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Karen L Hopkins

Name

[Hopkins, Karen L]
  • Special Collections Librarian

Biography

Karen Hopkins is currently Special Collections Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington.  In addition to the MLS, she also earned an MA in History, both from the University of North Texas.  At U.T. Arlington Libraries, she has served in various areas, including cataloging, administration, and special collections.  As a humanities cataloger, she served as project manager for retrospective automated conversion of the catalog records for the libraries collections, and led the planning and implementation of authority control in the new automated environment. She participated in the planning and implementation of three ILS data migrations.  Working with the library dean, she was responsible for strategic planning and incorporating a culture of assessment into the library organization, and developed, administered and analyzed both quantitative and qualitative surveys for staff and library users.  As Special Collections Librarian, she enjoys working directly with researchers on campus and across the country.  She has served as chair and/or member for numerous committees and as an officer in several units in both the Texas Library Association and the American Library Association.

Professional Preparation

    • 1976 M.L.S. in Library ScienceUniversity of North Texas
    • 1976 M.A. in History (Philosophy),  University of North Texas
    • 1971 B.A. (cum laude) in History (English),  University of North Texas

Appointments

    • July 2013 to Present Special Collections Librarian
      University of Texas at Arlington   Libraries
    • Mar 1997 to Present Senior Librarian
      University of Texas Arlington   Libraries
    • Sept 1997 to Sept 2001 Humanities and Social Sciences Bibliographic Access Librarian
      University of Texas at Arlington   Libraries
    • Sept 2004 to July 2013 Assistant to the Dean for Planning and Assessment
      University of Texas at Arlington   Libraries
    • Feb 2002 to Sept 2004 Assistant to the Directorate for Planning and Assessment
      University of Texas at Arlington   Libraries
    • Sept 2001 to Feb 2002 Database Specialist
      University of Texas at Arlington   Libraries
    • Sept 1991 to Sept 1997 Humanities Cataloger
      University of Texas at Arlington   Libraries
    • Sept 1990 to Sept 1991 Art and Architecture Cataloger
      University of Texas at Arlington   Libraries
    • Aug 1977 to Sept 1990 Humanities Cataloger
      University of Texas at Arlington   Libraries
    • Sept 1978 to Sept 1988 Assistant Department Head, Monographic Cataloging Department
      University of Texas at Arlington   Libraries

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Jan 2014 to Present Texas State Historical Association
    • Dec 1976 to Present Beta Phi Mu, International Library and Information Studies Honor Society
    • Jan 2003 to Dec 2013 Library Leadership and Management Association
    • Jan 1998 to Dec 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries
    • Jan 1977 to Dec 2013 American Library Association

Publications

      Journal Article 1995
      • Hopkins, K.L. & Sheffy, C. (1995). "Making the TLA NETwork"  TLA Journal, 71 (2), 74-79.

        {Journal Article }

Presentations

    • December  2011

      We've Looked at LibQUAL+ from Both Sides Now.

    • November  2010

      Library as Place at UT Arlington

    • April  2010

      Making the Most of Your Membership: TLA and You

    • May  2003

      Assessment in a University Library

    • October  2000

      Working with the LCSH Files in Voyager

    • July  1995

      Program Planning 101

    • July  1994

      Everything You Always Wanted to Know About TLA Conference Program Planning BUT Were Aftraid to Ask AND Other Things You Never Knew You Wanted to Know.

Other Teaching Activities

  • 1988
    • Guest Lecture
      • Mar 1988 Authority Control

        Advanced Cataloging Class, SLIS 5220, School of Library and Information Science, University of North Texas.

  • 1991
    • Workshop
      • Apr 1991 Introduction to Basic Cataloging

        AJ Seminar, Dallas, TX

  • 1977
    • Graduate Assistant
      • Jan 1977 Cataloging Lab Graduate Teaching Assistant.

        School of Library and Information Sciences, UNT, January 1977-May 1977.

  • 1974
    • Other Teaching Activities
      • Aug 1974 High School Teacher

        Ponder, Texas.  Subjects: English for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades; Minority History in the United States; Psychology.  August 1974-June 1975. 

Service to the Profession

  • Appointed
    • Jan 2013 to  Feb 2014 Member, Texas Accelerated Library Leaders (TALL) Leadership Development Institute Selection Committee, Texas Library Association

      Committee selected the participants in the annual TALL Texan Leadership Development Institute.  Admission to the Institute is highly competitive.  Participants learn strategic planning, advocacy, teambuilding, conflict negotiation, risk-taking, and personal career planning.

    • Apr 2013 to  Apr 2016 Member, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee, Texas Library Association

      Appointed by the TLA President.  The committee recommends to Council any amendments and changes of the Association Bylaws and Standing Rules, receives resolutions for Council consideration, and rewords all recommended changes and amendments as necessary.

    • July 2012 to  Feb 2013 Member, Texas Accelerated Library Leaders (TALL) Leadership Development Institute Selection Committee, Texas Library Association

      Committee selected the participants in the annual TALL Texan Leadership Development Institute.  Admission to the Institute is highly competitive.  Participants learn strategic planning, advocacy, teambuilding, conflict negotiation, risk-taking, and personal career planning.

    • June 2012 to  June 2013 Co-Convener, Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group, Association of College and Research Libraries

      Committee addresses the issues of librarians who are increasingly involved in all aspects of higher education (accreditation, curriculum planning, student and academic support services, computer services, funding, etc.) and who hold positions or are interested in university-level campus administration.

    • Apr 2011 to  July 2012 Member, Strategic Planning Task Force, Texas Library Association

      Task Force was charged with developing and proposing to Council an updated strategic plan for 2012-2015.

    • Sept 2011 to  July 2012 Member, Environmental Scanning Subcommittee, Strategic Planning Task Force, Texas Library Association

      The Subcommittee researched the information and library environment, nationally and within Texas, with regard to employment opportunities, technology, information needs of citizens and students, federal and state information policy, and trends in information needs for public, special, school and higher education libraries. 

    • July 2011 to  Feb 2012 Member, Texas Accelerated Library Leaders (TALL) Leadership Development Institute Selection Committee, Texas Library Association

      Committee selected the participants in the annual TALL Texan Leadership Development Institute.  Admission to the Institute is highly competitive.  Participants learn strategic planning, advocacy, teambuilding, conflict negotiation, risk-taking, and personal career planning.

    • June 2010 to  June 2011 Member, Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group, Association of College and University Libraries

      Committee addresses the issues of librarians who are increasingly involved in all aspects of higher education (accreditation, curriculum planning, student and academic support services, computer services, funding, etc.)

    • Apr 2009 to  Apr 2010 Member, Unit Assessment Task Force, Texas LIbrary Association

      The Task Force made recommendations for the assessment process of all units within the Association.

    • Apr 2009 to  Apr 2010 Member, TLA Awards Committee, Texas Library Association

      Committee selected the recipients of the major annual Association awards.

    • Apr 2008 to  Apr 2009 Member, Transforming TLA Structure Task Force, Texas Library Association

      Committee proposed changes to the standing committees and structure of the Association.

    • Oct 2002 to  Apr 2004 Member, 2004 Conference Program Committee

      The TLA Conference Program Committee determines the theme and format of the conference, invites General Session and other keynote speakers, works with all units in program development, and prepares material for the conference printed program.

    • Apr 2002 to  Apr 2004 Member, Legislative Committee, College and University LIbraries Division, Texas Library Association

      The Legislative Committee monitors state and federal legislative activities to identify those areas that could further interests of Texas academic librarians and libraries

    • June 2001 to  June 2002 Member, ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award Jury, American Library Association

      This award honors an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.

    • Oct 2000 to  Apr 2002 Member, 2002 Conference Program Committee, Texas Library Association

      The TLA Conference Program Committee determines the theme and format of the conference, invites General Session and other keynote speakers, works with all units in program development, and prepares material for the conference printed program.

    • Oct 1997 to  Apr 1999 Co-Chair, Exhibits Subcommittee, 1999 Conference Local Arrangements Committee, Texas LIbrary Association

      The Exhibits Committee worked with all vendors and the TLA staff to assure that conference exhibits space was safe, well located, and secure.  Also handled issues with crowd control and vendor logistics.

    • Apr 1997 to  Apr 1999 Member, District Planning Committee, Texas Library Association

      Committee coordinated information, collaborations, and activities between the ten TLA districts.

    • July 1997 to  Oct 1998 Chair, Outstanding Alumni Award Committee, UNT School of Library and Information Science Alumni Organization

      Committee identified and proposed an outstanding alum for the annual award.

    • Oct 1995 to  Apr 1997 Co-Chair, Internet Room Subcommittee, 1997 Conference Local Arrangements Committee, Texas Library Association

      Subcommittee was responsible for all internet access logistics for the conference, including location, furniture, wiring, identification of software and hardware, and scheduling assistance for new internet users.

    • July 1993 to  Apr 1995 Co-Chair, 1995 Conference Program Committee, Texas Library Association

      The TLA Conference Program Committee determines the theme and format of the conference, invites General Session and other keynote speakers, works with all units in program development, and prepares material for the conference printed program.

    • Apr 1992 to  Apr 1996 Member, Conference Manual Committee, Texas Library Association

      This committee recorded and reviewed all suggested changes for future conferences, incorporating new decisions and suggestions from conference evaluations and member input.

    • July 1991 to  Apr 1995 Member, Conference Program Steering Committee, Texas Library Association

      This Committee formulates policies and procedures relating to the annual conference, including determining overall conference schedule, promotional materials, and calendar.

    • July 1991 to  Apr 1993 Co-Chair, 1993 Conference Program Committee, Texas Library Association

      The TLA Conference Program Committee determines the theme and format of the conference, invites General Session and other keynote speakers, works with all units in program development, and prepares material for the conference printed program.

    • Oct 1989 to  Apr 1991 Member, 1991 Conference Program Committee, Texas Library Association

      The TLA Conference Program Committee determines the theme and format of the conference, invites General Session and other keynote speakers, works with all units in program development, and prepares material for the conference printed program.

    • Oct 1987 to  Apr 1989 Member, 1989 Conference Program Committee, Texas Library Association

      The TLA Conference Program Committee determines the theme and format of the conference, invites General Session and other keynote speakers, works with all units in program development, and prepares material for the conference printed program.

    • Oct 1985 to  Apr 1986 Chair, Nominating Committee, Catalogers and Classifiers Round Table, Texas Library Association

      Identified and nominated perspective officers.

    • Mar 1985 to  Nov 1986 Member, Task Force on Retrospective Conversion, AHE Regional Library Automation Study

      Task Force examined the possibility of shared retrospective conversion of manual library catalog files into the new automated environment.

    • Jan 2015 to  Feb 2015 Member, Texas Accelerated Library Leaders (TALL) Leadership Development Institute Selection Committee, Texas Library Association

      Committee selects the participants in the annual TALL Texan Leadership Development Institute.  Admission to the Institute is highly competitive.  Participants learn strategic planning, advocacy, teambuilding, conflict negotiation, risk-taking, and personal career planning.

    • June 2015 to  June 2017 Special Libraries Division Liaison to the Texas Library Association Legislative Committee

      The TLA Legislative Committee keeps the Association informed on state and federal legislation affecting libraries and determines ways to cooperate with the state government agencies affecting library services.

    • July 2015 to  Dec 2015 Member, Environmental Scanning Subcommittee, Strategic Planning Task Force, Texas Library Association

      The Subcommittee is responsible for researching the information and library environment, nationally and within Texas, with regard to employment opportunities, technology, information needs of citizens and students, federal and state information policy, and trends in information needs for public, special, school and higher education libraries.

  • Elected
    • Apr 2013 to  July 2013 Chair-Elect, Assessment Interest Group, Texas Library Association

      New group formed to provide a forum for sharing and increasing knowledge of assessment practices in libraries.

    • Apr 2010 to  Apr 2013 Councilor, College and University Libraries Division, Texas Library Association

      TLA Councilors govern the Texas Library Association and determine its policy except where the Bylaws assign responsibility otherwise.

    • Apr 2005 to  Apr 2006 Chair, College and University Libraries Division, Texas Library Association

      This Division promotes the interests of libraries and librarians in universities and community colleges throughout Texas. Membership includes almost 700 librarians from community colleges and public and private universities.

    • Apr 2004 to  Apr 2006 Member, Chapters Council, Association of College and Research Libraries

      This Council discussed chapter issues and shared information and concerns facing acamemic librarians in the United States.

    • Apr 2002 to  Apr 2003 Vice-Chair, UNT School of Library and Information Science Alumni Organization

      Organization exists to continue mentorship and information about alumni.

    • Apr 2001 to  Apr 2002 Chair, Catalogers and Classifiers Round Table, Texas Library Association

      The Round Table provided a forum for the exchange and discussion of cataloging and classification of information resources.

    • Apr 1998 to  Apr 1999 Chair, District 7, Texas Library Association

      TLA Districts facilitate regional discussion of library issues and offer continuing education programs for all types of libraries.

    • Apr 1992 to  Apr 1993 Treasurer, District 7, Texas Library Association

      TLA Districts facilitate regional discussion of library issues and offer continuing education programs for all types of libraries.

    • Sept 1978 to  Aug 1979 Secretary, Beta Lambda Chapter, Beta Phi Mu

      Beta Phi Mu, the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society, was formed to recognize and to encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students.

    • July 2014 to  Apr 2016 Alternate-Councilor, Archives, Genealogy, and Local History Round Table, Texas LIbrary Association

      TLA Councilors govern the Texas Library Association and determine its policy except where the Bylaws assign responsibility otherwise.

    • Apr 2014 to  Apr 2015 Secretary, Special Libraries Division, Texas Library Association

      Serves on the Executive Board of the Division.

    • Apr 2015 to  Apr 2016 Chair, Special Libraries Division, Texas Library Association

      The purpose of this Division is to promote special librarianship in Texas.

    • Apr 2016 to  Apr 2017 Past-Chair, Special Libraries Division, Texas Library Association

      Past-Chair serves as a member of the Sprcial Libraries Division Executive Board in an advisory roll.

  • Volunteered
    • Jan 2002 to  Nov 2002 Member, South Central Voyagers Users Group Meeting Planning Committee

      This committee planned the meetings and programs as well as the local arrangements for the meeting held in Galvestion, TX.

    • Oct 1999 to  Oct 1999 Moderator and Facilitator, "Exercising Authority Control in the Online Environment"

      South Central Voyager Users Group Meeting, Ardmore, OK (October 6-8, 1999)

    • Oct 1999 to  Oct 1999 Moderator and Facilitator, "Implementing Voyager Reserve Circulation in Your Library"

      South Central Voyager Users Group Meeting, Ardmore, OK (October 6-8, 1999)

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • Sept 2011 to  Nov 2012 Member, University Strategic Planning Committee

      Served as representative from the University Libraries.

    • Sept 1998 to  Aug 2000 Member, University Catalog Committee

      Served as representative from the University Libraries.

    • Sept 1989 to  Aug 1991 Member, University Committee on Student Organizations

      Served as representative from the University Libraries.

    • Sept 1987 to  Aug 1989 Member, University Parking and Traffic Appeals Committee

      Served as representative from the University Libraries.

Other Service Activities

  • Consulting
    • Oct 2006 Technical Services Retreat on Assessment and Change, University of North Texas Libraries

      Invited to plan, present, and facilitate the retreat.

  • Professional Service
    • May 2006 Texas Library Association Delegation, ALA Legislative Day. Washington, DC

      Member, volunteered.

  • Review Panel Member
    • Sep 2012 Promotion and Tenure Review Panel for Librarian, Texas Tech

      Outside reviewer

  • Professional Service
    • Nov 1990 Regional Meeting for the Texas Conference on Libraries and Information Services, Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, TX.

      Group facilitator, appointed.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 1990 Signage Committee

      Member, elected, 1990-1992; Chair, elected, 1991.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 2010 Professional Development Committee

      Chair, elected, 2010-2011.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Jan 2004 Marketing Task Force

      Member, appointed, 2004.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Jan 2003 Organizational Excellence Task Force

      Ex-officio member, appointed, 2003.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 2002 Knowledge Management Task Force

      Chair, appointed, 2001-2002.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 2001 UTA Publications Task Force

      Chair, appointed, 2001-2002.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 1998 Voyager OPAC Implementation Team

      Member, appointed, 1998-2002.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 1997 Career Status Committee

      Member, elected, 1997-1999.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 1996 Library Advisory Forum

      Chair, elected, 1996-1997.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Oct 1993 Library Centennial Committee

      Member, volunteered, 1993-1995; Chair, volunteered, May-August 1995.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 1986 Cataloging Subcommittee, Committee for Local Automation System Implementation

      Chair, appointed, 1986-1987.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 1985 Professional Development Committee

      Member, 1985-1986.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 1980 Library Travel Committee

      Member, appointed, 1980-1983.

    • Sep 1980 Library Staff Association

      President, elected, 1980-1981.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 1978 AACR2 Planning Task Force

      Member, appointed, 1978-1980.

  • Panelist
    • Sep 2014 SLIS 5000 Information and Knowledge Professions Panel, UNT College of Information, Dept. of Library and Information Sciences

      Served as panalist discussing my career as an academic librarian.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Sep 2011 Career Status Committee

      Member, appointed, 2011-2012.

  • Service to the UT Arlington Libraries
    • Jun 2015 Manuscript Archivist Search Committee

      Member, appointed, June 2015-December 2015