William Badke, MTh

William Badke, MTh


ACTS Librarian


Bill lives in the most fabulous part of the BC Lower Mainland, the city of Mission, with his wife Rosemary.  He has two grown sons. Bill attends North Valley Baptist Church.  As a leader within the worldwide information literacy movement, he has taught research courses to numerous students and published a large volume of books and articles on information literacy.  He is currently the ACTS librarian.

Positions Held

Associate Librarian
Trinity Western University for Associated Canadian Theological Schools and Information Literacy

Librarian and Associate Professor
Associated Canadian Theological Schools and Northwest Baptist College

Librarian and Associate Professor
Northwest Baptist Seminary

Librarian, Assistant Professor
Northwest Baptist College/Northwest Baptist Seminary

Qua Iboe Church Bible College, Abak, Nigeria


Non-Fiction Books

The Survivor's Guide to Library Research
. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1990.

Project Earth: Preserving the World God Created. Portland, OR: Multnomah, 1991.

Beyond the Answer Sheet: Academic Success for International Students
Lincoln, Neb.: iUniverse.com/Writers Club Press, 2003.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Meaning of Everything. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications,

Teaching Research Processes: The Faculty Role in the Development of Skilled Student Researchers. Elsevier, 2012.

Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog, 6th ed. Bloominton, IN: iUniverse.com, 2017.


The Search. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1995; Thorndike, Maine: Thorndike Press, 1999.

Saluso’s Game. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1996; Thorndike, Maine: Thorndike Press, June 2000.

Avenger. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1997; Thorndike, Maine: Thorndike
Press, 2000.

Recent Academic Articles

Farrell, Robert and Badke, William. "Situating Information Literacy in the Disciplines: A Practical and Systematic Approach for Librarians." Reference Services Review 43, no.2 (2015): 319-340. [Draft of final submitted manuscript available: http://academicworks.cuny.edu/le_pubs/78/

"The Framework for Information Literacy and Theological Education." Theological Librarianship 8, no. 2 (2015): 4-7. https://theolib.atla.com/theolib/article/view/385/1310.

"Fake News, Confirmation Bias, the Search for Truth, and the Theology Student." Theological Librarianship 11, no. 2 (October 2018): 4-7. https://theolib.atla.com/theolib/article/view/519/1717.

"Reading to Write: Using Disciplinary Expertise and Source Reading with the ACRL Framework to Enhance the Conceptual Depth of Writing Students." In Information Literacy and Writing Studies, vol. 2, Upper-Level and Graduate Courses. (Purdue Information Literacy Handbooks). Ed. Grace Veach, 135-146. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2019.

"Framing Information Literacy within the Disciplines of Theological Education." In Information Literacy and Theological Librarianship: Theory and Praxis. Ed. Bobby L. Smiley, 59-82. Chicago: Atla Press, 2019. Available open access: https://books.atla.com/atlapress/catalog/book/33.

He has been a columnist for Online Magazine since 2007.


2016 - Article: Farrell, Robert and Badke, William. "Situating Information Literacy in the Disciplines: A Practical and Systematic Approach for Librarians." Reference Services Review 43, no.2 (2015): 319-340, voted one of the top 20 articles in library instruction for 2015 by the Library Instruction Round Table of the American Library Association. http://www.ala.org/lirt/sites/ala.org.lirt/files/content/archive/2016jun.pdf

2016 - Book Chapter: "Expertise and Authority in an Age of Crowdsourcing," in Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information. Ed. Troy Swanson; Heather Jagman. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015 (http://williambadke.com/BadkeExpertiseAuthority.pdf) included
in the volume that won the Irene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year
award for 2016. http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2016/02/jagman-and-swanson-receive-2016-acrl-instruction-section-ilene-f-rockman

William Badke - Complete CV

Research Interest

Information Literacy (the development of skilled researchers) 

CAPAL (Canadian Association of Professional Librarians) 
American Theological Library Association 
American Library Association 
Association of College and Research Libraries


BA - University of British Columbia 

MLS - University of British Columbia 

MDiv - Northwest Baptist Seminary 

MTh - Northwest Baptist Seminary