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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.
Anthony Molaro, Ph.D.
Program Director
Assistant Professor
  • 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.

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.

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:
Selected Publications:
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.
Sook Lim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
  • Ph.D.: Library and Information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Major Research Areas:
Published Articles in:
Sheri 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

Selected Publications:
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:
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
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:
Professional Experience:
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

Chris Jacobs
Adjunct Faculty/MLIS Advisory Council
  • MLIS: University of St. Catherine

  • B.A.: Industrial Engineering, Iowa State University

Peggy Johnson, M.A.
MLIS Adjunct Liaison
  • M.A.: Management and Administration, Metropolitan State University

  • B.A.: St. Olaf College

  • M.A.: University of Chicago Graduate Library School

David McKoskey, M.S., M.A.
Adjunct Professor
  • Ed.D.: Leadership, University of St. Thomas (forthcoming)

  • M.A.: Linguistics, University of Minnesota

  • M.S.: Computer Science, University of Minnesota

Gail Nordstrom
Adjunct Faculty
Christopher Stewart, Ed.D.
Adjunct Faculty
LeAnn Suchy, M.L.S.
Education & Technical Reference Librarian

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.

Leslie Yoder
Adjunct Faculty
  • M.A.: Education, University of St Thomas

  • B.A.: Spanish, University of Minnesota

Minnesota Licenses:
Toyin Akisanya, M.Sc.
IT 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).

Janis Shearer
Office Coordinator
In my role with LIS, I assist with registration, maintain office files and student files, class schedules, attend departmental meetings, as well as organize and coordinate program events. If you have questions about the program, please contact me.
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.

Contact me@debtorres54
Heather Carroll
SAA Co-Chair ('17-'18)
SGO Co-Chair ('17-'18)
Organizer of Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program,
LIS Community Mixer and MLIS Summit Student Poster Fair

My love of databases and art, combined with a bit of curiosity and the desire to unlock hidden collections, led me to St Kate’s MLIS program and to combine the Archives and Special Collections track with the Information Science track. I am also earning a graduate level certificate in Museum Studies at St Thomas.

I love hands-on learning, connecting people with projects and (re)discovering cool stuff in archives, museums and libraries. me
Lauren Cottrell
ALA Co-Chair ('17-'18)

I am in the School Library Media Specialist Tract. My bachelor's degree is in Elementary Education.

I currently work in Technical Services at the St. Kate's Saint Paul Library.

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. me
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
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.
Patricia (Trish) Vaillancourt
SGO Treasurer ('17-'18)
SAA Media Relations ('17-'18)
GSAB Member ('17-'18)
LIS Newsletter/Social Media GA

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.

Laura Gingras
ALA Co-Chair ('18-Current)
My love of libraries began when I would help my father, a youth services librarian at the time, pick picture books to feature in displays. I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from UW-Eau Claire. I am currently in the School Library Media Specialist track at St. Kate's. I am currently a Media Center Paraprofessional & Technology Associate at Chanhassen High School. I live with my husband and two sons in Chaska. I have been an active member of the ALA Student Chapter since Spring 2017 and am excited to be co-chair. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about joining ALA and/or MLA.
Kait Wolfe
PLG Little Free Librarian ('18-Current)
I’m deciding whether I should focus my studies on archives, digital asset management, or on user interface and design, but may end up pursuing a combination of the three. I love learning new things and working with data, so I feel right at home in the MLIS program. When I’m not working, I practice yoga, hang out with my bunny, and play video games.
Cassandra Hendricks
PLG Vice President ('18-Current)
I'm a queer community organizer in South Minneapolis and so far I am focusing my MLIS on public libraries, still undecided between children/youth, teen, and adult services. Regardless I want to focus on library programming and outreach. I got my bachelors at the U in English Literature, Social Justice and Latin - but I don't remember much Latin so don't ask! I spend my free time cooking, biking, studying astrology and reading Octavia Butler, James Baldwin, and Arundhati Roy (but seriously, it's pretty much only those three).