Lars Leon


 

Lars is the Resource Sharing Librarian and Head of Organizational Development at the University of Kansas Libraries. He continues to be involved with resource sharing as he collaborates with other leaders in the newly combined Acquisitions and Resource Sharing Department. So plenty of data, assessment, technology, and other means of helping this blended department. He also helps provide and support others in a variety of library staff and organization development needs from facilitation, project management, to the Strengths concept, mindfulness (thank you Colorado ILL Conference), and more.

 

Lars’ research interests involve values our patrons place on our services, assessment, and various types of organizational development. In fact, a forthcoming research project will merge the values work and identification of the type of training staff need to support what patrons’ highly value.  Creativity and innovation are vital components of much of his research interests.

 

Lars has a number of published articles but really loves to engage with others through presentations. He has presented in the state of Kansas, the Colorado ILL Conference,  Northwest ILL Conference, IDS Annual Conference, various conferences inTexas, Wisconsin, and other places in the US. He has also presented internationally in Sweden, Bulgaria, and Iceland.

 

If you want to include any personal items, feel free to:

  • Life-long Kansan so several memorable family trips to “Colorful Colorado”.
  • Married to a wonderful lady who is a special education teacher
  • We have two wonderful daughters and two awesome cats (wonderful and awesome about 98% of the time)!
  • Loves to travel when he has time and money. So library conferences, especially ones in amazing places like the Colorado ILL Conference, helps quench the travel thirst.