February 17, 2018

Kim Leeder | Movers & Shakers 2011 – Community Builders

Library Journal March 15, 2011: Kim Leeder, Mover & Shaker

“Leeding” by Example

Kim Leeder “was full of ideas, chutzpah, drive, tenacity, compassion, and energy,” remembers Emily Ford, scholarly communication librarian, Oregon Health & Science University, of the time both women worked on a project as 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders.

Those qualities are still in evidence as Leeder, Boise State University librarian and assistant professor, displays a “desire to contribute to [librarianship] and make positive change” that goes beyond her university library and professional organizational work. As a cofounder of In the Library with the Lead Pipe blog, she is dedicated to “tackl[ing] the big issues in our field in a constructive way.”

Leeder is one of those people who realized the full potential of librarianship early on. In addition to working on student grant-funded video tutorials and comanaging her library’s Facebook presence, plus more recognizable academic librarian pursuits, Leeder chairs the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section, a three-year commitment. She is dedicated to creating “a more vibrant section that offers greater value” for its members.

But Leeder doesn’t like to be pigeon-holed as an academic librarian. As a member of ALA’s Young Librarians Task Force, which identifies way to retain, recruit, and provide service to young librarians, she has been able to pay attention to “what happens in public and special libraries and in library administration,” as well as to the “overall image we’re creating and how it’s shifting over time.”


Kim Leeder, Albertsons Library, Boise State University, ID

CURRENT POSITION Librarian/Assistant Professor

DEGREE MA, Information Resources & Library Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2006

CHAIR Association of College & Research Libraries’ University Libraries Section (2010-11)

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