Lars Leon

Lars Leon
  • Librarian, Resource Sharing Librarian, Head of Organizational Development

Contact Info

Watson Library, room #210
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045
Watson Library, 210


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.


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, Kerri, Angela Rathmel, Lars Leon, and Beth Posner. 2017. “Library Collection Building: The Interlocking Functions of ILL, Acquisitions, and Collection Development.” Book Chapters. In Library Information and Resource Sharing: Transforming Services and Collections, 73–92. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
Duncan, Jennifer, Carol Kochan, and Lars Leon. 2015. We Sincerely Regret to Inform You That the Material You Have Requested Is Unavailable via Interlibrary Loan. Conference Proceedings. The Importance of Being Ernest: Charleston Conference Proceedings, 2014. Purdue University Press. .
Little, Micquel, and Lars Leon. 2015. “Assessing the Value of ILL to Our Users: A Comparative Study of Three US Libraries.” Journal Articles. Interlending & Document Supply 43 (1): 34–40.
Kochan, Carol, and Lars Leon. 2013. “Revisiting Interlibrary Loan Best Practices: Still Viable?” Journal Articles. Interlending & Document Supply 41 (4).
Leon, Lars, and Nancy Kress. 2012. “Looking at Resource Sharing Costs.” Journal Articles. 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. (3/15/2017). 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. (7/30/2015). It's About the Data & So Much More. IDS Project 11th Annual Conference (keynote). Watertown, NY.
Leon, L., & Little, M. (9/13/2013). 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. (10/4/2012). An Updated Look at Resource Sharing Costs. Presentation, 10th Nordic Resource Sharing, Reference and Collection Management Conference. Reykjavik, Iceland
Leon, L., & Kochan, C. (8/2/2011). Creating Successful Library Alliances through Group Best Practices. Presentation, Information Delivery Services Project Conference. Albany, NY

Awards & Honors

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
Beta Phi Mu
Emporia State University
1997 - Present
Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars)
2016 - Present