Sarah E Huber

University Title:
Associate Professor and Director of the Knowledge Lab
Science and Engineering Libraries
Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Professional Information

Liaison Areas:
Computer and Information Technology
Computer Graphics Technology
Courses Taught:
HONR, Research 1: 199
HONR Mentor, Research 1: 299
ECET 380: Global Professional Issues in Engineering Technology
ILS 103: Introduction to Data Managment
ILS 295: Foundation of the Data Mind: An Interlocking Modules Approach to Data Management
ANTH 497: Senior Honors Seminar
NUCL 480: Essential Communication Skills for Engineers
Research Areas:
Maker programming; visual literacy; and ways in which creativity can be fostered during the research process
MLIS, St. Catherine University, 2014
A.A.S, Audio-Visual Digital Media, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 2007
B.A., English, University of Minnesota, 2000


Book Chapters
Huber, S., & Sumner, A. (2021). Photogrammetry and Texture Baking: Creating Lightweight 3D Objects for Any VR Headset. In E. Kroski (Ed.) 32 Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Programs for Libraries (pp. 62-69). ALA Editions.

Huber, S., Edmondson, A.P., & Meher, R.I. (2020). Part VIII Craft Projects: Carving Cute Critters (pp. 235-239). In E. Kroski (Ed.) 53 Ready-to-Use Kawaii Craft Projects. ALA Editions.

Selected Articles
Huber, S., Sari, P., & Meher, R. (2021). Diversity and Making: A Living History Quilt. Journal of Learning Spaces, 10(3). Retrieved from

Huber, S., & Puliyadi Ravi, S. (2021). A Visual Design Framework and Assessment to Inform Instruction. In J. Lee, S. M. Christensen, S. Beene, X. Chen, and W. Huang (Eds.), Visual literacy in the virtual realm: The book of selected readings 2021 (pp. 39-52). International Visual Literacy Association.

Huber, S. (March 2021). Active Discovery Information Systems. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 47(2).

Huber, S., Bosman, L, & Bartholomew, S. (January 2021). Library Instruction and Adaptive Comparative Judgment to Foster Visual Literacy Skills. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 21(1). doi:10.1353/pla.2021.0001


Huber, S. & Mayhook, Z. (2023, April 19-21). Getting Visual: Assessing the Need for Visual Literacy Instruction Within Engineering and Business Courses. LILAC: The Information Literacy Conference 2023, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Bochenek, A. & Huber, S. (2022, July 31-August 2). Make Your Story: Creating Community and Celebrating Makers through the Narrative Podcast. Special Libraries Association Annual Conference 2022, Charlotte, NC, United States.

Bochenek, A. & Huber, S. (2022, June 1-3). Make Your Story: Creating Community and Celebrating Makers through the Narrative Podcast. 2022 ACRL New England/NELIG Joint Annual Conference, Virtual.

Huber, S. & Sari, P.K. (2021, July 15). University Libraries and Cultural Center Maker Collaboration: Fostering Diverse Makers and Their Making. Makerspaces for Innovation and Research (MIRA) 2021, Virtual Conference.

Huber, S. & Sari, P.K. (2021, June 1-4). University Libraries and Cultural Center Maker Collaboration: Fostering Diverse Makers and Their Making. Polytechnic Summit 2021, Virtual, International Conference.

Huber, S. (2020, September 24-26). A Visual Design Framework with Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ) to Assess Visual Design Skills. International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) 2020, Virtual, International Conference.

Huber, S. & Zakharov, W. (2020, March 8). Data Visualization Essentials: Choosing the Right Graph for Your Data. Women in Data Science (WIDS), 2020, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States.

Zakharov, W. & Huber, S. (2019, September 30-October 1). Engage Students and Enhance Data Management. Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS), 2019, University of Illinois at Chicago University Library, Chicago, IL, United States.

Huber, S., Bosman, L. & Bartholomew, S. (2019, July 14-19). Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ) to Support Visual and Information Literacy [Poster presentation]. Gordon Research Conference: Visualization in Science and Education, 2019, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, United States.

Huber, S. (2019, April 4-6). Visual Literacy & Zine Making: Staying Wild. CounterPlay 2019! Conference, Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark.

Zakharov, W., Huber, S. & Fosmire, M. (2019, May 10). Integration of Foundational Data Management Course into STEM. Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG): Tackling Data in Libraries, Spring Conference, Indiana Wesleyan University, Indianapolis, IN, United States.

Howard, H. & Huber, S. (2018, March 14-15). Slaying the Social Media Dragon: A Quest to Connect with Students. Libtech: Library Technology Conference, 2018, Macalaster College, Saint Paul, MN, United States.

Other Information

The Knowledge Lab
The Knowledge Lab is a rapid prototyping space where the Purdue community can use a variety of materials, equipment, and software to experiment with the exploration and presentation of their ideas. Celebrating the Boilermaker spirit of imagination and innovation, the space offers low-stakes resources such as a vinyl cutter, sewing machines, Riso printer, a podcast booth, heat press, yarns, cardboard, fabrics, and more. It serves as a first stop in a pipeline of opportunities on campus to fully actualize an idea.

2021/2022/2023 Maker Programming
A Collaboration between Professor Sarah Huber and Dr. Annette Bochenek from PULSIS and Professor Toni DeAtzlan-Smith from the School of Communication
MakeYourStory: A How-To Podcast Series

2021/2022 SHARC Framework
A beginner’s framework and guide for designing data graphs and charts. SHARC stands for Scale, Hierarchy, Axis, Readability, and Color. Visit the website and follow the prompts to design an impactful, easy to read data visualization.

2020/2021 Maker Programming
A Collaboration between Professor Sarah Huber from PULSIS and Dr. Pamela K. Sari, director of the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center
Diversity and Making: A Podcast and Video Series