Matthew Saxton

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Associate Dean for Academics
Office: Mary Gates Hall 420B-2
Phone: 206.685.9626
Fax: 206.616.3152


  • Information Literacy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Reference


Matthew Saxton accepted the position of Associate Dean for Academics in 2007. Prior to coming to UW, he worked as a reference librarian in academic, public, and special library environments. He teaches courses on reference work and research methods. His primary research interest is in the evaluation of information services.


  • Ph D, Library & Information Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
  • MLS, University of California, Los Angeles, 1994
  • BA, Occidental College, 1991


  • American Library Association
  • American Library Association, Library Research Roundtable
  • American Library Association, Reference & User Services Association
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education

Areas of Expertise

Publications and Contributions

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Barriers to Information Seeking in School Libraries: Conflicts in Perceptions and Practice (2007)
    Information Research Volume 11 Authors: E M Meyers, L P Nathan, Matthew Saxton
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New Seattle Public Library as place: Reconceptualizing space, community, and information at the central library (2007)
    Library as Place: History, community and culture page 135-160 Authors: Karen Fisher, Matthew Saxton, P. M. Edwards, J-E Mai
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal 2-1-1 Information Services: Outcomes Assessment, Benefits-Cost Analysis, and Policy Issues (2006)
    Government Information Quarterly Volume 23 Issue 3 page 186-215 Authors: Matthew Saxton, Charles Naumer, Karen Fisher
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Meta-analysis in Library and Information Science: Method, History, and Recommendations for Reporting Research (2006)
    Library Trends Volume 55 Issue 1 page 158-170 Author: Matthew Saxton
  • Research Report WIN 2-1-1: Performance Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis of 2-1-1 I&R Systems (2005)
    Authors: Karen Fisher, Matthew Saxton, Charles Naumer
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Integrating the Imposed Query into the Evaluation of Reference Service: A Dichotomous Analysis of User Ratings (2002)
    Library & Information Science Research Volume 24 Issue 3 page 251-263 Authors: Melissa Gross, Matthew Saxton
  • Book, Scholarly-New Understanding Reference Transactions: Transforming an Art into a Science (2002)
    Author: Matthew Saxton
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Who Wants to Know? Imposed Queries in the Public Library (2001)
    Public Libraries Volume 40 Issue 3 page 170-176 Authors: Melissa Gross, Matthew Saxton
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Staffing the Reference Desk at the Largely Digital Library (1999)
    Reference Librarian Volume 66 page 141-161 Authors: Steve Coffman, Matthew Saxton
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Public Participation in Strategic Planning of Library Services: Soliciting, Assessing, and Balancing Community and Staff Input (1998)
    Public Libraries Volume 37 Issue 2 page 126-132 Authors: Matthew Saxton, Ruth D. Greiner
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Reference Service Evaluation and Meta-analysis: Findings and Methodological Issues (1997)
    Library Quarterly Volume 67 Issue 3 page 267-289 Author: Matthew Saxton


  • "Connecting research and practice: Innovations and research at the Seattle Public Library" (2005)
    Annual Conference, ALA - American Library Association