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Elizabeth "Liz" Cooper

Assistant Professor

Subject Librarian


Contact Information

  • Zimmerman Library B34
  • (505) 277-1419


Curriculum Vitae

As the Social Sciences Librarian, Liz acts as the liaison to the following departments and supports the library needs of their faculty and students: Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech & Hearing Sciences, the Center for English Language & American Culture (CELAC), the Global Education Office, and other departments as needed! In this role she regularly meets with students who need research help; provides library instruction sessions; selects materials for related library collections; and in conjunction with the Library's Research Data Services department, supports social science data needs.

Liz received an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in Middle East Studies (with a concentration in anthropology) from the American University in Cairo, and a BA in English from Texas A&M University. Before coming to UNM, Liz worked at San Antonio College, the American University in Cairo, Emory University, and the University of Colorado Denver. She has worked in and managed a wide variety of library departments such as Library Systems, Reference, Instruction/Outreach, and Planning and has worked as a social sciences librarian for over 12 years. Her passion is for social sciences librarianship and she is very excited to be supporting the social sciences departments at UNM.

Liz's research interests include internationalization and academic libraries, access to information in developing countries, and qualitative research methods.

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications 

Somerville, M., Cooper, L., Torhell, C., & Hashert, C. (2015). At home in the world: International library staff exchange program highlights. IFLA Journal, 41(4), 326-335. DOI: 10.1177/0340035215596348

Witt, S., Kutner, L., & Cooper, L. (2015). Mapping academic library contributions to campus internationalization. College & Research Libraries, 76(5), 587-608.

Book Chapter

Cooper, L. & Jacoby J. (2013). Information needs and research practices of graduate students in the master's in development program. In L. Rudasill & M. Dorta-Duque Ortiz (Eds.), Open Access and Digital Libraries: Social Science Libraries in Action/Accesso Abierto y Bibliotecas Digitales: Bibliotecas de Ciencias Sociales en Accion (pp. 275-288). IFLA Publications 158. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter.

Selected Conference Proceedings

Cooper, L., Kutner, L., & Witt, S. (2015). Assessing library Internationalization efforts and impacts: tools & strategies. In D. Mueller (Ed.), Creating Sustainable Community: ACRL 2015, March 25-28, 2015, Portland, Oregon, Conference Proceedings. (pp.49-54). Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Jacoby, J. & Cooper, L. (2011). Sustainable development in the cultural context: A review of sources and analysis of gaps. In L. Rudasill & M. Dorta-Duque (Eds.), Proceedings of the Social Science Libraries: A Bridge to Knowledge for Sustainable Development Conference, Havana, Cuba, 8-10 August 2011. Retrieved from

Cooper, E. (2011). Using data to make quick decisions about a new merged service desk: a case study. In A. Katsirikou & C. Skiades (Eds.), New Trends in Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Selected Papers Presented at the 2nd Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Proceedings of the International Conference on QQML2010 Chania, Crete, Greece, 25-28 May 2010 (pp. 49-54). Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing.

Cooper, E., Palazzolo, C., & Van Scoyoc, A. (2007). Reaching the faculty of the future €¦now: marketing instructional services to graduate students. In H. Thompson (Ed.), Sailing into the Future: Charting our Destiny: Proceedings of the Thirteenth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries (pp. 237-243). Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Selected Presentations

Somerville, M., Chaudry, N., Cooper, L., & Flierl, M. (2017, June). Collaborative Academic Partnerships: Support for International Students' Library Research Success. NAFSA: Association of International Educators Conference, Los Angeles, CA. 

Kutner, L., Cooper, L.., & Witt, S. (2016, June). Partnering with the Library to Support Comprehensive Internationalization. NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference, Denver, CO.  

Cooper, L., Witt, S., & Wright, D. (2015, June). Using Your Campus Library to Support Students Studying Abroad. Invited online panel for NAFSA: Association of International Educators,

Witt, S., Kutner, L., & Cooper, L. (2014, September). Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization. Invited panel presentation at The Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) International Relations Round Table Meeting, New York City, NY.

Witt, S., Kutner, L., & Cooper, L. (2014, July). Mapping Academic Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization. Invited online panel presentation for College & Research Libraries Online Forum,  

Cooper, L., Somerville, M., Hashert, C., Torhell, C. & Mirijamdotter, A. (2013, April). At Home in the World: Experiential Approaches to Academic Library Internationalization. Panel presentation at ACRL 2013 conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Maloy, F., Cooper, E., Boucher, A., Forrest, C., Bodnar, J., Fox, B., Doshi, A., . . . Henson, B. (2011, April). Mashup or Crashup: Collaborating with Intra and Extra Library Partners to Create a Merged Library Service Desk. Panel presentation at ACRL 2011 National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.