Sarah Park Dahlen

Assistant Professor

651-690-6802

spark@stkate.edu

Sarah Park Dahlen is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches courses on children’s and young adult materials, children's and young adult library services, storytelling, social justice, and library and information science. Currently, she is examining representations of transracially adopted Koreans in children's literature and the information behaviors of transnationally adopted Koreans. She co-edited a children's and young adult multicultural literature textbook with Dr. Jamie Naidoo titled Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading (ALA Editions, 2012). Her next project examines race in the Harry Potter series.

  • Representations of the Korean diaspora in children's literature
  • Children's librarianship
  • Library services to underserved populations
  • Information Seeking Behavior
  • Social justice
  • Transracial adoption
  • Korean diasporic history

Master of Science, Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, 2009

Ph.D., Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, 2009

Master of Arts, Asian American Studies
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 2004

Bachelor of Arts, History & Asian American Studies
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, 2002

St. Catherine University. (2015). Faculty mentor recognition (MLIS program)

St. Catherine University. (2013). Faculty mentor recognition (Asian Women's Association)

St. Catherine University. (2013). Teaching award - nominee

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Asian Pacific American Book List," website, ALA APALA

Naidoo, J. "Cultural Competence in the Lives of Digital Youth: Diversity Programming, Books, and Digital Media (contributor)," Santa Barbara, Libraries Unlimited

Dahlen, S. "The Politics of Representation: Children’s and Young Adult Literature Depicting Korean Transracial Adoption," Springer

Book Chapter

Dahlen, S. Birth Searching: Transnationally Adopted Koreans in Search of Self. Ymitri Mathison, Growing Up Asian American. Mississippi, University of Mississippi Press

Dahlen, S. (2013). Evaluating Children’s Books about Transracial Asian Adoption. Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors through Reading. Chicago, ALA Editions

Dahlen, S. We Need Diverse Books: Publishing, Equity, and Children’s Literature. Nathalie op de Beeck, Twenty-First Century Literature and the Child, Palgrave

Dahlen, S. Who Is “The Other?” Alvin Ho: Not Allergic to Playing Indian, Feathers, and Other Stereotypical Things. Annette Wannamaker and Jennifer Miskec, The Early Reader in Children's Literature and Culture, Routledge

Edited Book

Dahlen, S. & Wesseling, L. Children's Literature Association Quarterly - Special Issue on Orphans, Foster Care and Adoption, Maryland, JHU Press

Dahlen, S. & Naidoo, J. (2013). Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading, Chicago, ALA Editions

Magazine or Trade Publication

Dahlen, S. (2013). Windows and Mirrors: Reading Diverse Children's Literature, Minneapolis, MN, Gazillion Voices

Journal Article

Dahlen, S. & Kanani’Opua Pelayo-Lozada, L. (2015). "Day of Diversity: Extending the Dialogue, Encouraging the Action." Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children.

Dahlen, S. (2015). "Adventures Through a Cultural Looking Glass & What We Found There: Trends in Diverse Children's Literature in the US and Beyond." USBBY IBBY Regional Conference - Diversity Panel

Dahlen, S. (2015). "Whose Stories Get Told by Whom." Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference, The Loft, Minneapolis, MN

Dahlen, S. (2015). "Building a Diverse Collection: The Imperative for Diverse Children's Books." Wixom Public Library Youth Services Committee In-Service Workshop

Dahlen, S. (2015). "Reading Adoption: Korean Transracial Adoption in American Youth Literature." Hawai'i Association of School LIbrarians Spring Conference

Dahlen, S. (2015). "Workshop Facilitator "Show Me the Diversity"." Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action in Children's Literature and Library Programming, American Library Association Midwinter Conference, Chicago, IL

Dahlen, S. (2015). "Praxis and Partnership: Collaborating with Hennepin County Library to Empower and Transform Incarcerated Youth." Mirrors & Window: Reflections on Social Justice & Re-Imagining LIS Education: Association for Library and Information Science Education, Chicago, IL

Dahlen, S. (2015). "Social Justice as Topic and Tool in the LIS Classroom." Mirrors and Window: Reflections on Social Justice & Re-Imagining LIS Education: Association for Library and Information Science Education, Chicago, IL

Dahlen, S. (2015). "Writing the Other: A Discussion of Writing Culturally Diverse Literature." Hamline University MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program

Dahlen, S. (2014). "Being Asian in the Wizarding World: Harry Potter, Cho Chang, and Me." Six Degrees of Harry Potter, Professor Jenny McDougal, English Department, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

Dahlen, S. (2014). "What's Wrong With Being Exotic? A Guide for Writing Children's Culturally Diverse Literature." Hamline MFA Program

Dahlen, S. (2014). "Opening Keynote: Korean Adoption and Children's Literature." Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network

Dahlen, S. (2014). "Library Programming, Collections, and Outreach to Adoptive Families." Global Contexts and Social Justice in Youth Literature

Dahlen, S. (2014). "Ching Chong Cho Chang: What Happens when you ‘Happen’ to be Asian in the Wizarding World." Diverging Diversities: Plurality in Children’s and Young Adult Literature Then and Now: Children’s Literature Association, Columbia, SC

Dahlen, S. (2014). "Teaching Social Justice In and Through Youth Literature: Content, Context and Compassion." Syllabus Exchange at Diverging Diversities: Plurality in Children’s and Young Adult Literature Then and Now: Children’s Literature Association

Dahlen, S. (2014). "Library Programming, Collections, and Outreach to Adoptive Families." Guest lecture in U of Alabama Intercultural Perspectives in Youth Literature course

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Being Asian in the Wizarding World: Harry Potter, Cho Chang, and Me." Six Degrees of Harry Potter, Professor Cecelia Konchar-Farr, English Department, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Library Programming, Collections and Outreach to Adoptive Families." Global Perspectives in Library and Information Science, Professor Rae-Ann Montague, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Library Programming, Collections and Outreach Services to MN’s Adoptive Families." Libraries Rock!: Minnesota Library Association conference, St. Cloud, MN

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Asian American Children's Literature." Literature for Children and Adolescents, Professor Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Mediating the ‘Angry’ Adoptee." Children’s Literature and Media Cultures, The 21st Biennial Congress of International Research Society for Children’s Literature. Maastricht, The Netherlands

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Digital Lives, Diverse Stories: Connecting Youth, Books and Digital Media to Promote Cultural Competence." Children’s Literature and Media Cultures, The 21st Biennial Congress of International Research Society for Children’s Literature. Maastricht, The Netherlands

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Storying Adoption: Representations of Transracial Korean Adoption in Youth Literature." Summer Chatauqua at St. Catherine University

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Storying Adoption: Representations of Transracial Korean Adoption in Youth Literature." Global Contexts and Social Justice in Youth Literature, Instructor Karla Lucht, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Who is ‘The Other’? Alvin Ho: Not Allergic to Playing Indian, Feathers, and Other Stereotypical Things." SCU MLIS Faculty Coffee Hour

Dahlen, S. (2013). "The Beauty of Subversion: Asking the Difficult Questions in Youth Research, Teaching, and Practice." Always the Beautiful Question: Inquiry Supporting Teaching, Research and Professional Practice: Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference, Seattle, WA

Park, S. (2012). "MLA and YOU: Knowledge Networking for New Students and Librarians." Minnesota Library Association

Park, S. (2012). "Asian American Children’s Literature & Programming: Imagine the Possibilities." Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Kansas City, MO

Park, S. (2012). "Storying Adoption." Stranger in a Strange Land: Exploring Texts and Media for Young People Across Cultures and Continents, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Dahlen, S. (2012). "Transracial Adoption and the Library." Intellectual Freedom and Censorship, Instructor Loretta Gaffney, Graduate School of Library & Information Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Park, S. (2012). "ALA Office for Diversity and Spectrum Doctoral Recruitment Webinar Series." ALA webinar

Dahlen, S. (2012). "Picturing Adoption: Issues in Transnational Korean Adoption." Local, Regional, and Global Intersections in Library and Information Science, Professor Rae-Anne Montague, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dahlen, S. (2012). "Picturing Adoption: Representations of Transracially Adopted Koreans in Children’s Literature." Intercultural Perspectives in Youth Literature, Professor Jamie Naidoo, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Park, S. (2012). "Diversity in Youth Services and Beyond." Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference

Park, S. (2011). "Mis/Understanding the ‘Angry’ Adoptee." Revolt! Rebellion! Protest! Change and Insurrection in Children’s Literature: Children’s Literature Association

Park, S. & Crisp, T. (2011). "Co-Moderator of "Resisting ‘Americanization’ in Literature for Young People"." Revolt! Rebellion! Protest! Change and Insurrection in Children’s Literature: Children’s Literature Association