Wendy Pradt Lougee

Wendy Pradt Lougee is University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Prior to 2002, she held several positions at the University of Michigan over a 20-year period, beginning with appointment as Assistant to the Director, then Director of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, and finally Associate Director for Digital Library Services. She held earlier appointments at Brown University and Wheaton College (Massachusetts). At Minnesota, she provides leadership for 14 libraries that make up the University Libraries system.

Lougee currently serves as vice chair of the Council on Library and Information Resources Board, chair of the ARL E-Science Working Group, and is president of the Digital Library Federation. She is also a member of the Ithaka Research Advisory Committee, and the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership Board. Her research and publications have focused on digital library development, information economics, assessment of research behavior, virtual organizations, and e-research.

During her tenure at Michigan, Lougee launched its digital library program and was an early participant in digital library development nationally, including engagement in the first NSF Digital Library Initiatives and the JSTOR pilot project. These innovations and risk-taking efforts were recognized in several awards, including Lougee's receipt of the Hugh Atkinson Award (2003), Computerworld Honors Program Laureate (2002) and Michigan's Walter H. Kaiser Award (2001).

Lougee holds a BA in English (Lawrence University), an MS in Library Science (University of Wisconsin) and an MA in Psychology (University of Minnesota).

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