Karen Selden

Metadata Services Librarian

University of Colorado Law School
223B Wolf Law Building
402 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0402
Office: 223B
Phone: (303) 492-7535
E-mail: karen.selden@colorado.edu

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Educational Background:
M.L.S.   Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Inf   1995  
B.S.   Pennsylvania State University   1984  
Karen Selden's expertise and research interests are focused on cataloging, classification, and metadata creation for legal materials and the digital collections created by the law library. Ms. Selden gives presentations to national and regional law library organizations and publishes articles in library journals on topics such as cataloging Internet-based resources; the future of the library catalog; accessing electronic resources; and metadata creation for digital archives. She was co-author of the 2004 Law Library Journal Article of the Year, "The Catalog vs. The Homepage? Best Practices in Connecting to Online Resources." She is quite active in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), and served as Chair of AALL's Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section for 2014-2015. Ms. Selden joined the University of Colorado Law Library faculty in 1998.


Selden (with Linz, Robert, Karen Selden, and Georgia Briscoe), Accidental Archivists: Lessons Learned from a Digital Archive Project, Legal Reference Services Quarterly 33, no. 1 (2014): 99-116.
Program Report: Is Quality Control in Academic Law Library Catalogs Declining?, Technical Services Law Librarian 36, no. 1, 33-34 (Sept. 2010).
OCLC's Expert Community Experiment vs. Regular Enhance Status: the University of Colorado's Experience, Technical Services Law Librarian 35, no. 4, 26-28 (June 2010).
Selden (contributor to Frank G. Houdek's article), The Essential Law Library Journal, 100 Law Libr. J. 137, 143, 145, 154 (2008).
2007 AALL Program Review: Indigenous Government and Law in the Americas: Library of Congress Online Classification as Gateway to Web Resources, 33 Technical Serv. L. Libr. 25 (Dec. 2007).
Selden (with Georgia Briscoe and Cheryl Nyberg), The Catalog vs. the Homepage-- Best Practices in Connecting to Online Resources, 95 Law Library Journal 151. Received the Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award in 2004. (2003).
Library of Congress Classification Web, Technical Services Law Librarian 26, no. 3/4, 1, 24-26 (2001).
Selden (with Georgia Briscoe), Cataloging @ 2000: Over 100 Years of Change at the University of Colorado Law Library, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 30, no. 2/3, 177-195 (2000).
Linking Globally, Coping Locally: Cataloging Internet Resources at the University of Colorado Law Library, Law Library Journal 92, no. 4, 439-457 (2000).

Book Chapters

Selden (with Georgia Briscoe), Cataloging @ 2000: Over 100 Years of Change at the University of Colorado Law Library, in Managing Cataloging and the Organization of Information: Philosophies, Practices and Challenges at the Onset of the 21st Century, edited by Ruth C. Carter (2001).