Brittany Kester

Faculty Profile

Brittany Kester head shot.

Education Librarian
Assistant University Librarian
Education Library Room 1501

Brittany Kester, Ph.D. (She/Her/Hers)

Ph.D. University of Florida, Curriculum & Instruction, Language & Literacy Education
MLIS Florida State University, Library and Information Science
B.S. University of Central Florida, Elementary Education

Research Interests: Information literacy, accessibility and inclusive pedagogies, K-12 educational research, and children’s literature

Subject Specialist for Art Education; Children’s Literature; Computer Science Education; Curriculum, Teaching, & Teacher Education; Early Childhood Studies; Educational Technology; Elementary Education; English Education; ESOL/Bilingual Education; Mathematics Education; Reading and Literacy Education; Schools, Society, and Culture; Science Education; Social Studies Education; Special Education; Statistics Education; Teacher Leadership for School Improvement.

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Recent Scholarship:

  • Elrod, R., Koppitch, M., Laboy, L., & Kester, B. (2024). Mind the gaps: Exploring diversity in school library collections. Knowledge Quest, 52(4), 46-52.
  • Abramowitz, B., Ennes, M., Kester, B., & Antonenko, P. (2024). Scientist-school STEM partnerships through outreach: A systematic review. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 1-23.
  • Kester, B., Coady, M., & de Farber, B. (2023). The Coral Way “experiment”: Building an archive to unravel the beginnings of the first publicly funded Spanish-English dual language program in the United States. US Latina & Latino Oral History Journal, 7, 38-68.
  • Campbell, L., & Kester, B. (2023). Centering students with disabilities: An accessible user experience study of a library research guide. Weave: Journal of Library User Experience, 6(1).
  • Laboy, L., Elrod, R., Aronson, K., & Kester, B. (2022). Room for improvement: Picture books featuring BIPOC characters, 2015-2020. Publishing Research Quarterly.
  • Reed, K., Kester, B., Kaufmann, K., Homol, L., & Crampsie, C. (2022). Crisis librarianship: An examination of online librarianship roles in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 48(4).
  • Hosbach, A. & Kester, B. (2022). Assessing the needs of children’s and young adult collections for academic libraries. 2021 Charleston Conference Proceedings.
  • Kester, B. & Campbell, L. (Apr. 2022). Designing an accessible user experience study for undergraduate students with disabilities. Paper Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2022 Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.
  • Israel, M., Kester B., Williams, J., & Ray, M. (2022). Equity and inclusion through UDL in K-6 computer science education: Perspectives of teachers and instructional coaches. ACM Transactions on Computing Education.
  • Elrod, R., Kester, B., & Spears, L. (2021). Library renovations and student behaviors: A longitudinal case study. Journal of Learning Spaces, 10(3).
  • Raber, E., Bradley, K., Burns, E. Cowley-Pettis, K., & Kester, B. (Jun. 2021). Diverse children’s literature in K-12 schools: Making mirrors, windows, and glass doors visible. Presented at the American Library Association (ALA) 2021 Annual Conference. Virtual.
  • Israel, M., Ray, M., Kester B., & Williams, J. (Apr. 2021). Equity and inclusion through UDL in K-6 Computer Science Education: Perspectives of teachers and instructional coaches. Paper Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2021 Annual Meeting. Virtual.
  • Kester, B. (2021). Diversifying an academic library’s children’s and young adult collection: A case study from the University of Florida’s Education Library. Collection Management.
  • Elrod, R. & Kester, B. (2020). Diverse BookFinder: BIPOC collection development for children’s and young adult collections. C&RL News, 81(10), 481-485.