Daniel Callison
Emeritus Professor
W.W. Wright Education Building Room N/A
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Department:  Instructional Systems Technology
Affiliations:  Adult Education
My website:  http://slmstar.wordpress.com/2008/10/31/dannycallison/
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My research interests and experiences have included development of inquiry learning environments in school libraries and museums for children, and informal learning environments for young adults and adults.

Recent book publications have included The Blue Book on Information Age Inquiry, Instruction, and Literacy with Leslie Preddy (2006, Libraries Unlimited), and Graphic Inquiry with Annette Lamb (2012, Libraries Unlimited). Both have been honored as essential professional texts in instructional design, inquiry and critical thinking skills.

A new book I have authored is Evolution of Inquiry: Controlled, Guided, Modeled, and Free (2015, Libraries Unlimited).

The Library Quarterly published a lengthy review in January 2017.

It concludes:

Overall, Callison presents the reader with a historical and comprehensive review of the various education and school library models integral to the concepts of inquiry. The work creates a strong argument for why school librarians can and should be involved in “the scaffold building toward greater independent learning” (11). Drawing parallels to the author’s statement that “inquiry requires students to be active rather than passive learners” (57), the contents of The Evolution of Inquiry do not lead readers through a controlled story but represent an admirable lifetime of research, which can be interpreted and utilized by those willing to free their minds from the constraints of the library profession.

Putnam, Laksamee. 2017. Review of Evolution of Inquiry: Controlled, Guided, Modeled, and Free. By Daniel Callison. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.  In The Library Quarterly. (87) 1

I am the founding editor for the online, refereed research journal of AASL, School Library Research.

From 1981 to 2012, I have served in the following roles:

Fulltime faculty for teaching graduate courses in the School of Library and Information Science (including development of courses for delivery over interactive television);

Director of the SLIS Doctoral Program (1987 - 1992);

Associate Dean for Library Science, IU Bloomington (1987 - 1991);

Director of School Library Media Certification, IU Bloomington and IUPUI (1983 - 2006);
Ranked among top ten nationally.

Associate Dean for Library Science, IUPUI (2001 - 2006);

Dean of the School of Continuing Studies, IU Systemwide (2006 - 2012).

Between 1990 and 2012, I served on twenty accreditation teams for the American Library Association; I chaired four teams.

Since retirement at IU I have taught online graduate courses frequently for Drexel University in Philadelphia and Simmons College in Boston, both ranked among the top ten nationally. Since 2018, I have returned to also teach online through IUPUI.

I serve as a free-lancing acquisitions editor for Libraries Unlimited.  Since 2015 I have acquired book agreements in subject areas such as administration, management, instructional design, copyright guidelines, information services to adults, humanities research methods, and trends in educational technology.


  • 1983 Ed.D. Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 1973 MLS Emporia State University
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