Karen E Downing

Education Librarian







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209 Hatcher North

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190



Karen E Downing

Education Librarian

About me


I liaise with the School of Education and coordinate the Library's collections, outreach and instruction in the area of research on elementary, secondary and postsecondary education. I am deeply engaged with diversity, equity and inclusion issues and their implications for education research and research libraries. I have a strong understanding of research methodologies in the field of education. I have special expertise in critical theory as it applies to education research and practice. A few of the things I can assist with include:

  • Literature searching and organization
  • Finding funding for research and projects
  • Connecting students, staff and faculty with library services for different stages of the research life-cycle 
  • Working with research teams to help them devise means of finding, organizing, managing, sharing and preserving their data
  • Finding publication and presentation venues for education research


Ph.D., 2009 University of Michigan, School of Education, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education

M.L.I.S., 1989 University of Michigan, School of Information

B.A., 1982 University of Michigan, History of Art




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