Professional Bio

Education
  • MBA, Regis College, 1990 Information Systems Emphasis
  • M.A., Library Science, University of Denver, 1978
  • B.A., English, Regis College, 1974

Janet returned to Regis College (now Regis University) in 1982 as the Technical Services Librarian in the same library she worked in as a student. She was selected to the position of Dean in 2013. As the Technical Services Librarian, she held increasing responsibility in management, budget, acquisitions, automation, supervision, licensing, and serials control. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ethiopia, 1974-76), she has melded two passions, international travel and sustainable library development, with her research interests. In 2003, she served as the shipboard librarian for the Semester at Sea and literally sailed around the world. In 2006, she was an invited participant to “Thinking Outside the Borders,” an International Leadership Institute funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and sponsored by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and the Illinois State Library. In 2009, she was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, in recognition of scholarship, loyalty to Jesuit values, and service. Janet has served as editor of many publications, both print and online, including Colorado Libraries, International Leads, Collaborative Librarianship, and The Herald: News for those who served in Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Research & Scholarship

Select publications:

Lee, J. & Bowdoin, N. “African Librarianship.” In J. McDonald & M. Levine-Clark (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. 4th ed. CRC Press, 2015.

Assefa, S. & Lee, J. (2014). "Library Collaboration: International Perspectives. An Interview with Dr. Shimelis Assefa, Associate Professor, Library and Information Science, University of Denver." Collaborative Librarianship, 6 (2).

Lee, J. (2011). “8,000 Books Ethiopia Bound: The Colorado Connection.” Colorado Libraries, 35 (3).

Lee, J. (2010). “Much Different. Much the Same.” The Herald: News for those who served with the Peace Corps in Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Lee, J., Morris, B., Brazell, B. & Loechell Turner, J. (2007). “Information Literacy Collaboration: A Shared Responsibility.” Colorado Libraries, 33 (3), 5-10.

Lee, J. & Kutzik, J. (2003). “It’s Not in Our Nature, but $how Us the Money.” Colorado Libraries, 29 (1), 8-11. Also published in Library Mosaics, 14 (4), 8-10.

Select presentations:

2014. "How Librarians can volunteer library to library through projects." International Sustainable Library Development program, American Library Association Annual Conference, June 30, at Las Vegas, NV.

2014. With Anne Pellowski. Story Telling Conference. Asociación Nicaragüense de Bibliotecarios (ANIBIPA) Nicaraguan Library Association, Managua, Nicaragua.

2013. With Anne Pellowski, Cloth Book Workshop for teachers and librarians in Mekelle, Ethiopia on invitation from the Segenat Foundation. Nov 11-13, 14-16.

2012. Poster session: " Catch a Falling Star and Put it in Your Pocket." International Relations Round Table. American Library Association Annual Conference, June 24, at Anaheim, CA.

2009. Poster session: "Global Collaboration: Planting Libraries in Ethiopia." Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference, November 21, at Denver, CO.

Subject Specialty

International Library Development
Open Access