Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

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What we do

The library advances the teaching mission and intellectual life of the College by selecting and facilitating access to information and by instructing in its use, interpretation, and evaluation. In addition to being a popular gathering place on campus, the library exposes students to a wide array of knowledge available in both print and electronic sources. Through an established library instruction session program and one-on-one consultations at the reference desk, the library supports students as they enter, explore and contribute to ongoing scholarly conversations.

Vision statement

The library will play an essential role in engaging students in critical inquiry and developing the skills and dispositions of life-long learners, prepared for lives of leadership and service in a diverse and fast-changing world. To do this, the library will support the curriculum with materials and opportunities for course-related and independent learning; will provide leadership in fostering information literacy across the curriculum; will inform the community of emerging issues in information policy and trends; and will support the intellectual and cultural life of the college by developing programs, collections, and an engaging physical and virtual space for exploration.

Courses

In addition to collaborative teaching with faculty in the departments the library faculty contribute to general education programs, including the First Term Seminar and the January Interim Experience. There are also two partial-credit courses typically offered in the spring:

  • NDL 201: Reading Workshop - In this course students read and discuss two or more books, including a contemporary work of fiction or non-fiction announced in advance and a book chosen by the student, Students publish reviews of the books they read to a book-related social network, reflect on their own reading histories and practices, and explore the place of books and literacy in contemporary culture.
  • NDL 301: Information Fluency - This course gives students interested in going to graduate or professional school—or who simply want to know more about research—an immersion in the structure of the literature of their chosen field and exposure to research tools and collections. Students conduct a literature review on a topic of their choice and analyze aspects of their discipline’s traditions, compare them to traditions in other fields, and explore the social and ethical dimensions of research.
Name Title Phone
Barbara Fister Professor 507-933-7553 web
Julie Gilbert ’99 Associate Professor (On Leave, 2013-2014) 507-933-7552
Dan Mollner Associate Professor 507-933-7569 web
Michelle Twait ’98 Associate Professor 507-933-7563 web
Anna Hulseberg Assistant Professor 507-933-7566 web
Jeff Jenson College and Lutheran Church Archivist / Assistant Professor 507-933-7572
Mary Anderson Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7552
Maura Coonan ’09 Visiting Assistant Professor
Lynn Burg Cataloging Coordinator 507-933-7690 web
Diane Christensen Acquisitions Coordinator 507-933-7560 web
Amanda Moeller Serials Manager 507-933-7562
Janice Nordstrom Circulation Manager 507-933-7558 web
Melissa Perron Collection Manager 507-933-7561
Sonja Timmerman ’98 Interlibrary Loan Manager 507-933-7564 web
Adrianna Darden Archives Specialist 507-933-7554
Mark Kump Media Collections Specialist 507-933-7571
Jeannie Peterson Budget and Institutional Data Specialist 507-933-7576 and 507-933-7556
Guenter Esslinger Professor Emeritus
Mike Haeuser Professor Emeritus web