Karen Viars

Schools Served as Subject Librarian

Research Support Services

  • Assistance in researching topics for theses and dissertations, papers and projects, course web pages and class assignments in the areas of literature, media and communication.
  • Assistance with database selection and searching strategies.
  • Assistance with citation verification and literature searches.
  • Research and reference assistance by appointment, e-mail, and phone.

Teaching and Other Services

  • Customized course-integrated class instruction on finding information for specific classes or assignments, including research guides. 
  • Instruction and demonstrations for individuals, groups, or classes on using the the GT Catalog and databases.
  • Consultation concerning recommendations for purchase of library materials.
  • Consultation with faculty in structuring successful library assignments.

Research Interests/Selected Scholarly Publications and Presentations

  • Instructional design, assessment and pedagogy
  • Science fiction, fantasy and popular culture

Viars, Karen, Mary Ann Cullen and Amy Stalker. "Handheld Learning: Authentic Assessment Using iPads." Experiential Learning in Academic and Research Libraries. Ed. Peter McDonnell. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing, 2016.

Viars, Karen and Cait Coker. "Looking for Lothiriel: The Presence of Women in Tolkien Fandom." Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings. Ed. Lorna Piatti-Farnell. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press: Intellect Press, 2015.

"Instructional Design: An Introduction for Librarians" invited presentation for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern Atlantic Region, August 17, 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • American Library Association
  • Georgia Library Association


Master of Science in Information Science
University of Tennessee

Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology
Georgia State University

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
University of Georgia

Study Abroad - Oxford University (Jesus College), Oxford, UK

Karen Viars, MSIT, MIS
Humanities and Science Fiction Librarian

(404) 385-5393

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