Carolyn Gamtso

Carolyn Gamtso
Associate Professor & Library Director
Phone: (603) 641-4172
Office: UNH Manchester Library, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH 03101
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Carolyn (White) Gamtso is the Director of the University of New Hampshire at Manchester Library. She is interested in creative information literacy initiatives, and enjoys working with faculty to design interactive, experiential student workshops. She collaborates with UNH Manchester’s Center for Academic Enrichment to train writing tutors in information literacy skills, and helps to oversee the college’s Research Mentor Program. Carolyn’s research interests include faculty/librarian classroom collaborations, and peer tutoring in the library. She has shared her scholarship in the area of library instruction at local, regional, national, and international conferences, and has co-authored articles and book chapters that discuss information literacy projects and practices. Carolyn earned a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross, an MA in English from Indiana University, and an MLIS from the University of Rhode Island. She is an alumna of the ACRL Immersion Program (Teaching Track 2003 and Program Track 2017), and she is currently a student in the Doctorate of Education (EdD) Program at Plymouth State University.

Courses Taught

  • UMST 572: Knowledge in Action


  • M.A., Indiana University
  • M.L.I.S., Library Science, University of Rhode Island
  • B.A., Coll of The Holy Cross

Research Interests

  • Information Literacy
  • Librarianship
  • Library Science

Selected Publications

  • Paterson, S. F., & Gamtso, C. W. (2023). Interrogating representations of transgressive women: Using critical information literacy and comic books in the Shakespeare classroom. Art Libraries Journal, 48(3), 80-89. doi:10.1017/alj.2023.14

  • Andrews, C. R., Donovan, K. A., Gamtso, C. W., Hendricks, C. C., Kerr, E. L., Norton, K. H., & Paterson, S. F. (2022). Educators Partnering for Successful Student Transitions. In Advances in Library and Information Science (pp. 20-45). IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-6684-2515-2.ch002

  • Donahue, A., Gamtso, C., & Donovan, K. (2021). Research Mentor Program at UNH Manchester: Peer Learning Partnerships. In M. O'Kelly (Ed.), Training Research Consultants: A Guide for Academic Libraries (pp. 299-319). Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved from

  • Paterson, S. F., & Gamtso, C. (2019). Excavating Visual Texts: Information Literacy, Critical Thinking, and the Graphic Novel in the Crime Fiction Classroom. In O. Miller, & S. Grimm (Eds.), Comics and Critical Librarianship: Reframing the Narrative in Academic Libraries. Library Juice Press. Retrieved from

  • Gamtso, C. W., & Halpin, P. A. (2018). Tailoring Library Instruction for Non-Science Majors Taking Hybrid and Online Science Classes: Student Perceptions of Information Literacy in the Virtual Environment. Public Services Quarterly, 14(2), 99-118. doi:10.1080/15228959.2017.1372729

  • Gamtso, C. B., Donahue, A., & Donovan, K. (2017). The Research Mentor Program at the University of New Hampshire Manchester Library. In Peer-Assisted Learning in Academic Libraries. ABC-CLIO.

  • Paterson, S. F., & Gamtso, C. W. (2017). Information Literacy Instruction in an English Capstone Course: A Study of Student Confidence, Perception, and Practice. JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP, 43(2), 143-155. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2016.11.005

  • Gamtso, C. B., Mannon, M., & Whipple, S. (2016). The New Hampshire Human Library Project: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges by Engaging Communities of Learners. In The Experiential Library Transforming Academic and Research Libraries through the Power of Experiential Learning. Chandos Publishing.

  • Gamtso, C., Donahue, A., Donovan, K., Jefferson, J., & Blair Vogt, R. (2016). Librarian and Peer Research Mentor Partnerships that Promote Student Success. In Space and Organizational Considerations in Academic Library Partnerships and Collaborations. IGI Global.

  • Gamtso, C. W., Vogt, R. B., Chartier, N., Fensom, G., Glisson, N., Jefferson, J., & Sherman, D. (2013). RESEARCH MENTORING: EXPANDING THE ROLE OF WRITING TUTORS.. Writing Lab Newsletter, 38(1/2), 10-14. Retrieved from

  • Carolyn B. Gamtso., & Susanne F. Paterson. (2012). Guiding Students from Consuming Information to Creating Knowledge: A Freshman English Library Instruction Collaboration. Communications in Information Literacy, Vol 5, Iss 2, Pp 117-126 (2012), (2), 117. doi:10.7548/cil.v5i2.91