Dolores Fidishun, Ed.D.

Librarian, Penn State Libraries; Head Librarian, Penn State Great Valley



    • Computer training
    • Women and computing
    • Library personnel issues
    • Adult education and libraries
    • Instructional design
    • Instructional technology

Professional Activities

    • Librarian / Media Specialist, Bensalem Township School District
    • Library Media Specialist / Library Coordinator, Palisades School District
    • Head of Audiovisual Services, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
    • Head of Audiovisual Services, Widener University 


    • Ed. D. -  Widener University, Leadership in Higher Education
    • M.Ed. - Widener University, Adult Education 
    • M.S.L.S. - Drexel University, Library and Information Science 
    • B.S. - Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Library Education 

Research Interests

    • Adult learning and technology
    • Women and computing
    • Library technology: implementation and training
    • Library client interface
    • Library-computer center interface
    • Libraries and adult students
    • Use of technology by pre-service teachers 


Articles published in refereed journals 

Fidishun, Dolores. “Women and the Public Library: Using Technology, Using the Library.”  Library Trends. 56(2):328-343 (Fall 2007). Special issue on Gender Issues in Information Needs and Services.

Fidishun, Dolores. “Using technology: What does gender have to do with it?” TechTrends. 46(6):3 (2002).

Fidishun, Dolores. “Symbolic Interactionism and Library Research: Using a Qualitative Methodology to Understand Library Interchange.” portal: Libraries and the Academy. 2(3):443-45 (July 2002).

Fidishun, Dolores.  “Listening to Our Side: Computer Training Issues of Middle-age and Older Women.”  Women’s Studies Quarterly. 29(3/4):103-125 (Fall 2001). 

Fidishun, Dolores. “People Servers vs. Information Providers: The Impact of Service Orientation on Technology Training.”  Information Technology and Libraries.  20(1): 29-33 (March 2001).

Fidishun, Dolores.  “Teaching Adult Students to Use Computerized Resources:  Utilizing Lawler’s Keys to Adult Learning to Make Instruction More Effective.”  Information Technology and Libraries 19(3): 157-158 (2000).

Refereed Journal Issue Edited 

TechTrends:  Gender and Technology issue, 46(6) (November/December 2002).

Manuscripts accepted in refereed journals 

Bell, Valerie and Fidishun, Dolores. “Learning From Each Other: Student Teachers, Cooperating Teachers And Technology.” International Journal of Instructional Media. vol. 36 no. 2

Fidishun, Dolores. “Finding Their Own Way: How Women Learn to Use Technology in a Workplace Setting.” Feminist Teacher. Special Technology Issue

Fidishun, Dolores and Phelps, Connie.  “Women, Computers and Women’s Studies Libraries: Where are we now?” Journal of International Women’s Studies.

Manuscripts accepted in refereed monographs 

Fidishun, Dolores, Meyer, Julie, Murray, Mary and Riley, Carol. “Using Course Management Systems for Staff Development” in An Introduction To Staff Development In Academic Libraries. Hayworth Information Press. (article concept and outline, coordinated writing, put overall article together and finalized revisions from referees). Chapter completed and revised as per reviewer suggestions. Anticipated publication date October 2008).

Refereed proceedings 

Fidishun, Dolores.  “Views From the Computer Center; What They Wish We Knew.” Proceeding of Fostering Successful Learning: The Eleventh Annual Instructional Technology Conference. Murfreesboro, TN. ( 2006).

Fidishun, Dolores.  “Andragogy and Technology:  Integrating Adult Learning Theory As We Teach With Technology” in Proceedings of Extending the Frontiers of Teaching and Learning: the Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference 2000, Murfreesboro, TN (2000).

Fidishun, Dolores.  “Can We Still Do Business as Usual:  Adult Students and the New Paradigm of Library Service” in Proceedings of the Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference, Nashville, TN (1997). 

Fidishun, Dolores.  “Factors in the Acceptance or Rejection of Computer Training By Older Women” in Proceedings of The National Adult Learner Conference:  Programs to Attract, Retain, and Educate Older Students, p. 65, University of South Carolina, Division of Regional Campuses & Continuing Education, Irving, TX (1996).

Accepted book proposal 

Fidishun, Dolores. Utilizing Adult Learning Principles for Technology Training: Methods and Solutions.  IGI Global Publishers.

Selected articles published in non-refereed journals 

Fidishun, Dolores.  “Women’s Studies in the Year 2000.”  College and Research Library News.  Pg. 674 (September 2000). 

Fidishun, Dolores (Co-author) and Valerie Bell.  “Computer Use by Student Teachers: Are We Entering a New World?” Journal of Interactive Instruction Development 13(1): 33-40 (Summer 2000).

Fidishun, Dolores.  “Inquiring and Learning Between the Lines:  Interdisciplinary Research and the Academic Library. Report on the 1999 Women’s Studies Section Program.”  College and Research Library News. Pp. 626, 628 (September 1999). 

Parts of books 

Fidishun, Dolores.  Technology-based Learning and Adult Learners:  Lessons From Practice in Teaching with Technology:  Rethinking Tradition edited by Les Lloyd, pp. 215-221.  Information Today, Medford, NJ (2000).

Fidishun, Dolores.  Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin in Notable Women of the Physical Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary, edited by Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, pp. 286-291.  Greenwood Press, Westport, CT (1997).


Fidishun, Dolores and Linda Krikos.  HIV/AIDS Information for Women: From the Archives to the Street:  Select Video Guide.  Distributed at the ACRL Women's Studies Section program at American Library Association Conference, June 30, 1997.