Education Librarian
University Libraries

Karen D. Centeno-Casillas

2001b Perry Library
Norfolk, 23529

My name is Karen D. Centeno and I am the Education Librarian at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Librarian, educator, music lover! Puerto Rico and Virginia, USA. An islander, a citizen of the world. Life has given me the opportunity to develop a career in different education settings and levels, from K-12 to Higher Education.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Arts of Education and my masters’ degree in Information Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Currently, I am enrolled in the doctoral program in Information Sciences from the University Carlos III de Madrid, in Spain.

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Professional Librarian Certificate. Number 6370.
Sponsoring Organization: Library Board of the Library of Virginia
Date Obtained: 2017-09-08
Teacher Librarian (K-12) Number 962258
Sponsoring Organization: Puerto Rico Department of Education
Date Obtained: 2010-02-25
General-Vocal Music Teacher (K-12). Number 757
Sponsoring Organization: Puerto Rico Department of Education
Date Obtained: 2004-02-24
Library Media PreK-12. Postgraduate Professional License. Number PGP-0675949
Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Board of Education
Date Obtained: 2016-07-01

Expertise

Library Science
School Libraries
School Library Education
Library Information Services

Research Interests

school libraries, academic libraries, information literacy, information skills, information competencies, digital reading, first-year generation, international education, international librarianship.

Articles

Sánchez Lugo, J. A. and Centeno-Casillas, K. (2014). Information and Communication technologies as a substitute of school libraries to address the needs and information competences at schools in Puerto Rico: limitations and lessons learned. Revista Bibliotecas 32 (2) , pp. 1-15.
Sánchez Lugo, J. A. and Centeno-Casillas, K. (2014). Developing Information Competencies in the Puerto Rican School Library: A Necessary Exploration. Revista Interamericana de Bibliotecología 37 (1) , pp. 35-46.

Book Chapters

Centeno-Casillas, K. (2017). Las competencias de información y los hábitos de lectura digital que poseen los estudiantes que inician el primer año en universidades de Puerto Rico: la aportación de la biblioteca escolar y la académica Alfabetización informativa en la educación para la inclusión social. (pp. 145-148) Buenos Aires: Alfagrama Ediciones.

Conference Proceeding

(2016). Reading habits for information skills and information literacy in school libraries of Puerto Rico Actas (pp. 457-467) Madrid: CIBES 2015 - I Congreso Iberoamericano de Bibliotecas Escolares: Educación por competencias: reto del milenio para la interculturalidad y la inclusión social.

Presentations

(September 7, 2022). Hispanic Diasporas: a necessary co-creation XIII Latin American Annual Conference of Librarians, Museoligists, and Archivists .
(October 29, 2021). Exploring Inclusive and Diverse Impressions of Academic Libraries: An equitable approach to orienting international student success Virginia Library Association 2021 Annual Conference .
(May 24, 2021). Health and Libraries during Covid-19: An MLA International and Intercultural Session MLA 2021 Annual Conference .
(April 8, 2021). “Professional Digital Identity: how to advance in the academic library career.” National Library Week, University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus .
(April 6, 2021). Equity building in organizational decision-making during turbulent times: Perspectives on how a diverse governance model can facilitate an inclusive work environment 2021 ACRL Virtual Conference: .
(December 10, 2020). Digital Identity for Library Professionals. Continued Education Training Series for School Librarians, Library and Information Services Department, Puerto Rico Department of Education .
(August 11, 2020). Transformation of the role of the Reference Librarian Jornadas del Sistema Integrado de Información Documental Centroamericano .
(August 7, 2019). Creating collaboration spaces for international students at Old Dominion University: a shared responsibility XI Latin American Conference of Librarians, Archivists, and Museologists .
(December 13, 2016). “Information Competencies and reading habits of first-year students in Puerto Rico: Contributions from school and university libraries: A research in progress.” Research and Creativity GSIST Workshop in the Information Field. Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies, GSIST, University of Puerto Rico .
(December 2, 2016). Reflections on the New ACRL Frameworks Annual Conference and Meeting of the Librarian Society of Puerto Rico .
(October 21, 2016). Integration of Information Competencies into the Curriculum at Trina Padilla de Sanz High School Library: experiences, challenges, and opportunities.” 2ndo Encuentro Nacional de Destrezas de Información, University of Puerto Rico .
(September 29, 2016). The importance of evaluating children/juvenile literature resources in the school library context: A special project between GSIST and BCBI. Bayamón, Humacao, and San Juan Regional Meeting, Association of School Librarians of Puerto Rico, ABESPRI .
(May 13, 2016). Special curriculum integration project between GSIST and BCBI: Evaluation of Children’s and juvenile literature in the Proposal to establish the Children and Juvenile Center. XVI Conference and Meeting of The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and Spanish Speaking, REFORMA .
(April 14, 2016). Children’s and Juvenile Collection Dedication in honor to Pura Belpré: supporting the GSIST school library and children & Juvenile literature courses 2016 Library Week Activities of the Library Sciences and Informatics Library, University of Puerto Rico .
(November 17, 2015). Reading habits for information skills in the Puerto Rican school libraries: from school to university.” XVII Reading Symposium: Juvenile literature in the present context, School Librarians Association of Puerto Rico, ABESPRI. .
(October 26, 2015). Reading habits for information skills and information literacy in the Puerto Rican school libraries.” Primer Congreso Iberoamericano de Bibliotecas Escolares, CIBES 2015 .
(April 16, 2015). The relevance of children and juvenile collections in the context of an academic library 015 Library Week Activities at the Library Sciences and Informatics Library, University of Puerto Rico .
(March 13, 2015). “School transformation without libraries? Information skills and digital reading habits in students entering the first year at universities in Puerto Rico”. XIII Puerto Rican Research in Education Conference. Sponsored by The School of Education, University of Puerto Rico .
(November , 2014). “Information skills and digital reading habits in students entering the first year in universities of Puerto Rico: the contribution of school and university libraries.” Primer Congreso Internacional Multidisciplinario de Alfabetización Informativa, Educación para la Inclusión Social CIMALFIN. .
(August , 2014). “Experiences during the research process and publication: Information skills in the school libraries of Puerto Rico, a necessary exploration.” II Congreso Internacional de Secretarías Ejecutivas y Bibliotecología .
(December , 2013). Desarrollo de Competencias de Información en Escuelas sin Biblioteca: la contribución de las tecnologías”. Primer Encuentro Virtual Educa Las Américas 2013 .
(August , 2013). Las competencias de información en la biblioteca escolar puertorriqueña: una exploración necesaria” and “El desarrollo de competencias de información y otras actividades en la Biblioteca de la Escuela del Siglo XXI Trina Padilla de Sanz”. Student-Teacher Practice Orientation Week, School of Education, University of Puerto Rico .
(March 7, 2013). Las competencias de información en la biblioteca escolar puertorriqueña: una exploración necesaria”. XII Congreso de Investigación en la Educación. School of Education, University of Puerto Rico .
  • 2009: Excellence in Research Medal, Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies, University of Puerto Rico
  • 2004: Academic Excellence Medal, School Librarians Association of Puerto Rico. Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies, University of Puerto Rico
  • 1997: Dean's Honor List, Faculty of Education. University of Puerto Rico