William Badke, MDiv, MTh, MLS

Associate Librarian for Information Literacy and Associated Canadian Theological Schools
I am the Associate Librarian at TWU for information literacy and for Associated Canadian Theological Schools. As a leader within the worldwide information literacy movement, I have taught research courses to numerous students. It is my conviction that enabling students to become skilled researchers is crucial to their education and to their roles in the marketplaces of life.

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 and attends North Valley Baptist Church. For over three decades he has served with TWU and Associated Canadian Theological Schools as associate librarian, offering reference service, doing collection development and teaching credit-based research courses. It is his conviction that university students need to be able to understand and grapple with today’s highly complex and often polarized information world, especially if they want to meet the challenges of representing Christ in the world. TWU offers an enriching environment to pursue those goals.

  • MDiv (Northwest Baptist Seminary)
  • MTh  (Northwest Baptist Seminary)
  • MLS (University of British Columbia)
  • BA (University of British Columbia)


A leader in the developing discipline of information literacy, including extensive publication and the teaching of credit courses in research for over thirty years.

  • Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog, &th ed. iUniverse.co, 2021.
  • Teaching Research Processes: The Faculty Role in the Development of Skilled Student Researchers, 2nd ed. En Route Books and Media, 2021.
  • "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.
  • Columnist for Online Searcher Magazine since 2007.
  • Complete CV: http://williambadke.com/badke.htm

Awards & Honors

Recent Publications

  • "Chaos in Scholarly Publishing?" Online Searcher 45, no. 6 (November-December, 2021): 32-34.
  • "Teaching Faculty to Develop Student Researchers." Online Searcher 46, no. 1 (January-February, 2022): 36-38.
  • "Frustrations of Formulating Research Problem Statements." Online Searcher 46, no. 2 (March-April, 2022): 33-35.
  • "Should We Give Up on Information Literacy?" Online Searcher 46, no. 3 (May-June, 2022): 33-35.
  • "Making Sense of Today's Search Environment." Online Searcher 46, no. 4 (July-August, 2022): 33-35.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Library Association
  • American Theological Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians

  • RS 502 OL Research Strategies - ACTS
  • UNIV 110 OL Scholarly Inquiry and Research Methods