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Sarah J. Koechlein

Sarah J. Koechlein

Head of Resource Access, James Madison University
Sarah is the Head of Resource Access at James Madison University. She oversees access and acquisitions functions for electronic resources including licensing, evaluation, ordering, accessibility, and authentication. Sarah has worked at JMU in a Technical Services capacity for almost 11 years. She recently graduated with an MLIS from the University of North Texas.

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