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Amy Paulus: Head, Access Services

Amy Paulus

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Amy Paulus
Head, Access Services

University of Iowa Main Library

319-335-5916 (phone)


Harvard University Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians certificate (2016)

UI Building our Global Community certificate (2018)

UI BUILD: Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity certificate (2016)

UI LEAD: Leadership, Education, Assessment, and Development certificate (2014)

Improving Our Workplace Award (IOWA) (2013 & 2010)

Iowa Library Association Leadership Institute certificate (2004)

About Amy Paulus

Amy Paulus worked as a library assistant in Interlibrary Loan with the UI Libraries starting in 1998 and transitioned to a librarian in 2004, serving as the Interlibrary Loan/Documents Librarian.  Since then, Amy's portfolio has increased and currently includes Circulation, Bookstacks, Interlibrary Loan, Libraries Annex, Big Ten Academic Alliance Shared Print Repository.


B.A. History:  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa: December 1996

M.A. Library and Information Science: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa:  May 1998

Publications and other Intellectual Contributions

“2009 ILLiad Conference:   Two Perspectives”.  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve.  Volume 19, number 3, July-September 2009, pgs. 259-261.

“Lending Workflow Basics”.  Interlibrary Loan Practices Handbook.  2011, pgs. 37-49.

"North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources", Interlending & Document Supply, Volume 41, number 2, 2013, pgs. 36–42.


 “Staff Recognition at The University of Iowa Libraries: The Beginning of a Formal Program” published in Library Worklife: HR e-news for today’s leaders.  Volume 5, number 9, September 2008.


“Using Data to Assess Staffing and Services: University of Iowa Main Library”, Journal of Access Services, Volume 11, number 3, 2014, pgs. 189-205.

Presentations (Select)

Reframing to become a more inclusive leader: Iowa Library Association, October 2017

Shipping Materials Panel:  OCLC Resource Sharing Conference, March 2017

Google Books: digitizing the world's knowledge one book at a time:  Midwest Interlibrary Loan Conference, April 2016

Office Delivery 101:  ILLiad International Conference, March 2016

Creating partnerships for student success: reflections on building a student-focused learning space:  Iowa ACRL Conference, May 2014

Promoting use of link resolvers for faster delivery: ILLiad International Conference, March 2014

The future of FirstSearch: more visibility for your library and its resources: ALA Annual Conference, June 2013

International Interlibrary lending and borrowing: getting started and moving forward: ALA Annual Conference, June 2010

Valuing staff: employee relations and recognition programs:  ALA Annual Conference, June 2008

Current Professional Committee Work

ALA RUSA  STARS Recognition Award Committee  (Chair, 2018-2020)

ALA RUSA STARS Boucher Award Committee (Chair, 2009-2011) (Member, 2018-2019)

Iowa ACRL Awards Committee (Chair, 2014) (Member, 2017-2019)

UI Libraries Teams

Collection Management Team (2006-)

Collections and Storage Team, Co-chair (2014-)

Leadership Council (2010-)


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