Helen Look

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Collection Analyst


Helen Look is the Collection Analyst for the University of Michigan Library. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections, Helen provides support for the generation and analysis of data for the assessment of the library’s collection development programs and the strategic allocation of library resources.

Helen serves on several library committees and working groups including Collection Coordinators, Collections Division Managers, E-Resources Teams (E-Chairs), and MLibrary Assessment Committee. She is also a member of the University of Michigan Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Planning Committee. Helen currently serves on the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Awards Committee and the 35th Anniversary Planing Committee. In 2009, Helen received the Library Diversity Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the University of Michigan Library.


Helen received a BA in Sociology (with Honors) and Women’s Studies from Oberlin College; and a MS in Information from the University of Michigan. She received credentials from the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). Her current research interests include diversity, library assessment, and mapping the public health literature.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Look, Helen and Mary K. Taylor. “Public Health Nutrition Citation Patterns: Mapping the Literature 2010-2012.” Poster presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, May 20, 2014 in Chicago.  

Smith, Judy, Helen Look, and Emily Campbell. “Metrics Madness: Facilitating an Organizational Culture of Assessment at the University of Michigan Library.” Poster presented at the Library Assessment Conference, October 29, 2012 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

Look, Helen.  “Mapping the Health Economics Literature.” Poster presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, May 22, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  Received Research Section Honorable Mention Poster Award.

Lane, Zack, Helen Look, Jacob Nadal, and Constance Malpas (moderator).  "Managing Collections in the Networked Environment: New Analytic Approaches" OCLC Research Webinar, September 9, 2010.

Look, Helen. "Mass Digitization: Analyzing Online vs. Print Usage at a Large Academic Research Library."  Poster presented at the Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Closing Ceremonies, June 26, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Look, Helen. “Health Services Research Journals.” In Encyclopedia of Health Services Research, eds. Ross M. Mullner, Robert F. Rich, and Tricia J. Johnson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2009.

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