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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.

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.

  • LIS 7010 Introduction to Library and Information Science
  • LIS 7210 Library Materials for Children
  • LIS 7180 Storytelling for Children and Adults
  • LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children’s/YA Literature
  • LIS 7220 Library Materials for Young Adults
  • LIS 7230 Services for Children and Young Adults
  • GSJ 3990 Dismantling Racism: Social Justice and Children’s Literature
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.

Dahlen, Sarah Park. (2016 June). “On Autonomy: The Intersections of Ethnic Studies and Young Adult Literature.” Voices of Youth Advocates Special Issue on Race and Culture in Teen Literature 39 (2).

Dahlen, Sarah Park. (2016). “Who Is ‘The Other?’ Alvin Ho: Not Allergic to Playing Indian, Feathers, and Other Stereotypical Things.” In The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture, edited by Jennifer Miskec and Annette Wannamaker. Routledge Press.

Dahlen, Sarah Park. (2016). “Teaching LIS, Children’s Literature and Social Justice to Undergraduate Non-LIS Majors.” In Teaching for Justice: Implementing Social Justice in the LIS Classroom, edited by Miriam E. Sweeney and Nicole A. Cooke. Library Juice Press.

Low, Jason. (2016 January 26). “Where is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey Results.” The Open Book blog: Lee & Low Books. New York.

Dahlen, Sarah Park and Lessa Kanani’Opua Pelayo-Lozada. (2015 Fall). “Day of Diversity: Extending the Dialogue, Encouraging the Action.” In Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, pp. 21-25.

Dahlen, Sarah Park and Lies Wesseling (eds.) (2015). Orphanhood, Foster Care and Adoption: A Special Issue of Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. Children’s Literature Association.

Naidoo, Jamie Campbell and Sarah Park Dahlen (eds). (2013) Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading. Chicago: ALA Editions.

Youth literature and library services, LIS education, transracial adoption, equity.
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.
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)

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.
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
  • Library & Information Science Research
  • 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
  • LIS 7700 :Management of Libraries and Information Centers
Enthusiastic classical music lover and a concert-goer.
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:

Ross, S. V. T. and Sutton, S. (2016). Guide to Electronic Resource Management. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited.

Ross, S. V. T. (2013). “Intellectual Property Policies in Academe: Issues and Concerns with Digital Scholarship.” In K. Strauch, B. R. Bernhardt, & L.H. Hinds (Eds.), Charleston Conference Proceedings 2012. Purdue University Press.

Ross, S. V. T. (2011). Non-resident use of libraries along the Appalachian Trail. Library Management 32(8-9), 540-552.

Ross, S. V. T. & Buckles, C. (2011). “The Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) in eligible American countries: Benefits, challenges and relationship to Internet use.” First Monday 16(7).

Ross, S. V. T. (2011). “Teaching electronic resource management”. In K. Strauch, B. R. Bernhardt, & L.H. Hinds (Eds.), Charleston Conference Proceedings 2010. Purdue University Press.

Ross, S. V. T. (2010). “A grounded analysis of the use of public libraries in Appalachia by non- residents.” In A Katsirikou (Ed.) Conference Proceedings, International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries QQML2010. Chania, Crete: University of Piraeus.

Ross, S. V. T. (2008). “A study of citations made to journals offered through the Access to Global Online Resources in Agriculture (AGORA) program by authors from eligible Asian countries.” In T. Nagatsuka & S. Ninomiya (Eds.) Agricultural Information and IT: Proceedings of IAALD AFITA WCCA2008. Atsugi: Tokyo University of Agriculture.

Ross, S. V. T. (2007). “Ethical Climate Typology and Questionnaire: A discussion of instrument modifications.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 33, 567-580.

Ross, S. V. T. (2004). “Applying program assessment techniques to electronic resources management.” Technical Services Quarterly 22(1), 9-20.

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

  • 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
  • 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
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
  • 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.
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
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

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

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

I work at 3M as an alternative librarian… in other words, I’ve had a number of different roles that have benefited from my MLIS including IT, technical education, internal technical knowledge, and project management. At St. Kate’s I’ve taught graduate Research Methods, Information Seeking Behavior, and Alternative Careers in Library and Information Science.
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

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
  • Ed.D.: Leadership, University of St. Thomas (forthcoming)

  • M.A.: Linguistics, University of Minnesota

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

  • LIS 7530 (Internet Fundamentals and Design)
  • LIS 7510 (Database Management)
  • ISCI 1000 (Information Technology and Digital Society)
  • ISCI 1200 (Website Design and Information Architecture)
Software Development, Natural Language Processing, Critical Theory, Social Justice.
Gail Nordstrom
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.

Reading and readers advisory, book reviewing, social media, educational technology, apps, golfing, and going to the theater.
Leslie Yoder
Adjunct Faculty
  • M.A.: Education, University of St Thomas

  • B.A.: Spanish, University of Minnesota

Minnesota Licenses:
  • Spanish
  • Library Media
  • LIS 7283/7286 Clinical Experience/Supervised Student Teaching
Leslie is the former District Library Services Supervisor for Saint Paul Public Schools. She began her 37 year education career as a teacher of Spanish, Bilingual Education, and ESL. Around the turn of the century, in search of new adventures, Leslie became a school librarian. She was a 2015-16 Lilead fellow and served as MEMO(ITEM) president in 2009.
Leslie cooks, plays tennis, reads, runs, travels, and tries to keep up with her six grandchildren.
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 Program Director

I am involved a variety of activities in support of MLIS Program including new student recruitment,  co-curricular events, career development, communications, data collection, internal and external relationships, and more.

archives and special collections, family history, digital family photographs.

Contact me@debtorres54
Lauren Cottrell
ALA Co-Chair ('17-Current)

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

I currently work as a media specialist at HOPE Community Academy.

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.
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
SGO Chair ('18-Current)
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).
Rachel Farnham
SGO Treasurer ('19-Current)
SAA Representative for SGO
GSAB Representative

I joined the MLIS program Fall of '18 and am on the archives track. I have a background in Literature and History from UW- Eau Claire where I also did my favorite archival internship of working with their Southwest Native American Pottery Collection. I hope to one day work in academia, for a private corporation, or in a historical society, but a long term goal of mine is to be in an administrative position in a library, archives, or LIS program. When I'm not working or in class I spend my time playing with my two Border Collies, Vite and Aller, swimming in the St. Croix when it's warm out, and caring for my 20-gallon aquarium.
Ann Arntson
SAA President ('18-Current)

My focus is Archives and Special collections. I am also pursuing a graduate certificate in Museum Studies at St. Thomas. I love learning and am especially interested in preservation and access as they relate to libraries, archives and museums. I have also enjoyed getting to know more about metadata, digital repositories, law librarianship and legal aspects of LAM organizations. In my leisure time, I enjoy reading, watching MN Wild game and anything Harry Potter or Jurassic Park.

Jennifer Riestenberg
SLA Chair of Communications ('18-Current)
PLG Treasurer ('18-Current)

I began this master's program with the intention of going into public libraries. Social justice, the user experience, and the support of life-long learning were all aspects of librarianship I valued. After a chance opportunity interning at a local art museum, however, I found engaging those values within the context of my art interests to be further gratifying; so, I realized that art librarianship is where I belong. I previously earned my bachelor's degrees in English and Art History, and have a minor in Music. I enjoy using my creative side to explore art librarianship in my coursework, like creating a digital exhibition of local artist, Gemma Rossini Cullen, or building a website that can be a tool for art education. Currently, I am the Cataloging Librarian at the Walker Art Center, where I discovered the joy of describing brilliant and strange artists' books, zines, and other artists' publications. I look forward to engaging fellow students in events and opportunities that stimulate their own interests, and allow them to explore their future profession.

Janis Shearer
SLA Chair of Events ('18-Current)
SLA Representative for SGO

I lead organizing events for our SLA Student Chapter and am a student representative for SLA-MN. My interests are within special and academic libraries that emphasize the sciences. I began my MLIS coursework in 2016 and will graduate in May 2019.