Lauren Mandel

  • Associate Professor, Director
  • Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
  • Phone: 401.874.4646
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  • Office Location: Rodman Hall, Rm 107


Dr. Mandel has worked at the University of Rhode Island since 2012. She teaches courses in management and leadership, information science and technology, research methods, and history of books.

Dr. Mandel has experience working in public, academic, and special libraries (historical societies/archives). She has worked in reference, programming, children’s and YA services, and circulation. Dr. Mandel is originally from South Florida.


Wayfinding, library facilities, library signage, public libraries, use of GIS in LIS, research methods education in LIS


  • Ph.D., Library and Information Studies, Florida State University, 2012
  • M.S., Library and Information Science with Archives Management Concentration, Simmons College, 2005
  • B.A., History, Vassar College, 2001

Selected Publications

Mandel, L. H. (2017). Experiencing research firsthand: The “unClassroom” experiential learning approach to teaching research methods in an LIS master’s program, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 58(4), 187-201.

Mandel, L. H. (2017). Wayfinding research in library and information studies: State of the field, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 12(2), 133-148.

Mandel, L. H., & Johnston, M. P. (2017). Evaluating library signage: A systematic method for conducting a library signage inventory. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 51(1), 150-161. Online first

Mandel, L. H. (2016). Understanding and describing users’ wayfinding behavior in public library facilities. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 50(1), 23-33. Online first.

Mandel, L. H. (2016). Visualizing the library as place. Performance Measurement and Metrics, 17(2), 165-174.

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