Kara Malenfant is Scholarly Communications & Government Relations Specialist at the Association of College and Research Libraries in Chicago, IL. She is currently pursuing a PhD in leadership and change at Antioch University where she is interested in futures research and knowledge production in the digital world.
Kara has been Scholarly Communications & Government Relations Specialist at the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) for nearly five years. She works with librarians in all types of academic libraries to foster new forms of scholarly communication that are more responsive to the needs of the academy. She coordinates ACRL's legislative agenda and develops strategies to influence policy and legislation affecting academic and research libraries.
For 6 years prior to joining ACRL, Kara was a reference librarian and history bibliographer at DePaul University in Chicago, where she started a university-wide information and referral service. Before deciding to become a librarian, she worked in Washington, D.C., for the Armenian Assembly of America in grassroots advocacy and fundraising. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the first group posted to the Republic of Armenia in the early 90s.
Kara holds a BA in English from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and an MS in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently in her third year of Antioch University's leadership and change doctoral program, where she is interested in futures research and knowledge production in the digital world.