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UIC Library Faculty Profile: Kevin O'Brien, Assistant Access Services and Special Collections Librarian: Home


I have worked at the UIC Library of the Health Sciences in a variety of capacities since 1997. I am currently the head of the Access to Resources Department. I have an MLS degree from Indiana University.


My librarianship interests are in the areas of resource sharing and the discovery and access of special collections material.   

Papers, Reviews, Etc.

• Cancelled requests:a study of interlibrary loan requests for items held in a medical library collection. Med Ref Serv Q. 2004 Fall;23(3):17-23.

• Brookings Institution. Entry in: Encyclopedia of Health Services Research. Sage, 2009.

• Electronic Resource Review: HathiTrust. J Med Libr Assoc. 2011 April; 99(2): 177–178.

• Electronic Resource Review: Medical Heritage Library.  J Med Libr Assoc. 2012 July; 100(3): 231.

• Large scale book and journal digitization projects and interlibrary service: opening the discussion. J Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Electronic Reserves. Jan-Jun 2015, Vol 25 (1/2): 39-42.

• The Contemporary Academic Library Resource Sharing Mission: Fragmentation or Evolution? Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserves; Jul-Aug 2017, Vol. 26 Issue 3-5, p151-155.


A Philosopher's Medical Utopias: Ernst Bloch and the History of Medicine. Medical Library Association History of the Health Sciences Section, 2008 Annual Meeting.

Service to the Profession

Convenor, Medical Library Association Resource Sharing Special Interest Group