Helen Look

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209 Hatcher North
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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. She serves as the university’s Association of Research Libraries Survey Coordinator & SPEC Liaison.

Helen is a member of several library committees including Collection Coordinators, Collections Division Managers, E-Resources Teams (E-Chairs), and Librarians’ Promotion Review Committee. She is also an active member of the University of Michigan Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Planning Committee and the Secretary of the University Advisory Committee. Helen currently serves as Chair of the 2017-2019 Adult Literature (Non-Fiction) Committee of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Awards  ,Chair of the Resources Committee of the LLAMA Assessment Community of Practice, and a Member at Large for the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Executive Board. In 2009, Helen received the Library Diversity Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the University of Michigan Library.


Helen has 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 collection development,  diversity, library assessment, and mapping the public health literature.

Publications and Presentations

Helen Look, Pam MacKintosh, and Faith Weis. "What Do Students Want?: An Assessment of Undergraduate-Focused Collections." Panel presentation at the Michigan Academic Library Association (MI-ALA) Annual Conference, May 19, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Helen Look. "Food Allerg Awareness and Education: Opportunities for Librarian Community Engagement." Poster presentation at the Medical Library Association, May 30, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

Pamela MacKintosh, Faith Weis, and Helen Look. "Restructuring a Popular Magazine Collection: Using Microassessment Strategies to Keep Rolling with the Times." Poster presentation at the Charleston Conference, November 4, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Karen Downing, Helen Look, Darlene Nichols, and Alexandra Rivera. “Multiracial in a Monoracial World: How the Library can Move Forward to Meet the Emerging Needs of a Growing Population.” Paper presentation at the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference, October 26, 2016 in Lansing, Michigan.

Helen Look. Multiracial Resources in a Monoracially-Organized Library World. Urban Library Journal, 22 (2) 2016.

Helen Look, Alexandra Rivera, Karen E. Downing, and Darlene Nichols. “Missing Persons: Finding Multiracial Resources in a Monoracially-Organized Library World.” Paper presentation at the LACUNY Institute, May 20, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York.

Downing, Karen E., Helen Look, Darlene Nichols, and Alexandra Rivera. “Tragic Mulatto to Self-Authorship: An Analysis of Literature By and About Interracial People.” Panel presentation on “Mixed Methodology” at the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, November 13, 2014 in Chicago.

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, Darlene Nichols, Alexandra Rivera, and Mariaelena De La Rosa. “Developing a Diverse Library Workforce: A Holistic Team Approach to Enhancing the Internship Experience.” Poster presented at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, September 20, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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.

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