Kate McCready, she/her/hers Interim Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections

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Interim Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections
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Libraries Administration


Since August 2019, Kate McCready has served on the Libraries senior leadership team as the Interim Associate University Librarian for Collections & Content Strategy. Kate is responsible for the goals and work of the C&CS service area and provides leadership in the development, discovery, and long term stewardship of the University of Minnesota Libraries’ wide-ranging collections which include over 7.7 million print volumes, and millions of electronic resources that address all current and emerging areas of study at the University. Kate oversees the acquisition, borrowing, licensing, description, and discovery of content. Her responsibilities also include leadership and oversight of the library enterprise systems that support the metadata, fulfillment, and discovery of our robust resources for both the Twin Cities campus and the system campus libraries. Kate is responsible for the services that provide digitization, management, and preservation of the Libraries’ physical collections as well as the services provided to campus content creators on intellectual property rights and copyright information while advocating for sustainable models for scholarly communication and information sharing. The six departments in the C&CS service area are:

• Content Acquisitions & Delivery (CAD) provides the Libraries with robust procedures and expertise required to manage the physical and archival material acquisitions, interlibrary loan borrowing and digital delivery, which provides digital copies of articles and book chapters from our print and microform collections.
• Collection Strategy and eResource Management (CSERM) provides the University Libraries with overall leadership and responsibility for the development of the Libraries' collections, as well as licensing and access to electronic resource content. 
• Cataloging, Metadata, and Digitization (CMD) provides well-aligned, highly functional, and distinctive information, digitization, and discovery services for the Libraries' diverse collections.
• Library Enterprise Systems (LES) provides enterprise-level information technology systems and services in support of core library operations including library data management, data analysis and reporting services, information retrieval, and transactional services for all University system campus libraries, including the Law Library.
• Collection Management & Preservation (CMP) provides strategic stewardship of University of Minnesota Libraries content to ensure continuing access for future generations of users through stabilizing physical materials to ensure usability, reformatting materials to ensure long-term access to their content, implementing preventative preservation practices throughout the Libraries.
• Copyright Information Services provides copyright education and consultation programs and provides strategy and policy guidance on related topics for the Libraries and the University.

Formerly, Kate was the Director of the Content Services department which comprised the Interlibrary Loan/Digital Delivery and the Open Scholarship and Publishing Services [OSPS] units. OSPS provided Copyright Permissions Services, and Publishing Services. In this role, Kate was responsible for the oversight of the University of Minnesota's borrowing efforts, facilitating our affiliates' reuse of published content, while also providing services and infrastructure that support the creation, production, and dissemination of UMN faculty and instructor produced digital scholarship. Kate also served as the Publishing Services librarian for the Libraries’ Content Services initiative, was the program director of Experts@Minnesota which creates profiles for University of Minnesota faculty and researchers to allow for research networking and the discovery of our institution's expertise, and the project manager for EthicShare, a research environment created for the field of bioethics by the University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics, University Libraries, and Department of Computer Science. It now resides at Johns Hopkins University. Earlier in her career, she provided and led a variety of reference and information services, taught research methodology classes, ran a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection, served as the editor of Foundations in Wisconsin, and coordinated several grant projects. She is a librarian, with an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.