Work Love Library South (LLS) 434
Lincoln NE 68588-4100
Work 402-472-6987 On campus, dial 2-6987
Joan Barnes is the Community Engagement Librarian and a member of the User Experience Team for the Libraries at the University of Nebraska where she is responsible for marketing, communications, outreach, and events. She actively promotes the Libraries’ services and resources to students, faculty, and the general public. Joan coordinates the Peer Guide program that employs students to assist the Libraries with publicity of its services in a student to student model via social media and events. She enjoys mentoring the students that are selected for the program. Joan received her BA in psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington and her Masters in Library & Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.


  • MLIS, University of Rhode Island, 1989
  • BA, University of Maine at Farmington, 1987

icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • Introducing Genealogy to the Academic Library in the 21st Century: Case Study
  • Student to Student Marketing & Engagement: A Case Study of the UNL Peer Guides
  • Marketing Library Services, Peer Guides: Deliver Popcorn and More at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, March 2016
  • Library Management Today: A Practical Journal for Library Managers, A Day in the Life of Development & Outreach Librarian

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • Native Voices, American Library Association, February 2016
  • Research to create national traveling exhibit on history of comics, Internal, July 2011
  • Funding to support public programs during the 'Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country' exhibit, Nebraska Humanities Council, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Funding to support public programs during the 'Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country' exhibit, Cooper Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Application to host national traveling exhibit 'Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country', American Library Association/National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Funding to support Saving Our Treasures Campaign, Cooper Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska


  • Tracking Down my Native American Ancestors, DAR, Lincoln, NE
  • Tracking Down my Native American Ancestors, University Libraries, on campus, Lincoln, NE
  • Student to Student Marketing & Engagement: UNL Peer Guides, LMC/Amigos, Dallas, TX
  • Peer Guides, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • The Family Circle: From Nebraska to Maine and Back, Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society, Lincoln, NE
  • Roundtable discussion facilitator (Friends of the Libraries – How to make them successful), Banff, Canada
  • Roundtable discussion facilitator (Public Relations and Marketing for Libraries), New Orleans, LA
  • From Ignorance to Almost Bliss: Educating Librarians about Development, New Orleans, LA
  • Roundtable discussion facilitator (The Connections Between Fundraising and Public Relations), Miami, FL
  • Telling Your Story: How to Promote Your Library, Kearney, Nebraska

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