Profile for Teri Holford

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Specialty area(s)

Children's Literature

Information Literacy

Embedded Librarianship

Community Engagement

College Readiness


Brief biography

I started working at UWL in 2009 in Murphy Library's Special Collections and Area Research Center where I became involved with campus, local and public history initiatives. In 2012, I transitioned as Assistant Professor Academic Engagement and Curriculum Collection Librarian.  Reaching out and building bridges with the community of La Crosse and beyond, my interests include everything children's literature, connecting teacher candidates to the learning that happens in stories, introducing college bound high school seniors to information literacy at the college level and using storytelling to create narratives to share with stakeholders. If you are having a rough day, come over to the Curriculum Center on the 2nd floor of the library and read a kid's book. Guaranteed happiness. 

Current courses at UWL

HIS 490 Embedded Librarian


M.L.S. UW Madison (Library & Information Science)

B.A. UW Madison (French and ESL/Spanish concentration)

Teaching history

UWL 100 (2012-2016)

Professional history

Librarian/Archivist Murphy Library Special Collections & Area Research Center

English Professor Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle Beauvais, France


Research and publishing

Nurnberger-Haag, J., Holford, T. L, Bryk, K. M, Strozyk, H., Harder, M., & Davidsaver, K. (2019). A ball is not a circle: How to spot mathematical inaccuracies to improve and use shape book collections. Teacher Librarian (Vancouver)47(1), 8–13.

Godden, L, Holford, T. L., Stovey, P., & Trimmer, T. (forthcoming 2021). In Silke Higgins & Ngoc-Yen Tran (Eds.), Friendly Finding Aid: A collaborative way to build primary source research foundations. Embracing change: Alternatives to traditional research writing assignments (ACRL Press). 





Teri Holford, Murphy Library, co-authored the article "A Ball Is Not a Circle How to Spot Mathematical Inaccuracies to Improve and Use Shape Book Collections" in "Teacher Librarian: the Journal for School Library Professionals" published on Jan. 9 by Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. Citation: NURNBERGER-HAAG, J., HOLFORD, T. L., BRYK, K. M., STROZYK, H., HARDER, M., & DAVIDSAVER, K. (2019). A Ball Is Not a Circle: How to Spot Mathematical Inaccuracies to Improve and Use Shape Book Collections. Teacher Librarian, 47(1), 8–13.

Submitted on: Jan. 10, 2020



Teri Holford and Elizabeth Humrickhouse served as local conference organizers and hosted the third annual Conference About Libraries and Learning (C.A.L.L.) for area librarians (school, public, academic and special). Keynote Sarah Johnson, Mental Health Director at the La Crosse Area Family YMCA, spoke on this year's theme "Self-Care and the Emotional Labor of Librarianship".

Submitted on: May 6, 2019



Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library; Cindy Halter, La Crosse School District Central High School; and Teri Holford and Liz Humrickhouse, both Murphy Library; presented "Stronger Together: Breaking Down Library Silos" at Wisconsin Library Association on Oct. 31, 2018 in La Crosse, WI. Why don't libraries of different types work together more often? Learn from the planning team of the Conference About Libraries & Learning about how they developed this conference which brings together librarians from public, school, academic and special libraries. Participants will discover why it's crucial for libraries of all types to collaborate and support each other, how to enrich their own personal learning network and gain perspective about how they fit into the larger library ecosystem.

Submitted on: Oct. 31, 2018



Cindy Halter, La Crosse School District Central High School, and Teri Holford, Murphy Library, presented "Apples and Oranges: Comparing the ACRL and AASL Literacy Standards" at Wisconsin Library Association on Oct. 31, 2018 in La Crosse, WI. The Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recently published new information literacy standards. Holford and Halter gave a brief historic glance at the concept information literacy and how it grew to international awareness, and looked at both sets of new standards to spot any commonalities, differences, how they might compare, and what it means to librarians from different fields of librarianship.

Submitted on: Oct. 31, 2018



Teri Holford, Murphy Library, and Barry McKnight, La Crosse Public Library, presented "The Alternative Truth Project and Banned Books: La Crosse Librarians Unite to Tell the Forgotten Story of a Librarian Hero" at Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) on April 27, 2018 in Oshkosh, WI. The collaborative library engagement team representing Murphy Library and the La Crosse Public Library presented at the state academic librarian conference on their participation in The Alternative Truth Project during Banned Books Week in 2017. Alabama Story, written by New York playwright Kenneth Jones, was chosen as their play of the month. Based on the true 1959 story of Alabama State Librarian Emily Reed, it covers a charged atmosphere of segregation, civil rights, racism, and banned books. Part courtroom thriller (based on historic factual events), the play brings to light various subjects that are close to any librarian’s heart: censorship, equal access to information, public funding, freedom of speech, professional organizations’ support of the profession, and what it really means to be a librarian.

Submitted on: May 10, 2018