Curriculum Vitae


2014-2019: PhD
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Research Interest: Embodied information practices

For my dissertation I investigated 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

Grants and Awards

NSN Member Grant - National Storytelling Network

Carnegie Grant - UNC SILS

Conference Travel Grant - UNC SILS

Akers Fellowship - UNC SILS

Asheim Fellowship - UNC SILS

HOPE Scholarship - Georgia Student Finance Commission

National Merit Scholarship - National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Refereed Journal Publications:
Jarrahi, M. H., & Nelson, S. B. (2018). Agency, sociomateriality, and configuration work. Information Society, 34(4), 244–260.

Sturm, B., & Nelson, S. B. (2017). What can folktales teach us about higher education teaching? Storytelling, Self, Society, 13(2), 170–194.

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.

Sturm, B. W., & Nelson, S. B. (2016). With our own words: Librarians’ perceptions of the values of storytelling in libraries. Storytelling, Self, Society, 12(1).

Book Sections:

Nelson, S. B., & Sturm, B. (2017). Storytelling. In J. McDonald & M. Levine-Clark (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (4th ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Refereed Conference Presentations, Posters, and Panels:
Nelson, S. B. (2018). "Safe for whom?: Censorship and safety on the reality storytelling stage" ALISE Conference, Denver, Colorado

Nelson, S. B., Sacchitello, A., & Sturm, B. (2017). Saying "Yes" to performing arts for STEM students, presented at National Communication Association Convention, Dallas, Texas.

Nelson, S. B.& Jarrahi, M. H. (2017). Too much information: Video conferencing for professional communication. In Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology (Vol. 54, pp. 764–765). Washington DC.

Nelson, S. B. (2017). "Voices from Two Renaissances: A Discussion Based on Oral Histories." National Storytelling Conference, Kansas City, Missouri

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.

Nelson, S. B. (2017). "Breathing life into read alouds." Georgia Conference on Children's Literature, Athens, Georgia

Nelson, S. B., & Whitehair, S., Cheng, A., Christian, R., Collins, R., Fink, D., Howe, J., Turner, S., (2016). "Getting personal: A performance & panel from the second renaissance." National Storytelling Conference, Kansas City, Missouri


iConference (2018)

ASIS&T's SIG-USE Workshop (2018)

International Journal of Information Management (2018)



Instructor and Graduate Research Assistant
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- INLS 490-247 Telling Your Story: Representing Yourself in a Business Setting
- INLS 501 Information Resources and Services (online)
INLS 513 Resource Selection and Evaluation (online)
- INLS 690-248 Oral Culture in Modern Times
- INLS 732 Children's Literature and Related Materials

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


Interests and Activities:
- Reality storytelling performer: Carapace, The Monti, The Moth
- Fringe performer: Atlanta Fringe Festival, Classic City Fringe Festival, Greensboro Fringe Festival
- Festival performer: Peachstate Storytelling Festival, Joyful Jewel Storytelling Festival, Stone Soup Storytelling Festival

- AthHalf Athens, Georgia
- Raleigh Rock and Roll Half and Full Marathon Raleigh, North Carolina 
- Le Tour de Carrboro Carrboro, North Carolina
- Lakeside Trail Race Browns Summit, North Carolina
Tobacco Road Marathon Cary, North Carolina
- Tarheel 10 Miler Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Philosopher's Way Trail Run Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Little River Trail Run Rougemont, North Carolina
- Jordan Lake 6 Hour Challenge Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Viking Dash Trail Run Raleigh, North Carolina