Kelly A. McCusker

Collection Development Program Lead Librarian Collection Management and Discovery Division

Collection Development and Strategies Department

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Role in the Library

As the Collection Development Program Lead Librarian, Kelly is responsible for overseeing the strategic development, management, assessment, and communication of collections with students, faculty, and staff on Auraria Campus. Kelly manages and leads the the five-person unit; develops and supports new initiatives; promotes resources, services, and knowledge both internally, and externally; and works directly with users to learn about their collections needs. Kelly reviews and selects materials for the Criminal JusticeEducation, Law, Library Science, Psychology, Public Administration, and Social Work collections.

More About

  • University of Colorado Denver, Auraria Library Faculty Excellence in Leadership and Service Award, 2021
  • University of Colorado Denver, Faculty Excellence Award in Librarianship, 2017
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Scholar’s Travel Award, 2014
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Faculty Special Award of Merit, 2008


Professional Affiliations and Service

  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Core (Division of ALA)
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)


  • MPA, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, 2020
  • MS in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2007
  • BEd in Primary Education, York University, Toronto, ON, 2006
  • BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2001

Select Publications

McCusker, K. & Vandagriff, S. (2022). SCIG: University of Colorado Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Interest Group. College & Research Libraries News, 83 (11). 

Ostendorf, D., Cantrell, M., Thomson, J., Glazier, R., Vandagriff, S., McCusker, K., Browning, S. and DiVittorio, K. (2020), CU Faculty Voices: CU system libraries support open access. CUConnections, April 23, 2020

O'Brien, N. P., Allen, M. P., Burnette, P., Ingold, C., McCusker, K., & Sheehan, B. (2015). Merging the social and health sciences step by step. In S. Holder and A. Butler Lannon, Difficult decisions: closing and merging academic libraries (pp. 49-71). Chicago, IL: Association of College & Research Libraries.

Curriculum Vitae