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Daniel Callison, Ed.D.

Daniel Callison
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Library and Information Science


callisonindiana [dot] edu


  • M.L.S. at Emporia State University,
  • Ed.D. in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University
  • M.S. in Education at Indiana University


Dr. Callison currently teaches graduate courses online for Drexel and Simmons as well as for IUPUI. His 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 he has authored is Evolution of Inquiry: Controlled, Guided, Modeled, and Free (2015, Libraries Unlimited).

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)

Callison is the founding editor for the online, refereed research journal of AASL, School Library Research.

From 1981 to 2012, he has 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, Callison served on twenty accreditation teams for the American Library Association; he chaired four teams.

Since retirement at IU, Callison has taught online graduate courses frequently for Drexel University in Philadelphia and Simmons College in Boston, both ranked among the top ten nationally.

Callison serves as a free-lancing acquisitions editor for Libraries Unlimited. Since 2015 he has 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.