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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



  • Upson, M., O’Neil, T., & Colquhoun, C. (Forthcoming, 2017). Freshman framework: Collaboratively developing a set of required instructional modules for Freshman Research Scholars.  In M. K. Hensley and S. Davis-Kahl, Undergraduate research and the academic librarian: Case studies & best practices. Chicago: ACRL.
  • Upson, M., & O’Neil, T. (2016). Undergraduate library research award workshops. In C. Ippoliti and R. W. Gammons, User-centered design for first-year library instruction programs. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO
  • 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

Library Comics

Recent Presentations

  • Atkinson, A.,Upson, M., & Ippoliti, C. (2017, June). From Kindergarteners to Collegians, helping students make the grade. Invited presentation for Library Instruction Round Table at ALA Annual Conference, Chicago. View summary at
  • West, B., & Upson, M. (2017, June). Examining and supporting student transitions across the library spectrum. Preconference planner and moderator for Library Instruction Round Table Transitions to College Committee at ALA Annual Conference, Chicago. View summary at
  • Sears, R., & Upson, M. (2017, April). Filter bubbles and bursting bubbles: Who does the algorithm think you are? Presented at the Fake News is No News Teach-In event, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
  • Upson, M., Luetkenhaus, H., & Oberhelman, D. (2017, April). Consuming news when the buffet is huge: Tips for planning a healthy information diet. Presented at the Fake News is No News Teach-In event, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
  • 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.