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Biography

Kara Reuter has developed and managed digital libraries for young people and adults in school, academic, and public library settings for nearly 20 years. Through qualitative research techniques, she builds understanding of people's information behavior to develop technologies and media that meet people's wants and needs.

Education

PhD in Library and Information Services
University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, 2007

Dissertation
Children Selecting Books in a Library: Extending a Model of Information Behavior to a Recreational Setting

Master of Library Science
University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, 2003

Master of Arts
Northwestern University, Department of English, 1997

Bachelor of Arts in English
Ohio University, Honors Tutorial College, 1995

Current employment

Digital Library Manager
Worthington Libraries
Worthington, OH

  • » Coordinates the design, content, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of library websites and online services, including:
    • > comprehensive user-centered redesign of library's website;
    • > customization and rollout of Polaris PowerPAC and MobilePAC and previously Aquabrowser discovery layer;
    • > migration of library websites to Drupal content management system;
    • > launch of mobile website and customization of mobile catalog;
    • > redesign of local history website using Islandora framework;
    • > launch of library social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; and,
    • > redesign of staff intranet.

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Employment history

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Digital Library Manager, Dec. 2007 - present
Web Applications Supervisor, Jul. 2007 - Dec. 2007
Worthington Libraries
Worthington, OH

  • » Coordinates the design, content, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of library websites and online services, including:
    • > comprehensive user-centered redesign of library's website;
    • > customization and rollout of Polaris PowerPAC and MobilePAC and previously Aquabrowser discovery layer;
    • > migration of library websites to Drupal content management system;
    • > launch of mobile website and customization of mobile catalog;
    • > redesign of local history website using Islandora framework;
    • > launch of library social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; and,
    • > redesign of staff Intranet.

Teaching Assistant, Aug. 2006 - Jun. 2007
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
College Park, MD

  • » Assisted in teaching online version of LBSC 601 (Information Use)
  • » Assisting in preparing online version of LBSC 741 (Seminar in School Library Media Program Administration)

Web Librarian, Jan. 2006 - Aug. 2006
Food Safety Risk Analysis Clearinghouse
Joint Institute of Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

  • » Maintained collection of large, international, non-commercial digital library of materials for risk analysts in the field of food safety
  • » Monitored, selected, and indexed websites for inclusion in the digital library
  • » Advised team on best practices related to Web design and usability

Graduate Research Assistant, Aug. 2002 - Jan. 2006
International Children's Digital Library
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

  • » Worked on interdisciplinary, intergenerational research team to develop a digital library of international children's books
  • » Tested interface prototypes with children and adults in public libraries
  • » Conducted a major research study on the use of the digital library by elementary school students
  • » Redesigned and maintained small, international, non-commercial website

Graduate Assistant, Jul. 2001 - Jul. 2002
Project NEThics, Office of Information Technology
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

  • » Promoted responsible use of university computing resources
  • » Investigated complaints of instances of misuse of university computing resources
  • » Informed community members about the legal and ethical implications of computer use

Instructor, Jul. 2000 - Apr. 2001
Division of Continuing Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL

  • » Developed curriculum and provided instruction for Web Site Design 1 (HTML) and Web Site Design 2 (Web Authoring Tools)

Policy Advisor, Jul. 2002 - Feb. 2003
Managing Producer, Aug. 1999 - Jun. 2002
eCUIP Digital Library, Chicago Public Schools / University of Chicago Internet Project
Digital Library Development Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • » Managed all aspects of a large, local, grant-funded K-12 digital library of materials supporting Chicago Public Schools curriculum
  • » Evaluated, selected, and indexed websites and curriculum materials for inclusion in the digital library
  • » Promoted and provided training and support for use of website in the Chicago Public Schools
  • » Conducted user testing with elementary school students and teachers in the Chicago Public Schools of "eCUIP," a K-12 digital library project, and "Chicago Web Docent," a K-12 museum project
  • » Performed in-house user testing of the University of Chicago Library Catalog with undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and librarians

Producer, Apr. 1999 - Aug. 1999
Assistant Producer, Jun. 1998 - Mar. 1999
cars.com
Chicago, IL

  • » Contributed to the production of a large, national, commercial website as a member of the editorial staff with duties including coding and scripting, image processing, layout, and content development
  • » Managed the launch and maintenance of several packages as lead producer

Office Manager, Jun. 1997 - May 1998
Sheridan Consulting
Chicago, IL

  • » Provided administrative support services for mobile consulting staff and fixed office staff
  • » Prepared reports, proposals, and other documents for clients
  • » Wrote and edited monthly newsletter
  • » Coordinated development, launch, and maintenance of website

Teaching Assistant, Sep. 1996 - Jun. 1997
Department of English, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

  • » Assisted faculty in teaching undergraduate courses, English C70 (American Literature Before 1914), English B10 (English Literary Traditions), and English B34 (Introduction to Shakespeare), in various capacities, including: developing assignments, delivering lectures, leading discussion, advising students, and grading

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Recent & upcoming presentations

Reuter, K. & Smith, L. (2017). Bucket lists and day dreams: Building understanding of patron needs to shape library direction. Dive into Data 2. July 20, 2017, Columbus, OH.

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Presentations

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Reuter, K. & Smith, L. (2017). Bucket lists and day dreams: Building understanding of patron needs to shape library direction. Dive into Data 2. July 20, 2017, Columbus, OH.

Reuter, K. & Fields, M. (2016). Customizing the Polaris PowerPAC. Ohio Innovative Users Group. October 7, 2016, Columbus, OH.

Matteson, M. & Reuter, K. (2016). Real World Assessment: Using Data to Evaluate Library Products and Services. Ohio Library Council Convention & Expo 2016. September 28, 2016, Sandusky, OH.

Reuter, K. & Southard, M. (2016). Who are the People in Your Neighborhood? Engaging the Community with Digital Archives. Society of Ohio Archivists 2016 Annual Meeting. May 20, 2016, Columbus, OH.

Reuter, K. & Langer, S. (2015). Render unto Drupal: Redesigning Worthington Memory with Islandora Sync. Islandora Conference 2015. August 4, 2015, Charlottetown, PE, Canada.

Reuter, K. & Fields, M. (2013). Round Table: PAC Customization options— what's been tweaked at your library? Ohio Polaris Users Group. August 23, 2013, Columbus, OH.

Reuter, K. & Langer, S. (2012). The Dream of Data Integration. LITA Forum. October 5, 2012, Columbus, OH.

Reuter, K. (2009). Extreme Makeover: Redesigning digital services. Internet Librarian. October 27, 2009, Monterey, CA.

Reuter, K. (2009). Extreme Makeover: Redesigning your library's digital services in the era of Web 2.0. TechConnections 2.0.0.9. May 19, 2009, Columbus, OH.

Reuter, K. (2008). "Children selecting books in a library": Implications for encouraging effective book selection. Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: Youth Services SIG Business Meeting. January 10, 2008, Philadelphia, PA.

Reuter, K. (2008). "Children selecting books in a library": Extending a model of information behavior to a recreational setting. Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: Awards Panel. January 9, 2008, Philadelphia, PA.

Radford, M. L., Connaway, L. S., Cooper, L. Z., Reuter, K., Zhou, N., & Agosto, D. (2007). Behaviors and preferences of digital natives: Informing a research agenda (SIG USE). Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. October 24, 2007, Milwaukee, WI.

Reuter, K. (2007). Children selecting books in a library: Extending a model of information behavior to a recreational setting. Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference. January 16, 2007, Seattle, WA.

Murray, G. C. & Reuter, K. (2005). Children's acquisition of categories and the implications for research in the development of classification schemes. 16th ASIS&T SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop. October 29, 2005, Charlotte, NC.

Reuter, K., & Liao, S. (2005). Demonstration of the International Children's Digital Library. 22nd Human Computer Interaction Lab Annual Symposium and Open House. June 3, 2005, College Park, MD.

Reuter, K., & Druin, A. (2004). Children's book searching and selection behavior using the International Children's Digital Library. 21st HCIL Annual Symposium and Open House. June 4, 2004, College Park, MD.

Druin, A. & Reuter, K. (2003). Children as our technology design partners: It takes one to know one. College of Information Studies Open Forum Lecture Series. September 16, 2003, College Park, MD.

Reuter, K., & Rose, A. (2003). The International Children's Digital Library. Reading the World Conference V. March 1-2, 2003, San Franciso, CA.

Cunningham, C., Lorch, B., Viltz, S., Reuter, K., Borst, J., & Thomas, C. (2001). CUIP: A university/public schools partnership supporting technology in local schools. National Educational Computing Conference. June 25, 2001, Chicago, IL.

Reuter, K. & Thomas, C. (2000). eCUIP: A digital library project. 2001: A Technology Odyssey for the New Millennium [Chicago Public Schools Principals' Technology Conference]. December 4, 2000, Chicago, IL.

Reuter, K. & Thomas, C. (2000). eCUIP: A digital library project. Rising to the Challenge [Chicago Public Schools Professional Development Conference]. October 27, 2000, Chicago, IL.

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Recent & upcoming publications

Reuter, K. & Langer, S. (2015). Building a better library calendar with Drupal and Evanced. In N. C. Engard (Ed.), More Library Mashups (pp. 77-91). Medford, NJ: Information Today.

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Publications

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Reuter, K. & Langer, S. (2015). Building a better library calendar with Drupal and Evanced. In N. C. Engard (Ed.), More Library Mashups (pp. 77-91). Medford, NJ: Information Today.

Reuter, K., Cofer, S., Pechacek, A., & Simon, M. (2010). Following and leading teens online: Using digital library services to reach teens. In D. E. Agosto & S. Hughes-Hassell (Eds.), Urban Teens in the Library: Research and Practice (pp. 169-186). Chicago: ALA Editions.

Reuter, K. (2008). "Children Selecting Books in a Library": Extending Models of Information Behavior to a Recreational Setting. VDM Verlag: Saarbrücken.

Reuter, K. (2008). Teaching effective book-selection strategies and inspiring engaged readers in the library media center. Library Media Connection, 26(7), 18-20.

Reuter, K. (2007). Assessing aesthetic relevance: Children's book selection in a digital library. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58(12), 1745-1763.

Reuter, K. (2006). Feelings, Muriel. In J. Zipes (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (Vol. 2, p. 67). London: Oxford UP.

Reuter, K. (2006). Greenfield, Eloise. In J. Zipes (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (Vol. 2, pp. 173-174). London: Oxford UP.

Reuter, K. (2006). Hogrogian, Nonny. In J. Zipes (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (Vol. 2, p. 247). London: Oxford UP.

Reuter, K. (2006). Pinkney, Gloria Jean. In J. Zipes (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (Vol. 3, p. 256). London: Oxford UP.

Reuter, K. (2006). Pinkney, Myles. In J. Zipes (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (Vol. 3, pp. 257-258). London: Oxford UP.

Reuter, K. (2006). Pinkney, Sandra. In J. Zipes (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (Vol. 3, p. 258). London: Oxford UP.

Reuter, K. (2005). Weaving a Library Web: A guide to developing children's Websites [Book Review]. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 56(14), 1555-1556.

Hutchinson, H. B., Druin, A., Bederson, B. B., Reuter, K., Rose, A., & Weeks, A. C. (2005). How do I find blue books about dogs? The errors and frustrations of young digital library users. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 2005) [CD-ROM]. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Reuter, K., & Druin, A. (2004). Bringing together children and books: An initial descriptive study of children's book searching and selection behavior in a digital library. Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (pp. 339-348). Medford, NJ: Information Today.

Anthony, J., Weeks, A.C., White, J., Druin, A., Bederson, B. B., Farber, A., Grosjean, J., Guha, M. L., Hourcade, J. P., Lee, J., Liao, S., Reuter, K., Rose, A., Zhang, L., Kahle, B. (2004). To the point: Children's literature and the technology age - the International Children's Digital Library: Exploring digital libraries for children. Bookbird, 42(2), 8.

Druin, A., Bederson, B. B., Weeks, A., Farber, A., Grosjean, J., Guha, M. L., Hourcade, J. P., Lee, J., Liao, S., Reuter, K., Rose, A., Takayama, Y., & Zhang, L. (2003). The International Children's Digital Library: Description and analysis of first use. First Monday, 8(5).

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Awards & honors

Online History Award, April 2017
Reference & User Services Association

Eugene Garfield/ALISE Doctoral Dissertation Award, January 2008
Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference

Linworth/ALISE Youth Services Paper Award, January 2008
Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference

Second Place, Doctoral Students Research Poster Session, January 2007
Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference

Deans Award, May 2002
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

Certifications

Ohio Public Librarian, August 2009
Ohio Library Council (OLC)

Educational Media Generalist (Level II), PreK-12, May 2003
Maryland State Department of Education

Professional & academic service

Conference Planning Committee, 2017
Dive into Data 2, Columbus, OH

Chair, PAC Advisory Committee, 2013-2015
Central (OH) Library Consortium

Member at Large, Library Research Round Table, 2008-2011
American Library Association, Chicago, IL

Student Representative, Faculty Search Committee, 2006-2007
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Coordinator, School Library Media Association, 2006-2007
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Doctoral Student Representative, Collegium, 2005-2006
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Demonstrations Chair, Conference Committee, 2004
Interaction Design & Children 2004, College Park, MD

Professional memberships

American Library Association (ALA)

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
Library Research Round Table (LRRT)
Public Library Association (PLA)

Drupal Association

Ohio Library Council (OLC)

Portfolio

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