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Karen Neurohr: Profile

Professional Information

Faculty Rank


Research Interests

Oral History, Oklahoma History, Sense of Place, Underrepresented Populations, Libraries and Higher Education


Ed.D., Higher Education Studies,
Oklahoma State University

M.S., Library and Information Studies, University of North Texas

B.A., Secondary Education-English, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma

How Can Karen Help You?

  • Research Methods- oral history, case study, interviews, photo-elicitation, diamond-ranking
  • Educational outreach
  • Cultural programming
  • Information about Oklahoma's Literary Landmarks
  • Information about developing Science Cafe, OSU

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Professional Service

  • American Library Association
    • United for Libraries, Literary Landmarks, member
    • Library Leadership, Administration, and Management Association (LLAMA)
      • Chair, MAES (Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation Section) (2015-2016)
      • Secretary, MAES (2012-2014)
    • Association of College & Research Libraries, member
  • Oral History Association, member
  • Oklahoma Archivists Association, member
  • Oklahoma Library Association
    • Executive Committee & Program Committee (2017-2018)
    • Chair, Resolutions Committee (2007-2009); Scholarship Committee (2003-2005)
  • Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma, Board of Directors
    • President (2016-2018)
    • Chair and Coordinator, Oklahoma Literary Landmarks Committee and Advisory Board (2008-2018)
  • Friends of Oklahoma Center for the Book, Board Member

Select Publications & Presentations


Neurohr, K., & Bailey, L. (2017). "First-generation undergraduate students and library space: A case study. In S. Montgomery, Ed. Assessing Library Space for Learning. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


Neurohr, K. & Bailey, L. E. (2016). "Using Photo-elicitation with Native American Students to Explore Perceptions of the Physical Library." Evidence-Based Library & Information Practice, 11(2), 56-73.

Neurohr, K, Ackermann, E., O’Mahoney, D., & White, L. S. (2013).  “Coding Practices for LibQUAL+® Open-Ended Comments.” Evidence-Based Library & Information Practice, 8(2), 96–113. (peer-reviewed)

Educational booklets

Neurohr, K., & Anderson, K. (2017). Angie Debo: 'Oklahoma's Greatest Historian.'

Neurohr, K. (2016). Marquis James: Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, American Journalist, and Author from Enid, OK.

Peek, G., Sanders, L. D., Shideler, D., Halihan, T., Ferrell, S., Penn, C., &  Neurohr, K. (2016). Evaluating the Impacts of Oil and Gas Activity: Hydraulic Fracturing in Selected Oklahoma Counties. Circular E-1041. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University.

Neurohr, K., & Chlebda, J. (Eds.) (2013). Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel: Oklahoma Poet, Daughter of Great Depression and Dust Bowl Emigrant, California Okie Poet and Storyteller. 

Neurohr, K. (Ed.) (2011). Woodrow Wilson Rawls: Writer, Storyteller, Carpenter, Cherokee, Outdoorsman.  

Neurohr, K., & Smith, L. C. (Eds.). (2009).  John Joseph Mathews: Osage Writer and Tribal Councilman, Artist, Naturalist, Historian, and Scholar.


"The Ripple Effect: How Interlibrary Cooperation between an Academic and a Public Library Increased through Programming & Events." Poster. American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. (2018).

"Academic Library as Place for Underrepresented Students." 7th Annual Institute on the Library as Place. Barrie, Ontario, Canada. (2017).

"Library Programming & Events for Academic & School Librarians." ALA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. (2016).

"Science Cafes: Bringing STEM Experts to Your Community." ALA Public Programming, national virtual presentation. (2015).

"Science Cafe at Oklahoma State University: Library, Campus, & Community Engagement." Library Research Seminar VI, The Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus & Community, University of Illinois. (2014).

"How to Dedicate a Literary Landmark in Your Community." ALA, United for Libraries, national virtual presentation. (2013).

"Recognizing Your Community's Literary Heritage: How to Designate a Literary Landmark." ALA Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA (2011).

"And the Survey Says: Strengthening Services through Surveying." ALA Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. (2010).

"Don't Make Me Ask: Library Signage & Wayfinding Assessment." with K. Blalack & S. Bobo. AMIGOS Library Services Regional Virtual Conference (2010).

Oral History Projects

O-STATE Stories

Spotlighting Oklahoma

Remembering Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel

Select Awards and Grants

"One Book, One Community: Enid Reads Prairie City by Angie Debo." (2017). Project lead for a collaborative community outreach project.
Grant from Union Pacific Foundation to the OSU Foundation. $7,000.00.

Dr. Angie Debo: 'Oklahoma's Greatest Historian.'  (2017). Grant from Oklahoma Humanities. $1,000.00.

"Ruth Brown Award" with TU Women's Law Caucus and Women in Recovery for "True Grit: A Collaborative Literacy & Educational Project with the Women in Recovery Book Club." (2017). Competitive award from Oklahoma Library Association, Social Responsibilities Roundtable. . $500.00.

Marquis James: Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, American Journalist, and Author from Enid, Oklahoma. (2016). Grant from Oklahoma Humanities. $1,000.00.

"Our Stories: Our Identity." (2015). Grant from Oklahoma Humanities. $1,000.00.

"Excellence in Library Programming Award" for "Science Cafe at OSU: Potential Impacts of Oil & Gas Exploration." (2015). National award from the American Library Association. Competitive selection. $5,000.00

"Outstanding OSU Library Faculty Award." (2013).

"Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma Hall of Fame." (2010).