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Kathleen Webb

Professor Emerita




Email: Kathleen Webb


Kathleen M. Webb, M.L.S. served as Dean of University Libraries from 2006 to 2024. In that capacity, she oversaw the Roesch and Marian Libraries as well as the University Archives and Special Collections and the International Marian Research Institute. She served as interim Dean of Libraries in 2005 and directed the Libraries’ Client Services division from 1998-2005. She has held leadership roles with local and regional library organizations including OhioLINK and the Government Documents Roundtable of Ohio. She worked at Sinclair Community College and the Dayton Metro Library before coming to the University in 1993. She has written and presented on a variety of topics including web site development, library technologies, and most recently, on the use of academic library spaces and its impact on learning.


  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University (1982)
  • M.L.S., University of California – Los Angeles (1991)

Professional Activities

  • Library Leadership and Management Association, Building and Equipment Section, Building for College and University Libraries Committee
  • OhioLINK Library Advisory Council
  • Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, Libraries Council

Research Interests

  • Impact of space on learning
  • Ethnographic assessment techniques

Selected Publications

  • Webb, K., Schaller M, and Hunley S. (2008). “Measuring Library Space Use and Preferences: Charting a Path Toward Increased Engagement.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy. 8(4) October 2008, 407-422.
  • Dittoe, W. and Webb, K.(2008). Planet Library: the Center for today’s Learning, Experimentation and Exploration. Green Bay, WI: KI, June 2008.
  • Webb, K. (2005). Library Technology: An Annotated Bibliography. In Technology for the Rest of Us. Courtney, N. (Ed.) Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited,.
  • Webb, K. and Barr, B. (2002). Implementing Virtual Reference for the OhioLINK Consortium. In Implementing Digital Reference Services: Setting Standards and Making It Real. Lankes, R (Ed.). New York: Neal-Schuman,
  • Webb, K and Moore, K. (1997). Measuring the Effects of Change in a Library Work Environment Following a Client-Focused Reengineering Effort. Advances in Library Administration and Organization. Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press.