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About Paul A Soderdahl

Paul Soderdahl is an Associate University Librarian at The University of Iowa. He holds bachelor's degrees in music and in mathematics from Northwestern University, a master's degree in technology-based music instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Iowa. 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.


1996 Present Associate University Librarian, University of Iowa University of Iowa Libraries

Curriculum Vitae


1996 M.A., University of Iowa ‐ School of Library and Information Science
1991 M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ School of Music
1988 B.M., Northwestern University ‐ Bienen School of Music
1988 B.A., Northwestern University ‐ Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Articles (11)

Contributions to Books (3)

Presentations (27)