Karen G. Schneider

University Librarian, Holy Names University, Oakland CA

Karen G. Schneider

Karen G. Schneider is the University Librarian at Holy Names University. She joined Holy Names University in October 2009 after over twenty years of increasing responsibility in library positions, including four executive roles. Schneider received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College in 1982, her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 1992, and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco in 2006.

Schneider is active in the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium as a board member, conference presenter, and founding chair of the Resource Sharing Committee. She has served on numerous American Library Association (ALA) and divisional committees, including Web Advisory Committee, LITA Nominating Committee, and ALA Nominating Committee, and is serving on her fourth term on ALA Council. She has published over one hundred articles and two books related to library science, including A Practical Guide to Internet Filters (Neal Schuman, 1998), which led to her role as an expert witness in a major First Amendment case. She has also published literary essays in venues such as The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and has a popular blog, Free Range Librarian. She has taught LIS classes and led workshops on information technology policy, organizing Internet information, and creative writing in libraries. She has presented widely on change management, intellectual freedom, and most recently, optimism in leadership. She completed the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute in August 2011.

Research Interests: Leadership theories; resonant leadership; change management; gender and diversity; the library's evolving roles in higher education; interlibrary leadership at the state and national level.