Professor, University of South Florida, School of Library & Information Science

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Educational Background || Career Path || Awards and Honors || Professional Associations ||

Research and Impact || Research Reports || Curriculum Vitae || Collection Assessment Syllabus


Dr. Anna Perrault, professor, earned an M.A. in English Literature and an M.S. in Library Science from Louisiana State University in 1967 and 1969, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from the Florida State University in 1994.


Before coming to USF, Dr. Perrault was a librarian at the Louisiana State University Libraries from 1969 to 1993. She worked in the following areas and positions: Information Desk Librarian and Assistant Interlibrary Loan Librarian (May 1969-Sept. 1970); Reclassification and Division, Cataloger (Sept. 1970-May 1972); Louisiana Rare Books Rooms, Assistant Librarian (May 1972-Dec. 1975); Collection Development Division, Humanities Bibliographer, (Jan. 1976-Aug. 1986); Head, Reference Collection Development (Sept. 1986-1993); Head, Interlibrary Services (May 1988-1993); Reference Services Division (1986-1993); Remote Information and Electronic Services (1993).

In 1992/93, Dr. Perrault worked as an adjunct faculty member of Louisiana State University's School of Library and Information Science and was an associate member of the Graduate School faculty. She served as a field experience adviser, a director of various independent studies, and a lecturer of various graduate courses in library and information science, literary research methods, research methods in education, history, psychology, and the social sciences. Dr. Perrault also had professional experience at Florida State University's School of Library and Information Studies as a doctoral candidate and an adjunct faculty teaching Government Information sources, working as an Instructional coordinator in 1993 and working in the SLIS laboratories in 1994.

Dr. Perrault has also served in various consulting positions, including the following: Association of Research Libraries/Office of Management Studies Consultant/Trainer (1985-1989); Hillsborough Community College Collection Assessment (1997); CCLA, Researcher/Analyst (1994-1996; 2001-2002, 2007-2009); USF Tampa Library (Fall 2000; 2003-); FCLA (2008). Likewise, she has served in positions of academic governance and administration at institutions such as Louisiana State University, Florida State University, and the University of South Florida (including the School of Library and Information Science and the College of Arts and Sciences at USF.)

At USF, Dr. Perrault's teaching and research interests include: research methods; assessment of information resources and services; management of information resources; information sources and services in the humanities; social sciences. She has been an Associate Professor of the School of Library and Information Science from 1994 to 2003 and has been a Professor of USF's SLIS since 2003 to the present date. In Fall 2008 she became an Emeritus Professor at USF.



  • Greynet Award - 2007
  • Outstanding Alumna, School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University - 2004
  • Distinguished Alumna, School of Information Studies, Florida State University - 2003
  • President's Award for Excellence (USF) - January 2003
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist designation - March 2002-2007
  • OCLC/ALISE Research Award - 2001
  • ALCTS Blackwell's Scholarship Award - 2000
  • ALISE Doctoral Dissertation Award - 1995
  • Library Acquisitions Practice and Theory Research Award - 1992
  • Florida Library Association Library Transformer Award - 1995
  • CHOICE "Outstanding Academic Books, Reference Category" - 1995
  • Louisiana Library Association, Subject Specialists Section, Lucy B. Foote Award - 1994
  • ALCTS "Best of LRTS" Award - 1991
  • Southern Books Competition Award for Excellence (for Mcllhenny Catalogue) - 1988
  • Friends of the LSU Library Outstanding Service Award - 1985, 1990

Honor Societies:

  • Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society, President, 2005-2007
  • Inducted into Beta Phi Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lamda Delta, CWENS, & Mortar Board.


Dr. Perrault serves as a member of the Executive Board of Beta Phi Mu, the International Honor Society for Library and Information Science, from 1997 to 2000 as her first term and 2001 to 2003 as her second term. She was elected Vice-President, President Elect in 2003 and served as President from 2005-2007 and as Past President from 2007 - 2009. She also served as Webmaster from 1996 to 2000.

She has held several positions in the Louisiana Library Association, including Past President (1992/93); President (1991/92); First Vice-President, President Elect (1990/91); and Second Vice-President. Dr. Perrault has also served as an ALA Councilor from 1992 to 1996 and has also worked with the ALA Committee on Accreditation. In addition, she has been involved with and held positions in many other professional associations, including the Association for Library and Information Science Education, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, the Southeastern Library Association, the Special Libraries Association, the Florida Library Association, the Tampa Bay Library Consortium, the Center for Research Libraries/Big Twelve Plus, and the Janus Conference on Research Library Collections.


Among Dr. Perrault's publications are United States History: A Multicultural, Interdisciplinary Guide to Information Sources. 2nd ed. Libraries Unlimited, 2003, co-authored with Ron Blazek and United States History: A Selective Guide to Information Sources, Libraries Unlimited, 1994, also co-authored with Ron Blazek and selected by CHOICE for "Outstanding Academic Books, 1995," as well as Nature Classics: a Catalogue of the E.A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection at Louisiana State University (Friends of the LSU Libraries, 1987) which won the Southern Books Competition Award for Excellence. She has also published widely in the areas of collection analysis and resource sharing. Dr. Perrault was the recipient of an OCLC/ALISE Research grant in 2001. The report of the findings from the study "Global Collective Resources: WorldCAT as the Foundation for International Library Cooperation" is on the OCLC Research Office Web site http://www.oclc.org/programsandresearch/grants/reports/perrault/intro.pdf


A full list of publications, presentations, papers, grants & contracts, conferences, workshops, and more is in the Vita located at http://shell.cas.usf.edu/~perrault/vita.htm or in Adobe PDF format at http://shell.cas.usf.edu/~perrault/vita.pdf.


Global Collective Resources: WorldCAT as the Foundation for International Library Cooperation

This project is a bibliometric content analysis of monograph records in WorldCAT using OCLC/WLN iCAS for groupings of research, academic, public, special/other, and school systems libraries. The study utilized a 10% systematic sample of the monographic bibliographic records in WorldCAT according to year of publication, language, and LC subject categories for research and academic groupings and all of WorldCAT; analysis was by juvenile or adult, year of publication, and Dewey divisions for public and school with analysis by language groupings for English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian for the research grouping. All by publication date ranges: by century until 1800; 1800-1849; 1850-1899; 1900 by decade until 1980; 1980-1984, then annually until 2000. Overlap in titles among the library groupings was also analyzed.


Dr. Perrault has conducted three collection assessment projects for the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA) in Florida, in 1998, 2002 and 2007. Further information on Dr. Perrault's research is in the impact statement at http://shell.cas.usf/edu/~perrault/impact.html.

Florida University Libraries Collection Analysis Project (Adobe pdf)


Collection Assessment Syllabus for Summer 2009

E-mail: perrault@cas.usf.edu

Updated 11/26/08

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