University of Washington Odegaard Undergraduate Library Staff portraits

Jill McKinstry

Librarian Emeritus, University of Washington

Jill McKinstry is Librarian Emeritus of the University of Washington (UW) and former director of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library and special assistant to the dean of University Libraries for undergraduate education and programs at the University of Washington. Jill is a graduate of the University of Washington Information School and a librarian at the UW for almost 30 years. In 2013, Odegaard Library underwent a much-needed renovation on the 42-year-old building, adding 6,000 additional square feet of useable space on the first floor, new study spaces, skylight, and state of the art active learning classrooms. The renovation received several awards: 2013 AIA Seattle Honor Awards | Honor Award; 2014 AIA National Institute for Interior Architecture Honor Awards | Honor Award; SCUP (Society of College and University P) Design Excellence Award Excellence in Architecture (Category: Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse) | Honor Award; and ALA IIDA (American Library Association & International Interior Designers Association); Library Interior Design Awards (Category: Academic Libraries / Over 30,000sq ft)| Honorable Mention.