Kelly Cannon

Scholarly Communication and Digital Learning Librarian

Humanities and Business Subject Specialist

Public Outreach and Information Literacy Services



Kelly Cannon received in Ph.D. in American Literature with a focus on the author Henry James. He went on to publish a book titled Henry James and Masculinity: The Man at the Margins. He taught for two years in the English Department at North Carolina Central University and then went back to school to earn a Master of Library Science.

Kelly joined the staff of Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College in the summer of 1996. During his time at Trexler Library, he served as the Head of Public Outreach and Information Literacy, and serves as a specialist for the College in matters of copyright law.

He teaches a course each year in copyright law. The course began as a joint venture with Harvard Law School and then was transformed into an independent online course covering an array of copyright topics from fair use to authorship to secondary infringement.

Kelly’s research interests included information literacy and copyright law. He has presented on copyright at several conferences and has published on information literacy. He is currently working on articles related to both subjects.

In 2006, he authored a chapter on information literacy for the textbook Writing Analytically by his colleagues in the English Department, David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen. The book, and Kelly’s chapter, have undergone many revisions over the years, reaching many students in English composition courses and first year seminars.

Kelly’s work at the library includes information literacy classes and reference assistance for students in the humanities and business. He serves as a liaison to humanities and business departments, assisting with collection development in those areas. He serves the College as a process observer of the Academic Judicial Board. He compiles annually a list of faculty and staff publications that appears both in the Muhlenberg College Digital Repository and the College’s Source Book. In 2014, he helped colleagues Jeff Pooley and John Sullivan in the Media and Communication Department pass a College-wide resolution for open access. College publications qualifying as open access appear in the Muhlenberg College Digital Repository.

Kelly returned to school in 2010 to pursue a nursing degree. In 2013, he completed his nursing degree at Cedar Crest College. He is employed part-time as a biometric screening nurse and he volunteers as a nurse annually at health fairs in the Lehigh Valley.


B.A., English - Brigham Young University
M.A., English - University of Mississippi
Ph.D., English - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.L.S., - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S., Nursing - Cedar Crest College