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 Open Access 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, Co-Chair of the Assessment Subcommittee of the 2018 LITA Forum, Member at Large for the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Executive Board, and Member of the Michigan Academic Library Association 2018 Conference Planning Committee. 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.

Select Publications and Presentations

Look, Helen and Marna Clowney-Robinson. “Libraries Connecting Across Divides: Intersectionality, Identities, and Unconscious Bias.” Paper presented at the Academic Library Association of Ohio Diversity Workshop, May, 10, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

Scarletto, Edith, Eileen Bosch, Helen Look, and Edras Rodriguez-Torres. “Rethinking and Restructuring Recruitment in Academic Libraries.” Paper presented at the Academic Library Association of Ohio Diversity Workshop, May, 10, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

Rivera, Alexandra, Karen Downing, and Helen Look. “To Research, Or Not to Research: What is the Question?” Invited speaker for panel session for the Michigan Library Association Academic Libraries Conference on March 8, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.

Clowney-Robinson, Marna, Helen Look, and Pam MacKintosh. “#UMreads: An Assessment of Undergraduate Reading Selections.” Paper presented at the Michigan Library Association Assessment Conference, November 3, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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 Allergy 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.

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