University of Wisconsin–Madison

Rebekah Willett

Associate Professor

rwillett@wisc.edu

(608) 263-2910

4253 Helen C. White Hall
600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706

Education:

PhD in Education, Institute of Education, University of London, Culture Communication and Societies Group, 2002
Master of Arts in Primary Education, Institute of Education, University of London, 1996

Research Interests:

Research fields – Childhood studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Education, Girlhood Studies

Methods and methodologies – discourse analysis, ethnography, qualitative methods

Theories – sociocultural theories, domestication theory, boundary theory, feminist post-structuralism

Areas of interest – Children’s media cultures, new literacies, digital cultures, play, public library makerspaces

Classes taught:

LIS202 Information Divides and Differences in a Multicultural Society
LIS301 Information Literacy in Online Spaces
LIS 341/640 Videogames and Society
LIS629 Multicultural Literature
LIS631 Young Adult Literature
LIS639 Pedagogical Theory and Practice for Information Professionals

Recent Publications:

Willett R (2016) Making, Makers, and Makerspaces: a discourse analysis of professional journal articles and blog posts about makerspaces in public libraries. Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. 86, 3: 1–17.

Willett R (2016) Online gaming practices of preteens: independent entertainment time and transmedia game play. Children & Society. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/chso.12155

Williams R and Willett R (2017) Makerspaces and boundary work: the role of librarians as educators in public library makerspaces. Journal of Librarianship & Information Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000617742467

Willett R (2017) Learning through making in public libraries: theories, practices, and tensions. Learning, Media and Technology. http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.library.wisc.edu/10.1080/17439884.2017.1369107