Barbara Allen

Barbara Allen

Mailing Address:

Rod Library
University of Northern Iowa
1227 West 27th Street
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Position: Associate Professor, Reference Librarian & Bibliographer, Reference Collection Management
Office Location: LIB 267
Telephone: (319) 273-3715


Most departments in the College of Education; Department of Modern Languages (German and French).


M.A. Library and Information Science, University of Iowa, 1988
M.A. TESOL, University of Northern Iowa, 1994
B.A. Elementary Education, Wartburg College, 1983

Research Interests:

English-language translations of contemporary German literature (belles lettres)

Areas of Specialization:

Coordination of Reference collection development; scheduling of Reference Desk staff; bibliography and Library materials selection in the areas of Education, German, and French; native fluency in German

Publications (Selection):

Allen, Barbara F.H. (2009). Contemporary German-Language Literature in English Translation: A Checklist of the Works of the Younger Generation. Collection Building 28(2): 75-86 (URL:

Allen, Barbara F.H. (2005). Service Learning: A Guide to Selected Resources. Collection Building 24(4): 127-132 (URL:

Allen, Barbara F.H. (2003). Contemporary German Literature: 20 Authors You Might Want to Collect. Collection Building 22(2): 75-89 (URL:

Allen, Barbara F.H. (2001). German Studies: Journals and Magazines. Collection Building 20(2):54-72 (

Allen, Barbara (2000). Literature. In: Katz, B. and Sternberg Katz, L., Eds. Magazines for Libraries. 10th ed. New Providence, NJ: R.R. Bowker, pp. 951-968

Allen, Barbara F.H. (1999). Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language: An Annotated Bibliography of Journals in the Field. Collection Building 18(1): 16-31 (URL:

Allen, Barbara F.H. (1996). French Studies: A Selected Bibliography of French-Language Reference Works. Collection Management 20(3/4): 127-148

Allen, Barbara F.H. (1995). German Studies: A Selected Bibliography of German-Language Reference Works. Collection Management 20(1/2):29-47

Allen, Barbara F.H. (1992). The Middle Road: Selecting Contemporary German Literature for Medium-Sized Academic Libraries. Collection Management 16(1): 117-135


Indexing German literature and language journals for the MLA International Bibliography

Translating and abstracting German-language reviews of European Reference materials for RRE: Reference Reviews Europe (

Bibliography of Iowa German-language historical newspapers (PDF)

Professional Memberships:

ILA (Iowa Library Association)
ILA/ACRL (Iowa Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries)
ALA (American Library Association)
ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)
WESS (Western European Studies Section of ACRL)