Elizabeth "Liz" Cooper

Associate Professor

Subject Librarian

Learning and Outreach Services

Contact Information

  • Zimmerman Library 2nd Floor, Herzstein Latin American Reading Room
  • (505) 277-1419


Curriculum Vitae

As the Social Sciences Librarian, Liz is the liaison to the Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Speech & Hearing Sciences Departments; the Global and National Security Policy Institute and the International Studies Program; and the Global Education Office and its Center for English Language & American Culture (CELAC). As the liaison to these departments and programs, she conducts one-on-one research consultations with students, faculty and staff; leads library instruction sessions; selects and manages materials for related library collections; and, in conjunction with the Library's Research Data Services department, supports social science data needs. She also leads the Library’s Social Sciences Collections Cluster.

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 15 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 low- and middle-income countries, and qualitative research methods.

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications 

Saubert, S. & Cooper, L. (2022).  A review of international education literature: Interdisciplinary and discovery challenges. IFLA Journal. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/03400352221085293

Cain, J., Cooper, L., DeMott, S., & Montgomery, A. (2019). Where is QDA hiding? An analysis of the discoverability of qualitative research support on academic library websites. IASSIST Quarterly, 43(2). https://doi.org/10.29173/iq957

Hughes, H., Cooper, L., Flierl, M., Somerville, M.M., & Chaudhary, N. (2018). The role of the university library in supporting international student transition: Insights from an Australian-American case study. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 44(5), 582-594. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2018.06.003

Cooper, L. & Hughes, H. (2017). First-year international graduate students’ transition to using a United States university library. IFLA Journal, 43(4), 361-378. https://doi.org/10.1177/0340035217723355

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. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0340035215596348

Witt, S., Kutner, L., & Cooper, L. (2015). Mapping academic library contributions to campus internationalization.  College & Research Libraries, 76(5), 587-608. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.76.5.587


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.

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. http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/conferences/con...

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 http://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/25649

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

Saubert, S., Cooper, L., & Gorlewski, E. (2018, May). Connecting research to practice in international education. NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

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, http://www.nafsa.org/Connect_and_Network/Join_a_Conversation/Using_Your_....

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, http://crl.acrl.org/site/misc/fora.xhtml.  

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.