Professional Bio

  • MBA, Regis College, 1990 Information Systems Emphasis
  • M.A., Library Science, University of Denver, 1978
  • B.A., English, Regis College, 1974

Janet returned to Regis College (now Regis University) in 1982 as the Technical Services Librarian in the same library she worked in as a student. She was selected to the position of Dean in 2013. As the Technical Services Librarian, she held increasing responsibility in management, budget, acquisitions, automation, supervision, licensing and serials control. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ethiopia, 1974-76), she has melded two passions, international travel and sustainable library development, with her research interests. In 2003, she served as the shipboard librarian for the Semester at Sea and literally sailed around the world. In 2006, she was an invited participant to “Thinking Outside the Borders,” an International Leadership Institute funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and sponsored by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and the Illinois State Library. In 2009, she was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, in recognition of scholarship, loyalty to Jesuit values, and service. Janet has served as editor of many publications, both print and online, including Colorado Libraries, International Leads, Collaborative Librarianship, Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal and The Herald: News for those who served in Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Janet received the Regis University Alumni Service Award in 2016. She was named a Fulbright Scholar 2017 - 2018, serving with the University of Aksum in Axum, Ethiopia.

Research & Scholarship

Select publications:

Lee, J. & Bolt, N. "International Partnerships: Value, Benefits, and the Library Administrator’s Role." Journal of Library Administration, 56 (3), 2016.

Lee, J. & Bowdoin, N. “African Librarianship.” In J. McDonald & M. Levine-Clark (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. 4th ed. CRC Press, 2015.

Assefa, S. & Lee, J. (2014). "Library Collaboration: International Perspectives. An Interview with Dr. Shimelis Assefa, Associate Professor, Library and Information Science, University of Denver." Collaborative Librarianship, 6 (2).

Lee, J. (2011). “8,000 Books Ethiopia Bound: The Colorado Connection.” Colorado Libraries, 35 (3).

Lee, J. (2010). “Much Different. Much the Same.” The Herald: News for those who served with the Peace Corps in Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Lee, J., Morris, B., Brazell, B. & Loechell Turner, J. (2007). “Information Literacy Collaboration: A Shared Responsibility.” Colorado Libraries, 33 (3), 5-10.

Select presentations:

2017. Poster presentation with Benjamin Rearick. "A Hyena's Tale: Introducing Children to the Power of Reading in Ethiopia." African Library & Information Associations and Institutions (AfLiA), Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2017.

2017. With Shimelis Assefa. "Public Libraries as a Place to Advance Tolerance." African Library & Information Associations and Institutions (AfLiA), Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2017.

2016. Poster presentation with Nancy Bolt. "From Local to Global: How a Local Library Organization Can Impact International Librarianship." International Federation of Library Associations World Library and Information Congress: Connections. Collaborations. Community. Columbus, OH, August 2016.

2014. "How Librarians can volunteer library to library through projects." International Sustainable Library Development program, American Library Association Annual Conference, June 30, at Las Vegas, NV.

2014. With Anne Pellowski. Story Telling Conference. Asociación Nicaragüense de Bibliotecarios (ANIBIPA) Nicaraguan Library Association, Managua, Nicaragua.

2013. With Anne Pellowski, Cloth Book Workshop for teachers and librarians in Mekelle, Ethiopia on invitation from the Segenat Foundation. Nov 11-13, 14-16.

2012. Poster session: " Catch a Falling Star and Put it in Your Pocket." International Relations Round Table. American Library Association Annual Conference, June 24, at Anaheim, CA.

2009. Poster session: "Global Collaboration: Planting Libraries in Ethiopia." Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference, November 21, at Denver, CO.

Subject Specialty

International Library Development
Open Access