Patricia Montiel-Overall

Professor Emerita, School of Information

Patricia Montiel-Overall is Professor Emerita of the School of Information at the University of Arizona. Her areas of research were children and young adult services, teacher and librarian collaboration, Latino language and culture, and cultural competence. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and a postdoctoral degree in library and information science from the University of Arizona Knowledge River Program. She was in the first cohort of Knowledge River.

Her teaching included courses on school library administration, children and young adult literature in a multicultural society, equity of access for diverse populations, and information environments from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.  Her research includes teacher and librarian collaboration, and issues of equity of access involving Latino children. These two interests recently came together in a research grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS grant provided funding for a study on “The Effect of Teacher and Librarian Collaboration on Science Information Literacy of Latino Students.” Findings from different aspects of the study are found in numerous professional peer reviewed professional journals. She is the founder and chair of the Latino Literacy Roundtable.