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Kate Cunningham

Project Manager, Collections

420A Lockwood Memorial Library, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

  • Ph: 716-645-8627

Department Liaison

Art, Art History, Arts Management and Communication


As Liaison and Subject Selector for Art/Visual Studies, Arts Management and Communication, I assist students, faculty and staff with general and in-depth research in specialty areas and focused sub-areas such as new media, transnational critical museum studies, new media art practices, performance work and associated documentation, and resource sharing among practitioners and scholars. As Project Manager for Library Collections and under the Head of Collections develop collections projects, including setting appropriate parameters, budget, timelines, and workflows; along with various library staff ensure timely acquisition of print and electronic resources that best meet the research and educational needs of faculty and students; analyze and assess collections through large-scale data collection and management.


  • Arts and Humanities Librarian and Assistant Professor, Colorado State University Libraries, (selector and liaison to African American Studies, Art and Art History, Asian Studies, Design, Fashion & Merchandising, Modern Languages, and Philosophy), 2000-2004.
  • Fine Arts Librarian, Houston Public Library, (cataloguer for artists' files and reference librarian in art, music and theatre), 1999-2000.
  • Staff Assistant, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, (part-time assistant in Preservation, Photography and Theatre), 1997-1999.
  • Intern, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Strauss Art Library, (cataloging of ephemera including artists' files, Buffalo arts scrapbook digitization and preservation housing), 1996.



  • "Breaking New Ground: A Demand Driven Ebook Model in a Multi-type Library Environment," with Sheryl Knab, Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisitions, Charleston, South Caroline, November 7, 2013.
  • “Meet them Where They Are: Patron Driven Ebooks in a Multi-type Consortia,” with Joseph Riggie and Jennifer Smathers, State University of New York Librarians (SUNYLA) Conference, Buffalo, New York, June 14, 2013.
  • Shared Collections & Services: Innovative Strategies for the New Millennium, 2013, panelist and panel facilitator, Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, New York, February 1, 2013.
  • “Patron-Driven Acquisitions in Consortia,” with Gregory Doyle and Sheryl Knab, American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, California, June 23, 2012.
  • “Radical Strategies for Cooperative Collection Development and Resource Sharing,” with H. Austin Booth and Cyril Oberlander, Association of College and Research Libraries 15th National Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 1, 2011.
  • "Leave the Driving to Them: Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) of eBooks,” with Charles Lyons, Upstate New York Special Libraries Association, Fall Meeting, Syracuse, New York, October 14, 2011.
  • "Careers in Art Librarianship," Art Libraries Society of North America, Western New York Chapter, Spring Meeting, Geneva, New York, April 7, 2006.
  • “International Poster Collection: Content, Preservation and Teaching” Art Libraries Society of North America/West, Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, August 1, 2003.
  • “New Roles for Archives/Libraries: the on Campus University Experience,” with Carmel Bush, Colorado Digitization Project (CDP) Annual Leadership Seminar, Denver, Colorado, December 5, 2002.
  • “Colorado State University Libraries’ International Poster Project: Digitization Using CONTENTdm,” High Plains Library Association Annual Meeting and Retreat, Estes Park, Colorado, April 2002.
  • Book reviewer for Choice (Art), LIBRES (Arts and Humanities) and Library Journal (Photography)


Research interests include real-world innovative and collaborative collection development, acquisitions, and resource sharing,;data-driven collection management/collection assessment; comprehensive shared print storage, LSDI/preservation, demand-driven acquisitions/collections; evolving digital and print scholarship, usability of existing collections and long-range planning and sustainability of research libraries' collections. Subject-based investigations include Digital Humanities, particularly digital documentation of artists' files and creative works from and/or for feminist based bio-critical studies, and the documentation of site-specific transitory performance art and media.