Kate Cunningham

Project Manager, Collections

Charles B. Sears Law Library, 441 O'Brian Hall
(716) 645-8627


Develop collections projects, including setting appropriate parameters, budget, timelines, and workflows; along with various law library staff, work to ensure timely acquisition of print and electronic resources that best meet the research and educational needs of Law School faculty and students; analyze and assess legal collections through large scale data collection and management.



Research / Service Area

Research interests include: innovative and collaborative collection development, acquisitions and resource sharing, data-driven collection management/collection assessment, comprehensive shared print storage, digitization and preservation, demand-driven acquisitions/collections, and the future of research libraries broadly and law libraries specifically (including changing digital and print scholarship, usability of existing collections and long range planning and sustainability of research libraries' collections).


Select Presentations:

"Breaking New Ground: A Demand Driven Ebook Model in a Multi-type Library Environment," with Sheryl Knab, Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquistion, Charleston, South Caroline, November 7, 2013.

“Meet them Where They Are: Patron Driven Ebooks in a Multi-type Consortia,” with Joseph Riggie and Jennifer Smathers, State University of New York Librarians (SUNYLA) Conference, Buffalo, New York, June 14, 2013.

Shared Collections & Services: Innovative Strategies for the New Millennium, 2013, panelist and panel facilitator, Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, New York, February 1, 2013.

“Patron-Driven Acquisitions in Consortia,” with Gregory Doyle and Sheryl Knab, American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, California, June 23, 2012.

“Radical Strategies for Cooperative Collection Development and Resource Sharing,” with H. Austin Booth and Cyril Oberlander, Association of College and Research Libraries 15th National Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 1, 2011.

"Leave the Driving to Them: Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) of eBooks,” with Charles Lyons, Upstate New York Special Libraries Association, Fall Meeting, Syracuse, New York, October 14, 2011.

"Careers in Art Librarianship," Art Libraries Society of North America, Western New York Chapter, Spring Meeting, Geneva, New York, April 7, 2006.

“International Poster Collection Digital Project,” Art Libraries Society of North America/West, Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, August 1, 2003.

“New Roles for Archives/Libraries: the on Campus University Experience,” with Carmel Bush, Colorado Digitization Project (CDP) Annual Leadership Seminar, Denver, Colorado, December 5, 2002.

“Colorado State University Libraries’ International Poster Project: Digitization Using CONTENTdm,” High Plains Library Association Annual Meeting and Retreat, Estes Park, Colorado, April 2002.

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