Gail Egbers
Robert A.L. Mortvedt Library
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma Wa  98447
Phone:  (253)535-8869
Fax:  (253)536-5110

M.A., Library Science, University of Denver, August 1973

B.A., English, Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, NE, May 1973


Associate Professor; Reference/Instruction Librarian, Pacific Lutheran University,
Tacoma, WA February 1992-present. Chair--Reference Department 2002-

Assistant Professor, (User Education Coordinator), University Libraries, University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln NE. June 1988-January 1992.

Instructor, Information Services, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE. August 1986-May
1988--Reference/Bibliographic Instruction Librarian. July 1984-August 1986--Circulation/Bibliographic
Instruction Librarian.


Crit 117 (Critical Conversations) "It's a Mystery to Me" Spring semester, 1999, 2001-2002.


“Is Sister Fidelma a Credible Historical Character?”  Mystery Readers International, Irish Mysteries
Volume 24, No. 2, Summer 2008.

“History Day: Successful High School/University Cooperation”, ACRL Washington Newsletter, Number 28, Spring 2006 (

"View from the Reference Desk", Prism, 7(1-2):10, Spring 1994

"Teaching Library Skills through University Libraries", Teaching at UNL, 12, no. 2:1-2, September

"Marketing Without a Plan", NLAQ, 21, no. 2:5-10, Summer 1990. Co-authors: Joan Giesecke, Kay
Logan-Peters, and Deb Pearson)

"SPICE Programs in Nebraska", College and Research Library News, 50:840-845, October 1989.
(Co-author: Joan Giesecke)


“Everybody Loves a Mystery” (Part of Tacoma Reads Together) May 25, 2010—panel discussion with Adam Woog, Mary Levesque and Julie Ciccarelli. (  

PLU Faculty House Noon Presentation, November 30, 2005 “Libraries at Oxford”

PLU Faculty Fall Conference, August 2004 "Where, How and Why to Introduce First Year Students to Research" (Co-presenter: Kate Grieshaber)

AAUW, Gig Harbor, WA. "Women in Medieval/Renaissance Mystery Fiction" February 2000.

Feminist Scholarship Series "Women in Medieval Mystery Fiction" November 1998. Pacific Lutheran

Wild Women on the Web November 4, 1996, Pacific Lutheran University.

PLU Faculty Fall Conference. August 31, 1995. "Education on the Internet". (Co-presenters: Wayne
Carp, Terry Ford, Lenny Reisberg, and Dean Waldow)

Faculty House Noon Presentation. March 15, 1995. "Murder She Writes: Washington Women Mystery Writers".

WLA-ILL Spring Regional Workshop. May 14, 1993. "Information Explosion--Boon or Bane?"

WLA Conference. April 22, 1993. "CD-ROMS and the Librarians Who Love Them: The Self-Help
Guide to Library Instruction and CD-ROMS". (Co-presenters: Andrea Kueter, Nancy Kendall,
Lori Ricigliano, Rebecca Harner, Linda Lambert, and Susan McDonald)

University of Nebraska-Omaha Staff Development Program. September 18, 1991. "Marketing Without
a Plan--Update". (Co-presenter: Deb Pearson)

UNL Teaching and Learning Center Workshop. September 18 and September 19, 1990. "Designing
Effective Library Assignments". (Co-presenters: Kathleen Johnson and Eva Sartori)

Faculty College. May 15, 1990. "Library Technology" (Co-presenter: Anita Cook)

Nebraska Library Association-College and University Section. Spring Meeting. May 25, 1990.
"Marketing Without a Plan". (Co-presenter: Deb Pearson)

Nebraska Library Association Fall Conference. October 30, 1987. Roundtable Discussion Leader "The Reference Interview-What Do They Really Want?"

ESU #8/Norfolk Public Schools' Preopening Workshop. August 19, 1987. "The College Library and the Community".


American Library Association
      Association of College and Research Libraries
        Instruction Section
              Education for BI Committee 1991-92
         Women's Studies Section
         Anthropology and Sociology Section
               Anthropology Librarians' Discussion Group--Co-convener 2001-2002; Convener
              Review & Planning Committee--2001-2005.
          Reference and User Services Association 2006-
        Management of Reference Committee 2007-present    
          University Libraries Section
   Junior Members' Roundtable 1984-1991
        President's Program Committee, 1988-89
        Fundraising Committee 1988-89
    Library Instruction Round Table
        Professional Associations Networking Committee, 1989-1994 Chair, 1992-1993
        Continuing Education Committee, 1994-96
        Computer Applications Committee, 1998-2000

Washington State ACRL

CLUE (Consortium Librarians for User Education)

Mountain Plains Library Association 1984-1992
     Academic Section
     Junior Members' Roundtable
        Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, 1989-1990
        Baker & Taylor/Grassroots Grant Committee Chair, 1989-1990
    New Members' Roundtable
        Chair, 1990-91
Nebraska Library Association 1984-1992
      College and University Section
      Junior Members' Roundtable
         Chair, Program Committee, 1987
         Treasurer, 1987-1988
         Vice Chair/Chair Elect, 1988-89
         Chair, 1989-1990
      New Members' Roundtable
         Affiliates Representative, 1990-1992
      Fall Convention-Special Activities Committee
         Co-Chair, 1989

Pacific Lutheran University

 Mortvedt Library/Information Resources/Information & Technology Services
  CDO Committee, 1992-present
  Library Policy Committee, 1992-1993
  Celebrations Team, 1993-1996
     Coordinator, 1993-1996
Internet Committee, Spring 1994-1996
Assessment and Planning Committee, 2000-2001
PAC Committee, 2000-2001
Operations Committee 2000-2001
Haley Center Committee 1998-2004
Information Resources/Information & Technology Services Leadership Group 2002-2009
Information Services Merger Committee 2008-present
Information Access Committee  2002-2009

Women's Center
  Advisory Board, 1993-1999
  Women's History Month Committee, 1993-2003
      Women's History Month Coordinator, 1993-1994

Center for Teaching and Learning
     Policy Committee, 1993-2004
     Table of Contents Service, 1993-present

Instructional Resources Committee, 1993-1996; ad hoc 2000-2002; 2004
     Co-chair 1995-96
     Library Sub-committee, 1993-1996
          Chair 1995-96
      Capital Improvements Committee 2005-2007

Faculty Affairs Committee Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Benefits Committee 2000, 2002

KPLU New Building Planning Committee 2006

Faculty Awards Committee 2004, 2005

Bookstore Advisory Committee 2006-2007

Program Leaders 2002-present


Green Dot Training May 10-13, 2010

Threat Assessment Virtual Conference April 29, 2010

Wild Hope Seminar 2007-2008

“Welcoming Diversity”—PLU—October 2007

“Leadership Seminar—Part 2” September 2006-May 2007--PLU

“Libraries and Librarianship:  Past, Present & Future”, May 16-29, 2004; Oxford, England (as part of my sabbatical)

“Leadership Seminar” September 2003-May 2004--PLU

“Exploring Transformative Pedagogies” Workshop Spring 2003; PLU.

“Sustainability Workshop” June 2003   PLU

“Time Management Workshop” December 2002; Seattle

“Institute for Information Literacy—Immersion Workshop” August 2002; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Sharon Parks Workshop May 1999, PLU

Washington ACRL Workshop, November 1998, Centralia, WA

Freshman Core Workshop May 1998, August 1998, December 1998, May 1999, August 1999, PLU

Robert Keagen Workshop May 1998 PLU


Canadian Government—matching grant for library materials—1999-2005, 2008-2010
Center for Teaching and Learning Grant--to attend Immersion Workshop 2002
Regency Award—to attend Critical Thinking Workshop—1999


National History Day—Judge 2007-2009

American Library Association
  Libraries Build Communities: New Orleans, June 2006; Washington DC, June 2007; Chicago, IL, July, 2009.

  Volunteer during fund drives, 1992-present

Pierce Co. United Way
  Advisory Board, Management and Grant Resources Library, 1992-1996

Bethany Lutheran Church, Spanaway WA
 Council Member 2003-2006
  Nominating Committee 2006
 Centennial Celebration Committee 1996-1998            
  Learning Committee 2000-present
PLU Volunteer day participant 1998
Coordinator Mystery Book Club at Tacoma Borders Store

Washington Cornhuskers
    Co-Coordinator of South Sound Game Watch 2006-
    Volunteer Co-ordinator
Rainiers Game Coordinator 2003-2004