Laura D’Aveta, Ph.D.




Laura works with faculty to coordinate Library Instruction sessions to ensure that students have acquired the skills they need to succeed in their academic research. Laura also answers reference questions for students, faculty, and staff; collaborates with campus departments to offer events and outreach activities; works with faculty to find OER resources for their courses; purchases and manages the library’s literature, foreign language, and juvenile collections and course reserves; and helps to ensure that the library is a welcoming space for the campus community.


Laura received her Ph.D. in Education with a focus in Children’s Literature from Penn State and her MLIS from Kent State. Prior to joining Hiram College, she was the Subject Librarian for the English Department at Texas A&M. Laura transitioned to academia after many years working in the legal field as a paralegal and business information analyst and liaison.

Selected Publications

  • Halling, T., Ballestro, J., Burke, S., & D’Aveta, L. (2023). “H-Acq-ing the Approval Plan: Piloting a Print Purchase on Demand Program.” Collection Management, DOI:
  • Kogut, A., D’Aveta, L., Tabacaru, S. (2021). “Assessment of Acquisition Methods for a Juvenile Literature Collection at a Research University.” Collection Management, DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2021.1919270.
  • D’Aveta, L., Sullivan, T., Budzise-Weaver, T. (2020). “Relevance of Generational Cohorts in the Analysis of Academic Library Usage.” Library Philosophy and Practice, 1A-20.
  • D’Aveta, L. (2020).“Projective Worlds: Minecraft and MCAlagaësia.” In Studying Gaming Literacies (pp. 85-95). Brill Sense.
  • Reid-Walsh, J. and D’Aveta, L. Review of The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature [book], edited by J. Mickenberg and L. Vallone. Children’s Literature, 41, pp. 282-287. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Fun Facts

Laura is an avid gamer, enjoying TTRPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, computer games, and board games … you may even talk her into playing poker or euchre with very little effort. She enjoys baking, hiking and camping, spending time with family and friends, and of course reading. Fun fact: Laura was in a commercial for Sun Newspapers with Bob Hope and several other child actors when she was 10.