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Matt Upson: Profile

Professional Service

  • Co-Chair, ALA LIRT Transitions to College Committee (2016-2018)
  • Co-Convenor, ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group (2016-)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of New Librarianship (2016-)
  • Member, ALA LIRT Conference Programming Committee (2016-2018)
  • Chair, Oklahoma Library Association Awards Committee (2016-2017)
  • Secretary, ACRL/IS Management and Leadership Committee (2015-2016)
  • Secretary, Oklahoma Chapter, Association of College & Research Libraries (2015)
  • Mentor, ACRL Mentoring Program (2015)
  • Mentor, ALA New Members Round Table (NMRT) Mentoring Programing (2014)
  • State Officer, ACRL Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group (2014-)
  • Continuing Education Committee, Oklahoma Library Association (2014-2015)
  • ACRL/Instruction Section Professional Education Committee (2013-2014)

Selected Publications & Presentations

Books and Chapters

Upson, M., Hall, C. M., & Cannon, K. (2015). Information now: A graphic guide to student research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Upson, M. & Mudd, A. (2014). Telling stories about the library: Using photo-comics as student research narratives. In K. Calkins & C. Kvenild (Eds.), The embedded librarian’s cookbook. Chicago: ACRL.

Mudd, A., Summey, T. P., & Upson, M. (2014). Not just an afterthought: Involving librarians in the instructional design process. In E. Leonard and E. McCaffrey (Eds.), Virtually embedded: The librarian in an online environment. Chicago: ACRL.

Articles and Proceedings

Upson, M. (2015). Comics on campus: Starting a successful graphic novel collection at your academic library. Cosplay, Comics, and Geek Culture in Libraries.

Poggiali, J., Webb, K. K., Upson, M., & Allman, K. (in press). Zombies, pirates, and law students: Creating comics for your academic library. LOEX Conference Proceedings 2014

Upson, M. & Mudd, A. (in press). Telling stories about the library: Student-generated comics as information literacy narratives. LOEX Conference Proceedings 2013.

Mudd, A., Summey, T., & Upson, M. (2015). It takes a village to design a course: Embedding a librarian in course design. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 9(1-2), 69-88.

Upson, M, Mudd, A., & Moffat, K. (2014). Text, image, story: Using photo comics for instruction, promotion, and participation in the academic library. Kansas Library Association College and University Libraries Section Proceedings, 4.

Upson, M., & Hall, C. M. (2013). Comic Book Guy in the classroom: The educational power and potential of graphic storytelling in library instruction. Kansas Library Association College and University Libraries Section Proceedings, 3, 28-38.

Upson, M., & Hall, C. M. (2011). Zombie attacks: How they can contribute to the success of your library. College & Research Libraries News, 72(7), 390–393.

Library Comics

Hall, C. M., & Upson, M. (2014). Secrets of the pirate library: A guide to your Independence Community College library. Atomic Raygun Comics.

Upson, M., & Hall, C. M. (2012). Sundown at the library: How to use your Coffeyville Community College library. Atomic Raygun Comics.

Upson, M., & Hall, C. M. (2012). Supreme librarians in metaspace (promotional comic for MLS program). Atomic Raygun Comics.

Hall, C. M., & Upson, M. (2011). Monster clash! Using the Wilton library...ferociously! Atomic Raygun Comics. Retrieved from (dead link)

Hall, C. M., & Upson, M. (2011). Library of the living dead. Atomic Raygun Comics.

  • Selected for inclusion in ACRL’s Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online Database (PRIMO)

Recent Presentations

Upson, M. (2016, September). Untapped resource: Fruitful collaborations between the academic library and undergraduate research office at Oklahoma State University. Presented at the OSRHE 7th Annual Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference, Oklahoma City.

Upson, M., & Singleton, N. (2016, July). Donald Trump, legalizing marijuana, & the healing power of cat purrs: Using infographics to start conversations about visual literacy, source evaluation, & information ethics. Presented at unCOILed 2016 Conference, Stillwater, OK. View slides at

Ferer, E., Black, E. L., & Upson, M. (2016, May). Neighbors helping neighbors: Partnering with undergraduate research offices to present scholarship as a conversation. Presented at LOEX 2016 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. View slides at

Upson., M., & Filbert, N. (2015, October). Making comics, making meaning. Presented at the Making Information Meaningful Conference, Tulsa, OK. View slides at

Upson, M. (2015, October). Graphic engagement: Designing a comic book guide for basic information literacy and research skills. Presented at the Dartmouth College Library October Conference, Hanover, NH. View slides at

O’Neil, T., & Upson, M. (2015, June). The OSU Undergraduate Library Research Award: A model of intra-institutional collaboration. Presented at the CUR Conference on Undergraduate Research Programs: Building, Enhancing, Sustaining, Norman, OK.