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Angela Rathmel

University Libraries - University Libraries
Associate Librarian, Head of Acquisitions & Resource Sharing
Primary office:
Watson Library
Room 210
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Since beginning work in Acquisitions in 2000, I have been exploring and building connections between public and technical services in libraries. I am interested in organizational responses to change, particularly with respect to organizational communication, information seeking, and knowledge management. One example I'm currently pursuing in my research is how the reference interview, traditionally used by public services, can be applied in technical services and electronic resources troubleshooting.


MLS, Library Science, School of Library and Information Science, Emporia State University

BME, College of Arts & Sciences, Oklahoma State University

Research Interests

  • Information management
  • Sense-making
  • Organizational communication

Selected Publications

Rathmel, A. & Emde, J. (2018). Is “E” for Everybody?: Reorganizing to Fit E-Resources across Acquisitions and Resource Sharing at the University of Kansas Libraries. In G. Stochakas (Ed.), Reengineering the Library: Advances in Electronic Resources Management.

Goergen-Doll, K. Leon, L. & Rathmel, A. (2016). Chapter 2, Library Collection Building – Acquisitions & Collection Development . In B. Posner (Ed.), Library Information and Resource Sharing: Transforming Services and Collections.

Brangiel, J. Finnerty, E. Larrison, S. Rathmel, A. Webb, B. & Wick, T. (2016). Reports of Conferences, Institutes, and Seminars (Serials Spoken Here, Vol. 42(4th)). Taylor & Francis. DOI:10.1080/00987913.2016.1242979

Brangiel, J. Finnerty, E. Konkiel, S. R., Rathmel, A. Rudd, P. Slutskaya, S. Smith, J. & Tovstiadi, E. (2015). Reports of Conferences, Institutes, and Seminars (Serials Spoken Here, Vol. 41(3rd)). Taylor & Francis. DOI:10.1080/00987913.2015.1069237

Rathmel, A. Mobley, L. Pennington, B. & Chandler, A. (2015). Tools, Techniques, and Training: Results of E-resources Troubleshooting Survey. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 27(2). DOI:10.1080/1941126X.2015.1029398

Rathmel, A. & Claassen, M. A. (2012). Book collecting contests in the digital age: Relevance and impact of new media. International Journal of the Book, 9(4), 17-30.

Selected Work

Selected Presentations

Rathmel, A. Johnson, E. Marien, S. Ogle, V. & Sung, N. . (06/22/2018). Hacking Acq: Tools and Apps for Better Acquisitions Workflow. ALA Annual Conference, Preconference. New Orleans, LA

Rathmel, A. Emde, J. & Montgomery, K. . (04/03/2016 - 04/03/2016). Is “E” for Everybody? Reorganizing to Fit E-Resources across Blended Departments. Electronic Resources & Libraries. Austin, TX

Rathmel, A. . (09/30/2015 - 09/30/2015). Communicating effectively with e-resources stakeholders from IT specialists to technophobic patrons. E-Resources Bootcamp: Becoming an Expert at E-Resources in Your Library - Preconference at the joint conference of the Kansas and Missouri Library Associations. Kansas City, MO

Currie, L. & Rathmel, A. . (05/01/2014). Big Deals and Squeaky Wheels: Taking Stock of your Stats. Presentation, Preconference, 2014 North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Annual Conference. Dallas, TX

Selected Grants

Selected Awards & Honors

Anschutz-Budig Outstanding Librarian Award
KU Libraries

IRDL Scholar
Institute of Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL), Loyola Marymount University
2018 - 2019

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