Amy Fry

Electronic Resources Coordinator
Library Teaching and Learning
William T. Jerome Library
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

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As an academic librarian, I have worked in reference, electronic resources management and interlibrary loan. At Bowling Green, I am a reference librarian and work with the library's Serials, Collection Development, Instruction and Technology departments to manage and maintain the library's databases and online resources. I am also the librarian for the School of Art, and do instruction and collection development for art and art history.

My professional interests as a librarian include:

  • integration of electronic resources and traditional library collections
  • usage patterns, resource discovery and search behavior for online resources
  • web development, usability and user testing of websites
  • usage statistics and assessment of electronic resources
  • the social life of information

My professional interests as an art historian include American modernism, the Prairie School, and progressivism, as well as advertising, branding and identity design.


University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
M.A. in Art History, May 2009

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
M.S. in Library and Information Science, May 2003

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
B.A. in English; B.A. in Art History, May 1998



Peer reviewed

"A Hybrid Model for Managing Standard Usage Data: Principles for E-resource Statistics Workflows." By Amy Fry. Serials Review 39, no. 1 (March 2013): 21-28.

"Usability Testing for E-Resource Discovery: How Students Find and Choose E-Resources Using Library Websites." By Amy Fry and Linda Rich. Journal of Academic Librarianship 37, no. 5 (2011): 386-401.

"Aggregated Interdisciplinary Databases and the Needs of Undergraduate Researchers." By Barbara Fister, Julie Gilbert and Amy Fry. portal: Libraries and the Academy 8, no. 3 (2008): 273-292.


"Beyond Lists and Guides: Using Usability to Help Students Get the Most Out of E-Resources." Amy Fry, Presenter; Marcella Lesher, Recorder. NASIG Proceedings NASIG 2010: An Oasis in Shifting Sands: NASIG at 25, Lori J. Terrill and William Joseph Thomas, Guest Editors. The Serials Librarian 60, nos. 1-4 (2011): 206-12.

"Boost Your Use: Promoting E-Resources to Students and Faculty." By Amy Fry. Brick & Click Libraries: Proceedings of an Academic Library Symposium: 10th Anniversary. Edited by Frank Baudino, Connie Jo Ury and Sarah G. Park. Maryville, MO: Northwest Missouri State University, 2010. p. 149-156.

"Interlibrary Loan for Access: Focus on Audiovisual Materials and Special Collections." By Amy Fry. Brick & Click Libraries: Proceedings of an Academic Library Symposium 4th (October 22, 2004): 109-115.


"Discovery Systems: The Promise and the Reality. A Report of the RUSA MARS Local Systems & Services Program, American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, June 2012." By Amy Fry. Technical Services Quarterly 30, no. 1 (2013): 99-107.

"Lessons of Good Customer Service." By Amy Fry. Library Journal 134.14 (1 September 2009): 33-34.

"Information is Power - Even When It's Wrong." By Amy Fry. Guest post to ACRLog, 11 September 2008.

"Electronic Resources & Libraries 2nd Annual Conference." By Millie Jackson, Ayse Gider, Celeste Feather, Kelly Smith, Amy Fry, Jamene Brook-Kieffer, Christopher D. Vidas, and Rose Nelson. Library Hi-Tech News 24, no. 4 (2007): 4-17.

You can also read my posts on the ACRLog.


Conference Papers & Presentations


"Customizing ERM to Efficiently Manage E-Resources Usage Statistics." Presentation for Uh, ERM: Past the Awkward Stage of the Relationship Onto New Possibilities program presented at the Innovative Users' Group 2013 National Conference. With Ron Lewis, Bob McQuillan, Bill Anderson, Robert Sebek, Mark Lane, and Thomas Baker. Convened by Marie Kennedy. April 2013.

Panelist, "Age of Discovery." With Richard Guajardo, Annie Wu, Courtney McGough, Jennifer Sauer, Charlie Remy, Katie Gohn, and Annette Bailey. Moderated by Anna Creech. Electronic Resources & Libraries 2013 Annual Conference. Austin, TX. March 2013.

"The Biggest Winner: An 'Urgent, Social, Blissful and Epic' Competition to Promote Underused Databases." Presentation at the Electronic Resources & Libraries Annual Conference, Austin, TX, 3 April 2012.

"Streamlining Stats: Creating an Efficient Workflow for Gathering, Reporting and Interpreting E-Resources Usage Statistics." Presentation at the Academic Library Association of Ohio Annual Conference, Toledo, OH, 4 November 2011.

"Ohio's ERM Showcase: How OhioLINK Libraries Utilize Electronic Resource Management Systems." With Frank Bove, Susan Banoun and Emily Hicks. Presentation at the Innovative Users Group 2011 Conference, San Francisco, CA, 16 April 2011.

"The Rhetoric of Library Futurism: How Narratives of Collapse are Shaping the Future of Information Access." Paper given at the Battleground States Annual Conference, Bowling Green, OH, 26 February 2011.

"Supporting E-Resource Discovery: Usability Testing for Effective Web Design." With Linda Rich. Presentation at the Academic Library Association of Ohio Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, 29 October 2010.

"ERM Showcase: A Sample of How OhioLINK Libraries Utilize Electronic Resource Management Systems." With Frank Bove and Susan Banoun. Presentation at the Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group Annual Conference, Akron, OH, 15 October 2010.

"Beyond Lists and Guides: Using Usability to Help Students Get the Most Out of E-Resources." Presentation at the 2010 North American Serials Interest Group Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA, 6 June 2010.
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"Best Practices and User Testing for Resource Record and Databases-by-Subject Page Design in the Millennium ERM." Presentation at the 2009 Eastern Great Lakes Innovative Users Group Annual Conference, Akron, OH, 25 September 2009.
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"Expanded Search Premier Complete: Librarian and Undergraduate Attitudes Toward Interdisciplinary Aggregated Databases." Presentation at the Electronic Resources and Libraries 2008 Conference, Atlanta, GA, 19 March 2008. With Julie Gilbert.
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"'It's Not Free?': Exploring the Costs of Interlibrary Loan." Paper presented at the Sixth Annual MOBIUS Users Conference, Lake Ozark, MO, 8 June 2005.
presentation slides, narrative and works cited, custom holdings

"Interlibrary Loan for Access: Focus on Audiovisual Materials and Special Collections." Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Brick & Click Libraries Symposium, Maryville, MO, 22 October 2004.
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"Interlibrary Loan & Collection Development: Using ILL Requests for More Than Just Borrowing." Presentation at the Fifth Annual Mobius Users Conference, Lake Ozark, MO, 3 June 2004.
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"Streamlining Stats: Managing Usage Statistics Efficiently and Effectively." Presentation for Making Better Decisions with Usage Statistics webinar sponsored by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). 13 June 2012. With Peter Shepherd (Project COUNTER) and Oliver Pesch (EBSCO).

"The Front End: Design of & Usability for ERM Data." OhioLINK ERM Task Force Community Forum. Columbus, OH. May 2011.

"Linking the SFX Knowledgebase and the OPAC: The Perspective of a Small Liberal Arts College." Presentation at the First Annual Regional Ex Libris Users' Meeting, St. Paul, MN, 8 March 2006.
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Libraries Fight Back! Panelist for a program sponsored by the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 2011.

"High Fidelity Design: Purcell & Elmslie's Edison Shops and Prairie Commercial Architecture." Presentation at the Second Annual Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Student Symposium, St. Paul, MN, 15 September 2007.

Professional Activities

Membership in National Associations

  • American Library Association RUSA MARS
    - Local Systems and Services Committee 2007-2012 (Chair 2010-2012)
    - MARS Member-at-Large (2013-present)
  • ALA ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)
    - Arts Section


Internships, volunteer work and other projects

San Diego Historical Society Research Library, San Diego, CA
Volunteer, summer 2008
Processing artists' archival collections and creating finding aids, beginning with San Diego painter and muralist Belle Baranceanu (1902-1988).

San Diego Museum of Art Library, San Diego, CA
Volunteer, summer 2008
Processing archival collections and creating finding aids, including the papers of museum benefactor Earle W. Grant, artist Ruth Powers Ortlieb and correspondence to artist Alfred R. Mitchell.

Website: Shakespeare's Monarchs, summer 2008
An online exhibit presenting the material culture of late medieval England (1377-1485) within the textual context of Shakespeare's eight major history plays. Created as part of an independent study for the M.A. in art history program at the University of St. Thomas.

University of Minnesota Libraries, Northwest Architectural Archives, Minneapolis, MN
Graduate Intern, summer 2007
Digitized advertising artwork and corporate identity design created by William Purcell for the Alexander Brothers Leather & Belting Company between 1916-1919. To be incorporated into the William Gray Purcell Papers at the Northwest Architectural Archives at the University of Minnesota. The project involved scanning materials, creating 278 metadata records in accordance with local and national standards, and researching and writing a collection overview for the Archives' website.


last updated March 2011