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Kate Cunningham

Project Manager, Collections

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


M.L.I.S., University of Texas at Austin;  B.A., Art History; Certification in Project Management UB School of Business


  • Visual Studies (Art & Art History)
  • Arts Management


Assists with and coordinates inititiatives and special projects for the Collections & Research Services Division, University at Buffalo Libraries. Provides reference service in person and virtually for the Arts & Sciences Libraries. Serves as liaison and subject selector for Visual Studies (Art & Art History) and Arts Management. 

Resources By Subject

Art & Art History (Visual Studies)

Arts Management 

Curriculum Vitae / Bio

Kate Cunningham is the collections project manager and subject librarian/liaison to the Department of Visual Studies and Arts Management Program. Prior positions include: Arts & Humanities Librarian, Colorado State University and various positions, assistantships and internships at the University of Texas at Austin, the City of Houston, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the University at Buffalo Libraries.

Research / Service Area

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

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.

Reviewer-Arts (2006) Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Chicago, IL
Reviewer-Photography (2004), Library Journal.  New York, NY: Library Journal/Reed Business
“Local Studies Collection Management.” Michael Dewe, ed., in International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Education and Training Section Bulletin 4, no.2, (January 2003): 28-30.
“Boundaries of Acceptability: Flaubert, Maupassant, Cézanne, and Cassat,” LIBRES 11, no.2 (September 2001).

University at Buffalo Libraries
Contributor, Jhumpa Lahiri: Between Two Cultures. Lockwood Library, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, February-March 2011

Contributor, Margaret Atwood Comes to Buffalo. Lockwood Library, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, February-March 2010

Colorado State University Libraries
Curator, Library Depository Program: a Centennial Anniversary; 1903-2003. Bonfils-Stanton Gallery, Morgan Library, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, November 2003-February 2004

Curator, Russian Posters: the Art of Vladimir Chaika. First National Bank Gallery, Morgan Library, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, September 8-December 5, 2003

Curator, Gandhi, King, and Ikeda: a Legacy of Building Peace. Bridges to the Future Program. First National Bank Gallery, Morgan Library, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, November 2002-January 2003

Co-Collaborator with Emily Taylor, The New West: Photographs by Jim Morehouse.  Morgan Library, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, January-May 2002

Co-Collaborator with Talitha May and Emily Taylor, Points Peripheral: Paintings by Talitha & Cactus May. First National Bank Gallery, Morgan Library, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, June-August 2002

Curator, Contemporary Latino/a Graphic Artists: Works from the International Poster Collection. Morgan Library, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. September 21-November 2, 2001

Co-Organizer with Michael Richins, Frontier in American Culture.  (ALA Traveling Exhibit – grant awarded) Colorado State University American West Program, Morgan Library, Fort Collins, Colorado 2001, July-October 2001

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