Annie Donahue

Library Director

UNH Manchester


Annie Donahue is the Director of the UNH Manchester campus library. She is an alumna of UNH Manchester, earning a B.A. in Humanities, with a second major in History, in 1994. She completed a M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University in 1995, an A.L.M. from Harvard University with a concentration in Celtic Studies in 2005, and an Ed.D. in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University in 2014.

Her primary professional duties include administration, reference, instruction, and collection development. She oversees a professional team made-up of two tenured faculty members, two full-time employees, and two adjunct faculty librarians. Her research interests include library and teaching faculty collaboration in information literacy activities, assessment of student learning, and developmental education partnerships among support and classroom staff. She has presented her research at the state, regional, national, and international levels and has authored/co-authored several peer review articles and book chapters. Her teaching record includes undergraduate one-credit History Exploration courses in Early Irish Myth and Saga, an inquiry course entitled Everlasting Fame: the Hero in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture, and an online graduate course entitled Classroom Research & Assessment Methods. She has taught research and information literacy strategies to students in academic libraries for 12+ years.

Donahue served as Interim Dean of the UNH Library from 2013 – 2015.  Concurrent with her role as Director of the UNH Manchester Library, she served as the Interim Executive Director for Experiential Learning (AY16) and Chair of the Humanities Division (2008-2013).  She was elected to the Executive Board of the New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) in November, 2005 and served as Vice-President (2006), President (2007), and Conference Chair (2008-2011).  In 2011, Donahue was awarded the NHLA Ann Geisel Award of Merit for her contributions to the state organization.  Beyond the University, she enjoys theater, travel, reading, and spending time catching up with friends and family.


  • HIST 595 Expl: Early Irish Myth & Saga
  • HIST 595 Expl: The Hero in Irish Myth & Saga
  • HIST 595 Expl: Tales of the Elders of Ireland
  • HIST 595 Expl: Women in Celtic Myth
  • HIST 595 Expl: Tuatha de Danaan: Mythological Ancestors of the Irish
  • HIST 595 Expl: Celtic Sources of the Arthurian Legend
  • HIST 595 Expl: The Druids: a Celtic Priestly Class
  • HUMA 444 A.M1: Everlasting Fame: The hero in literature, film and popular culture
  • GRAD 965.01 – Classroom Research & Assessment Methods


  • Donahue’s research interests include library and teaching faculty collaboration in information literacy activities, assessment of student learning, and developmental education partnerships among support and classroom staff.


  • 2015 – current, National Society for Experiential Education
  • 2013 – 2015, Boston Library Consortium Board of Directors
  • 2013 – current, Library Leadership & Management Association
  • 2004 – 2012, National Association for Developmental Education
  • 2001 – current, American Library Association
  • 2000 – 2013, 2015 – current,  American Association of University Professors
  • 2000 – current, NH College & University Consortium Libraries Committee
  • 1998 – current, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • 1998 – current, ACRL/New England Chapter
  • 1991 – current, New Hampshire Library Association


A selection of published works by Annie Donahue

  • 2016 – "Librarian and Peer Research Mentor Partnerships Promote Student Success" in Space and Organizational Considerations in Academic Library Partnerships and Collaborations, Ed. B. Doherty, IGI-Global, co-authored with Professor C. Gamtso, J. Jefferson, K. Donovan, and R. Blair-Vogt.
  • 2015 – “Charting Success: Using Practical Measures to Assess Information Literacy Skills in the First-Year Writing Course”, in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, v. 10 (2).
  • 2013 – “Evaluating Peer Research Mentors: a Campus Collaboration for Effective Student Learning”, in Proceedings of the 9th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries.
  • 2009 – “Term Papers, Google, and Library Anxiety: How Can Information Literacy Improve Students’ Research Skills?”  Written for the 2009-2010 UNH University Dialogue – TMI: a University Dialogue on Decision Making in the Age of Information Overload, co-authored with Professor C. Gamtso.
  • 2009 – “The Acallam na Senórach: a Medieval Instruction Manual” in Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, v. XXIV/XXV.
  • 2004 – “Collaboration Works: Integrating Information Competencies in Psychology Curricula, in Reference Services Review, v. 31 (4) co-authored with Dr. A. Paglia.


  • Ed.D., Plymouth State University, 2014
  • A.L.M., Harvard University, 2005
  • M.L.S., Southern Connecticut State University, 1995
  • B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1994