Libraries Senior Fellow

Wendy Pradt Lougee is Libraries Senior Fellow, having retired as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries and McKnight Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2020. During her tenure, the Libraries was recognized by the Institute for Museum and Library Services with the National Medal, the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries.

Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota in 2002, Lougee held several positions at the University of Michigan over a 20-year period, including Director of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library and Associate Director of the University Library for Digital Library Services. Her work in launching and developing a premier digital library program at Michigan was recognized with the American Library Association’s Hugh Atkinson Award (2003), Computerworld Honors Program Laureate (2002), and Michigan’s Walter H. Kaiser Award (2001). She held earlier appointments at Brown University and Wheaton College (Massachusetts).

Lougee served on the board of directors for the Research Libraries Group, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation (President 2009), the National Information Standards Organization, the Association of Research Libraries (President 2012-2013), and the HathiTrust (Chair 2017). Her research and publications focus on digital library development, information economics, assessment of research behavior, virtual organizations, and e-research.

Lougee holds a B.A. in English (Lawrence University), an M.S. in Library Science (University of Wisconsin) and an M.A. in Psychology (University of Minnesota).


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, McKnight Presidential Professor 2002-2020

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Associate Director, University Library, for Digital Library Services, 1998-2002 Assistant Director, University Library, for Digital Library Initiatives, 1995-1998 Director, Digital Library Program, 1993-1995 Head, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 1984-1993       Director, M-Link Project, 1988-1993 Assistant to the Director, University Library, 1982-1984

Brown University, Providence, RI

Reference/Collection Development Librarian, 1978-1982


M.A., Psychology

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

M.S., Library Science

University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., English

Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin


National Medal for Museum and Library Service 2017

(Awarded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services in recognition of extraordinary and innovative approaches to service.)

Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community 2016

(Awarded to the University of Minnesota’s Tretter Collection). Sponsored by the American Library Association.

Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit

(Awarded to the University of Minnesota Libraries). Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Equity and Diversity.

Excellence in Academic Libraries 2009

(Awarded to the University of Minnesota Libraries). Sponsored by the American Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries.

Hugh C. Atkinson Award 2003

Sponsored by American Library Association Divisions: Association of College and Research Libraries, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, the Library Administration and Management Association, and the Library and Information Technology Association.Recognizes outstanding achievements in technology, development and research.

Computerworld Honors Program Laureate 2002

Recognizes information technology development noteworthy for originality, breadth, vision, and benefit to society.

Walter H. Kaiser Award 2001

Sponsored by the Michigan Library Association. Recognizes innovation and creativity.


Lead Investigator, Terra Populus, Minnesota Population Center, National Science Foundation, 2011.

Principal Investigator, "EthicShare Program Development," Mellon Foundation, 2009.

Principal Investigator, "EthicShare: A Collaborative Virtual Community," Mellon Foundation, 2007.

Principal Investigator, "Multi-dimensional Framework for Academic Support," Mellon Foundation. 2004.

Principal Investigator, NSF/ARPA/NASA sponsored Digital Library Project (Phase 1), University of Michigan, School of Information. 1994. Agent-based Architecture for Digital Libraries.

Principal Investigator, JSTOR (pilot phase) sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. University of Michigan. 1993.

Project Director, M-LINK State Outreach Program sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 1988.

Institutional Reviews

University of Maryland, 2018.

University of Calgary, 2016.

Iowa State University, 2014.

Emory University Libraries, 2011.

University of Kansas Libraries, 2011.

University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, 2008.

University of Tennessee Libraries, 2007.

University of Iowa Libraries, 2007.

Duke University Libraries, 2003.

Selected Recent Publications

Demas, Sam and Wendy Lougee. "Shaping a National Collective Collection," Library Issues, 31:6, July 2011.

Lougee, Wendy P. "The Diffuse Library Revisited: Aligning the Library as Strategic Asset," Library Hi Tech, 27:4 (2009), 610-623.

Lougee, Wendy P. and Jeffrey MacKie-Mason (eds.). The Economics and Use of Digital Libraries: Byting the Bullet, University of Michigan, Scholarly Publishing Office, 2008.

Lougee, Wendy Pradt. "E-Science & Research Libraries: An Agenda for Action." Developments in E-Science: Status Quo and the Challenge, The Japan Foundation, 2008.

Lougee, Wendy Pradt. "Scholarly Communication and Libraries Unbound: The Opportunity of the Commons." In Charlotte Hess and Elinor Ostrom, eds., Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007, 311-332.

Lougee, Wendy Pradt. Diffuse Librarianship: Emergent Roles in a Digital Age. Council on Library and Information Resources 2002.

Selected Recent Invited Papers & Presentations

"Library Analytics," Ithaka Sustainable Scholarhip Conference, New York, October 2013.

"The Future of Research Libraries," Cornell University Faculty Senate, February 2013.

"Reframing the Organization," Cornell University Libraries Forum, February 2013.

"A New Rubric for Content and Collections," Association of Research Libraries, Chicago, May 2012.

"Cranking up the Volume: A Motivational Case Study," CIC Center for Library Initiatives Conference, University of Illinois-Chicago, May 2010.

"Fitness for Purpose: Aligning Resources in Changing Times." Columbia University Reference Symposium, New York, March 2010.

"Aligning the Library as Strategic Asset." 9th International Bielefeld Conference, Bielefeld, Germany, February 2009.

"The Engaged Library: Strategies for Building Vibrant Learning Communities." Society for College and University Planning and Association of College and Research Libraries, Webcast/Conference, September 2008.

"The Scholar in Context: Behavior and Workflow." TICER International Institute, Tilburg, Netherlands, August 2008.

"Toward a Scholars' Collaborative." Arts & Humanities in the Digital Age: An Arts & Humanities Research Symposium, University of Wisconsin, Madison, May 2008.

"The Library as Strategic Asset in the Information Chain." 7th Frankfurt Scientific Symposium, Goethe University of Frankfurt, October 2007.

"E-Science & Research Libraries: An Agenda for Action." Kanazawa Institute of Technology International Roundtable for Library and Information Science, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Kanazawa, Japan, July 2007.

Selected Recent Service to Professional Organizations

2017-present JSTOR Library Advisory Group

2017-present Association of Research Libraries Academy, Chair 2017

2016 New Media Consortium Horizon Project, Library Panel of Expert

2013-present HathiTrust, Board of Governors; Chair 2017

2011-2013 National Information Standards Association, Board of Directors

2009-2014 Association of Research Libraries, Board of Directors, President 2012 - 2013

2008-2010 Association of Research Libraries, E-Science Working Group (chair)

2008-2009 Digital Library Federation, President, Board of Trustees

2007-2016 Early English Books Online, Text Creation Partnership, Board

2006 New Collaborative Relationships: The Role of Academic Libraries in the Digital Data Universe, National Science Foundation/Association of Research Libraries invitational workshop on digital data curation (Co-Chair)

2006-2012 Ithaka, Research Advisory Committee

2005-2013 Council on Library and Information Resources, Board, Vice-Chair 2007 - 2012

2002-present Big Ten Academic Alliance, Library Deans/Directors


American Library Association

Michigan Library Association (1982-2002)

Minnesota Library Association

Rhode Island Library Association (1979-82)


Download high-resolution image (14.9mb)

short bio (PDF)