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Delia Neuman

Professor Emerita

Information Science

Dr. Neuman is interested in information literacy and in the ways in which people — particularly K-12 students — use information and information resources for learning. Her research has involved several studies that address her I-LEARN model for learning with information: identifying a problem or question that can be addressed through information; locating information, either recorded or in the environment, related to that problem or question; evaluating the quality and relevance of the information; applying the information to complete a learning task; reflecting on the product and process represented by the I, L, E, and A steps; and instantiating the knowledge gained so that it can be used in the future. Dr. Neuman previously taught the doctoral research seminar in qualitative research and a course in the instructional role of the information specialist as well as several courses in the College’s School Library Media (SLiM) Concentration, which she directed: school library programs and services and the field study in school library media.


  • PhD, Education, The Ohio State University
    • Major department: Educational Theory and Practice
    • Areas of interest: Instructional systems design, computer based education, naturalistic inquiry, exceptional children
    • Dissertation title: Learning Disabilities and Microcomputer Courseware: A Qualitative Study of Students’ and Teachers’ Interactions with Instructional Dimensions
    • Advisor: Dr. Keith A. Hall
  • AM, English, University of Michigan
    • Major area of interest: Prose fiction
    • Thesis title: “A Handsome Wholeness of Effect”: Technical Aspects of Henry James’s The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl
  • Certificate of completion, Publishing Procedures Course, Radcliffe College
  • AB, English, cum laude and with departmental honors, Chestnut Hill College
    • Area of specialization: Anglo-Irish Literature
    • Honors thesis title: “A Terrible Beauty Is Born”: Literature Arising from Ireland’s Easter Rebellion.
    • Minor: French

Research/Teaching Interests

Learning in information-rich environments, instructional systems design, the use of media for learning, and school library media

Select Publications

  • Neuman, D. (2014). Qualitative research in educational communications and technology: A brief introduction to principles and procedures. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 26(1), 69-86.
  • Neuman, D. (2013). I-LEARN: Information literacy for learners (pp. 111-117). In Kurbanoglu, S., Grassian, E., Mizrachi, D., Catts, R., & Spiranec, S. (Eds.). Worldwide Commonalities and Challenges in Information Literacy Research and Practice. New York: Springer.
  • Neuman, D. (2011) Constructing knowledge in the 21st century: I-LEARN and using information as a tool for learning. School Library Media Research, 14.
  • Neuman, D. (2011). Learning in information-rich environments: I-LEARN and the construction of knowledge in the 21st century. New York: Springer.

Grant Awards

  • School of Education, Drexel University, 2012. Increasing the InformationTechnology and Digital Literacies of Teachers and Students at the Morton McMichael School. With Allen Grant (PI), M. J. Tecce DeCarlo, and Vera Lee. $5,000
  • U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2010. Partners in School Improvement: Drexel University and the School District of Philadelphia. With Lois McGee and Rachelle Nocito, School District of Philadelphia, and Janet Malloy, Associationof Philadelphia School Librarians. $622,963.
  • U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2003.The University of Maryland and the District of Columbia Public Schools: Partners in School Reform. With BesterD. Bonner, Director of Library Media Services, District of Columbia Public Schools. $209,026.
  • American Library Association, Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant, 1991. High School Students Use of Databases: Implications from Instructional Systems Design. $10,000.
  • Surrattsville High School/CLIS Cooperative Project. With University of Maryland Professors Aversa, Liesener, and Marchionini, 1989-90. $1,700

Awards & Recognition

  • Annual Achievement Award, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 2012
  • Librarian of the Year Award, Association of Philadelphia School Librarians, 2011
  • Distinguished Service Award, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 2005
  • ETR&D Research Reviewer Award, 2004
  • National faculty, Syracuse University PLUS Program, 2003
  • Research mentor, Treasure Mountain Research Retreat, 2002
  • Best Journal Article Award, Division of Instructional Development, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 1995

Professional Activities & Associations

Offices and Committee Memberships in Organizations:

  • American Association of School Librarians
  • Highsmith Research Grant Award Committee, 1993-94, 1997-98
  • Vision Committee (joint committee with AECT), 1995-98
  • Research and Statistics Committee, 1996-98
  • Judy M. Pitts Research Forum Judge, 1996-97
  • Research Committee, 1993-96
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Research, Education, and Information in School Libraries SIG, 2007-present;
  • Chair, 2009-10; Treasurer, 2012-13
  • American Library Association
  • Committee on Accreditation Review Panel, School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, 1998
  • Committee on Accreditation Review Panel, College of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, 1995
  • Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant Jury, 1995
  • Research and Statistics Committee, 1994-96
  • Association for the Development of Computer Based Instructional Systems
  • Chair, Special Interest Group for Educators of the Handicapped, and Member,
  • Special Interest Group Council, 1986-88