Marilyn Arnone

Research Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Practice

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1992 …2018

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Dr. Marilyn Arnone is a professor of practice at Syracuse University’s iSchool. With a background in instructional design, development, and evaluation, her research explores motivation and learning in formal and informal face-to-face and cyberlearning environments. She has a keen interest in the influence of intellectual curiosity, perceived competence, autonomy, and social relatedness on student achievement. An emphasis on teaching and learning principles and practice is also found in courses she teaches such as Information Technologies in Educational Organizations, Storytelling for Information Professionals and others. She has authored or co-authored numerous publications including journal articles, books, and chapters. Most recently, these include a co-authored article in the Spring 2017 issue of Children’s Libraries on summer reading programs and rewards, and a forthcoming chapter on design-based research in Research Methods for Librarians and Educators: Practical Applications in Formal and Informal Learning Environments published by Libraries Unlimited in 2018.

Marilyn received her master's degree in education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and her Ph.D. in instructional design, development, and evaluation from Syracuse University's School of Education focusing on interactive learning environments.

Research Interests

As curiosity is critical to scholarship, Marilyn is especially interested in the relationship between curiosity (i.e. willingness to explore until uncertainty is resolved) and perceived competence in information and digital literacies. In AASL Standards, curiosity is considered a disposition to be fostered in learners.Research by Arnone & Reynolds published in School Library Media Research provided empirical support for the inclusion of dispositions in action in the American Association of School Librarians’ Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

She has served as principal investigator on many research and demonstration projects. Through an ALA Carnegie-Whitney Award, she created, a database of paired literary and informational texts with active learning strategies for K-12 librarians. She enjoys building resources that encourage children’s curiosity, creativity, and information literacy. She was co-director of the Center for Digital Literacy (CDL) from 2010 - 2015 and serves as principal investigator for one its signature projects, S.O.S. for Information Literacy. This research and demonstration project was awarded National Leadership Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2002, 2005, and 2008, and is a multimedia database of information literacy lesson plans and supporting materials for K-12 librarians and classroom teachers.

Marilyn was  vice-chair of evaluation for the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for five years. IDPP prepares disability policy leaders for the ASEAN region. With colleagues at IDPP, she has contributed to a number of publications and conferences on the research and work accomplished by the organization.  With the help of an IMLS SPARKS! Ignition Grant, Drs. Ruth Small and Marilyn Arnone researched and developed three online automated Web evaluation instruments used by school and public librarians as well as web designers. She is currently co-principal investigator with Dr. Ruth Small on an IMLS National Leadership Grant entitled the Young Innovators Project. One of the main goals of the project is to help school librarians become innovation mentors to their students. Marilyn interviewed more than 50 recognized young inventors in grades 4 – 8 for the project resulting in a searchable database of more than 500 video clips exploring aspects of the innovation process with students. Her passion for protecting the environment is reflected in a website she created called to inspire young learners to write stories and poems that reflect inquiry learning about nature and the environment.

She served as the principal investigator on an IMLS funded project entitled Investigating Self-Determination Variables in Summer Reading Program Participants which explored connections between free voluntary reading and information literacy and intrinsic motivation to read. She is lead author on Are self perceptions measures used in school library research transferable to the public library context of summer reading programs? published in School Library Research, Volume 19, Issue 1, 2016.


Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation, Ph.D., Curiosity as a Personality Variable Influencing Achievement in an Interactive Learner Control Environment, Syracuse University


Children's Television Research and Human Development, Ed.M., Harvard Unviersity

… → 1980

Mass Communications, B.S., Emerson College

… → 1976

External positions

Interim Associate Director, Collaboratory on Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco)


Co-Director, Center for Digital Literacy


Director of Educational Media, Center for Digital Literacy



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