Laura Kohl

Assistant Professor

Principal Cataloger

Technical Services

Contact Information

  • Parish Memorial Library 203
  • (505) 277-1210


Laura Kohl is the Principal Cataloger and Assistant Professor in the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. She received her BA in History from the University of New Mexico and her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh where she specialized in Archival Science. She is the author of several articles and chapters on topics ranging from cataloging to workflow within libraries. Prior to working at UNM, Laura was a Cataloger and Archivist for the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. She was the lead cataloger for the Historic Maps of New Mexico Project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through their Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program. Her experience includes the cataloging of special collection material, PCC and NACO cataloging, archival processing and encoding, collection management, and library and archival preservation.

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Beene, S., Soito, L., & Kohl, L. (2020). Art Catalogs Unbound: Overcoming Challenges through Engagement. Art Documentation: Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America, 39(1), 24-43.

Kohl, L. (2018). Gifts of Plenty: Library Gift Procedures at the University of New Mexico. Technical Services Quarterly, 35(1), 28-41.  (Invited article)

Kohl, L., Benaud, C., & Bordeianu S. (2017). Finding Shelf Space in an Academic Library: A Multifaceted Approach. Technical Services Quarterly, 34(3), 268-282.

Bordeianu, S. & Kohl, L. (2015). The Voyage Home: New Mexico Libraries Migrate to WMS, OCLC’s Cloud-based System. Technical Services Quarterly, 32(3), 274-293.

Book Chapters

Kohl, L., Johnson, C. & Bordeianu S. (2019). Case Study of the University of New Mexico’s Integration of Workflows in WMS. In M. Flinchbaugh, C. Thomas, R. Tench, V. Sipe, l. Aldana, R. Moskal & E. Owusu (Eds.), Transforming Acquisitions and Collection Services: Perspectives on Collaboration Within and Across Libraries. Purdue University Press.

Kohl, L. (2018). Words that Bind: Using the RFP Process to Select a Binder. In F. Wilkinson & S. Bordeianu (Eds.), The Complete Guide to RFPs for Libraries. ABC-CLIO, LLC/Libraries Unlimited.