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John Hickok

Library faculty


John Hickok, MLIS, MA, is Library faculty at California State University Fullerton.  In this position since 1997, he teaches Information Literacy (library & research skills) classes, with particular outreach to international students.   John holds dual masters degrees in Library & Information Science (UCLA) and Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages (Cal State LA).  Because of the diverse cultural populations in California, John's research area is cross-cultural comparisons of  library services in other countries (particularly Asia) and the U.S.  John has presented on this topic at library conferences in both the U.S. and Asia.  He has written book chapters, journal articles, and a 2019 book.  He was the 2016 Chair of the American Library Association's International Relations Roundtable, and was a 2016 Fulbright Scholar, teaching LIS in Asia (Philippines).

Specializations: TESOL, International students, Communications.


MLIS, University of California, Los Angeles

MA-TESOL, California State University, Los Angeles

Research Areas

Cross-cultural comparison of library services in Asian and U.S. academic libraries

Each year, students from nearly every country in Asia study abroad to the U.S. While there, they encounter American libraries and research expectations that might be different than what they are used to in their own country. This prompts several questions:  what similarities and differences are there in library services offered in U.S. libraries compared to libraries in other countries?  Is library instruction (information literacy instruction) provided in similar ways ?   What innovations have both types of libraries undertaken to better serve their users?
Asia Trip
TRAVEL GRANT: A grant was obtained for the 2005-06 academic year for fieldwork to research these questions. Library services in  academic libraries-- in both the U.S. and in Asian countries --were observed and chronicled.  Trends, strategies,  differences, and commonalities were all investigated.  For the entire year, John lived in Asia, traveling to 15 countries and documenting the conditions of over 500 libraries. Annual follow-up visits have occurred, expanding expanding to South Asia as well. To date, close to 1,000 libraries have been visited.

BOOK PUBLICATION : a book--chronicling the conditions of libraries in Asia (all types: school, public, academic) and the characteristics of library users in Asian countries--is the result of 15 years of fieldwork of visits and observations. Published by Rowman & Littlefield (2019), this book will assist librarians in working with library visitors and users from East, Southeast, & South Asian countries.

Photo logs of my 2005-6 travel grant, posted by CSUF's news service:
2006    China      Mongolia      Japan/Korea      Taiwan
2005   Indonesia      Philippines/Singapore/Malaysia/Thailand/Myanmar/Laos/Cambodia/Vietnam/Hong Kong/Macau  
Photo of John Hickok at Hong Kong library
Photos of annual follow-up trips:
2013 South Asia
2012 Southeast Asia, Hong Kong
2011 Southeast Asia
2010 Southeast Asia
2009 Southeast Asia

Asia trips in CSUF library news:
2016 Southeast Asia
2014 Southeast Asia

Scholarly Work