ALA Office for Research and Statistics
Dr. Kathy Rosa is the Director of the Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) at the American Library Association (ALA). Rosa earned an EdD with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston. She holds an MSLS from the University of Kentucky and an MSE and BSE from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Rosa worked in libraries for twenty years. While working in libraries, she often found herself teaching digital literacy classes for students, patrons and staff. Transitioning to faculty in the Information Studies program at Chicago State University was a natural step. After several years at CSU, she was ready for a new adventure and accepted the position of ORS Director at ALA. In this position, she works at the national level with other agencies, such as the IMLS Library Statistics Working Group and the NISO Z39.7 Standing Committee. She currently partners with the FINRA Education Foundation in conducting research about personal finance capability resources and services in public libraries. Recent publications include the 2016 State of America’s Libraries Report, an article in the June 2016 IFLA Journal titled American libraries in 2016: Creating their future by connecting, collaborating, and building community, co-authored with Tom Storey (OCLC) and an article in the May/June 2016 issue of American Libraries titled Notable Dissertations, tying dissertation research to library practice. When not in Chicago, she spends time with her extended family in rural Southern Illinois.
Saturday, June 25
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM