Curriculum Vitae


2014-Present: PhD (expected)
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Research Interest: Contemporary oral communication

For my dissertation I am investigating information practices within Carapace, a reality storytelling community

2009–2011: Specialist in Education (EdS) in Learning Design and Technology, School Library Media
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Thesis project: American Librarian

Description: This project details my experience volunteering with the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library in Norwich, UK. In the site, I especially highlight the particular issues an American librarian might face working in a foreign country.

2006–2007: Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS)
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Focus: Children's Library Services

2002–2006: Ars Baccalaureate - Latin, English
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Study abroad - Rome, Italy 
2005, UGA Department of Classics

Phi Kappa Literary and Debate Society


Jarrahi, M. H., Nelson, S. B., & Thomson, L. (2017). Personal artifact ecologies in the context of mobile knowledge workers. Computers in Human Behavior, 75, 469–483. 

Nelson, S. B., Jarrahi, M. H., & Thomson, L. (2017). Mobility of knowledge work and affordances of digital technologies. International Journal of Information Management, 37(2), 54-62.

Nelson, S. B., & Sturm, B. (in press). “Storytelling.” The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Sturm, B., & Nelson, S. B. (in press). "With our own words: Librarians' perceptions of the values of storytelling in libraries." Storytelling, Self, Society

Refereed Conference Papers:
Nelson, S.B., & Kaplan, S. (2017). That's not funny!: Understanding AskReddit users by the jokes they tell, presented at Chicago Ethnography Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 2017.

Nelson, S.B. (2017, March). Presenter, "Breathing Life into Read Alouds." Georgia Conference on Children's Literature, Athens, Georgia

Nelson, S.B. (2016, October), Presenter, "Meet me on the Porch: Presentation of Research on the Roots of Reality Storytelling." Stories on the Edge of Night, Atlanta, Georgia

Nelson, S.B., & Whitehair, S. (2016, July). Moderators, "Getting Personal: A Performance & Panel from the Second Renaissance." National Storytelling Conference, Kansas City, Missouri

Nelson, S. B. (2016, July). Presenter, "Taking Stories Off the Page." NSN Day of Community Outreach, Kansas City, Missouri

Nelson, S.B. (2014, January). Presenter, "Oral Immersion." Peach State Storytelling Festival, Atlanta, Georgia

Nelson, S.B. (2013, November). Poster, "Inspiring Student Authors Through Personal Storytelling." American Association of School Libraries Conference, Hartford, Connecticut

Academic Background:

Information Science: Storytelling, Oral performance, Oral tradition, Jokes
Libraries: Public libraries, School libraries, Children's programs, Children's literature
Latin: Language, Literature, Culture
English: Literature, American Lit


2002-2006 National Merit



Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- INLS 490-247 Telling Your Story: Representing Yourself in a Business Setting
- INLS 690-248 Oral Culture in Modern Times
- INLS 732 Children's Literature and Related Materials
- INLS 513 Resource Selection and Evaluation

Graduate Research Assistant
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Gathered literature to support research
- Transcribed and coded interviews
- Co-authored research articles

2010-2014: Lower School Librarian 
The Lovett School - Atlanta, Georgia
- Taught library class to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students
- Managed the collection
- Assisted students and teachers with location and use of library materials

2008-2009: Program Volunteer
2nd Air Division Memorial Library - Norwich, United Kingdom
- Created a collection of American picture books
- Delivered programs on American culture and WWII

2007-2008: Children's Library Assistant
Athens-Clarke County Library - Athens Library
- Delivered weekly preschool storytimes
- Created and presented puppet shows and other special programs
- Assisted patrons in location and use of library materials

2006-2007: Graduate Assistant
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- Organized SLIS periodical collection
- Assisted professor with preparation of class materials


Interests and Activities:
- Attendee/performer of the live shows Carapace and The Moth (Asheville) 
- Listener of The MothRisk, Story Collider, and Snap Judgement podcasts
- Fringe performer
- Festival performer
- Workshop presenter

- AthHalf Athens, Georgia 2014 & 2015
- Raleigh Rock and Roll Half Marathon Raleigh, North Carolina 2015, Full Marathon 2016