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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Zara T. Wilkinson is a Reference and Instruction Librarian (Librarian II with Tenure) at the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University-Camden. She serves as liaison to the Rutgers-Camden departments of English and Communication, Digital Studies, Fine Arts, Philosophy, and Religion. In addition to her reference, instruction, and collection development responsibilities, Zara coordinates the Robeson Library’s outreach and instruction programs, forging and maintaining strong relationships with the First-Year Writing Program and multiple offices and departments across campus. She develops library orientations for RAs, TAs, international students, EOF, Rutgers Future Scholars, and new faculty; staffs tables at information fairs for new, admitted, and prospective students; and chairs the Paul Robeson Library Events Committee.

Zara is also active in local and national organizations, including the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). In 2016, she became the first elected chair of the LLAMA New Professionals Section. Closer to home, she coordinates the New Jersey Library Association College and University Section’s job shadowing program for library school students interested in academic librarianship and serves on the organizing committee of MentorNJ, a state-wide mentoring initiative for librarians and library staff sponsored by the New Jersey State Library, LibraryLinkNJ, and the New Jersey Library Association Professional Development Committee. Zara was named an American Library Association Emerging Leader in 2014 and received an IFLA National Committee Fellowship in 2016.

Prior to joining the Rutgers University Libraries in 2012, Zara held positions at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and Point Park University.  She has earmed a BA in English from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in English from West Chester University, and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.


Wilkinson, Zara. “You’re Hired! Now What? Positioning Yourself for Success in a New Job.” Forthcoming in The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit: Finding Success on the Job Hunt and in Your First Job, edited by Megan Hodge, ACRL Press.

Erin Ackerman, Jennifer Hunter, and Zara Wilkinson. "The Availability and Effectiveness of Research Supports for Early Career Academic Librarians." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 44 no. 5 (2018), 553-568.

Fitzgerald, William T. and Zara Wilkinson, "Pressing the Reset Button On (Information) Literacy in FYW: Opportunities for Library and Writing Program Collaboration in Research-based Composition." In Teaching Information Literacy and Writing Studies: Volume 1, First-Year Composition Courses, edited by Grace Veach, 71-84. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2018.

Wilkinson, Zara. “Where No Girl Has Gone Before? Teenage Girls in Star Trek’s Strong Female Future.” In To Boldly Go: Essays on Gender and Identity in the Star Trek Universe, edited by Nadine Farghaly and Simon Bacon, 219-235. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017.

Wilkinson, Zara. “Advertisements for Part-Time Library Positions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.” Library Management 37 no. 1/2 (2016): 68-80.

Wilkinson, Zara. “To Boldly Grow Up: Navigating Female Adolescence in Star Trek and Lost in Space.” Science Fiction Film and Television 9 no. 3 (2016): 393-415.

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. “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