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.


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.
Julie GilbertProfessor507-933-7552
Michelle Twait ’98Professor507-933-7563
Anna HulsebergAssociate Professor507-933-7566web
Jeff JensonCollege and Lutheran Church Archivist / Associate Professor507-933-7572
Daniel MollnerAssociate Professor507-933-7569
Abe NemonVisiting Assistant Professor507-933-7429
Sarah BrewerVisiting Instructor507-933-7553
Adrianna DardenArchives Collections and Records Manager507-933-7554
James NickrasDigital Collections Manager507-933-7562
Melissa PerronMetadata and ILS Manager507-933-7561
Jeannie PetersonLibrary Operations Coordinator507-933-7556
Kate Sonsteby ’05Acquisitions Manager507-933-7560
Sonja Timmerman ’98Interlibrary Loan Manager507-933-7564
Leah ZacateInformation Desk and Assets Specialist507-933-7558
Guenter EsslingerProfessor Emeritus
Barbara FisterProfessor Emeritusweb
Mike HaeuserProfessor Emeritusweb