Librarian Selected for Conference Panel

By | February 1, 2019
Kara McGuire

Kara McGuire

Kara McGuire, assistant director of Daemen College’s Research and Information Commons (RIC) and library services, will join other expert panelists and presenters at a national conference on interlibrary loan services.

More than 400 library leaders and staff from across the U.S. are expected to attend the three-day “OCLC Resource Sharing Conference” being held in March in Jacksonville, Fla.

McGuire, who also serves as Daemen’s interlibrary loan librarian, will participate in a panel discussion on Tipasa, OCLC’s cloud-based interlibrary loan management system that automates routine borrowing and lending functions for individual libraries.

Daemen’s use of the Tipasa system, which is overseen by McGuire, has resulted in a nearly 34 percent interlibrary loan increase since it was implemented at the college in 2017.

“Kara is recognized among her peers as a forward-thinking leader in leveraging new technology and services to engage more library users,” said Melissa Peterson, director of RIC and library services. “With the increase we have experienced in the use of interlibrary loan services, Kara’s expertise on this new management system was sought after for the conference.”

McGuire earned a master’s degree in library science from the University at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Buffalo State.