Nora Belzowski

Nora Belzowski

Director, Information Literacy Program
Associate Professor of Library Science
Christopher Center, Room 268
(219) 464-5023
Nora.Belzowski (at)

Professor Nora Belzowski joined the Valparaiso University faculty in the summer of 2012. She provides administration and leadership for Valpo’s Information Literacy Program and is the librarian for science and engineering. 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

College of Engineering
Environmental Studies
Geography and Meteorology


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 and Mark Robison. "Kill the One-Shot: Using a Collaborative Rubric to Liberate the Librarian–Instructor Partnership." Journal of Library Administration, 2019. Available at:

Arteaga, Roberto, Nora Belzowski, Rachael Muszkiewicz, and Mark Robison. “Welcome to Your Library: How an Orientation Can Set Up International Students for Academic Success” Improving Library Services in Support of International Students and English as a Second Language (ESL) Learners. Eds. Leila Rod-Welch and Kendra Skellen.
(Refereed chapter. Forthcoming.)

Belzowski, Nora, Kristi Bugajski. “The Utility of Social Media for Teaching Information Has Value.” Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice. Eds. Janna L. Mattson and Mary K. Oberlies. Chicago, IL:Association of College and Research Libraries Press, 2018. Print.

Sullivan, William. “Mastering New Worlds of Information Literacy at Valparaiso University.” The Power of Integrated Learning: Higher Education for Success in Life, Work, and Society. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC, 2016. Print. (Contributor)

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.

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


Invited Webcast: Framing Information Literacy: Information has Value (with Kristi Bugajski). Association of College and Research Libraries e-Learning Webcast Series, August 2018. 

Facilitator: Google: Getting Students from Surface to Deep Searching. Academic Libraries of Indiana Information Literacy Unconference, July 2018.

Poster: Kill the One-Shot: Using a Collaboration Rubric to Liberate the Librarian-Instructor Partnership (with Mark Robison). American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 2018.

Information Literacy in the Arts, Faculty Seminar, Valparaiso University, January 2018

Intersections of Information Literacy and the Writing Program, Writing Intensive Curriculum Faculty Seminars, Valparaiso University, August 2018, November 2017, 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

Flipped Classrooms, Invited by Academy of Process Educators conference organizers to serve as panelist, Process Education Conference, Valparaiso University, 2014.

Realistic Role Play, Invited by the Valparaiso Institute of Teaching and Learning to serve as panelist, Symposium on Innovative Pedagogy, Valparaiso University, 2013.

Going Vertical Together: An Interdisciplinary Infusion of Information Literacy with
Research Writing in the Disciplines, (with Trisha Mileham, Debra Dew, Rachael Muszkiewicz, and Jon Bull) Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah GA, 2013.

TREATS Writing and Information Literacy Workshop, Valparaiso University, 2013, 2012.

Introduction to Faculty Learning Communities and Faculty Learning Communities at Valpo, Brown Bag Information Sessions on Faculty Learning Communities, four sessions, 2013.

Circulation Sluggish? Try These Remedies, (with Suzanne Hinnefeld) Indiana Library Federation Conference, Indianapolis IN, 2012.

Communities of Practice: Crafting Identity and Relevance for Librarians, (with J. Parker Ladwig and Thurston Miller) University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN, 2012.

University Awards

Committee to Enhance Learning and Teaching, $120 Travel Grant, May 2015
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

Information literacy program administration
Curriculum design
Education theory
Information literacy pedagogies 
History of information culture
Communities of practice/Faculty learning communities

Other Interests

Rare books, Legos, 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.