Crowe, Edith L.

Crowe, Edith L.

Date Updated




Academic Rank

Faculty/Librarian Emerita

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

CSU Dominguez Hills, Humanities, 1980 MA

State University of NY, College at Geneseo, Library Science, 1971 MLS

State University of NY at Buffalo, Art History, 1970 BA

Administrative and Professional Experience

San Jose State University Library


Associate Librarian & Librarian, Reference & Academic Services.

Provided general reference and library orientation in all areas; also specialized reference, collection development, online searching, and bibliographic instruction in art & design, humanities, American studies, comparative religious studies, and gay/lesbian studies. Provided consultation in fantasy & science fiction to language & literature subject specialist. Coordinator of Graduate Instruction for library’s Information Literacy Competence Program (2003-2007).

7/06-6/07: Interim Head of Collection Development

3/85-8/85: Acting Head, Reference Department

1982-83: Interim Coordinator, Library Education & Assistance Program

9/77-9/79: Senior Assistant Librarian, Reference & Publications

4/77-9/79: Assistant/Senior Assistant Librarian, Humanities Reference

California State University, Hayward


Assistant Librarian, General Reference (Temporary)

San Jose State University Library


Librarian I/Assistant Librarian, Humanities Reference


Professional/Scholarly Organizations

Art Libraries Society/North America 1974-2007

National Conference Committee, 1991-1993; 1981

Coordinator, Women & Art Round Table, 1989-1991

Wittenborn Award Committee, 1990

Membership Committee, 1986-1987

Art Libraries Society/Northern California 1974-2009

Executive Board, 1992-1994; 1979-1984

Chair, 1993; 1982-1983

Vice Chair, 1992; 1981-1982

Secretary/Treasurer, 1979-1981

Committee Service

Library & College

Structures & Practices Task Force (King Library), 2007 (Fall)

RTP Guidelines Revision Task Force, 2007

Recruitment Task Force, 2005-2007

Research Forum Task Force, 2004-2006

Web Operations Group, 2004-2005

Web Operations Group, Tutorial Task Force, 2004-2005

Chair of the Library Faculty DMG, ADMG ex officio, 2003-2004

Web Implementation Group (nKL), 2002-2003

MUSE Team, 2002-2003

Web Advisory Task Force, 2000-2003

Joint Library Planning Team: Policies & Procedures, 2000-2003

Co-Chair, 2000-2003

College of Humanities & Arts Curriculum Committee, 1997-2006

Reference Automated Services Committee, 1994-2002

Chair, 1995-1997; 2001-2002

PSSI College Committee, 1995-1996

Second Level Personnel Committee, 1991-1996; 1998-2002; 2005-2006

Chair, 1992-1993; 1995-1996

Exhibits Committee, 1991-1994

Chair, 1991-1993?

Collection Development Steering Committee, 1991-1993

Multicultural Equity Committee, 1991-1992

Post-Tenure Review Committee, 1989; 1991

Chair, 1991

First Level Personnel Committee, 1981-1986

Chair, 1982-1983

Library Planning Committee for Self-Study, 1981-82

Ad Hoc Committee on ARTP Criteria & Standards, 1978

Plus many recruitment committees for individual positions & pool librarians


Webmaster Recruitment, 2007 (Summer)

Sivertsen Scholarship Committee (Chair), 2005-2007

Dean of Library Services Search Committee, 2005 (Spring)

Dean of Library Services Review Committee, 2004 (Fall)

University Retention & Tenure Committee, 1989-1990?; 2003-2005

University Library Board, 2003-2006

Lottery Funds Committee, 1994-1997

Chair, 1996-1997

LGBT Faculty & Staff Assn., 1991-2007

Secretary, 1991-1993

Webmaster, 1999-2006

General Education Advisory Panel, Humanities & Arts, 1991-1994

Chair, 1994

University Late Add Committee, 1991; 1996

University RTP Committee, 1989-1990

Advisory Committee on Public Information, 1983-1986

Chair, 1985-1986

Academic Fairness Committee, 1980-1983

Chair, 1982-1983

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee for New (Clark) Library, 1980

Selected Publications

Books, Articles, Chapters, Etc. (12)

Croft, Janet Brennan & Edith Crowe, compilers. An Index to Mythlore: Issues 1-100. Altadena, Calif.: The Mythopoeic Press, 2008 (© 2007).

Information Competencies for Students in Design Disciplines. [with Jeanne Brown, Jane Carlin, Edith Crowe, Maya Gervits, Susan Lewis, Alan Michelson, Barbara Opar, and Jennifer Parker] Art Libraries Society of North America, 2006.

“An Art History Survey Course Incorporating Information Literacy.” In Library Instruction for Students in Design Disciplines: Scenarios, Exercises, and Techniques, edited by Jeanne M. Brown. (ARLIS/NA Occasional Paper #13) Art Libraries Society of North America, 2002, pp. 53-73.

“Making and Unmaking in Middle-earth and Elsewhere.” Mythlore 23 (3, 2001): 56-69.

Cited in:

  • Oziewicz, Marek. One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L’Engle and Orson Scott Card. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008: 205.
  • Bratman, David. “The Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies 2001-2002.” Tolkien Studies 2 (2004): 289-315.

“Power in Arda: Sources, Uses and Misuses.” Proceedings of the Tolkien Centenary Conference, Milton Keynes, UK & Altadena, CA: The Tolkien Society & The Mythopoeic Society, 1996. pp. 272-277.

Cited in:

  • Basso, Ann McCauley. "Fair Lady Goldberry, Daughter of the River." Mythlore 103/104 (Fall/Winter 2008): ?-?.
  • Scull, Christina & Wayne G. Hammond. J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Readers’ Guide, 2006:
  • James, Patrick. Abbi’s & Pat’s LOTR/IR notes [LOTR Course Notes for Teaching International Relations 101 through Lord of the Rings] 8/29/06 (Accessed 4/27/09)
  • Hoiem, Elizabeth Massa. “World Creation as Colonization: British Imperialism in ‘Aldarion and Erendis.’ ” Tolkien Studies 2 (2005): 75-82.
  • Almgren, Emma. "Flashback eller Backlash? En strukturanalys av genusordningen i J.R.R. Tolkiens och Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings." Thesis, Stochholm University, 2005. Accessed 4/27/2009
  • Donovan, Leslie A. “The Valkyrie reflex in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: Galadriel, Shelob, Éowyn, and Arwen.” In Chance, Jane, ed. Tolkien the Medievalist. London & NY: Routledge, 2003: 106-132.
  • Petty, Anne C. Tolkien in the Land of Heroes. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Press, 2003.

“Research Outside the Mainstream.” Art Libraries Journal 13 (3, 1988): 5-9. [invited]

“Integration in Earthsea and Middle-earth.” San Jose Studies 14 (Winter, 1988): 63-80. [refereed]

Cited in:

  • Oziewicz, Marek. One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L’Engle and Orson Scott Card. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008: 124.
  • Comoletti, Laura B. & Michael D. C. Drout. “How They Do Things with Words: Language, Power, Gender, and the Priestly Wizards of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Books.” Children's Literature, 29 (2001): 113-141.

“Employment Interview Information Available Online.” [With S. E. Belanger & N. J. Emmick] Online Review 10 (February, 1986): 45-57. [refereed]

“Art and Documentation Integrated: Judy Chicago's Birth Project.” [With Arlene Noble] Art Documentation 3 (Fall, 1984): 85.

“The Many Faces of Heroism in Tolkien.” Mythlore #36 (Summer, 1983): 5-8.

Cited in:

  • Fornet-Pons, Thomas. “Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel.” Biographisch-Bibliographicsches Kirkenlexikon 4/24/2009 Accessed 4/27/2009
  • Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. Speigel Wissen 8/2/2008 Accessed 4/27/2009 titel=TOLKIEN%2C+John+Ronald+Reuel&id=57214553&top= Lexikon&suchbegriff=outlaws&quellen=&qcrubrik=gesellschaft
  • Johnson, Judith A. Six Decades of Tolkien Criticism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.
  • Tymn, Marshall B. “The Year’s Scholarship in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Literature.” Extrapolation 26 (2): 85-142.

“The Federal Government As Art Publisher: A Selected Bibliography.” RQ 18 (Fall, 1978): 73-85. [refereed]

Cited in:

  • Jones, Lois Swan & Sarah Scott Gibson. Art Libraries and Information Services. Orlando: Academic Press, p. 124.
  • Patrick, Stephen Allen. “Government Documents and the Art Librarian.” ARLIS/NA Newsletter (December, 1980): 1-7

Fine Arts Reference Sources: An Annotated Bibliography. Hayward, CA: California State University Library, 1978.

Book & Media Reviews (37)


Forest-Hill, Lynn, ed. The Mirror Crack’d: Fear and Horror in JRR Tolkien’s Major Works. In Mythlore 105/106 (Spring/Summer, 2009); 186-188.

Melling, O. R. Hunter’s Moon. In Mythprint (May/June, 2006): ?-?.

Sayers, Dorothy L. The Travelling Rug. In Mythprint (April, 2006): 12-13.

Griffith, Nicola & Stephen Pagel, eds. Bending the Landscape: Fantasy. In Mythprint (January/February, 2006): 10-11.

Griswold, Jerry. The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast.” In Mythprint (June, 2005): 10-12.

Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography. In Mythprint (May, 2005): 3-4.

Card, Orson Scott. The Crystal City. In Mythprint (July, 2004): 10-12.

Ressler, Susan R., ed. Women Artists of the American West. In Art Documentation 23 (1, 2004): 45.

Day, William Patrick. Vampire Legends in Contemporary Culture. In Mythprint (May, 2003): 3-4.

Lindskold, Jane. Wolf’s Head, Wolf’s Heart. In Mythprint (April, 2003): 9-10.

Wheeler, Bonnie and Fiona Tolhurst, Eds. On Arthurian Women: Essays in Memory of Maureen Fries. In Mythprint (May, 2002): 13-14.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. In Mythprint (January, 2002): 10-11. [film review]

Le Guin, Ursula K. The Other Wind. In Mythprint (November, 2001): 4-5. [featured review]

Poulsen, Christine. The Quest for the Grail: Arthurian Legend in British Art, 1840-1920. In Mythprint (May, 2001): 4-5.

Lupack, Alan and Barbara Tepa Lupack. King Arthur in America. In Mythprint (April, 2001): 10-12.

Chadwick, Whitney Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks. in Art Documentation (Spring 2001): 47.

Silver, Carole G. Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness. In Mythprint (December, 2000): 10-11. Published on the Mythopoeic Society web site at

Flieger, Verlyn & Carl E. Hostetter, eds. Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on the History of Middle-earth. In Mythprint(April, 2000): 3-4. Published on the Mythopoeic Society web site at (May 21, 2000)

Perry, Gill and Colin Cunningham, eds. Academies, Museums and Canons of Art; Barker, Emma, Nick Webb, and Kim Woods,eds. The Changing Status of the Artist. In Art Documentation 18 (2, 1999): 54-55. Published on the ARLIS/NA web site at (n.d.)

Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn. Communion Blood. In Mythprint (January, 2000): 11-12.

Card, Orson Scott. Heartfire. In Mythprint (October, 1999): 10-11.

Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Gravelight & Heartlight. In Mythprint (March, 1999): 10.

Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn. Blood Roses. In Mythprint (February 1999): 5-6.

Martineau, Jane, ed. Victorian Fairy Painting. In Mythprint (September, 1998): 11-12.

Hone, Ralph E., ed. The Poetry of Dorothy L. Sayers. In Mythprint (November, 1997): 6-7.

Parabola. In Mythprint (October, 1997): 13.

Filmer-Davies, Kath. Fantasy Fiction and Welsh Myth: Tales of Belonging. In Mythprint (June, 1997):10-11.

Warner, Marina. From the Beast to the Blonde: Fairy Tales and Their Tellers. In Mythprint (December 1996/January 1997): 16-18. Revised version published on the Mythopoeic Society web site at (February 16, 1997)

Lester, Patrick D., The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters & Reno, Dawn E., Contemporary Native American Artists. In Art Documentation 15 (1, 1996): 64-65

Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn. Better in the Dark. In Mythprint (March 1994): 4.

Anderson, Janet A. Women in the Fine Arts: A Bibliography and Illustration Guide. In Art Documentation (Summer, 1992): 108-9.

Rubenstein, Charlotte Streifer. American Women Sculptors. In Art Documentation (Summer, 1991): 116-17.

Women Artists in the United States. In Art Documentation (Fall, 1990): 159-60.

Tufts, Eleanor. American Women Artists Past and Present. In Art Documentation (Spring, 1990): 35.

Chadwick, Whitney. Women, Art, and Society. In Art Documentation (Winter, 1990): 216-17.

Vincent, Margaret. The Ladies’ Work Table. In Art Documentation (Summer, 1989): 110.

Tickner, Lisa. The Spectacle of Women: Imagery of the Suffrage Campaign, 1907-1914. In Art Documentation (Winter, 1988): 170.

Editorial & Miscellaneous Writings

Radio Interview on J. R. R. Tolkien [with David Bratman] for KKUP, Cupertino CA community radio station. October 4, 2007, 1-3 pm.

“Synergy and Scholarly Research” [with Anne Simonson]. Books & Bytes 2 (1, Fall/Winter 2003): 3.

“Tiptoeing Into the Closet: Que(e)rying, Building, and Accessing Our Collections.” [Conference Session Report] ARLIS/NA 25th Annual Conference Proceedings (September 21, 1997)

1993-1994: Editorial Board, Art Reference Services Quarterly

1992-1999: Contributor to Butterbur’s Woodshed Amateur Press Association bimonthly (an official publication of the Mythopoeic Society)

Guest Editor & Introduction, “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”. A special issue of Art Documentation 11 (Winter, 1992). [invited]

“Alternative Art Resources: International Government Documents on Art.” [Conference Session report] Art Documentation (Summer, 1990): 72-73.

1985-1987: Column Editor, Women & Art Round Table of ARLIS; three columns per year in Art Documentation

“Foreign-Student Debate Continues,” Reaction published in “Dialogue and Debate” section of Research Strategies(Winter, 1985): 43.

1981-1984: Art Editor, Mythlore

Major Illustrations (7)

“Buffalo Gals.” Mythprint no. 96 (May, 1988): front cover.

“The Green Knight.” Mythprint no. 62 (July, 1985): front cover.

“Sam Becomes the Ring-Bearer.” Mythlore no. 36 (Summer, 1983): 5.

“The Third Road.” Mythlore no. 31 (Spring, 1982): 11.

“Beruthiel.” Mythlore no. 26 (Winter, 1981): back cover.

Reprinted with permission in Other Hands no. 3 (October, 1993): 16.

“Tolkien As Bard.” Mythlore no. 29 (Autumn, 1981): 15.

“Yavanna.” Mythlore no. 23 (March, 1980): front cover.


1997: Designed cover for American Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) Conference Program

1997: Designed cover for Fall 1997 East Asian Regional Materials and Resources Center (EARMARC) Catalog

1982: Designed button for the Library Instruction Roundtable’s program “Computers, Libraries, Learning;” distributed at American Library Association’s national conference

1981: Designed logo and brochure for “Premises, Problems, Promises: Views and Approaches to Bibliographic Instruction,” a preconference sponsored by the Bibliographic Instruction Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries of the American Library Association

Plus numerous flyers for SJSU Library functions & the California Faculty Association

Personal Commentary

Honors & Awards

BA awarded Magna Cum Laude with High Distinction (4.0) in Art History

Phi Beta Kappa, SUNY at Buffalo 1970

Who’s Who in America

Whos Who in the West

Who’s Who of American Women

Consulting & Participation in Grant-Funded Projects

2000-2003: IMAGE Project: Funded by CSU Chancellor’s Office and the CDL (Center for Digital Learning). Principal investigator, Kathleen Cohen (Art & Design). This is a project to provide free digitized images throughout the CSU, and licensed to other groups (e.g. K-12 educators). I participated in some of the early planning meetings and volunteered to serve on one of the task groups for this statewide project.

2001- 2002: Art History Information Competence Project. Funded by CSU Information Competence Projects. I created the web site for our project (including a bibliography focused on art-related information competence). I created and pilot-tested three levels of diagnostic instruments and collected appropriate faculty assignments. Although the funded portion is over, Professor Simonson continue to work on the project.

1998-2000: The Learning Project. Funded by SJSU Institute for Teaching & Learning. Principal investigators Judy Reynolds (Library) and Anne Simonson (Art & Design). This curriculum development project paired discipline faculty teaching General Education courses with reference librarians expert in the new information technologies. Working in teams, we analyzed GE courses to determine what we want/expect students to learn. The courses were re-designed and taught in special sections which stress problem-solving and critical thinking, develop information skills, and train students to become independent adult learners. I team-taught two Art History survey courses— ARTH 70A in Fall 1998 (with Anne Simonson, 47 students) and ARTH70B in Spring 1999 (with Christy Junkerman, 45 students). As part of this project I learned and utilized WebCT software to create web pages specifically for these courses. All handouts & assignments were created in HTML as well as text to post on this web page; I also uploaded and organized files for HTML student presentations in ARTH 70A.

1995: Judy Reynolds and I were hired by SJSU Continuing Education to present a session on using the Internet to find nutrition information, as part of a March 1995 workshop for nutrition professionals.

1988: I was asked by Jeff Gunderson, Librarian of the San Francisco Art Institute, to consult on collection development. The SFAI was making an effort to improve its collection of materials on women artists.

1987: I was paid to do background research for the curators/authors of the exhibition catalog, Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move Into the Mainstream 1970-1985. (See its appendix)


Crowe, Edith L.