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Kate McCready

Interim Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections

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Interim Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections


Kate McCready is the Interim Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections. The Content & Collections (C&C) Division supports Libraries collection efforts by providing leadership in the development, acquisition, management, and preservation of the Libraries’ collections, which includes 7.5 million print volumes, 1.2 million e-books, and 287,000 e-journals. The Content & Collections division also provides services and expertise to campus content creators in areas that include publishing, eLearning, and copyright. The Content & Collections division has five areas of focus:

• Acquisitions & e-Resource Management (ARM) is responsible for acquiring, receipting, invoice payment, managing license agreements, processing domestic and foreign approval plans, rapid/copy cataloging, loading vendor records, and monitoring/processing of shelf-ready and innovative and experimental content acquisitions projects and programs, such as demand-driven acquisitions.
• Collection Development provides the University Libraries with overall leadership and responsibility for the development of the Libraries' collections, ensuring effective planning and resource allocation for current and future needs of the University community. The collections development department also provides assistance with joint licensing with system campuses when possible.
• 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, and promoting preservation and providing educational opportunities for Libraries staff and users.
• The Content Services department handles the University of Minnesota's Interlibrary Loan and Digital Delivery borrowing of materials not currently available within the University of Minnesota Libraries, and digital copies of articles and book chapters from our print and microform collections. Content Services also facilitating our affiliates reuse of published content through Copyright Permissions, while also providing Publishing services and infrastructure that support the creation, production, and dissemination of UMN faculty and instructor produced digital scholarship.
• Copyright Information Services provides copyright education and consultation programs and provides strategy and policy guidance on related topics for the Libraries and the University.

Kate's permanent position is the Director of the Content Services department which is comprised of Interlibrary Loan and the Open Scholarship and Publishing Services [OSPS] unit within the University Libraries. OSPS provides Copyright Permissions Services, and Publishing Services. Kate is 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. Formerly, she was the director of the Experts@Minnesota site which creates profiles for University of Minnesota faculty to allow for research networking and the discovery of our institution's expertise. She has also been 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 that now resides at Johns Hopkins University. Kate is a librarian, with an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. At the University of Minnesota, she has served at the reference desk, taught research methodology classes, led a variety of reference and information services, and coordinated several grant projects.