I have published the following book chapters and chapter-length conference-proceedings (or submitted them for publication):

(In press.) Evans, Lorraine and Karen Sobel. “Emotional Labor of Instruction Librarians: Causes, Impact and Management.” In Charissa Powell and Ingrid Ruffin, eds., The Emotional Self at Work in Higher Education. IGI Global, 2021.

Sobel, Karen. “Environmental Scanning.” In Envisioning the Future of Reference: Trends, Reflections, and Innovations, ed. Diane Zabel and Lauren Reiter. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2020, pp. 129-138.

Sobel, Karen. “Making Yourself Marketable for Academic Library Positions.” In The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit, edited by Megan Hodge. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2019, pp. 27-49.

Newell, Zachary and Karen Sobel. “Building a Practice of Social Justice: In Our Libraries, Our Communities, and Ourselves.” Conference Proceedings of the BOBCATSSS 2018 conference, Riga, Latvia: 13-17. PURL:

Newell, Zachary and Karen Sobel. “The Impact of Creativity on Information Literacy Instruction.” Conference Proceedings of the BOBCATSSS 2017 conference, Tampere, Finland. 2017: 126-130. PURL:

(Forthcoming.) Sobel, Karen. “Kinda Helpful, Kinda Confusing”: Coding Affective Information in Free Responses with the Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. In Learning Theory for Librarians, Ed. Jenny Dale and Lauren Pressley. (2016).

Sobel, Karen. “Information Literacy.” Chapter in the University of Colorado Denver’s online First-Year Seminar textbook (2013).

Grotti, Margaret G. and Karen Sobel. “Teaching with WorldCat Local: What’s Different?” In B. Sietz (Ed.), Proceedings of the 39th National LOEX Conference (Library Orientation Series No. 44). Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian Press, 2011.

Avery, Beth, Elizabeth Brodak, Julie Fronmueller, Nancy Huling, Paul M. Mascareñas, Erin McCaffrey, Sylvia Owens, and Karen Sobel. “Virtual Reference: Variations on a Theme in Academic Librares.” In Leading the Reference Renaissance: Today’s Ideas for Tomorrow’s Cutting-Edge Services, ed. Marie Radford. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2011: 181-194.

Thomas, Lisa Carlucci and Karen Sobel. “Stuck in the Middle with You,” The Generation X Librarian: Essays on Leadership, Technology, Pop Culture, Social Responsibility and Professional Identity, ed. Martin K. Wallace, Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, and Erik Sean Estep. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2010: 49-57.

Evans, Lorrie, Nina McHale, and Karen Sobel.  “Apples and Oranges: Creating A Hybrid Virtual Reference Service with Proprietary Chat Reference Software and Free Instant Messaging Services.” In Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends.  Ed. Marie L. Radford and L. David Lankes.  New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2010: 163-173.