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Karen Munro
ACRL Past President

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  • Postponed: May 6, 2020: ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award presentation, Nevada State College
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Biographical Information

Karen Munro is the Associate Dean of Libraries, Learning and Research Services at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. Prior to this, Munro served as Head, University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons (2008–2017), E–Learning Librarian, University of California Berkeley (2005–2008), and Literature Librarian, University of Oregon (2002–2005).

During her 16–year membership with ACRL, she has served on the Instruction Section Nominating Committee (2014–2016), Instruction Section Advisory Council (2013–2016), Instruction Section 2012 Conference Program Planning Committee (2010–2012), Instruction Section Research & Scholarship Committee (2006–2008), Literatures in English Section (2007–2010), Literatures in English Section New Members Discussion Group (2004–2008), Literatures in English Section Planning Committee (2003–2005), Western European Studies Section Research & Planning Committee (2003–2005), Western European Studies Section 2005 Conference Program Planning Committee (2004–2005), and Sections Council (2008–2009). She has also served on the Research Coordinating Committee (2008–2009) and ACRL Conference Planning Green Component Committee (2007–2009).

Munro was the recipient of the 2014 University of Oregon Libraries Solari Incentive Award; 2007 UC Berkeley Townsend Fellow, Townsend Center for the Humanities; 2006 UC Berkeley Mellon Library Fellow, Faculty Institute for Undergraduate Research; and 2002 University of British Columbia/British Columbia Library Association, Neal Harlow Prize

Munro’s publications include Tactical Urbanism for Librarians (ALA Editions, 2017), co-author of "Energy Efficiency in the LMS: Faculty Evaluations of a Sustainable Embedded Model," Virtually Embedded: Case Studies of Online Embedded Librarianship, ACRL Press, 2013; and co-author of "Research for Design: Exploring Student and Instructor Attitudes Toward Accessing Library Resources and Services from Course Management Systems (CMS)," Communications in Information Literacy, Volume 4, Number 1, 2010.

Munro earned her MLIS from the University of British Columbia. She also holds a BA in English Literature from McGill University and an MFA in writing from the University of Iowa.