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Darren Ilett

Darren Ilett

Assistant Professor / Teaching & Outreach Librarian

Teaching & Outreach
University Libraries

Contact Information

Michener 111
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
James A. Michener Library
Campus Box 48
Greeley, CO 80639


MLIS, San José State University, 2015
Area of Study: Library and Information Studies

PhD, University of Chicago, 2007
Area of Study: Germanic Studies

MA, University of Chicago, 2001
Area of Study: Germanic Studies

BA, University of Oregon, 1998
Area of Study: German Studies and Religious Studies

Research/Areas of Interest

My research concerns underserved populations in higher education, particularly first-generation college students.

Publications/Creative Works

Ilett, D. (2023). Learning to put people first: Cultural humility, funds of knowledge, and information literacy instruction with first-generation students. In M. Mallon, J. Nichols, E. Foster, A. Santiago, M. Seale, & R. Brown (Eds.), Exploring inclusive & equitable pedagogies: Creating space for all learners (Vol. 2, pp. 539-548). Association of College and Research Libraries.

Couture, J., Bretón, J., Dommermuth, E., Floersch, N., Ilett, D., Nowak, K. Roberts, L., & Watson, R. (2021). “We’re gonna figure this out“: First-generation students and academic libraries. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 21(1), 127-147. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2021.0009

Ilett, D. (2019). First-generation students’ information literacy in everyday contexts. Journal of Information Literacy, 13(2), 73-91.https://doi.org/10.11645/13.2.2675

Ilett, D. (2019). A critical review of LIS literature on first-generation students. portal: Libraries and the Academy 19(1), 177-196. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2019.0009

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