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Mary Wagner, Ph.D.
Along with many others, over 35+ years, I guided and shaped the undergraduate Library Science department, an early undergraduate On-line Learning major in Library/Information Studies, the Urban Library Program and the graduate Library and Information Science program, initially with Dominican University and now an independent ALA accredited program. My most recent research areas are services and literature for children and international librarianship.
Deborah Grealy, Ph.D.
Associate Dean & Program Director
Anthony Molaro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(Incoming Program Director)
Ph.D.: Library Information Science,Dominican University, River Forest
M.S.: Master of Library and Information Science,Dominican University
M.B.A.: Business, Elmhurst College
Interests: technology and libraries, eBooks and eReaders, organization of information, digital media, the digital divide, information activism and social justice, and transliteracy.
Sarah Park Dahlen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ph.D.: Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
M.S.: Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
M.A.: Asian American Studies, University of California Los Angeles
B.A.: History & Asian American Studies, University of California Los Angeles
Research:Research focuses on transracially adopted Koreans in children’s literature, the information behaviors of adopted Koreans, and diversity in children’s literature and library education.
Selected Publications:

Dahlen, S. (2013). "Asian Pacific American Book List," website, ALA APALA

Naidoo, J. "Cultural Competence in the Lives of Digital Youth: Diversity Programming, Books, and Digital Media (contributor)," Santa Barbara, Libraries Unlimited

Dahlen, S. "The Politics of Representation: Children’s and Young Adult Literature Depicting Korean Transracial Adoption," Springer

Heidi Hammond, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
SLMS Coordinator
Ph.D.: Education-Curriculum Instruction (Literacy: Children and Young Adult Literature), University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Teaching Licenses: School Library Media, English, Speech, and Reading.
Professional Experience: 23 years of experience as a school librarian at elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Committees: Served on the 2011 Randolph Caldecott Award Committee, the SLR editorial board from 2011-2014, and the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee.
Selected Publications:

Hammond, H. & Nordstrom, G. (2014). Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: A Guide to the Illustrations, Lanham, MD, Rowman Littlefied

Hammond, H. (2012).
"Graphic Novels and Multimodal Literacy: A High School Study with American Born Chinese." Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature. (50, 4, 22-32)

Hammond, H. (2012). "Survive and Thrive: Managing Multiple Libraries." Library Media Connection. (31, 3, 28-29)

Interests: Hiking, biking, travel, and reading.
David Lesniaski, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
D.M.A.: Music Composition and Theory, University of Arizona
M.A.: Library Science, University of Minnesota
M.M.: Music Composition and Theory, University of Kansas
B.A.: Music, Haverford College
Interests: Music
Sook Lim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ph.D.: Library and Information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Major research areas: human information behavior concerning user-generated content such as Wikipedia, particularly credibility and information literacy; academic library issues.
Published Articles in: Information Processing and Management, Information Research, Journal of Association for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Academic Librarianship and Library & Information Science Research.
Courses: LIS 7040, Information Literacy in the Digital Age; LIS 7620 , Literacy and Community Engagement; LIS 7690 , Information Technology, People and Society; LIS 7050 , Research Methods; and LIS 7700 , Management of Libraries and Information Centers.
Interests: enthusiastic classical music lover and a concert-goer.
Sherri Ross, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ph.D.: Information Studies, Florida State University
M.S.: Library Science, University of North Texas
M.A.: Cultural Anthropology, State University of New York
B.S.: Business Management, George Mason University
Kyunghye (Konhe) Yoon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ph.D.: Information Transfer, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
M.S.: Information Resource Management, Syracuse University
B.A.: Library Science, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
Research Interest: Web Accessibility and Usability, Human Information Interaction in Digital Environment, User-based Information Retrieval and Information Seeking, and Information Meaning and Representation

Accessibility and diversity in LIS: Inclusive information architecture for library websites (Kyunghye Yoon, L. Hulscher and R. Dols) Library Quarterly (2016)

Call for a separate information architecture of library websites for visually impaired users (Kyunghye Yoon, T. Newberry, L. Hulscher, et al.) Proceedings of the 76 th Association of Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (2013)

Conceptual syntagmatic associations in user tagging (Kyunghye Yoon) Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2012)

Tag co-occurrence analysis using the association data mining rule (Kyunghye Yoon) Proceedings of the iConference 2012 (2012)

Yoon, K., Dols, R. and Hulscher, L. (2016). “An Exploratory Study of Library Website Accessibility for Visually Impaired Users,” Library and Information Science Research, 38(2016) 250-258

Courses: ISCI 1000 Information, Technology and Digital Society; LIS 7010 Introduction to Library and Information Science; LIS 7590 Digital Libraries; LIS 7500 Information Seeking and Retrieval; LIS 7990 Web Usability/Accessibility; LIS 7963 User-Experience Design with HCI; and LIS 7740 Special Libraries

Joyce Yukawa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ph.D.: Communication and Information Sciences, University of Hawaii
M.A.: Library Science, University of Michigan
B.A.: English Literature, Ohio Wesleyan University
Selected Publications:
J. Tobias Ball
Adjunct Faculty
Stephen Hearn
Adjunct Faculty
Jim Glazer, Ed.D.
Adjunct Faculty
Ed.D.: Education Leadership-Technology, Saint Mary’s University-Minneapolis (2003)
Minnesota Teaching Licenses: K-12 School Library Media, Elem. Grades 1-6, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, K-12 Principal.
Courses: LIS 7240 Technology for Teaching and Learning; LIS 7250 Curriculum & School Libraries; and 8030 Technology for School Libraries.
Professional Experience: 34 years teaching experience including 18 years of experience as a school librarian at elementary and middle school levels, district-level media coordinator.
Committees: Minnesota license renewal chairman since 1987.
Education Minnesota: “The Role of School Libraries in Teaching and Learning”
MEMO/ITEM: “MAP/MCA/Media: Connecting Assessments with Media Programming”
TIES: “Creating Student Web Pages”
Interests: Reading, online teaching and learning, running marathons, supporting our daughters in their Irish dance and music.
Molly Hazelton
Executive Director, Hilton Sisters Project
M.A.: Master of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston
B.A.: Sociology, Mount Holykoe College, South Hadley, MA
Courses: LIS 7750 Introduction to Archives and Special Collections; LIS 8810 Advanced Archival Management; and LIS 7130 Preservation Management
Interest: Likes to be outdoors all year around, enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, and walking her dogs. She also enjoys baking and reading historical fiction.
Chris Jacobs
Graduate Information Session Liaison
Peggy Johnson, M.A.
MLIS Adjunct Liaison
B.A.: St. Olaf College
M.A.: University of Chicago Graduate Library School
M.A. in Management and Administration, Metropolitan State University
About: I’m retired from the University of Minnesota Libraries, where my last position was as Associate University Librarian. My responsibilities at the U. of MN included collection development and management, technical services, facilities management, institutional planning, grants management, and budgeting. I’m the author of several articles and books, and have consulted on library development in Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, Morocco, and China.
David McKoskey, M.S., M.A.
Adjunct Professor
M.S.: Computer Science, University of Minnesota
M.A.: Linguistics, University of Minnesota
Ed.D.: Leadership, University of St. Thomas (forthcoming)
Courses: LIS 7530 (Internet Fundamentals and Design), LIS 7510 (Database Management), ISCI 1000 (Information Technology and Digital Society), ISCI 1200 (Website Design and Information Architecture)
Interests: Software Development, Natural Language Processing, Critical Theory, Social Justice.
Gail Nordstrom
Adjunct Faculty
Christopher Stewart, Ed.D.
Adjunct Faculty
LeAnn Suchy, M.L.S.
Education & Technical Reference Librarian
About: LeAnn is one of the librarians in the St. Kate's library.
In the MLIS program, she has taught an Ebook Technology course and currently teaches Readers' Advisory Services.
Interests: reading and readers advisory, book reviewing, social media, educational technology, apps, golfing, and going to the theater.
Leslie Yoder
Adjunct Faculty
Deborah Torres, M.I.L.S.
Assistant to the Associate Dean/Assistant Program Director
I am involved a variety of activities for the MLIS Program including data collection, co-curricular events, career development, communication, recruitment, internal and external relationships, and more.
Interests: archives and special collections, family history, digital family photographs.
Contact me@debtorres54
Toyin Akisanya, M.Sc.
Instructional & Information Technology Coordinator
I manage the LIS labs, servers and software for classes. I'm happy to help with IT-related issues. Feel free to send an email or call (x6890) or stop by my office (CDC 053).
Interests: App development, new technologies, web design and development.
Janis Shearer
Office Coordinator







Heather Carroll
SGO Co-Chair ('17-'18)
Co-chair Student Chapter of Society of American Archivists (SAA);
organizer for Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program
Deb Eschweiler
SGO Co-Chair ('17-'18)
SAA Treasurer ('16-'18)
GSAB Board Member ('16-'18)
By Day: Video Editor
By Night /Weekend: MLIS Student
MLIS Student-Archives Track
, focusing on audiovisual archiving and digital asset management. I am the Student Government Organization (SGO) co-chair for the 2017-18 academic year, and have been SAA treasurer since the 2016-17 academic year. I have been student liaison to the faculty curriculum committee for the SGO since 2015, & I have been sitting on the GSAB board since 2016. Contact me
Zach Jansen
Co-Chair SAA ('17-'18)
Zach earned a B.A. in screenwriting from Metropolitan State University and has had a semi-successful career as a filmmaker. But his interest in films and film history (and cataloging and classifying films) led him to pursue an MLIS with an emphasis on archives and cataloging. He's learned a lot while at St. Kate's and is always eager to help fellow students in and out of the classroom.
Sarah Larsen
SLA Chair ('16-'17)

SLA Vice President ('17-'18)

My focus is on special libraries, particularly law libraries. I am especially interested in outreach and marketing.

I am the Vice President of the SLA Student Group for 2017-2018 and I was the Chair and SLA's SGO representative for 2016-2017.
Salie Olson
ALA Treasurer ('15-'18)
PLG President ('16-'18)
PLG Representative for SGO
Campus Little Free Library Librarian
MLIS-School Libraries Track
I hope to one day soon be a school librarian for either middle school or high school students. Working in a library abroad also interests me. I have been a member of PLG, SGO, SLA and SAA since 2015 when I started in the program. I also help make sure that the Little Free Libraries on campus are full and accessible to all. I currently work at the St. Catherine University Minneapolis Campus Library and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Amy Werner
SLA Secretary and Treasurer ('17-'18)
My focus is on special libraries and cataloging. I am the Secretary and Treasurer of the SLA Group for 2017-2018.
Patricia (Trish) Vaillancourt
SGO treasurer (17-18)
SAA media relations (17-18)
GSAB member (17-18)

I have a BA in theater and a BA in political science and worked at the Guthrie Theater for 18 years before coming back to school.

I'm not following a specific track; instead taking bits of everything to form my own public library/archive/cataloging hybrid.

Fun facts: I can't go to sleep without completing my daily crosswords and I have six children...two humans and four cats.