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Associate ProfessorDr. Gretchen Hoffman

940-898-2152       SH 410

Professional Preparation

Ph.D., 2008, Emporia State University
Library Science

M.L.S., 2000, Emporia State University
Library Science

B.A., 1995, University of Nevada Reno

Professional Experience

  • Original Cataloger, University of Kansas
  • Adjunct Instructor, Emporia State University
  • Serials Cataloger for Documents, Portland State University


  • At Master’s level: LS 5103 Cataloging and Classification – Quality Matters recognized course
  • At Master’s level: LS 5013 Information Organization and Retrieval
  • At Master’s level: LS 5003 Collection Development
  • At Master’s level: LS 5723 Advanced Cataloging
  • At Master’s level: LS 5143 Technical Services


  • Hoffman, Gretchen L. 2015. “What's the Difference between Soul Food and Southern Cooking? The Classification of Cookbooks in American Libraries.” In Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop: Rethinking African American Foodways from Slavery to Obama, edited by Jennifer Jensen Wallach, 61-78. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press.
  • Snow, Karen, and Gretchen L. Hoffman. (In press). “What Makes an Effective Cataloging Course? A Study of the Factors that Promote Learning.” Library Resources & Technical Services 59: 187-99.
  • Hoffman, Gretchen L. 2013. How are cookbooks classified in libraries? An examination of LCSH and LCC. Paper presented at the fourth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization, Milwaukee, WI. 
  • Hoffman, Gretchen L. 2012. Could the functional future of bibliographic control change cataloging work? An exploration using Abbott. Journal of Library Metadata 12: 111-26.
  • Hoffman, Gretchen L. 2012. Using the Quality Matters rubric to improve online cataloging courses. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 50: 158-71.
  • Hoffman, Gretchen L. 2010. Negotiating normative institutional pressures and maintaining legitimacy in a complex work environment: A multiple case study of three academic cataloging units. Advances in Library Administration and Organization 29: 243-92.
  • Hoffman, Gretchen L. 2010. Response to Barbara Tillett, re: Meeting users’ needs in cataloging: What is the right thing to do? Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 48: 346-47.
  • Hoffman, Gretchen L. 2009. Meeting users’ needs in cataloging: What is the right thing to do? Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 47: 631-41.
  • Hoffman, Gretchen L. 2009. Applying the user-centered paradigm to cataloging standards in theory and practice: Problems and prospects. Paper presented at the second North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization, Syracuse, NY.
  • Hoffman, Gretchen L. 2009. Meeting users’ needs in cataloging: What is the right thing to do? Paper presented at the first Ethics of Information Organization conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Current Service

  • TWU Faculty Senate, 2015 to present
  • TWU University Curriculum Committee, 2015 to present
  • TWU Strategic Planning Team, 2015 to present
  • TWU Student Code of Conduct Review Committee, 2012 to present
  • TWU Faculty Development Leave Committee, 2013 to present
  • COPE Strategic Planning Committee, 2014 to present
  • Member and Chair of various SLIS Committees, 2007 to present
  • Convener, Technical Services Education Special Interest Group, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), 2015 to present 
  • Alternate Councilor, Cataloging and Metadata Round Table, Texas Library Association, 2013 to present
  • Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, 2012 to present


  • Texas Woman’s University Faculty Development Grant, 2013-2014, $1,000.


  • Distinction in Distance Education Award, Texas Woman’s University, 2013
  • Outstanding Faculty Award for Teacher in Distance Education, TWU College of Professional Education, 2011
  • Beta Phi Mu: International Library & Information Studies Honor Society, 2009

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