Dan Mollner


Associate Professor in Library

I have always loved stories. I love hearing them, telling them and reading them. I wonder about the lives of the characters beyond the story at hand, about the reality or unreality of their worlds. This curiosity to know what else is going on is the basis for my interest in history, the stories of our various pasts. I love to hunt for the evidence beyond the event, to pull the clues together, to analyze them and tell the story.

Today in History

Stories are also the inspiration for my work in the library, foremost as a teaching librarian. When I work on research projects with students, I encourage them to develop their curiosity. I want to know how their topics interest them and where those topics may lead them.  I urge students to look beyond the obvious answers to their questions and to respond to their curiosity creatively and critically.

I joined the Gustavus faculty as academic librarian in 1988.  My primary responsibilities are reference, instruction and coordinator of library collection development.  I am also the government documents librarian.  I served as department chair for ten years.

Below are pictures of Buddy, my late beagle and his successors, MeMe the Peanut & Georgie.


B.A., University of Minnesota; M.S., University of Illinois; M.A., Mankato State University

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-399 Senior Seminar 5 2015/SP, 2011/FA, 2009/SP, 2004/SP, and 2003/SP
FTS-100 FTS:Persuasion 3 2017/FA, 2015/FA, and 2012/FA
COM-268 Career Exploration 1 2008/JN
NDL-268 Career Exploration 1 2008/JN