Paul Soderdahl is The University of Iowa's Senior Associate University
Librarian. He holds bachelor's degrees in music and in mathematics from Northwestern
University, and he earned his master's degree in technology-based music instruction
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991. Mr. Soderdahl joined the UI
Libraries as a graduate student in 1992, becoming manager of the Information Arcade in
1996 and coordinator for information systems and technology in 2000. In 2005, he was
tapped to design and launch a digital library and e-publishing program that today holds
over a half million digital objects and is home to peer-reviewed scholarly journals. In
his current role, Mr. Soderdahl oversees digital publishing, preservation, conservation,
technical services, and information technology. 

His interests include information policy and copyright law, particularly in the areas of
print disabilities and fair use applications in digital library environments. As a
charter member of the HathiTrust Strategic Advisory Board he helped define a scalable
system that gives individuals with visual impairments access to millions of scanned
books. Mr. Soderdahl was co-investigator for a three-year $1m grant through the Laura
Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to recruit and train 20 students in digital
librarianship. He has recently given presentations and has a forthcoming publication on
disaster readiness and response based on experiences from the Iowa flood of 2008. 

Articles

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Library Classroom Renovated as an Active Learning Classroom, Library Hi Tech (2011)

Several books and articles about learning space design have recently been published, giving much needed...

 

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Mentoring: It's a Good Thing: what we learned partying with student librarians (with Nicole Saylor and Jen Wolfe), College & Research Libraries News (2011)

Party hosting is an exercise in preparation and personal finesse. The ambiance and menu must...

 

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Everything you always wanted to know about SFX but were afraid to ask (with Wendy C. Robertson), The Serials Librarian (2004)

Link resolvers, including Ex Libris’ SFX, use OpenURL to provide library patrons with context-sensitive links,...

 

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Implementing the SFX Link Server at the University of Iowa, Information Technology and Libraries (2003)

In January 2002, the University of Iowa Libraries introduced its link server—linking related content from...

 

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Creating Partnerships in Support of Students’ Scholarship: The Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Project at The University of Iowa (with Janice Simmons-Welburn and William Welburn), ACRL 10th National Conference (2001)

Theses and dissertations are the required evidence of scholarship or creative activity for graduate students....

 

Contributions to Books

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The Core Competency Program at the University of Iowa Libraries (with Donna L. Hirst), Core Technology Competencies for Librarians and Library Staff (2009)

At the University of Iowa Libraries the development and implementation of an information technology (IT)...

 

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That's My Bailiwick: A Library-Sponsored Faculty Research Web Server (with Carol Ann Hughes), Racing toward tomorrow : proceedings of the Ninth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, April 8-11, 1999 (1999)

The University of Iowa Libraries provide a unique, new, scholarly publishing outlet for their faculty...

 

Presentations

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DIY History and Participatory Archives, Rotary Club of Iowa City A.M. (2014)

DIY History is the University of Iowa Libraries' crowdsourcing initiative with five collections: Civil War...

 

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The Iowa Flood of 2008: Putting the Disaster Response Plan to the Test, IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2012 (2012)

In the summer of 2008, the rivers in eastern Iowa rose to historic levels, prompting...

 

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The Iowa Flood of 2008: Putting the Disaster Response Plan to the Test, IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2012 (2012)

In the summer of 2008, the rivers in eastern Iowa rose to historic levels, prompting...

 

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Digital Program Sustainability Panel (with Bradley D. Faust and Kenning Arlitsch), 2010 Midwest CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting (2012)

Three library leaders who oversee digital library programs operating on the CONTENTdm platform talk about...

 

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TILE Learning Spaces at the University of Iowa (with Steve Fleagle), Coalition for Networked Information Spring 2011 Membership Meeting (2011)

The University of Iowa has rapidly transformed several classrooms into engaging, active learning spaces, and...