Gretchen Hoffman, PhD

Associate Professor

Office: SH 410
Phone: 940-898-2152


PhD, Emporia State University, Library and Information Management
MLS, Emporia State University
BA, University of Nevada-Reno, Music

Research Interests

Library cataloging and classification; organization of information; subject analysis; cataloging/metadata work.


Gretchen Hoffman’s research and teaching interests center on the organization of information, specifically library cataloging. She focuses on issues surrounding the work of catalogers, the cataloging process and the administration of cataloging departments, with the broader goal to understand how cataloging/metadata work is performed in libraries.

Hoffman teaches the following SLIS courses: Information Organization; Cataloging and Classification; Advanced Cataloging and Classification; and Collection Development.

Selected Publications

Snow, Karen, Gretchen L. Hoffman, Maurine McCourry, and Heather Moulaison Sandy. (In Press). “Phoenix or Dodo?: Re-Envisioning Cataloging Education.” In Re-Envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education, edited by Lindsay C. Sarin, Johnna Percell, Paul T. Jaeger, and John Carlo Bertot. Advances in Librarianship. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

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. 2015. “What Makes an Effective Cataloging Course? A Study of the Factors That Promote Learning.” Library Resources & Technical Services 59: 187-199.

Hoffman, Gretchen L. 2014. “Could the Functional Future of Bibliographic Control Change Cataloging Work? An Exploration Using Abbott.” In Functional Future for Bibliographic Control: Transitioning into New Communities of Practice and Awareness, edited by Shawne D. Miksa, 59-74. London: Routledge.

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