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    About me

    I graduated from the School of Information Science and Policy (now College of Computing and Information), University at Albany, State University of New York, in May 2004, earning an M.S. in Information Science (M.S.I.S.) It was an exciting time - the constantly changing library world was shifting toward electronic resources more and more. The need to educate library users was great, and it helped me to shape my professional interests and goals. I consider information literacy instruction one of the most important branches of librarianship; I'm very happy to be part of our teaching librarians' group here, at the University at Albany.

    I am a native of Ukraine. I received my first degree, B.S./M.S. in Electrical Engineering, from L'viv Polytechnic National University (formerly L'viv Polytechnic Institute) in Ukraine. I speak Russian, Ukrainian and Polish.


    Professional Interests:



    Holden, I. I. (Fall, 2007). One instructor's experience with Standard Five... Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 52.

    Holden, Irina I. 2008. “Russian and American InfoLit Librarians Connect”.  IFLA Information Literacy Section Newsletter, June 2008.  Available online at

    Holden, Irina I. 2010. “Science Literacy and Lifelong Learning in the Classroom: A Measure of Attitudes among University Students”.  Journal of Library Administration, Vol.50, no.3, pp. 265-282(Invited).

    Lasda Bergman, Elaine M. and Irina I. Holden. 2010. User Satisfaction with Electronic Reference: A Systematic Review“. Reference Services Review, Vol.38, no.3, pp.493 – 509.

    Holden, Irina I. 2012. Predictors of Student's Attitudes toward Science Literacy“. Communications in Information Literacy, Vol.6, no.1, pp. 107-123

    Holden, Irina I. 2013. "Chapter 9, Science Literacy." In G. Bobish and  T. Jacobson  (Eds.) 
    Information Literacy User's Guide: An Open, Online Textbook. Open SUNY Textbooks: 
    Geneseo, New York


    Personal Interests

    • Gardening
    • Fabric arts
    • Cooking and preserving