Karen G. Schneider

Karen G. Schneider

University Librarian, Holy Names University

San Francisco Bay Area

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Karen G. Schneider's Overview

  • Director at Librarians' Internet Index
  • Assistant Director for Technology at Shenendehowa Public Library
  • Director at Brunswick Community Library
  • Director, Region 2 at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Engine Mechanic, Aircraft Maintenance Officer at United States Air Force

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Karen G. Schneider's Summary

I have over twenty years of experience in just about every type of library except school, which follows eight years in aircraft maintenance in the military. I've successfully led major changes and transformations. I am both a hands-on administrator and a writer/theorist. I have run IT departments but feel most at home where I am now, leading a university library.

In my personal life, I enjoy kitchen time, take stairway walks around San Francisco, and spend far too much time spoiling our two silly cats. I love to read across the spectrum of scholarly and popular materials, but these days I spend most of my reading time powering through scholarly articles for a doctoral program in organizational leadership for librarians at Simmons College. Please see my c.v. (attached in this section) for my work, writing, and professional engagement.

Specialties: Library administration, leadership, organizational change, professional engagement

Karen G. Schneider's Experience

University Librarian

Holy Names University

October 2009Present (5 years 1 month) Oakland, CA

Community Librarian

Equinox Software, Inc.

June 2008October 2009 (1 year 5 months)

Research and Development

College Center for Library Automation

August 2007June 2008 (11 months)

Associate Director for Technology

Florida State University

December 2006April 2007 (5 months) Tallahassee, Florida Area


Librarians' Internet Index

August 2001October 2006 (5 years 3 months) Online (but predominantly California)

Assistant Director for Technology

Shenendehowa Public Library

October 1999August 2001 (1 year 11 months)


Brunswick Community Library

March 1998August 1999 (1 year 6 months)

19961998 (2 years)

Engine Mechanic, Aircraft Maintenance Officer

United States Air Force

August 1983September 1991 (8 years 2 months) Worldwide (Lakenheath, Cannon, Hahn, Suwon, Osan, Kirtland)

Karen G. Schneider's Languages

  • Biblish

Karen G. Schneider's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Member, Library Education Subgroup, Digital Content Working Group

      American Library Association
      January 2013 January 2014 (1 year 1 month)
    • Councilor at Large

      American Library Association
      July 2012 present (2 years 4 months)

      This is my fourth time on Council. I took a hiatus from 2006-2012 but am happy to be back on this large governing body.

    • Member, ALA Nominating Committee

      American Library Association
      January 2013 present (1 year 10 months)
    • Chair, LITA Nominating Committee

      American Library Association
      July 2014 present (4 months)
  • Volunteer Interests

    • Organizations I support:

      • American Library Association

Karen G. Schneider's Honors and Awards

  • Above and Beyond Award

    Holy Names University
    • May 2011

    For exemplary service to the university.

  • Leadership Award

    University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
    • 1998
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

    United States Air Force
    • 1991
  • Pioneer Award (accepting on behalf of "librarians everywhere")

    Electronic Frontier Foundation
    • 2000
  • Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

    American Library Association
    • July 2014

    I was humbled and proud to be honored with this award named for a change agent and wonderful librarian.

Karen G. Schneider's Publications

  • "Personal Branding for Librarians"

    • American Libraries Magazine
    • November 2012

    This is an example of my "industry" writing. I proposed and then wrote AL's "Internet Librarian" column for seven years. I have also written for Library Journal, Wilson Library Bulletin, Linux.com, IT Managers Journal, and other technical publications. In the 1990s Neal Schuman Publishing produced two books I wrote, The Internet Access Cookbook (1996) and A Practical Guide to Internet Filters (1998). In 1998, my article, "The Tao of Internet Costs," was selected as one of the best of the year by the library finance journal, The Bottom Line.

  • Children and Information Visualization Technologies

    • Interactions
    • September 1996

    A scholarly article written after a doctoral-level class in human-computer interaction. It's my only scholarly article, but not necessarily my last.

  • Still Life on the Half-Shell

    • Roost Press
    • February 2013
    Authors: Karen G. Schneider, Over 20 contributors -- follow the link and see them.

    An essay in the anthology, "The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage," Caroline Grant and Lisa Catherine Harper, Eds. I have published a half-dozen literary essays since 2007 and have several more in work.

Karen G. Schneider's Skills & Expertise

  1. Library Administration
  2. Leadership
  3. Organizational Culture
  4. Writing
  5. Public Speaking
  6. Professional Engagement
  7. Library Science
  8. Urban Zymurgy
  9. Library
  10. Integrated Library Systems
  11. Academic Libraries
  12. Digital Libraries
  13. Teaching
  14. Community Outreach
  15. Metadata
  16. Blogging
  17. Library Instruction
  18. Information Literacy
  19. Research
  20. Library Management
  21. Electronic Resources
  22. Cataloging
  23. Higher Education
  24. System Administration
  25. Nonprofits
  26. Information Retrieval
  27. Editing
  28. Virtual Reference
  29. Special Collections
  30. Library Research
  31. Library 2.0
  32. Bibliographic Instruction
  33. Collection Development
  34. LibGuides
  35. Reader's Advisory
  36. Metadata Standards
  37. Public Libraries
  38. Interlibrary Loan
  39. Customer Service
  40. History
  41. Grant Writing
  42. Archives
  43. Creative Writing
  44. Library Reference

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