Sara K. Kearns is Academic Services Librarian and Associate Professor at Kansas State University Libraries. While serving as department head for K-State Libraries' Undergraduate and Community Services Departments she became a founding member of the New Literacies Alliance. Kearns earned her PhD in student affairs in higher education, studying first-year college students' perceptions of technology in higher education. She currently serves on a multi-institutional research project to determine the impact of library instruction on the success and retention of first-year college students. She presents and publishes about student success and learning.