Lars Leon

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


Continues to be involved with resource sharing as I collaborate with other leaders in the newly combined Acquisitions and Resource Sharing Department. So plenty of data, assessment, technology, and other means of helping this blended department. I also help provide and support others in a variety of library staff and organization development needs from facilitation, project management, Strengths, and more.


M.L.S., Library Science, Emporia State University

B.A., Business Administration, University of Kansas


Involve the values our patrons place on our services, assessment, and various types of organizational development. Creativity and innovation are vital components of much of his research interests.

Research Interests

  • Values
  • Best practices
  • Resource sharing
  • Organizational development
  • Staff development

Selected Publications

Goergen-Doll, K. Rathmel, A. & Leon, L. (2017). Library Collection Building: The Interlocking Functions of ILL, Acquisitions, and Collection Development. In B. Posner (Ed.), Library Information and Resource Sharing: Transforming Services and Collections (pp. 73-92). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Little, M. & Leon, L. (2015). Assessing the value of ILL to our users: a comparative study of three US libraries. Interlending & Document Supply, 43(1), 34-40. DOI:10.1108/ILDS-10-2014-0051

Duncan, J. Kochan, C. & Leon, L. (2015). We Sincerely Regret to Inform You That the Material You Have Requested Is Unavailable via Interlibrary Loan. In The Importance of Being Ernest: Charleston Conference Proceedings, 2014. Purdue University Press.

Kochan, C. & Leon, L. (2013). Revisiting Interlibrary Loan Best Practices: Still Viable? Interlending & Document Supply, 41 (4).

Leon, L. & Kress, N. (2012). Looking at Resource Sharing Costs. Interlending & Document Supply, 40 (2), 81–87.

Selected Presentations

Leon, L. . (10/25/2017). Developing our Services through Understanding the Values our Patrons Place on our Services. Kansas Library Conference. Wichita, KS

Kochan, C. & Leon, L. . (03/15/2017). Primed for Change and Ready for Anything: Empowering Staff Through Effective Development. OCLC Resource Sharing Conference. Virginia Beach, VA

Leon, L. . (10/13/2016). Understand How Your Patrons Value Your Service and What to Do With the Data Including Training. 12th Nordic Resource Sharing, Reference, and Collection Management Conference. Copenhagen, Denmark

Leon, L. . (07/30/2015). It's About the Data & So Much More. IDS Project 11th Annual Conference (keynote). Watertown, NY. Available Here

Leon, L. & Little, M. . (09/13/2013). How Our Patrons Value Our Resource Sharing Services and why it should Matter to you. Presentation, 12th Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference. Portland, OR

Leon, L. & Kress, N. . (10/04/2012). An Updated Look at Resource Sharing Costs. Presentation, 10th Nordic Resource Sharing, Reference and Collection Management Conference. Reykjavik, Iceland

Leon, L. & Kochan, C. . (08/02/2011). Creating Successful Library Alliances through Group Best Practices. Presentation, Information Delivery Services Project Conference. Albany, NY

Selected Awards & Honors

Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars)
2016 - Present

Beta Phi Mu
Emporia State University
1997 - Present

Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award for 2015
American Library Association

Anschutz-Budig Outstanding Librarian Award, 2014
University of Kansas Libraries

Beginning Professional Award, College and University Libraries
Kansas Library Association

KU Today