Sarah Passonneau

Scientific Employee

Research Interests


I work at the intersection between ecology, social sciences and history. Many of my projects depend on text mining and using the R program and linguistic methods to analysis trends. 

My last completed project concerned the changing research themes occurring in the last twenty years of pollination ecology. Recently, I built the first ecological lexicon. I will create a sentiment analysis. The question is: Has ecological research become more opinionated or emotional overtime? If so, what are the reasons for this? I am also working on the most important historical intellectual influences in pollination ecology.

Professional Experience


2016 - to dateResearch Officer Spatial Interaction Ecology (SIE): Historic pollination research, educational outreach

2014-2016 Staff Member ZENCO – UFZ: Tenure track processes, research on benchmarking

2014-2015 Education Librarian, Assessment Coordinator, Assistant Professor

Iowa State University Library, Ames, Iowa

2008-2013 Assistant to the Dean – Assessment Librarian, Assistant Professor

Iowa State University Library, Ames, Iowa

2007-2008 Coordinator, Media Resources

Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, California

2004-2007 Library Services Supervisor

Tustin Unified School District, Tustin, California

2003-2004 Instructional Media Coordinator

Friendly Hills Middle School, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

2001-2003 Library Media Specialist

Friends School of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota



2007 Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information

Science M.L.I.S.

2003 Saint Catherine University, Saint Paul, Minnesota School of Professional

Studies Education Licensure, Library/Information Media Teacher

2000 Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, Minnesota College of Education, Center for

Information Media M.S., Educational Media

1990 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota College of Liberal Arts B.A., History

Publications (selection)


Peer Reviewed:

1. Passonneau, Sarah, and Susan Erickson. "Core Competencies for Assessment in Libraries: a Review and Analysis of Job Postings." Library Leadership & Management, Vol. 28, no. 4 (2014).

2. Passonneau, Sarah and Michele Christian. “Impacting Participant Learning in Archival Education and Outreach to Fraternities and Sororities: An Implementation of Evidence Based Librarianship and Information Science.” RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, Vol. 14 no. 2 (2013): 92-110.

3. Passonneau, Sarah. “Library Assessment Activities: Using ISO 11620 to Review the Assessment Data of Academic Libraries in North America.” Performance Measurement and Metrics, Vol. 14 no. 3 (2013): 175 - 196.

4. Lewin, Heather S. and Sarah M. Passonneau. “An Analysis of Academic Research Libraries’ Assessment Data: A Look at Professional Models and Benchmarking Data.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 38, no. 2 (2012): 85-93.
Ranked fifth for Top 25 Hottest Articles from The Journal of Academic Librarianship - April to June 2012
Cited in ACRL Environmental Scan 2013 by the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee - April 2013

5. Passonneau, Sarah and Dan Coffey. “The Role of Synchronous Virtual Reference in Teaching and Learning: A Grounded Theory Analysis of Instant Messaging Transcripts.” College & Research Libraries 72, no. 3 (2011): 276-294.
Selected by the RUSA Research and Statistics Committee for Reference Research Review: 2011 This list includes the top 20 research articles of the year.

Book Chapters

Passonneau, Sarah. “Green Information Technology Saves Money, Saves Resources.” In: The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times, edited by Carol Smallwood, 153-60. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2011.

Conference Proceedings/Papers

Peer Reviewed:

Erickson, Susan and Sarah Passonneau. “Core Competencies for Librarians with Assessment Responsibilities,” in The Proceedings of the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, ed. By Steve Hiller, Kristina Justh, Martha Kyrillidou and Jim Self (Washington, D. C.: Association of Research Libraries, 2015).

Passonneau, Sarah and Heather Lewin. “Standardizing the Assessment Cycle: The Development of an Assessment Rubric for Effective Project Planning,” in the University of York Proceedings of the Ninth Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services: Proving Value in Challenging Times, ed. by Ian Hall, Stephan Thornton and Stephen Town (York, England: University of York, 2012), 333-344.

Passonneau, Sarah. “Instant Messaging, a Synchronous Virtual Reference Tool that Mirrors Higher Education’s Mission and Students’ Needs: How Grounded Theory Placed the Library in the Middle of the Mix,” in The Proceedings of the 2010 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, ed. By Steve Hiller, Kristina Justh, Martha Kyrillidou and Jim Self (Washington, D. C.: Association of Research Libraries, 2011), 581-591.

iDiv publications


Bennett, J. M., Thompson, A., Goia, I., Feldmann, R., Ştefan, V., Bogdan, A., Rakosy, D., Beloiu, M., Biro, I.-B., Bluemel, S., Filip, M., Madaj, A.-M., Martin, A., Passonneau, S., Kalisch, D. P., Scherer, G., Knight, T. M.

(2018): A review of European studies on pollination networks and pollen limitation, and a case study designed to fill in a gap. AoB PLANTS

Knight, T. M., Ashman, T.-L., Bennett, J. M., Burns, J. H., Passonneau, S., Steets, J. A.

(2018): Reflections on, and visions for, the changing field of pollination ecology. Ecology Letters
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Puschstrasse 4
04103 Leipzig

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+49 341 9733231
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Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

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