Marianne Reed

Digital Initiatives Coordinator
Primary office:
785-864-8913
Watson Library


I've made a career exploring my fascination with the intersection between technology and people. I feel at home working in libraries because I was raised by a librarian and, as a child, spent all of my summers shelving books, checking out materials, and answering patron’s questions.  I have a degree in History & Anthropology, with physics, biology and other sciences added to the mix. As Digital Initiatives Coordinator in the University of Kansas Libraries, I manage the user side of KU ScholarWorks, KU’s online institutional repository, helping users make their scholarship available to a world-wide audience. I am the public face of the Libraries’ Journals@KU program, assisting members of the KU community in publishing journals online and providing assistance with the OJS and DSpace platforms. I’ve also served as the project manager for several digital projects involving staff from across the Libraries, including the World War II: The African American Experience oral history project.


1.5 million visits a year at 7 library locations
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection
—American Library Association
KU ScholarWorks offers access to more than 13,000 items created by KU faculty and students
An international leader in the open access movement
Users check out nearly 300,000 items every year
Users access more than 3.3 million articles online each year
More than 111,000 scores, books, sound recordings, and other volumes in Music & Dance Library
Anschutz Library serves as KU’s 24-hour study facility for students
More than 700 Vosper Society members support the mission of KU Libraries
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
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