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About Kim Read

Kim Read is currently serving the university as Interim Dean of Libraries. In this role, she leads the university libraries in support of student success, faculty instruction and research, and staff excellence. In addition to being responsible for the operational management of the library, she provides leadership to advance strategic initiatives of the library and university, including the campus Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative. She is passionate about equity in education, learning, and access to information.

Kim joined Concordia in 2014 as a Distance Education Librarian primarily teaching and supporting online students pursuing their Masters in Education. Kim received her Master of Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University, and her Bachelors of Anthropology from Colorado College, where she also studied piano performance.


Present Interim Dean of Libraries, Assistant Professor, Concordia University - Portland

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Finance Committee Member, Oregon Library Association
2016 - Present Committee Member, Concordia University College of Education Equity Committee
2014 - Present Volunteer, SMART (Start Making a Reader Today)
2016 - 2017 Committee Member, Academic Integrity Appeals Committee
2016 - 2017 Open Educational Resources (OER) Working Group, Orbis Cascade Alliance
2015 - 2016 Committee Member/Chair, Concordia University Community Life Committee
2014 - 2016 Web Committee Member, ACRL Distance Learning Section
2013 - 2016 Advisory Board Member, Portland Community College Library Assistant Program
2014 - 2015 Committee Member, Concordia University Institutional Assessment Committee
2014 - 2015 Planning Committee Member, Oregon Virtual Reference Summit
2013 - 2014 ACRL-OR Representative, Oregon Library Association Advocacy Task Force
2010 - 2013 Advisory Board Member, Answerland
2010 - 2011 Task Force Member, ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group
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Masters of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Masters of Library Science, Emporia State University
Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College

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