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Kathryn Carpenter has served as Assistant University Librarian for Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2007. Carpenter held previous appointments at UIC, serving as Acting Head of Regional Sites of the Library of the Health Sciences during 1991-1993, Bibliographer for the Health Sciences during 1988-1993, and several other positions at the Library of the Health Sciences during 1979 -1987. In her 35 years of professional experience, Carpenter has also served as library director for two universities, Valparaiso University and Purdue University Calumet, both in Indiana.
She has experience with library building planning, and has led regional and state-wide initiatives related to improving literacy and library services, the Books to Bridge the Region initiative and Service Excellence Symposium, respectively.
Carpenter was educated at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (M.S., Library Science, 1977, and A.B., Sociology, 1976). She was selected to attend several leadership development programs, including the HERS/Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration (1986), the UCLA Senior Fellows Institute (held at Long Island University in 1995), the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute (2000), and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) seminar for Department Executive Officers (2009). Most recently, she was accepted as a Fellow in the ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows Program (2010).
Carpenter has published widely, including Sourcebook on Parenting and Child Care (Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1994) and “Collection Development: Childcare Selections to Grow On,” (Library Journal 117 : 67-71, 1992). Carpenter co-authored the “U. S. Periodical Price Index for 1996,” (American Libraries 27 : 97-105, 1996, as well as previous editions of the index in American Libraries in 1993-95 and Library Journal in 1989-92. She served as editor for Library Administration and Management in 2001-02 (and as associate editor in 1999-00).
She leads the re-imagining service at UIC Library initiative and is a member of the UIC Information Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Research, as well as leading and serving on numerous library and university committees. Carpenter holds the rank of Professor on the UIC Library Faculty.
Kathryn H. Carpenter
Professor and Assistant University Librarian for the Health Sciences Director, Greater Midwest Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Tel.: (312) 996-8974