Applied Information Management
Prospective Students

Karen Munro, M.L.I.S., M.F.A.

Lecturer, Applied Information Management Program, University of Oregon
Associate Professor and Head, Library/Learning Commons, University of Oregon in Portland
AIM affiliation since 2011.


B.A., 1995, McGill; M.F.A., 1999, University of Iowa; M.L.I.S., 2002, University of British Columbia

Areas of Interest

Library instruction and information literacy, instructional technology and learning objects, intentional design, facilities planning and learning spaces

Personal Description

Karen Munro completed her master's in library and information studies at the University of British Columbia's School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies in 2002. In her position as literature librarian at the University of Oregon, her responsibilities included extensive research, reference, and consultation services for faculty across the humanities. At the University of California, Berkeley, she worked as the institution's first e-learning librarian, and was charged with the creation and delivery of library instruction in new media. As the head of the University of Oregon's Portland Library and Learning Commons, she provides research and consultation services for multiple disciplines, and has administrative oversight of library operations.

Karen's research interests include trends in how information is generated, packaged, distributed, and published; changing models of information use (i.e., how do we read, how do we share information); learning spaces and learning behaviors; and new business and service models for libraries, publishers, and other media managers. She has published and presented widely on these topics and others.

Professional Website

UO in Portland Library and Learning Commons

Organization Information

The Library and Learning Commons at the University of Oregon in Portland fosters collaboration and community among students and faculty, with our main campus in Eugene, and with our partner institutions in the Orbis Cascade Alliance.


Electronic Information and Research