Kay Logan-Peters, professor and architecture and art librarian, is one of six faculty from the University Libraries retiring in June with 200 years of experience and work among them.
Logan-Peters has contributed a great deal to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln libraries over the years in leadership, research and service. While there cannot be an in-person celebration due to COVID-19, an online message board has been made to gather messages from colleagues and the campus community.
After graduating from Nebraska with an English and art history degree, Logan-Peters took a job in Love Library in 1978. She held two different staff positions before leaving to attend the University of Missouri and received her master of arts degree in library science.
When Logan-Peters returned to Nebraska in 1982, she took a position as assistant professor in serials/cataloging. She worked there for five years then realized that she wanted to work more directly with students which led her to apply for the open position of architecture librarian. Logan-Peters moved into the Architecture Library and position in 1987.
Over the years, Logan-Peters has devoted her scholarly and creative research on the history of the University of Nebraska. She has given many presentations on its architecture and a major product of her research, An Architectural Tour of Historic University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a website devoted to the first 100 years of building and campus growth, was launched in 2008. In 2017 she authored a book, “University of Nebraska-Lincoln,” an illustrated history of the university.
Logan-Peters is most proud about getting to showcase her research work of the last 25 years during Charter Day/N150 events last year and being chosen to give the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture on Feb. 12, 2019.
Other highlights from her career at the university include being appointed chair of access and branch services from 2003-2010. Logan-Peters has had many leadership roles for the libraries, the university and national organizations including a term as president of the Central Plains Chapter of the Art Library Society in 2003 and conference host four times. Logan-Peters also served as president of the Association of Architecture School Librarians in 1994-1995.