Assistant Professor of Library Science
On Faculty since 2012
Office: BML 220
M.S. Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991.
A.B. History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990.
About Steve Oberg
I am a member of the library's Resource Description and Digital Initiatives Group, and I am responsible for managing electronic resources and serial publications including e-journals, e-books, online databases, etc. These resources are in high demand by our users who increasingly expect research resources to be available online and in full text, 24x7, from anywhere. At the same time, these resources are often the most expensive and challenging to manage of all that the library provides. My responsibilities mesh well with my passion for satisfying user needs through innovative approaches and a deep understanding of how technology impacts the way we access and consume information.
In addition to these responsibilities, I serve as a liaison to various departments as well as assist with reference questions.
My wife and I have four children and attend The Chapel in Grayslake, in the far northern suburbs of Chicago. I am a technogeek at heart with a large extended family that is international in scope. Interests include reading, photography, exploration of social media and mobile technologies, and travel. I also teach part-time at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in their online curriculum.
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Library Association
- Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
- North American Serials Interest Group
Thoughts on the future of e-journal management and access. In E-journals access and management, ed. Wayne Jones, 319-326. New York: Routledge, 2009.
"Which Route Do I Take? A Viewpoint on Locally Developed versus Commercially Available Journal Management Solutions." Serials Review 30, no. 2 (2004): 122-126.
"Open Source Software: An Introduction from a Serialist’s Perspective." Serials Review 29, no. 1 (2003): 36-39
"Lessons in Leadership: Practical Ideas for Growing Your Library Career." LISCareer.com, April 2002.