordham University, New York,

“The Role of Research Libraries in Conceptualizing and Fostering Scholarly Commons,” paper prepared for the Workshop on Scholarly Communication as an Information Commons, Indiana University Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Bloomington, IN, March 30-April 2, 2004.

“Civic Engagement and Academic Libraries,” with Michele Reid and Taylor Willingham, College and Research Libraries News, vol. 65, #4 (July/August, 2004): 380-383, 388, 393.

"Libraries and the Information Commons: A Discussion Paper," (Washington, DC: American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy, December 2003).

“MATRIX and the New Surveillance States,” (New York: Free Expression Policy Project, October 16, 2003):  

“Literacy in the Digital Age,” in Navigating the Network Society: The Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Age, edited by Susan Kretchmer and Rod Cravath.  (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, forthcoming).

“Libraries: The Information Commons of Civil Society,” in Douglas Schuler, Shaping the Network Society, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004): 279-299,

“Libraries and the Information Commons: New Opportunities to Participate in the Information Society,” (Geneva, Switzerland: World-Information.Org InfoPaper for distribution at the World Summit on the Information Society, December 2003).

“Why Filters Won’t Protect Children or Adults,” Library Administration and Management, vol. 18, #1, (December 2003): 29-35.

“The Information Commons: From Metaphor to Reality,” Common Property Resource Digest, # 65 (June 2003): 5-6 .

“The Impact of the USA PATRIOT Act on Free Expression,” (New York: Free Expression Policy Project, May 2003):; “Update,” (August 27, 2003):; reprinted in Censored, 2004, by Peter Phillips and Project Censored (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2003): 275-281.

“The Information Commons,” (New York: Free Expression Policy Project, April 2003):

“Staking a Claim in the Information Commons,” Knowledge Quest, vol. 31, #4 (March/April 2003): 22-25. 

“Libraries—Public Forums for Today’s Critical Issues,” with Anne Heanue and Taylor Willingham, American Libraries, 34, #1 (January 2003): 68-70. 

“Equity and the American Library Association,” Introduction to Rocks in the Whirlpool, (Chicago: American Library Association, June 2002):

“Big Ten Media Conglomerates—Comments,” The Nation, 274, #1 (January 7/14, 2002): 34.

“Libraries Create Social Capital,” Library Journal, 126, #19 (November 15, 2001): 40-41:

“Why Do We Still Need Libraries?”  Tenth Nasser Sharify Lecture, Delivered October 28, 2001, (New York: Pratt Institute, 2002).

“Libraries Bridge the Digital Divide,” Spectra: The NCA newsletter, 37, #7 (July 2001): 4, 12.

“ALA President Leads Delegation to Strengthen Library Associations in the South Caucasus,” International Leads: Newsletter of the ALA International Relations Office, Fall 2001: 4.

“Develop Yourself: Expose Your Mind to a Banned Book,” Essay on Banned Books,; Reprinted in Learning and Media: Journal of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 29, # 4, (Fall 2001): 8-9.

“Should Public Libraries Use Filters to Block Obscenity and Pornography on the Internet?  NO,” The CQ Researcher, 7, #21 (June 1, 2001): 481.

Libraries and Democracy: The Cornerstones of Liberty.  Editor and Contributor(Chicago, IL: American Library Association, June 2001).

“Why Filters Won't Protect Our Children: Libraries, Democracy and Access,” iMP: Information Impacts Magazine, (June 2001).

Final Report: Strengthening Library Associations in the South Caucasus: A Regional Workshop--May 5-8 2001 Tbilisi, Georgia, (June 2001).

“Libraries Help to Build Civil Society,” American Libraries, 32, #6 (June/July 2001): 7.

“Libraries, Democracy, and Online Access,” American Libraries, 32, #5 (May 2001): 7.

“Libraries in the Digital Age: Enhancing Teaching and Learning,” Future Courses: Technological Trends That Will Change Education, Edited by Dr. Jason Ohler (Bloomington, IN: Technos Press), 2001: 97-110.

“Why Libraries Are More Popular Than Ever,” American Libraries, 32, #4 (April 2001): 7.

“Libraries for 2020: Ensuring Public Participation in the 21st Century Information Society,”

iMP: Information Impacts Magazine, March 2001.

“Celebrate Freedom of Information Day,” American Libraries, 32, #3 (March 2001): 7.

“Assessing Internet Access: The Public Library Meets the First Amendment in the Information Age,” Media Studies Journal, Vol 14, #3 (Fall 2000): 42-45, Adobe Reader pps. 53-56.

“Join ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries,” American Libraries, 32, #2 (February 2001): 7.

“Libraries: Ensuring Information Equity in the Digital Age,” American Libraries, 32, #1 (January 2001): 7.

“Libraries, the Internet and Democracy,” Managing the Internet Controversy: Effective Strategies and Successful Models, Edited by Mark Smith, (NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers), 2001, p. 1 - 21. Reprinted in: Libraries and Democracy (Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2001).

“Building Information Smart Communities,” American Libraries, 31, #11 (December 2000): 7.

“Libraries as Civic Spaces,” American Libraries, 31, #10 (November 2000): 7.

“Building Advocates for 21st-Century Libraries,” American Libraries, 31, #9 (October 2000): 7.

“Building Partnerships for 21st-Century Literacy,” American Libraries, 31, #8 (September 2000): 7.

“Libraries: The Cornerstone of Democracy,” American Libraries, 31, #7 (August 2000): 5.

“Smart Voting Starts @yourlibrary,” Tip Sheet, American Libraries, 31 #7 (August 2000): insert.

“Libraries, the New Media, and the Political Process,” iMP: Information Impacts Magazine, (May 2000).

“Information Equity for the 21st Century,” Censored: The News That Didn’t Make the News (NY: Seven Stories Press, 2000): 221-228.

“Collaborating to Build a Global Digital Library,” The Electronic Library, Vol 17, #6 (December 1999) : 353-354.           

“A Question of Balance: The Role of Libraries in Providing Alternatives to the Mainstream Media,” Counterpoise, #3/4, (July/October 1999): 7 - 10, reprinted in Alternative Library Literature, 2000/2001, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland , 2000); and Collection Building, vol 19, #3, 2000: 85-91.

“Digital Libraries: Building a Bridge to the 21st Century,” Texas Library Journal, (Fall 1999): 96-103.

“Building a Global Digital Library,” in IT and Global Digital Library Development, edited by Ching-chi Chen.  (West Newton, MA: MicroUse Information, 1999): 251-256.

“A Popular Government, Without Popular Information....,” Speaking Out! Voices in Celebration of Intellectual Freedom, edited by Ann Symons and Sally Gardner Reed.  (Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 1999): 26-27.

“The American Library Association Candidates’ Perspective,” Public Libraries, (March/April 1999): 91-92.

“Meet the Candidates for ALA President,” C&RL News (March 1999): 185-188.

“Statement by Nancy Kranich: Candidate for ALA President,” American Libraries(March 1999): 78.

“Kranich vs. Schmidt: The ALA Campaign Begins,” Library Journal (March 1, 1999): 50-51.

“Scholarly Publishers Hold Universities Hostage: Monopoly on Journals Causes Prices to Soar,” Extra, publication of FAIR (January 1999): 24-25.

The Making of New York: Past, Present and Future, Plan and Final Report for Building a New York State Digital Library, with Leslie Burger, submitted to the Mellon Foundation, June 1998.

“NYCRL Proposes a New York State Digital Library,” METRO, newsletter of the Metropolitan New York Library Council 2 #1 (January/February 1998): 6.

"Staking a Claim for Public Space in Cyberspace," in Creating the Future: Essays on Librarianship, edited by Sally Gardner Reed (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1996): 8-28.

Staking a Claim in Cyberspace: Ensuring Public Places on the Information Highway, limited edition prepared for the Media and Democracy Conference, Westfield, NJ: Open Magazine, February 1996; earlier edition reprinted in The New American Crisis: Radical Analyses of the Problems Facing America Today, edited by Greg Ruggiero and Stuart Sahulka, New York: The New Press, 1995: 182-203.

"Building Coalitions: Ensuring the Public Right to Access to the Information Highway," Feliciter: Publication of the Canadian Library Association 41, #3 (March 1995): 18-21.

"Bit Bang: The Haves and Have Nots--Letter to the Editor," Newsweek (March 20, 1995): 16.

"Government Information Already Available--Letter to the Editor," Communications Week, (January 30, 1995): 41.

Internet, Access and Democracy, (Westfield, NJ: Open Magazine Pamphlet Series, #31) 1994. 

"The Selling of Cyberspace: Can Libraries Protect Public Access?" Library Journal 118: (November 15, 1993): 34-37.

"Federal Funding for Academic Libraries," in The Funding of Public and Academic Libraries: The Critical Issue for the '90s, ed. by Alphonse F. Trezza (Detroit, MI: G.K. Hall, 1992): 17-27.

"Whose Right to Know Is It Anyway? The Struggle to Insure Public Access to Government Information," Your Right To Know: Librarians Make It Happen--Conference Background Papers (Chicago, IL: American Library Association, June 1992): 12-18.

"Directory of the University's Community Service Activities," Vniversity II Winter 1992, p. 86.

"The Public's Right to Know and Electronic Government Information," Citizen Rights and Access to Electronic Information: A Collection of Background Essays Prepared for the 1991 LITA President's Program," edited by Dennis J. Reynolds (Chicago, IL: Library and Information Technology Association, 1991): 27‑29.  Reprinted in Citizen Rights and Access to Electronic Information: The 1991 LITA President's Program Presentations and Background Papers," edited by Dennis J. Reynolds (Chicago, IL: Library and Information Technology Association, 1992): 107-110.

Directory of the University's Community Service Activities, 1990, compiled with Beth Stevens, (New York: New York University, 1991).

"Freedom of Information: Government Information in Electronic Format," Convergence: Proceedings of the Second National Conference of the Library and Information Technology Association, October 2‑6, 1988, Boston. (Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 1990): 228‑234.

"Statement on Federal Information Dissemination Policies and Practices before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Government Information, Justice and Agriculture, May 23, 1989," Federal Information Dissemination Policies and Practices: Hearings, 101st Cong., 1st session, April 18, May 23, and July 11, 1989. (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1990): 306‑332 and Appendix 6, 823‑883.

"You Have the Right To Know," Tip Sheet on Access to Environmental Information, (Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 1990.)

"Information Drought: Next Crisis for the American Farmer?" Library Journal, 114 (June 15, 1989): 22‑27. Reprinted in Jane Anne Hannigan, The Best of Library Literature, 1989 (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1990): 190‑204.

"Research Libraries or Library Consortia As the Basis for Creating a Research Infrastructure in Library and Information Science," joint author with a task force chaired by Jerome Yavarkovsky, in Rethinking the Library in the Information Age: Building an Infrastructure for Library Research, Vol. III (U.S. Department of Education, 1989): 43‑53.

"The KGB, The FBI and Libraries," Our Right To Know, (Summer 1988): 1‑5.

"The Coalition on Government Information," The ALA Yearbook of Library and Information Services '88, Vol 13 (Chicago: American Library Association, 1988).

"Government Information: Less is Dangerous," Thought and Action: The NEA  Higher Education Journal 4 (Spring 1988): 37‑48. Reprinted in Jane Anne Hannigan, The Best of Library Literature, 1988 (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1989): 49‑58.

"The Coalition on Government Information," in Libraries, Coalitions, and the Public Good, edited by E.J. Josey (New York: Neal Schuman Publishers, 1987): 143‑150.

"Find the Right Criteria, Then Decide About Fees," Collection Building 8, no. 1 (1986): 21‑22.

"Evaluating the Online Catalog From A Public Services Perspective: A Case Study at New York University Libraries," with Christina Spellman, Deborah Hecht, and Gail Persky, in The Impact of Online Catalogs, edited by Joseph R, Matthews (New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 1986).

"Statement before the U.S. House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee," Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act: Title II, (College Libraries), and Titles VI, VIII, X, XI - Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, House Document, 99th Cong., 1st sess., September 6, 1985, (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1986): 37‑55.

"Statement of Nancy Kranich before the U.S. House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee," West Virginia Libraries 38 (Fall 1985): 34‑41.

"Proposed Need Criteria for HEA II-A: What Constitutes a Needy Library?" College and Research Libraries News 46(March 1985): 113‑114.

"Action Exchange: Response to Job Sharing in Reference," American Libraries 16(March 1985): 148.

A Study of An Online Catalog From a Public Services Perspective; Final Report to the Office of Management Studies, Association of Research Libraries, with Christina Spellman, Deborah Hecht, and Gail Persky, (Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, December 1984). ERIC # ED 254 249.

A Study of User Success with an Online Catalog; Final Report to the Council on Library Resources for Grant, CLR 2065, with Christina Spellman and Deborah Hecht, (New York, NY: New York University, December 1984). ERIC # ED 254 247.

"Higher Education Act Revision Due in 1985," College and Research Libraries News 10(November 1984): 542‑544.

"A Study of an Online Catalog from a Public Services Perspective," with Christina Spellman, Gail Persky, and Deborah Hecht, in Preliminary Report From the Public Services Research Projects, (Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Studies, September 1984).

Copyright Policies in ARL Libraries, (compiler) (Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries, March 1984). SPEC Kit #102.

"Going by the Book: A Case Study -- Analysis," Library Journal, 108 (April 1, 1983): 637‑638.

"New York University Libraries, 1831‑1981", The Booklist, 40 (Winter 1982): 85‑88.

"New York State Passes Landmark Legislation Aiding Academic Libraries," NYLA Bulletin, 29 (November 1981): 7.

"User Fees: They are not Inevitable," Library Journal, 105 (May 1, 1980): 1048‑51.

"The 1980 CULS Legislative Program," NYLA Bulletin, February 1980.

"Urban Libraries: A Strategy for Survival through Decentralization and Community Control," The Public Sector, 1 (Fall 1978): 1‑7.

Guide to Information Resources in Public Administration (New York: New York University Graduate School of Public Administration, 1977).

Focus on Bridgeport: A Guide to City Government. (Bridgeport, CT: League of Women Voters, 1977) contributor.

"Information the People," Search: Newsletter of the Connecticut Library Association, Continuing Education Section. 3 (August 1975) co-editor of entire issue.

The Source Book: A Directory of Information Collections on Human Resources in the Greater Bridgeport Area (Bridgeport, CT: Bridgeport Public Library, 1975) editorial assistant.

Honors and Awards

Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor, June 2016.

ALA Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship, June 2015.

Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, Distinguished Achievement as a Part-Time Lecturer, 2015; 2018.

Centennial Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Wisconsin—Madison, September 30, 2006.

50th Anniversary of the ALA Washington Office, Anniversary Honor Role for Legislative and Grass Roots Library Champions, Washington, DC, May 6, 1996.

Mentor, Snowbird Leadership Institute, Snowbird, UT, 1990, 1992, 2001.  Advisory Board Member, 1993.

Young Visionary Leader, ALA Visionary Leaders for 2020: Developing Leadership in Human Resources for Library and Information Science, ALA President's Program, New Orleans, LA, July 10, 1988.