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Faculty: Nora Belzowski

Nora Belzowski

Nora Belzowski

Science and Engineering Librarian
Assistant Professor
Christopher Center, Room 268
(219) 464-5023
Nora.Belzowski (at)

Professor Nora Belzowski joined the Valparaiso University faculty in the summer of 2012. She is responsible for Information Literacy Program administration and leadership and is part of the Research Services team, a group that coordinates the library's marketing, outreach and programming.

Professor Belzowski teaches within the Information Literacy Program and develops the print and electronic collections for her liaison subject areas. She also works closely with the Valparaiso Writing Program.

Before joining the Christopher Center, Professor Belzowski received her Master of Library Science degree from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, Indianapolis. Her graduate work included directed research at the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries and an internship at the Saint Mary's College Cushwa-Leighton Library. Prof. Belzowski also has a MA degree in English and previously taught composition courses at Indiana University, South Bend.

Liaison Subject Areas

Environmental Studies
Geography and Meteorology 
Urban Studies


MLS – Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, Indianapolis
MA in English (writing concentration) – Indiana University, South Bend
BA (Majors: Philosophy and Humanistic Studies) – Saint Mary's College


Belzowski, Nora. The Middle Space. MA thesis. Indiana University South Bend, 2010. Print.

Belzowski, Nora F., J. Parker Ladwig, and Thurston Miller. "Crafting Identity, Collaboration, and Relevance for Academic Librarians Using Communities of Practice.Collaborative Librarianship 5.1 (2013): 3-15.


Intersections of Information Literacy and the Writing Program, Writing Intensive Curriculum Faculty Seminars, Valparaiso University, May 2016, April 2016 (2), December 2015 (2), November 2015, June 2013, August 2013.

When Patrons Give You Lemons: Using the Framework as a Tool for Communication & Student Learning, Curriculum Committee Workshop for Library Staff & Faculty, Valparaiso University, 2015.

When Faculty Give You Lemons: Using the Frames to Revolutionize the Library Visit, (with Mark Robison). Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium, Kokomo, IN, 2015.

Building a Culture of Equity and Inclusion Primer, (with Elizabeth Lynn). Valparaiso University Fall Faculty Workshop, 2015.

Building a Culture of Equity and Inclusion, (with Trisha Mileham). Professional Development Workshop for CCLIR Library Faculty and Staff, 2015.

Faculty Learning Community Panel Presentations, Valparaiso University.
Applying Memory Science to the Classroom, 2015
The Flipped Classroom, 2014

Invited panelist: Flipped Classrooms, Annual Process Education Conference, June 2014 

Invited presenter: Realistic Role Play, Symposium on Innovative Pedagogy, Valparaiso University, October 2013 

Presenter: Going Vertical Together: An Interdisciplinary Infusion of Information Literacy with Research Writing in the Disciplines, Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, August 2013

Presenter: TREATS Writing and Information Literacy Workshop, April 2013
Presenter: Brown Bag Information Sessions on Faculty Learning Communities, April 2013:

  • Workshop One (2 sessions): Introduction to Faculty Learning Communities
  • Workshop Two (2 sessions): Faculty Learning Communities at Valpo

Presenter: Circulation Sluggish? Try These Remedies, Indiana Library Federation Conference, November 2012

Presenter: TREATS Information Literacy Workshop, November 2012

Presenter: Communities of Practice: Crafting Identity and Relevance for Librarians, University of Notre Dame, April 2012

University Awards

Committee to Enhance Learning and Teaching, $900 Travel Grant, May 2014
Committee to Enhance Learning and Teaching, $700 Travel Grant, October 2012

Professional Organizations

American Library Association
Division - Association of College and Research Libraries
Sections - Science and Technology, University Libraries, College Libraries, Instruction
Roundtable - Library Instruction

Research Interests

Communities of practice/Faculty learning communities
Student learning theory
Information literacy pedagogies 
History of information culture

Other Interests

Rare books, stargazing, Woody Guthrie, gadgets, mysteries, nature, coffee…. Professor Belzowski lives with her husband Mike on 13 acres in La Porte County, within a few miles of Lake Michigan. They have two dogs, Poppy and Maddie, and three strange and neurotic cats called Beatrice, Lola and Fred Weasley.